2012 Lessons of Surrender

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 of  2012!
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 circumstances of my life, with grace. I let go of my agenda, and smile. I am surrendered to the Lord's will in my life. Grace. I am sooooo dependent on grace. Most of the time life is easier, when Jesus said,

"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

He meant it. And I have tested it. IT IS TRUE.

Complete surrender comes down to an issue of trust. Trusting God, trusting His Word. Trusting that He will not give me more than He promises to help me bear. Trusting His grace to supply all of my needs. I am learning to know, trust and love Him through his Word. We know God through his Word and we begin to trust as we begin to walk in the truths of His Word. And they prove true over and over and over.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ. Romans 10:17

Complete surrender is serving without expecting anything in return. Laying down my life for each individual in my home. It really starts at home you know. It is each decision to serve, each decision to stop and listen. Each time I put aside what I want for the benefit of another. Serving, always serving.

Just following Jesus. That's all. Realizing that I am born again, to die.

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels - a plentiful harvest of new lives.

Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.

Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow Me, because My servants must be where I am.

And the Father will honor anyone who serves Me.

John 12:24

It is only through death to self that we will ever receive and begin to understand the power of the resurrection. Romans 8 is a good place to read a little about this.

Complete surrender to God is living now. Staying focused on today and living and serving right where I am today. It is liberating!

Complete surrender is giving up my time. When I am walking as completely His, my perspective changes. I realize in this completeness of being His, it isn't really my time anyway. It is all His. Pouring out my life for Jesus. For those He loves. All for Him. It is so much more satisfying and fulfilling than the old days of living for me and what I wanted.

Realizing who He has placed in my life and seeking to love them, to minister to them, to meet their needs. Christ working through me! So exciting!

Don't be selfish: don't try to impress others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ had.
Philippians 2:3-5

Who's in control here anyway?Complete surrender is trusting, believing, that He's got this. He covers me with His love, I am safe in His will for my life. Complete surrender has caused me to dig deep, to look hard, to think long. Why am I here on this earth? Is it all about me? No mam. I'm learning to let go, and let God. He's got my back, He covers me with His love. This is GOD we are talking about here. GOD.... He's got you covered too. Trust me. Trust Him.  Let go and let God. I am learning to open my hands and let go of my false ideas of control. The only thing I am really in control of is my thoughts and my actions. How I think, how I talk,  how I react and respond. I need, more than anything, to TRUST God and allow Him to renew my mind everyday.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

Complete surrender is dedication to Jesus in the mundane. Not seeking my own glory, but His. Not seeking followers, but following Him. Not seeking my own benefit, but just as Jesus did, the profit many. Laying down our lives for others for Him.

A few pictures of what it's all about:


 Life is all about Him and the people He created in His image. Complete surrender is about love.Loving God and loving one another. The only way to do that right is with the right attitude. Philippians 2 tells us that. Read it.

So it is with great excitement that I am going into 2013. 



P.S. I am linking with Charlotte ,Sara and Brooke today. :-)


Tif said…
Aweeee...great post! Just got back from my trip...finally able to hop around from the 2012 year in review link up! Thanks for linking up with us! I'm a Happy New Follower!

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