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my one word: Surrender

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Surrender.

Abandon oneself entirely to (a powerful emotion or influence); give in to

What do you think of when you hear the word Surrender?

I think of white flags waving on a beach, urging the onlookers that we have ceased fighting.

I picture a dove sailing through the bright sky, free and unhindered.

I think of God’s call on my life as a woman in RECOVERY, calling me to more of Him and less of myself.

I consider this lesson to be a daily process, of which the unveiling of my brokenness before Him who loves me best is both heart-wrenching and hope-giving.

If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!    ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Surrender to Christ can happen in an instant and when it does, your life will never be the same.

Thankfully, God calls each of us to follow Him and to continually yield to His perfect plan for our lives. We choose, as followers to yield or fight. It has become clear in my life that I am far from complete in learning about surrender.

Surrender is essential to a victorious life in Christ. The act of surrender is a choice, moment by moment. Will I allow God to be who He promises to be OR will I take over and manipulate and muster my way through life? Seems like an easy choice to me.

Yet, I struggle to live surrendered when life throws its punches. I believe I was born with an extra measure of fight in me. I consider this a gift and a strength when directed to the right passions and endeavors. But, this fight in me, this stubborn heart and defensive nature which can rise up when wounded is not a pretty sight.  I get hurt and I want to retaliate.  God reminds me that He will fight for me.

That is why I keep on choosing Surrender.

We SURRENDER TO WIN. On the face of it, surrendering certainly does not seem like winning. But it is in Alcoholics Anonymous. Only after we have come to the end of our rope, hit a stone wall in some aspect of our lives beyond which we can go no further; only when we hit “bottom” in despair and surrender, can we accomplish sobriety which we could never accomplish before. We must, and we do, surrender in order to win.

taken from:  Barefoots World

What would it look like today if you “abandoned yourself entirely” to Christ?

I can share with you the changes I have experienced since I made this decision to abandon my will and my life to Christ:

I have peace that surpasses understanding.

I have joy unspeakable.

I have people who tell me to “Keep Coming Back”. They used to say “Get Lost”.

I know and live in my purpose.

I live grateful, despite my circumstances.

I love and serve in my community.

I have a hope that can only be explained in one word: Jesus.

I no longer live in fear.

I have a new freedom and a new happiness.

I do not regret my past.

I don’t have to win.

I abandon my need to be right.

I so relate to Paul in these verses:

Philippians 3:12-14 the Message

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

I am a work in progress and I thank God that He does not call me to perfection, but to holiness. Apart from Him, there is nothing good in me.

We don’t graduate in recovery. As we grow and live out the principles in recovery, we are called to greater responsibilities. Recovery is refinement. Recovery is restoration. Recovery is healing. Recover is a journey and a process. Recovery takes time.

My one word for 2015 is Surrender. I know a little about it, but I want to know more. I want to live fully abandoned, without reservation. I come exposed, open, raw, real, messy, battered and bruised, seeking the hope and healing that only He can give.

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender. ~William Booth

CHALLENGE:

Take some time to study about Surrender. Start in Philippians 3.

What would it look like if you surrender today?

How might your relationships change?

How would your life improve?

Please share in the comments. We look forward to growing with you!

Many Blessings, Tammy

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