five minute friday

surrender: because love bids us to yield our souls

I don’t want to get up. Sunlight slices its way through chinks in the curtains and I still seek to surrender to sleep, long for the rest I urgently need. My body gives a nod to somnolence, even as I know I must surrender to something else.

My man’s medication is due soon. He needs a drink. And these days his mind is tuned more to forgetfulness in those areas than remembrance. I feel my wife-heart tugging stronger in his direction as I help him to manage the mechanics of his illness.

There’s one more thing…before weary feet hit floor I have another ache inside to attend to. There’s a holy surrender at work in me, bending like a tree to Holy Spirit wind. There’s a hungry leaning toward God and a desperate need for His mercy and grace, for the Light only He can shine on my darkest days.

Because I cannot do life without daily surrender to God. I cannot be who I want to be around others, or love them well, unless I let Him love me first.

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We may begin our days without a thought, but pretty soon cares and concerns will creep in and overwhelm. Worry sits heavy on the doorstep of our hearts and anxiety seeks to trip us up at every turn.

Thankfully, there is a remedy for this…

  • A daily yielding to God’s goodness and grace
  • A moment by moment seeking God’s face
  • A continual conversation with Him in prayer
  • A lifting of the heart heavenwards for every need
  • A lifetime of willing surrender to Him

And as we seek God’s face, He smiles back with tender, infinite love, mercy and grace in His eyes, a readiness to meet our need. Who wouldn’t want to bathe in the Light of God’s healing benediction?

Do not fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praise shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 The Message

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I have also surrendered to words sitting within, longing to be shared once more with the wonderful five-minute-friday writing crew gathering at Kate Motaung’s site. There are extra special things happening there today. Do come and join us, take a look and read the great posts on offer.

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