…and survived the boiling water! I am glad for the weekend. I am also glad for the challenges of the week as there are always great things to be learned as a result. I had to deal with several different work-related situations that weren’t fun this week – but hey, conflict often leads to stronger relationships when it can be handled right. In this case, that’s what happened and I am thankful!
Random insertion, I’m reading the book, Dangerous Surrender…what happens when you say yes to God by Kay Warren.
A good friend of mine and I are reading it together at her suggestion. At first I was leary, but now I’m really finding the whole experience very intriguing. We are meeting tomorrow to discuss the first three chapters. So far here are few excerpts or thoughts that have been really thought provoking:
To want to serve God in some conditions, but not others, is to serve Him in your own way. But to put no limits on your submission to God is truly dying to yourself. This is how to worship God. Open yourself to God without measure. Let his life flow through you like a torrent. Fear nothing on the road you are walking. God will lead you by the hand. Let your love for Him cast out the fear you feal for yourself. (Francois Fenelon)
One of the most deeply held illusions of Westerners…is that we are tough and independent and quite sure that we don’t need anyone else. We carry these illusions over into our spiritual lives as well, and doing so keeps many from following Christ.
Surrender means that we have to come to the end of our independence from him [God], our reliance on self-sufficiency, and our insistence that we don’t need him. Surrender to God changes everything.
The biggest block to our surrender is not our appetites and wayward desires but our addiction to running our own lives. (Gary Thomas)
Figuring out God’s ways isn’t any of my business. Following Him is.
I’ve made it to chapter three and it has turned my head upside down. I look forward to more and will keep you posted.