Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lessons I'm Learning As I Surrender...

Psalm 119:71
"It was good for me to be afflicted
       so that I might learn your decrees."

Mornings around here are busy. They are unpredictable. They are tiring.

A while back, I discovered that I'm definitely not a schedule person, I'm a routine person. And while the routine I have set up really does help our mornings run smoothly, there are always unknown factors that can disturb a perfectly scheduled morning.

--A potty-training toddler has an "accident", leaving quite a mess to clean up
--Momma has a headache and is running in slow motion
--The baby is teething and follows you around in a half scream/half cry all morning
--Someone dumps over the gallon of milk
--The sink is leaking
--Someone spills oatmeal all over another child's worksheets
--Someones tummy is hurting
and sometimes the hardest to deal with...
--Momma didn't get to have her quiet time with Jesus

The first thing I'm learning as I am freshly surrendering my days to the Lord, is that if I am truly surrendered, I'll be content even when events happen that are out of my control.

If I am surrendered, I know that whatever happens in my day is for a purpose--

If I wake early to have my quiet time, but the rest of the house decides to wake up too, the Lord must have known that I could creatively get time with Him another way that day.

If I didn't get my timing down right and missed my morning shower, the Lord must have known I'd still get by without that coveted shower.

If...If...If...lately seems more like "when...when...when" but I've become okay with that because I'm surrendered to HIS plan, not mine.

He is the Author of my day and it won't do much good to pine after how I wanted the day to go, when obviously it's not going to look the way I had hoped.

Over the years, I have become SURE with many things about my Lord...a couple of those things are~~
He is purposeful.
He is in control.
He is always working on me.

It's because of those reasons I can be assured that surrendering my day to Him means trusting Him that He knows my needs even better than meAND that He will supply all my needs, BUT that he loves me enough to sometimes not let everything happen the way I plan and hope.  

Because thankfully, He knows better than to always let me get my way...He has too many lessons to teach me to that happen!!!

Psalm 119:71
"It was good for me to be afflicted
       so that I might learn your decrees."

(Looking over last years routine, I'm realizing it's time to update that post...that'll be coming soon!)

10 comments:

{:miss v:} said...

Girl...this is an awesome post. Tears actually welled up in my eyes. When you said this:

"He is purposeful.
He is in control.
He is always working on me.

It's because of those reasons I can be assured that surrendering my day to Him means trusting Him that He knows my needs even better than me. AND that He will supply all my needs, BUT that he loves me enough to sometimes not let everything happen the way I plan and hope."

Thank you for reminding me that He is in control and is ALWAYS working on me AND He's knows what I need more than even I do. I've been going through so much personally recently that at times it's just too overwhelming. But thankfully God knows how much I can take and He's the one controlling my situation.

Thank you for this post today, it was an encouragement.

Alice said...

This is such an encouraging post! I am so far from it right now, but it is good to be EXPOSED to it through others all the same. I am a big control freak and find it so very hard to surrender anything to anyone, in any way (uh oh!)! I am going to think and pray on this some more.

I just wanted to tell you that I took the boys for eye tests after your post a few weeks back! Their eyes are fine for now, but they may need glasses later in childhood. Matthew is colour-blind - we did not know that before, and I'm a little sad, but never mind! It's not a big big issue. I'm just so thankful to have taken them and to know how their eyes are doing. Thank you for the inspiration! :)

cooperkelly4 said...

Ahhh so true. =0) I am learning that how the day goes is also determined by:1)trusting the Lord, and 2) my response to what happens during the day. This mom is trying to honor Him and bring Him glory in each moment. =0) Thankfully we have a new day, new hour, new minute to get things back on track if need be.

Harter said...

As always I love your post! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Coby said...

Wonderfully encouraging! I'm in the phase of "I got up early to have my quiet time...and so did 3 other little people!" I just want to obey Him...which means surrender, right? ;-) Thank you for this!

~Amy~ said...

Grace, I always enjoy reading your blog. You are such an encouraging person. Thank you!

Nicci Lynn said...

ooohhh, girl, I am THERE! LOL! Right now I am having to surrender my previous "4 kid" schedule and realize there are FIVE now and one of them is hungry A LOT (and that I am her only form of food!). This is God's design, it is good, it is right. It is God's plan for THIS stage of my mothering. Sometimes I feel so far from God because I am so busy, yet then again these 5 "busy-makers" are His gift and I drawing closer to Him by caring for the children he has given me to care for. Because of the I am stretched - I need Him MORE......A LOT MORE!

Corrie said...

Thank you for this Grace! You point to Christ so sweetly with your whole life. I have always loved that Christ is the Author of Salvation. Now I'll be thinking about how He is the Author of my every moment.
He is such a good God!
I'm needing to review our routine and get us back on track, I think this kind of constant surrender is just the way to do that.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I sooooo needed this today. We definitely had "one of those days", and I find I'm so much more at peace when I surrender to Him.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I just blogged about this very subject. A daily portiono of grace when life gets messy. You'll have to check it out. It is going up this morning.

Very well-written and well-said. You are not alone.

I sit here and write this in another one of my insomnia moments (happens frequently). I used to stress out about my insomnia, but now I know that God will give me what I need to make me the mama He wants me to be for the next day, even when I am sleep-deprived.

Blessings, Friend!

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