Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 738 of Giving Thanks

“Quiet my mind”, I hear myself again… and in the noise of the day, I fight quiet. Earlier today, I found myself writing a list of all that I ‘wanted’ to do while I was on my trip. There is this “one item” that has been on this list for way too long. Every time I try to complete this task, I hit major “head blocks”. It appears there is no passage through – so, do I leave this one item on my list or remove it. And, I think, “Have I truly given this one item over to God? Have I really submitted to His will, or am I trying to handle it on my own?”

“[Let go, relax] Cease striving and (A)know that I am God; I will be (B)exalted among the [b]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us;  The God of Jacob is our stronghold. 
                         Selah.” ~Psalm 46:10-11 (New American Standard Bible)

“Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” ~ Psalm 46:10-11 (Amplified Bible)



These are questions that I will ponder tonight and give to the workings of the Holy Spirit as I sleep. It is truly my desire to be in God’s will, to live out this life in a manner that is pleasing to my Father.  Lord, I pray for surrendering on every level, from every fiber and deeply within my heart. Help me to dwell in ways I have not yet done.

sur•ren•der
verb (used with object)
1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police.
3. to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship.
4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.
verb (used without object)
6. to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.

“For the choir director: A psalm of David. 
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
“God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat.
“The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true;
each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19 (New Living Translation)

So on my heart, surrender – be still – relax and let God! So, what do I do? I yield, renounce, waive, cede, abandon , forgo, capitulate and relinquish all my efforts, which are independent of God, and submit to His will and plan. I am grateful Lord, that in “getting quiet”, you will still be working it all out deeply in my heart and soul.

Shawn Delia Boreta

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