The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “surrender.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
So my word for the year in 2017 was “surrender.” I’m not sure how well I did on that but here are some of the quotes that inspired my decision last year (I had them posted next to my bed all year long):
“But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned them, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus [surrendering your entire self to Him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power and goodness].” (2 Timothy 3:14-15 AMP)
“Surrender is a battle term. It implies giving up all rights to the conqueror. God has a plan for our lives and surrendering to Him means we set aside our own plans and eagerly seek His. The good news is that God’s plan for us is always in our best interest (Jeremiah 29:11) … Our Lord is a wise and beneficent victor; He conquers us to bless us.” (gotquestions.org).
“And I will fall in love and fail at love, and fall in my love, but I will never stop the practicing, practicing, practicing, the givenness and the receiving. For what is faith, what is love, if it is not practiced? We in this vulnerable communion of brokenness and givenness, will simply keep surrendering again to love because God is love and this is all that wins…Love or war, the answer is one and the same: I surrender.” (Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way)