I have been a Christian for many, many years. I was born into a ministry family and accepted Jesus at a young age. But it wasn’t until about 4 years ago, that I set out to live a surrendered, God-dependant life. One practical way I walk that out is by prayerfully writing out my dreams and goals in the front of each new prayer journal; for my life, my family, ministry, and I ask God to remove the desire for any dream or goal that is not a part of His will for my life. And then when I write out my prayers over time, I also write out the God whispers – the things I feel He is speaking in regards to the future He has for me.
I have to say living my life from a place of surrender has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. God has taken me places I never thought I would go. He’s given me the ability to stand firm through situations that seemed impossible in the natural, and over time He moved those mountains. He has also given me strength and courage I never knew were possible.
That’s not to say it’s been an easy journey. There have been days and seasons where I didn’t understand what I was walking through; my circumstances didn’t appear to line up with the picture I had in my head of what I thought things should look like. There have been times of doubt, where I felt the God whispers and promises spoken over my life would never come to pass. During those moments I’ve wondered, “Did I hear wrong… what is going on?”
When those thoughts creep in I fix my eyes back on God and who He is. I go to verses like Numbers 23:19, that says “God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
God is faithful to complete what he begins. He does not speak and then not act, lead and then abandon, call and then turn away. He is steady, secure and dependable. Remembering who God is gives me the courage to rise up again, unafraid to keep moving forward, to keep trying, to keep loving; to rest in Him and trust His plan.
How about you? How do you practically live a life of surrender, and how do you encourage yourself when your circumstances don’t seem to be going the way you pictured, or when doubt creeps in?
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