Surrendering: True Self Desperate for God

Are you faking it in prayer? Just going through the motions? Do you know what I am talking about? Are there some days where you read off the list or ramble off some stuff with your heart far away? Does prayer seem empty and difficult at best, almost like a chore that must be done? [...]

Surrendering: Be Fully Present

Philippians 2:3 AMP says, "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives or strife] but in an attitude of humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous] regard others as more important than yourself." This verse seems applicable to our level of presence with others. When you are fully present you are totally engaged and focused [...]

Surrendering: Letting Go of the Unnecessary

I had the joy of spending much of the day with a dear friend a few days ago. She moved out-of-state a year ago, and I have only seen her one other time since the big move. We did all the girl-friendy things women do when they get together; lunch, shopping, coffee, and nonstop chatter. [...]

Surrendering: Being Pure in Heart

1 John 3:6 AMPC "No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him-deliberate, knowingly and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived or understood Him or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him]." Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are [...]

Surrendering: Seeking God’s Agenda

I am a planner, I love getting my calendar out to plan a get-together, or mark down an appointment. I like writing out my to-do list, because I enjoy marking off what I have accomplished. I enjoy planning menus and having it all organized for easy meals. I love planning retreats. I look forward to planning coffee [...]

Surrendering: Growing Meek in Spirit

Meekness is not a term used very often today. Jesus used it to describe Himself in Matthew 11:29 AMPC. He said, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart..." The word meek is defined according the HELPS Word Studies as "not weakness" but rather [...]

Surrendering: Leaning in Dependence upon God

Surrender. One of the areas that the Lord has shown me that I need to surrender is in really depending upon Him. It seems in our self-sufficiency, we do not depend on another until we are in a state of desperation. Or at least those are words that describe me. But the Lord wants me [...]