Saturday, December 13, 2014

Trust and Surrender

“I surrender all” . . . “Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus” . . . these hymns have long been favorites of mine. I so desire to have them be an echo of what is truly in my heart and in all seasons of life . . . yet it is much easier when things are going well . . . when the skies are bright, when life is going along as we hope and trials are minimal, or when encouragement and fellowship are there in abundance.

It is much harder when uncertainty surrounds, when heartache comes, or when life is just hard . . . that is when one can truly learn what ‘surrendering all’ means . . . when ‘trust’ takes on a much deeper meaning.

These are the two extremes, and most of us find ourselves somewhere in between and the proportion of each varies throughout our lives. This life as a follower of Christ certainly is a journey . . . learning, growing, maturing each step of the way through both the hard times and the good.

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
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Lessons in the areas of trust and surrender are ones I am continuing to learn as I walk through this life. I am so thankful that we have a faithful, patient, all-knowing heavenly Father who so lovingly helps us, cares for us, and guides us on the way!

As I type, part of a post that I wrote at the first of this year looking forward to the year 2014 comes to mind . . .

Sometimes the path the Lord leads us down is joy-filled and easier to walk . . . sometimes it is hard and full of what may seem to us, many twists and turns . . . sometimes growth in Christ comes easily, and it feels like progress is made quickly . . . other times it feels like a difficult upward climb over sharp rocks, and we can't seem to gain any ground, or perhaps, we even lose ground . . . sometimes it can be very humbling when He helps us to see the areas we are weak in and struggling in!

Yet all of these times, no matter how difficult or 'easy', can be used as stepping stones to bring one closer to the Lord and to help one to mature in faith, grow in character, and more. That is what I want this past year with all of its various circumstances to be for me . . . a stepping stone.

--A stepping stone to deeper fellowship with Christ and a more obedient walk with Him.

--A stepping stone to a more servant-hearted and joy filled life.


This continues to be the desire of my heart . . . to take the things that are currently in my family's lives - both the good and the hard - trusting in my God who has allowed or given all of them, and let each of them be a stepping stone upward and onward in Christ. Letting Him use these things as only He can to mold me more into a vessel fit for His use . . . to help me grow in the areas where I am weak.

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"But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter" Isaiah 64:8a
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I know that He can and will do this for each one of us when we seek to bring these things (whatever they may be for each of us) to Him in open hands, learning step by step what it truly means to trust Him and to “surrender all” to our loving, all-wise Father.

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"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
and whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
that extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
nor cease to yield fruit."
Jeremiah 17:7-8
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10 comments:

  1. I haven't commented on your blog in well over a year, Sarah, but I wanted to let you know that I just said a prayer for you ... I hope that God helps you grow and learn more about His love for you during whatever trials you're facing, and that, if it's in His will, everything would settle back down to normal very soon. :-)

    I hope you've been well. Blessings to you and your family!

    Love in Christ,
    Vicki
    http://nomoreafraid.blogspot.com/

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  2. We appear to be at a similar place right now, Sarah. I will share something that a friend shared with me recently: "For the Christian, suffering is always doing something; it's not meaningless. It's ever active to produce something for your good and God's glory! Keep looking to Him, my friend!"

    ~ Betsy

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  3. Good post and beautiful photos!

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  4. Thank you Sarah. And the lovely thing is that as we do trust and surrender, that's when we really prove His love and power, and how real it is in our lives. We don't truly know we have faith until it's tried.
    Hugs,
    Rena

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  5. It was good to hear from you again, Vicki! And thank you so much for your kind comment and for praying for us. God has indeed been helping us grow and has been teaching us through these things . . . He is so faithful and always near.

    Blessings to you and your family as well!

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  6. It does seem that way, Betsy! Thank you for sharing what your friend shared with you . . . it was encouraging to me. There was a passage of Scripture I have been thinking about lately from 2 Corinthians which relates and in part reads: “Therefore we do not lose heart . . . our momentary light affliction is producing for us the eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen;

    This is so encouraging! Whatever things we are going through, God will use them for our good and for our growth in Him . . . there is indeed good that will come from them! The harder part, though, is during these times to look not at what we ‘see’, but truly leaning “not on our own understanding” and instead trusting in our faithful God who knows everything from the beginning to the end and Who will indeed work all things for good in the lives of His children. Faith truly is a learning and growing process. :)

    Thank you again for sharing, and I will be praying for you all!

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  7. You’re welcome, Rena! And thank you for sharing what you did . . . how very true that is, and it is something I have been realizing even more lately. The trying of our faith does indeed prove God’s character as we trust and surrender to Him . . . and the trials help us grow in faith if we let them!

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  8. Beautiful post, Sarah, thank you! Some of these things are so easy to say when things are going well but when the reality hits is when we get tested. May the Lord be near to you in your time of trial.

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  9. You're welcome, Anna, and thank you for what you shared and your kind words!

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