Monday, January 29, 2018

Surrender


My One Word for this year is Enough, and it feels like surrender to me.

There are certain things I want control over, but I'm surrendering—letting go of the thought that I have any control at all. It's not easy.

I have to surrender thinking I can fix a situation and trust that God will show me if there's something I can do. It means being still and waiting.

Every day, I'm surrendering my worry to God, knowing that He has not forgotten us or walked away. That knowledge has to be enough to keep me moving forward.

My days are not how I thought they would be, but I know God is in control. I'm focused on Him and I'm watching for His work, down to the smallest of ways.

Waving the white flag of surrender is hard. It feels like losing, but I know it's not. When we surrender to God, the gain is always greater than the loss. Even when we can't see it yet. {Tweet this}

I'm joining the Five Minute Friday community with the word prompt: Surrender.

In Christ,
Laura

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24 comments:

  1. I love the idea of surrender! The idea that we need to let go and give up control, give up our will so we can have HIS is so powerful!

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  2. Surrender can be so hard! But when we lay it in His hands, He is faithful and gives us back more than we could have imagined. The Ancient of Days hold our time in His loving hands! Blessings, Laura!

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  3. Laura, as I thought on surrender I came to realize this ... it is truly a sign of strength. Our lives bent to His will. No better position for us to be in - bowed low before Him. Grateful to have stopped here this morning!

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  4. I had never thought of the words surrender and enough together, but you're absolutely correct that when we surrender to God, we accept as sufficient His wonderful plans for us. So good to read your thoughts at the beginning of this new year (and new word!)

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  5. Interesting we share the same word for the year. Challenging yet comforting word too. I never put "enough" together with surrender so will ponder that combo - I think you identified a new aspect of our word. Thanks!

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  6. Great one word for the year, and it certainly works with surrender. Surrender is so hard, but that's where your earnest trust comes in that He will bring what's best when you give your life and heart to His plans. Thanks for the encouragement today! Sarah, FMF Neighbor #89

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  7. I loved reading your thoughts on surrender, Laura. I've been thinking a lot myself about surrendering my worries. :)

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  8. Surrendering worry has to be the hardest. But God is mighty and wise! He can help me give up worry. Thanks for this Laura. I read you on another blog. ~April @ http://restginhisshadow.com/defeat-a-defeated-attitude

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  9. Releasing control is difficult to do. I’m a fixer, so I understand this well.

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  10. Great thoughts! Surrender is my word for the year but I am finding that it overarches so many other areas in our lives. Thank you for the reminders of letting go so God can do what He does best.

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  11. This past year has shown me just how much any inkling of control is merely an illusion. There's a new song out by, Tenth Avenue North called Control. Go check it out if you haven't, it's good!

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  12. Laura love how you joined surrender and your one word, enough together, and you are right we don't have control of it all.

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  13. My word this year is rescued, and it's right there with surrender too. Thanks for sharing this and linking up at #PorchStories.

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  14. Oh yes - the gain is always greater than the loss!! Enjoyed your post today.

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  15. YES!!!!!! You are so right! I am dancing in my Spirit with joy! Surrendering is tough work - but oh! The blessings that come of it! Bless you, my dear!

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  16. Enough was on my list of words to consider for my one word but God placed surrender on my heart instead. Surrender seemed to cover all the words on my list.

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  17. Love your word for the year, Laura. Such a beautiful one. And yes, the gain with God is greater than any loss could consider. #chasingcommunity

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  18. Beautiful take on the "enough" prompt, Laura! Blessings to you.

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  19. Surrender to God is not easy, but so worthwhile!

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  20. Enough- I think that's the first time I've heard that for a OneWord focus this year! Surrendering is never easy, is it?
    Praying the Lord will help you navigate the challenges that may come your way in this season of surrender. God's grace is "enough." :)

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  21. I love that your word for the year is Enough...Surrender is not an easy thing, and I'm walking the hard road of laying down my plans and trusting in the Lord right now too. May we learn to release our white-knuckled grip and trust that he has this. All of it. Blessings to you, Laura!

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  22. Beautiful words. I am always so blessed when I stop by.

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  23. Good words. Trust Him completely!

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  24. Ah yes, surrender... something I have to make myself remember to do every day! God has got this!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!