Today, I wanted to share something that has impacted my thinking since I read it. I read it just last night actually, and at that moment I felt that I should share it. It comes from the book I am reading right now, Before You Meet Prince Charming, by Sarah Mally.
"[The Lord] asks for everything. Every part of our heart. Every area of our life. Since He wants to have first place, the Lord will ask us to surrender anything that hinders our relationship with Him. It is not just the big areas He requests, but also the very smallest. A life of surrender is the sweetest one possible, while a life of stubbornness and unwillingness to yield is the most miserable. Yet, so many of times we are slow to submit and to enter into the freedom and rest God wants to give".
Over and over again in our walk with God, we read or hear something that we know but that we are reminded of that impacts us so much! This was one of those times for me. I read on and let the words sink into my heart...
"Oftentimes we are quick to say we'll surrender in the "big" things: 'Lord, I'll go anywhere for You- even to the jungles of Africa'. But when it comes to the little, daily things, such as surrendering our friendships, forgiving a neighbor, or yielding what we want to do in order to serve others, we're not ready to submit"... "If the Lord asks us to sacrifice our best years to Him, if He asks us to wait when it seems that every other girl at church has a boyfriend, if He asks us to never be married... are we willing? Any sacrifice we make for the Lord is not a loss, but a gain".
Sarah, the author, brings out that last point because of the theme of the chapter this passage comes from, which is about surrendering our dreams and desires as girls. A main area of those dreams for many of us is getting married and having a family in our future. But it goes SO much further than that... it was a blessing to read this, because it was a reminder of how important it is throughout our lives to surrender our hearts, our hopes, and trust God to take care of our lives and our future.
This can be so hard, especially when we have dreams that are so strong. I know it is something I find hard at times and when it comes to certain aspects of my life and I know I need to work on it. But when we remember that letting God write the story of our lives and leaving it up to Him to let the good things we desire to come into our lives, we will always find that we are blessed more than we ever would have been if we had tried to take over everything ourselves.
When you have a problem or even a hope or want in your heart that you feel distressed about, resolve to surrender it.
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Thank you for reading.
I hope you have had a blessed Friday!!
God Bless you :)