surrender

Day 19: Surrender and Sweet Freedom

I believe that with any significant breakthrough there’s a surrender point. Surrender has been tricky for me to understand and articulate. Perhaps it’s something you have to experience and not something one can adequately describe to anyone else.

I’ve been to the sad frustrated “I give up. Whatever you want, Lord,” point. That place feels defeated. It feels like your confidence is shattered, and you’re just going to submit to be thrown and tossed wherever God wants to sling you.

I realize now that this is really not the type of surrender the Lord wants. Or maybe He is okay with it because it’s just a step along the journey. I don’t think God wants us to feel defeated, shattered or hopeless. I also don’t believe He wants us to see Him as someone who wants to inflict bad things on us to beat us down to submission. He loves us. He wants good for us. He isn’t taking joy in tormenting us.

After starting to grasp that EVERYTHING – literally EVERYTHING is a gift and that God uses every last thing to bring good into our lives, I have come to a different place of surrender. Now I feel an overwhelming trust.

It’s being a curious observer, absolutely knowing there is good in every single moment. It’s opening my eyes to see the good NOW. It’s trusting that the future is just like now – perfect. There’s no need to worry about the future. He’s orchestrating good there too.

I watch with hopeful anticipation to see where God is taking me and how it is all going to fall together. I have every confidence it will in the perfect way, time, place and with the right people.

My job is to put Him first — seek first to be the light He sent me here to be. I do my work, do my best, but I don’t feel the need to orchestrate, control or manipulate anything. That’s His job. Every day is a fun surprise to see where He’ll place the blessings and how things will eventually fall into place.

I hope I can stay in this place. It is the most amazing, peaceful and hopeful place. By all appearances, I should be distraught and an anxious mess, but I’m as calm as a sunny morning. God is good! Life is good! I am blessed.

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great pyrenees

Day 18: All Creatures Great and Small

I’ve been praying for months now to find a new home for my Great Pyrenees. She won’t be able to stay with us long term because we’ll be moving to an apartment in the fall. I needed to find a home for her before I left to spend the summer in Utah next week. I’ve been praying for her to have a great farm with animals so she could really shine in her element. This week God led us to a perfect home for Snow. In today’s segment I share the story of how this all came together in only a way that God can orchestrate.

 

Here’s a video of Snow checking out her new home:

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healing

Day 17: Open Our Eyes That We Might See

One of the most powerful prayers I’ve prayed is, “Lord, please open my eyes that I may see the opportunities in everything around me.” So many times we are blind. We do not see what is right in front of our faces. While Jesus healed many people who were physically blind during his mortal ministry, I believe the greater miracle is often opening our spiritual eyes.

Today’s thought comes from Matthew 20:3-34:

“And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?

They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.”  Matthew 20:30-34

 

God Is Love

Day 16: God Is Love

God is love. Everyone is special to God.  He is especially fond of each and every one of us. These are some lessons I learned from watching the movie, “The  Shack.” The movie helped me gain greater understanding about my own life, the challenges I’ve faced and forgive even more.

healing

Day 15: What Is the Path to Healing?

Many of us want healing in our lives — healing in our hearts, minds, bodies, emotions, and families. So many suffer from broken hearts, broken homes, lost confidence, sick bodies, and mental or emotional challenges. How can we find healing that gives hope and peace? Jesus gave this formula in Matthew 13:15:

“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears and should understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

 

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sing a new song

Day 13: Sing Unto the Lord a New Song

“O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” – Psalm 98:1

Music is one of the most healing things I’ve ever found and it has been a huge part of my life and especially the healing process I’ve gone through over the last two or three months. It has been a lifeline and I think one of the best ways we can share the light with others and help them feel the Spirit of God is through music.


Here’s a song that has been a lifeline for me over the last few months – “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott. This entire playlist is a collection of songs I’ve listened to in order to heal my heart. What songs bring light to your mind and peace to your soul?

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joint heirs with Christ

Day 12: Joint Heirs with Christ

Most of us live far beneath our privileges. We often live like paupers instead of princes and princess. In reality we are the children of God and joint heirs with Christ. It’s time we started acting like it. In this video, I talk about Romans 8:14-17

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (and daughters) of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father! The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.”

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love your enemies

Day 11: Love Your Enemies

Jesus taught “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you and persecute you.”  This is a tall order. How in the world do we get to the point where we love someone who has wronged us or severely hurt us? In this short video I give some ideas that have been working for me lately. I do not claim to be perfect in this regard by any stretch but I have received some insight by swallowing my pride and praying for my enemy.

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commitment

Day 9: Commitment – Are You All In?

You don’t reap the full impact of power of God in your life until you’re all in — until you reach a level of commitment. Half-measures don’t do. Prioritizing what God has you on this planet to do as your top priority changes everything in a fantastic way. In this video I share my experience with straddling the fence with God and how it didn’t work for me. I also share how fully choosing God and using this 90 Day Light the World:  Build the Kingdom Challenge to dive deeper is blessing my life.  And we’re only 9 days in!

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