Day 11 31 days of surrendering to God Remember

Psalm 77:11-12

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

I think it is so important to remember the things that God has done for me. I think that the first step in wandering away from God and walking toward sin and darkness is forgetting that God is good.  I know I need to remind myself daily of God’s goodness, and preach the gospel to myself daily. To that end, I am going to post a list of things that I am thankful for today.

I am thankful for my family,

I am thankful for the opportunity to attend church, and the encouraging thought-provoking message from James.

I am thankful that my children loved the taco dinner that I made my family for lunch.

I am thankful for my warm cozy home.

I am thankful for the food in the pantry, fridge, and freezer.

I am thankful for our pets our cat and our dog.

I am thankful for the Bible- God’s word.

I am thankful for music.

I am thankful for books.

These are just a few of many things that I am thankful for. What would you add to the list?

 

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31 days of Surrendering to God Word of God Speak

1 Samuel 3:10

The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

I love this prayer of Samuel the prophet spoken when he was just a boy. I want to pray this way everyday, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” To really listen I have to cut out a lot of noise. I need to make time to sit in the quiet and read His Word, without being distracted. To listen also means that I have to quiet myself and be ready to hear from God. It means really taking my time with reading my Bible and praying, and not just rushing to the next item on my to-do list. It may also mean listening to others, as I have found it to be true that God may give me the same message through multiple places. For instance, hearing the same praise song or Bible verse from different sources such as the radio, through Bible study, family devotions, etc. I want to be a better listener in my relationship with God and my relationship with others.

 

31 Days of surrendering to God Trusting in God’s plan

Jeremiah 29:11

11 I say this because I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.”

I have a confession to make, when life seems out of control or the world does not seem to make sense, I forget that God is in control and that He has a plan. He promises to work things out for our good and His glory,  but it is hard for me to remember that when life seems chaotic. I also believe that since God is a God of order, that He wants us to make plans. My Dad always says “Those who fail to plan; plan to fail.” But Whenever we are planning we need to lay our plans at His feet, because He may have a better plan in mind for us than one that we could come up with ourselves. I am thankful that I can trust that He is a good, good Father who has a plan and knows the future. I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.

31 days of Surrendering to God Truth

John 8:32

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I am thankful for this promise from scripture. The one thing that sticks out to me from scripture is that we have to know the Truth for it to set us free. We can not have a casual acquaintance with the Truth and expect it to set us free. We really have to know it. How do you really get to know anything? By studying it. To know the truth we must study it, and apply it to our lives, and then it will set us free. Truth is a Person. Jesus is called the Living Word. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. May I come to Him as the source of truth. I need to make sure everyday that what I am believing to be true matches up to the truth of God’s word. Then, I need to trust that God’s truth can set me free. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36.

 

Day 7 Holding Fast to our Eternal Hope

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Holding Fast to our hope in God is an intentional decision. I am thankful for verses like Hebrews 10:13 that remind me of God’s faithfulness. I can hold fast to my hope in God because He is faithful. I can trust in God even when the next steps seem unclear. I can pray and ask Him for guidance. When my circumstances make me feel like I am being tossed about, I can cling to the hope of the promises. I can pour my heart out to Him in prayer, and I can search for encouragement in Scripture. Just as I am, I can surrender to Him, and He will meet me there. I don’t have to pretend that I have it all together. I can trust that He will lovingly piece all my broken parts back together.  The song “Just As I Am” is my prayer today.

 

Day 6 Five Minute Friday Story

If I told you my story, I might tell you that I was born two months prematurely and that the fact that I am alive to tell my story is a miracle. I might tell you that I was raised by two loving parents who always put the need of their children first before their own. I might tell you that I have an older brother and sister, and am a proud Aunt of five nieces and nephews, which makes for a big crowd around my parents house on holidays, and I love it. As I am telling you my story, I may tell you that I married my college sweetheart, and that we have three fun, creative, and energetic children a dog and a cat. The most important thing that I could tell you about my story is about my friendship with Jesus. I could tell you that my relationship with Jesus began when I was a little girl.  A huge part of my story is knowing that the God loves me, and sent His Son to die for me. There have been times that I have wanted to do things my way, but God has always drawn me back to Him. God has shown His love for me in such tangible ways, that I want to live my life showing others God’s love, and telling them about Jesus. This is my story. Thank you for stopping by to read a little part of it.

 

Day 5 I will trust in you

I love how the five minute free write words, seem to be the exact thing that I need to be reminded of each day. I exhaled deeply with a sense of relief and release when I read that the word is trust. I am reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct Your paths.” I need to do that. I need to acknowledge Him in all of my ways, not just the ways that are easy to acknowledge him in, but every area of my life. I need to pray about the decisions I make and really think and pray about what God would have me do. I shouldn’t be ruled by my emotions or what I think would be easier or more convenient. I need to remember that my own understanding is limited, but God’s understanding is eternal. I need to put my trust in Him in every circumstance.

Day 4 Hope in the Cornerstone

Hebrews 6:19

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

What do I hope in? If I think about it, I use the word hope quite often. I can hope that we have nice weather so that we can participate in outside activities. I can hope that I can get my children to bed on time so that I can have a little time to myself or to spend time with my husband and unwind from a busy day. I can hope that I am not stopped by any red lights so that I am not late for an appointment. I can hope in a number of other trivial things that will not matter much at the end of the day. Is my hope in something sure or steadfast? Is my hope in Jesus? Or is my hope in my circumstances? If my hope is in Jesus than it is in the One who enters into the Holiest of Holies. He is in the place behind the curtain. He tore down the dividing wall between God and man.

Ephesians 2:14

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.

I am going to try to remember this verse the next time I use the word hope. I am so thankful that I can anchor my hope in Jesus, my cornerstone.

 

 

 

31 Days of Surrendering to God Create in me a clean heart

Psalm 51: 10-12

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right[b] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

This is a prayer that I need to pray everyday. I need a clean heart every day. I need a right spirit every day. Holy Spirit, You are welcome here, everyday. I need joy that comes from God not my circumstances every day. Being joyful because of my circumstances, that is temporary, but joy that God gives us is eternal. I need to ask God to fill me with that kind of joy. I love partaking in the creative process, whether it is writing, cooking, singing, or other forms of art, but before I start my day, I need to ask God to do his creative work in me. I need to surrender the broken pieces of my life to Him, and watch him create beautiful things out of the dust.

 

 

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31 days of surrendering to God Tell others the Good News

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

I am a talker. I love swapping stories and sharing about my life with my friends and family. When I get exciting news the first thing that I want to do is tell someone about it. I share funny things that I come across with my children, and when they say something cute or funny, I call one of their grandmas to tell them the humorous tale. I am quick to share about my new favorite, song, book or movie, but am I quick to praise God and share with my friends and family the wonderful things that He has done for me? Why does it seem easier to complain and talk about the things that I am not happy about, than it is to focus on the many things that I have to be thankful for, and speak words of love, life, truth, and joy. As a mother of three children I know that complaining can be contagious. Well, joy can be contagious too, and I want to spread the joy today. I want to live out loud! So, what about you? What is something wonderful that God is doing in your life today?