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2012 Lessons of Surrender

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With the year closing fast on us and a new one looming just ahead I'm doing a lot of reflecting and planning. Are you? How did 2012 go for you? Is there one thing that stands out through it all that you really took home with you this year. Something that made its way into your heart and produced change? I definitely had a life changing year. And I am so looking into the future. The more I give to Jesus, the more I literally crave to give Him more. Living for God is like nothing else I have ever experienced. Now I'm not saying that everyday was a holiday or anything even close, but when the year closes and all is said and done, I am feeling pretty well blessed.

2012 will always be a special year for me. It is the year I stepped out of religion and drew that circle of chalk around my heart and life and totally  surrendered to God.


So what has complete surrender lived out looked like this year? I'll tell you. Let me tell you!

Complete surrender means I accept the circumstance…

Waiting.......

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For those finding themselves in a time of silence, waiting............


Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.  Psalm 37:7
Sometimes it takes more time than we are comfortable with for us to 'feel' the grace of God ministering to our need.

If we are not diligent to guard our hearts, doubt will begin to haunt our thoughts. We start to wonder if God really cares. Discouragement will start to seep into our heart, and then begin to do it's work, spreading and growing. It is at this point, if we don't take our thoughts captive unto the obedience of Christ,  the seeds of discouragement and doubt will start to take root, splitting us apart, until we find ourselves crumpled in a heap.

We have to trust in the One who is totally trustworthy. God doesn't work on our time table, but He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He gives us His Word on this. He means it. God cannot lie. His Word is truth and He backs it. I think this time o…

Thoughts on Advent: He Has Come!!!!!

Sometimes when we commit ourselves to doing the right thing, it takes a while to 'feel' it.
The Bible says commit your ways unto the Lord and He will bring it to pass. Sometimes
bringing it to pass takes awhile. This is part of faith. Trust. Believing in something we do not
feel or see, yet knowing in our heart of hearts that GOD IS FOR US. He is trustworthy.
His words are totally true. Totally. His grace is sufficient for all of our needs. Physical. Spiritual.
Emotional. ALL of our needs. His ways are not our ways. His timing is not ours. Yet He knows
what we need, even before we ask. Sometimes we don't understand why, and things don't turn
out like we planned, but still, His grace is there to see us through. We often have to bend, to change, to allow Him to fix our perception, but in coming to Him, we can rest assured, He is committed to us. TOTALLY.

I have experienced this commitment on God's part lately. God is interested in growing us up
into His likeness. Th…

Enough

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Note:

I wrote this last week, and now, in the wake of yesterday's tragedies, I must add a few words.

First, all human life is valuable and eternal. Those sweet children are with their Maker and we can at least take comfort in that. Praise God for that hope and assurance.

Second, I want to remind all of God's children and especially those touched closely by yesterday's nightmare, He is near to the broken hearted. He is a shelter in the storm. He will carry you. He will see you through this. Hold out your hand and your heart to Him. Let Him carry this. He's got this. Truly, He does. Just put your head down and hold on. He will see you through this. He will never ever leave you or forsake you. He has not forsaken you. Even in your heart wrenching pain, He will bring you through this. Trust Him. What else have you got? Nothing and no one can give you the support, help and comfort like the Lord Jesus. He is enough. In the days ahead, when you are tempted to allow your ange…