I used to think I could largely separate my spiritual life from the rest of it. Attend church, check. Tithe, check. Meal prayers, check. Bedtime prayers, check.
And it worked great. Really. Until… (By the way, there will always be an until.)
When my “until” hit–when my world tilted sideways and began to spin backward–is when I realized something was horribly missing in my life.
I felt lost and alone, confused and uncertain, devastated and hopeless.
The crazy thing was I believed in the triune God. I loved Him. I dedicated some time to Him. Still, I failed to completely surrender my life to Him. That was the problem.
I refused to fully trust the God of the universe for my strength, peace, and wisdom. I hesitated to give Him all the glory and all the honor–trying to hold onto a little for myself.
I wanted control. I wanted to call the shots and live MY life. I wanted my life neatly separated into temporal living time and spiritual worship time.
So when my “until” came, I had little more than my strength to lean on. And that could not stand against the onslaught of pain and sorrow. I needed my Maker to carry me, yet I refused to let Him do so (for a time).
And my world remained terribly off-kilter.
Because denying the Creator’s all-encompassing presence and role in our lives is courting chaos. [←Tweet this]
The Lord is a jealous God. He loves us so deeply He wants all of us.
We were not created to live any part of our lives separate from Him. Our relationship with God was to be intimate in all areas–fully exposed. A life infused with worship. A life of worship.
The Father doesn’t want the fringes of our lives. He doesn’t want just bits and pieces left over from the day. He loves us so much, He wants it all.
Let your life–your entire life–be a love song to the Lord. [←Tweet this]
That’s when your world will be right again.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).
Reflections: Practically, what does it look like to surrender your life to the Lord? What is the first step in doing just that?
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- Badminiton & tennis in same day; A glowing report fm school for Rach; Ability to make goodies for Dan to take to college
- Interacting w/ HS seniors at a special event; Willingness of Rach’s teachers to try things for success; Walk w/ hubby
- Prolific garden this year; Working together as a family to get “it” done; Blessings (sometimes unknown) of interruptions
- Grasshopper enjoying a morning ride on my windshield; Freezing yummy sweet corn for the yr; Peaceful dark of a new moon
- God’s purposeful call on my life&yours; A day w/ ladies who passionately serve the Lord; Big bro taking little bro along
- Buckets of wild plums to add to my perserve making; Deep feeling of belonging in church this morning; Katydid serenade
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