Surrender 2014

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I am not a New Year's resolution person. I'm not against them; I just think that if God is urging me to change something or do something, then that something can begin here and now. I don't have to wait on a specific calendar date, unless He says so. With that being said, I've never chosen a word for the year, either. I'm not against that by any means and I enjoy reading the words other bloggers have chosen. But, I've never chosen one because it felt like I was jumping on the bandwagon.

This time, I intended it to be no different. I've visited many of my blogging friend's sites and have read over their word choices and I come away encouraged and blessed.

But today, during a bit of worship time, God gave me a word. I planned on listening to my You Tube play list of worship songs as I sat down to read over an article about praying over my homeschool. But instead of hitting the play button, the Holy Spirit gave me: SURRENDER. And I thought, "I love that song," so I typed in I Surrender All to listen to it instead. And during the song, I realized that has been what the Lord has been saying to me for the past 3 years, and really loudly for the past 6 months. . . ."Stacie, surrender to Me."

Don't worry about the cost.
Don't worry about what people say.
Don't worry about the time.
Don't worry about the sacrifice.
Don't worry about the pain, or tears.

Surrender all to the Lord because . . .

He can restore.
He is mine and I am His.
He can redeem.
He can make whole.
He is the Comforter.

There have been rapid changes in my life since 2011, the majority have been welcomed changes, but sometimes they've come so quickly that I feel out of sorts. . . okay, out of control, which my husband has always told me is nothing but an illusion.

And even now, the Lord is stretching me, challenging me even more: "Step out on faith. Surrender all to Me."

And so that is my word--surrender. And I'm realizing, it has been for quite some time.


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"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." -Jeremiah 29:11
 
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10 comments:

  1. Wow! 2013 was a surrendering year for me! Praise Jesus he knows my frame and is so good to gently show me things. Sooo hard for someone who likes micro managing things and no surprises!:) Daily surrendering! I love the song, I Surrender All too! I hope you have a most blessed year this year dear sister in Christ!:)

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    1. Thank you!!! I hope you have a joyous and blessed new year, too. I certainly understand what you mean. . .a daily surrender.
      Take care!

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  2. I love the word you were given. I believe I've surrendered finally, but only unexpected happenings will truly prove if I have or not. I wasn't for jumping on the bandwagon, but I shared a word this year too. Wishing you and your family a great year!

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    1. Thanks, Latonya! It's the unexpected happenings. . . but God is faithful. Surrender can be hard sometimes.

      I love the word that you chose--excellence
      Take care and blessings for a joyous new year!

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  3. Stacie,

    This was a needed read for me. Thank you(:

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    1. Gertha, you are welcome, friend. Glad you stopped by. :)

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  4. He's been slowly working this out in me too. I think He understood that this wouldn't be a message I could process in one fell swoop. Instead He's whispered this to me several times over the last 10 months and this December it hit me, it wasn't a one shot deal. Surrendering requires prayer and reflection and so much more. I'll be praying for you on your journey as I continue mine. Be blessed!

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    1. Hi Diana, my kindred spirit! Just yesterday, I almost worked myself into a frizzy. . .until the Holy Spirit gave me my word again. It is a process that truly requires prayer. . .but God is faithful. Thank you for your prayers and I will pray for you as well.
      God bless!

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  5. I stumbled across your blog looking for an image to set as my phone background. I had an image similar, got a new phone lost some pictures, BUT the reason I needed it was exactly this!!! It's my word for the year too! Surrender is so hard, but so so so necessary! Loved the post! Praying your year is full secondary to your surrender!

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    1. Hi, Deni, my fellow surrender-er!

      It is hard, but I keep reminding myself to stay committed to putting this word in action this year.

      I'm glad you found the pic! Thanks for visiting!
      Take care!!

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