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The Serenity Prayer


I decided to share the full serenity prayer with you as we begin a new week.

” 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 the pathway to peace.  Taking, as He did, the sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.  Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will.  That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.”

It can be a challenge at times when we lose control.  We think we are placed at a disadvantage and think that things may not get better because we feel clueless.  What we tend to forget is that although we cannot control each and every situation, person or experience, we can make a great effort to control our responses.  I know, easier said than done at times.  But practice encourages habit.

We recite the first five lines of this serenity prayer at the end of our groups and I often encourage clients to think about the things in their lives that bring frustration because they have no control and also to think of at least one thing that they do have control over.  This reminder helps to reinforce the words repeated in the serenity prayer and makes it a little more personal for each client.

What are some people, situations or experiences that you have no control over?

What do you have control over?

I hope that these words can touch your life today.

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The Serenity Prayer

Karisse Callender, MS, SAC, LPC

Karisse Callender, MS, SAC, LPC, is a native of the Caribbean, living in the Midwest. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and is a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She does individual and group therapy with a Not-for-Profit Agency where she incorporates various treatment modalities to aide in client care. She has a special interest in relapse prevention, integrated treatment, counselor and client wellness and dual diagnosis. She enjoys reading, crafting, baking, socializing with friends and trying out different brands of tea. Lessons From the Couch was created out of her experiences on her new journey as a professional. This blog is about the process of seeing things unfold with clients who have mental health and addiction concerns and her keen interest in self care. Feel free to contact Karisse at: Follow her on Twitter: @lessonsbykc

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Callender, K. (2013). The Serenity Prayer. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 25, 2020, from


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