Thursday, November 24, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Surrender

It is Five Minute Friday! We gather and write for just five minutes on the same writing prompt, and then we link up at Kate's blog. You are invited to join us! This week the word is: Surrender.

dirt road through the woods in the fall

Life is a daily surrendering, a daily laying down of my own desires so that I can submit to the will of my Heavenly Father.

Each day when I wake up, my body feels miserable. I feel weak and tired. It is hard to move, hard to wake up, hard to go about my simple, daily life. If it were up to me, I would choose not to be chronically ill. I would choose not to have dysautonomia. But that is not the life God has given me, so I surrender my desires, and I accept His plan for my life.

My husband and I spent 15 years in ministry and in preparation for ministry. Yet God brought us out of ministry, and He placed a new career and path before us. It is not what we would have chosen, but it is the path God has placed before us. Each day we must surrender our plans and desires and submit to the plan God has for us.

This year I have been focusing on choosing joy in the midst of this unexpected life we have been given in Minnesota. I have been working on embracing this life, embracing Minnesota. It is a daily surrender. It is hard, but it is worth it. I am at peace. I trust that God’s plan is best. It is for my good and His glory.

My daily goal is to take up my cross and follow Jesus. I surrender to Him. 
And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?" Luke 9:23-25


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