Is it too late to post about my life's theme for the year? I suppose since I'm the sole author and boss of this blog, I can if I want to, even though it is already January 21st of the new year. In case I didn't say it before, I'm not a New Year's Resolution type of gal, and I don't always have a "theme" that I have purposely stated to start the year. However, I have on occasion (actually I did this just last year too) decided upon a focus or "theme" for my life and relationship with God to work on in the "new year".
I believe that God is directing me to "surrender" this year - to raise the white flag and give up my will for His in a particular area of my life. He is
making helpling me to understand that I cannot manufacture a heart change on my own and that I am powerless. Therefore I surrender in prayer. I just told a friend a couple of weeks ago about my theme of surrender as she and I discussed resolutions. On Wednesday this past week, at the first meeting of my CBS bible study this year the one song we sang to prepare our hearts for the lecture was the old hymn "I Surrender All" by Judson VanDeVenter & Winfield Weeden. I laughed aloud as I started singing this song, knowing it was just for me.
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
All to Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.
This is a hard song to sing with sincerity, isn't it? Surrendering all is no easy task, especially for independent people like myself. I am humbled once again at the concept of surrender as I think of the example of Jesus surrendering His will for the will of His Father in dying so that I might live.
Jesus died so that we might live in the power of His resurrection should we choose to surrender our lives to Him. With that in mind, I want to direct you to this post written by Janice over at 5 Minutes for Mom that I found yesterday entitled "White Funeral". Much to my "surprise" that this post was about surrender. As I read it, I thought it was just perfect for my week...and my year's theme. Yes, I think God is trying to tell me something.
To Think About:
1) What am I holding on to that if I gave it over to God completely would change my life?
2) What is holding me back from complete surrender?