Category Archives: convictions
In the end of December/Beginning of January, a blogger wrote a post about One Word that was on your heart, for the new year, not a resolution just a word. Every year end I pray for God to give me something that will help me into and thru the new year. Sometimes its been verses i needed to commit to memory, that at some point in the year, i ended up leaning on with all being. Yeah, HE does that when we ask.
But this year He gave me a word. SURRENDER. Ahhhhh the longer i thought on it, the more mixed my thoughts became. I know that my heart is surrendered to HIM as my King, my Creator, and LORD. But it seemed to mean something else…so casually i put it aside.
As every other year, the year moves on, and soon I am faced with exactly why I need that one thing God has given me.
I learned a long time ago that people fail me, and all my decisions/choices are mine. But God never fails me.
I have been going thru lots of ups and downs, with changes in my life that just had to change. Health issues with family. With each and every heart ache, disappointment, or discouragement, HE stood before me reminding me to SURRENDER these things to HIM. Its not about how well i can take care of me or the ones i love. We all belong to HIM, and HE is doing things we just don’t always understand.
SURRENDER…getting my hands off it, laying down at HIS feet, and leaving it there with HIM..SURRENDER…A lesson I am sure i will continue to learn. Things are going well in our lives, and some rough spots are still in front of us, but breathing easy is due to SURRENDER…
GOD works as HE wants according to the plan HE has! that is the bottom line… Can any man really honestly say… “I know the mind of God, and the direction HE is taking?”
With in each heart, HE molds, rearranges, moves to create the person that HE already sees in the finished completed person. Can your head even wrap around that?
HIS children run amuck, pointing fingers, tearing down, and condemning one another, all in the name of Jesus. WRONG! We need to learn to let God be GOD, do we not have enough to love each other as HE has commanded us to do.
The negative can not out weigh the positive…not with GOD’s children. We all cry out for unity, and Unity is here…but our pride tends to suffocate it.
Totally surrendered…God is GOD, I do not think like HIM, I do not plan like HIM, and HE is not created in my image, I am created in HIS.
My convictions will rarely be yours, and your convictions will rarely be mine…it all depends on where in the work of our hearts the Creator is at.. HE alone knows my heart, and HE alone knows yours. Let’s get back to “Love the LORD your GOD will all your heart, soul, mind, and strength…and love your neighbor as your self..”
Seriously….we need to get over ourselves…
Max Lucado is an excellent story teller, and this novel is not short of brillance! Max moves through each chapter with a different story of one ordinary person who allowed their extraordinary God make difference through them. Each seeing one thing, and as it lays heavy on their heart, prays to make a difference. Each story stirs the heart to praise God! But it doesn’t stop there, it provokes the mind to do the same…make a difference..do something! (Even if it seems to be small and not making a dent) Our Extraordinary God take a little and makes a lot!
Max Lucado impresses me that the stories are not made up from somewhere in his creative juices. All can be followed up in the back of the book with the proper documentation. This book would be an excellent study book for a small group. Questions for discussion and self application are listed in the back of the book for each chapter.
This is a must read! Easy to read, back with Scripture, and motivating to press on and move forward with our God. Nothing is too hard for HIM.
Out Live Your Life, you were made to make a difference!
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