Peace and Hardship

October 23, 2017, By: Dana Cramer

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

The originator of the Serenity Prayer must have read the verse from James 1 as he wrote this amazing recovery prayer. In Celebrate Recovery we read the long version of the prayer, but there was a time that I could not comprehend the part that talks about accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. I didn’t understand it, just as I didn’t understand the concept of experiencing joy in the trials of life.

There have been many times when I thought hardship was anything but a peaceful experience and I certainly was not joyful under such heavy struggles. But as I continue my spiritual journey and experience God’s healing power I can see the real purpose in hardship and there is joy in character transformation. Some hardships are extremely difficult but it is in going through them that positive change occurs. When I have nothing left of my own power is when I truly begin to rely on God for his power and timing. There is purpose in the struggle, our character is molded and shaped through our trials as we persevere and stay close to God. Don’t lose sight of the big picture in the middle of your struggles; it’s easy to get caught up in them, but with God there is always hope and a way through difficult times. Don’t quit before the miracle happens.

“Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that you will make all things right
if I surrender to your will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with you forever in the next.
Amen.

Love God, love people, Jesus first!

Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads


Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
October 23-29, 2017

Friday, October 27: Celebration Night

  • 6 pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
  • 7 pm: Join us for worship and celebration of recovery birthdays and milestones.
  • 8pm: Open Share Groups
  • 9pmSold Rock Café

Announcements:

  1. New Men’s 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 146. Enrollment is open.
  2. New Women’s 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 144. Enrollment is open.