I worked 7-4:30 today…early morning and long day. It was good to get off before 5pm though! Spent the afternoon relaxing and then testing out my new camera 🙂 Didn’t take too many pictures as it was getting darker outside and kinda chilly.
I haven’t updated on my mom lately, so I will give a quick update on her. She is doing great! She is feeling good and being her normal amazing self! Her spirits are high as well! There shouldn’t be anything new to know until her next appointment on November 22nd, so we are awaiting that. Praying already that her nerves would not get to her about this next appointment, that our family would continue to trust God in faithfulness, and that God would be brought glory through our family’s testimony and response to this ongoing trial.
Been thinking for a few days now about surrendering to the God’s will and how freeing that really is. So many think the Christian life is all about restrictions. Truly though, there is nothing more freeing in the Christian life to surrendering to God’s will. This total surrender allows us to just live life…we don’t have to overly worry about future plans or fret when our lives don’t pan out the way we thought; we don’t live in fear of what God has planned for us because we trust His perfect will. We are no longer in bondage to our sin when we fully give our lives over to the Lord. We recognize and acknowledge that we really belong to God (and we really do). When someone hears surrender to God, they may feel as though it means to stop living, but truly it means to start living. Life becomes all about what it really should be about and it is lived in a way that is not confined to this world’s standards or anything this world offers. Putting our desires into His hands and holding all things in this life with an open hand allows us to remain satisfied in whatever He has for us. We are not disappointed when we are surrendered to the will of God because all that He has for us is infinitely better than our plans for ourselves. Surrendering to God is living under His grace by faith…we are in fellowship with His love and close to Him at all times when we are submitted to Him. It’s yet another paradox of the Christian life–> becoming fully surrendered to our Master is the only way to live in true freedom. I love being free in Christ!
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”