This week’s word is…SURRENDER

There are words that are essential to the Mothering Conversation. Words that represent qualities and behaviors for us to try on if we are to
evolve the conversation of mothering. Each week on our blog, we feature one of these Words.

This week’s word is SURRENDER.

The last two weekly words have been Faith & Trust. As I prayed about what comes next, it occurred to me that Faith, Trust, and Surrender make a perfect trilogy; three essentials for true peace-of-mind and peace-of-heart. I see them as being cyclical, a reinforcing and continual process to living our God-designed life.
Trilogy Cycle
Faith and trust sound nice, don’t they? Very reassuring and positive. Surrender, on the other hand…that can be a tough one for many of us! When I looked up the definition of surrender, I found: to give in, give up, concede defeat, cave in, and (from Merriam-Webster) “agree to stop fighting because you know that you will not win or succeed.” Yikes, no wonder I’m not usually in a big hurry to surrender!

The truth is, surrendering my will in favor of God’s will, has NEVER left me feeling defeated or unsuccessful. Yes, surrender sometimes involves giving in or giving up something I thought I wanted. But, when I look back on such times, I see how my letting go and detaching from any one particular outcome, actually opened doors to other (better) outcomes that I couldn’t see through my tunnel vision.

God’s plan is always better than my plan. How can it not be? His vantage point of my life is far more expansive than my own. Remember the verse from last week?

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

This week, let’s take another step out in faith and in trust. Here is a prayer that we can pray to start each day:

Lord, as I start this day, help me to remember that You are in control. Guide me as I face whatever choices and decisions may come my way today. I want to surrender to Your will for me this day. Show me how to do that. Remind me when I forget. Nudge me a little harder when necessary.
I have faith in You. I trust in the work You are doing in my life, even when it looks different from what I was expecting. I know that you are full of surprises. I do believe that You will work all things for good in my life if I can stay out of the way long enough! Help me to clear my mind and stop trying to figure out what is happening. Help me to resist the urge to seize control when I become afraid or anxious. Jesus, I surrender myself to You. Take care of everything! AMEN.

This last line: “Jesus, I surrender myself to You. Take care of everything” is from a 9-day novena that I prayed during Lent. It is such a powerful statement that I continue to say it everyday. In the novena, we say that line 10 times. I guess that’s how long it takes to convince our stubborn selves to LET IT GO! And let God.

Wishing you a blessed week!
With love,
De

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