Jan 28 2018

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Surrender and Win

Surrender and Win

Surrender and Win

Surrender sounds like a word of defeat, but it’s not.

Not always.

Surrender releases and brings freedom. Letting go of a dark, bitter-filled past welcomes a fresh, new today ripe with possibility—of a life without poisonous, plaguing thoughts.

Surrender frees us to be in charge…of ourselves and not everyone else and the world. Control feels powerful, but it’s a false sense of control, and it’s exhausting to have all that responsibility.




Find another way in surrender and rest.


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
~Jim Elliot

I’ve been the fool by holding on to my way. My way doesn’t work. My way is shortsighted. My understanding is limited. How can I possibly know what’s best for me and for the people all around me all the time? I can’t. No one can.

Have you found yourself frustrated at your own plans flopping? You did your best and tried your hardest, but it didn’t work. Trying to force “my way” is foolish. It’s no different for you. One way to ruin a day, and a life, is to chase after a clenched-fist “my plan.” There’s a better way. Surrender and rest.

Jesus spoke of his own surrender before the cross

““Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:36‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Everything is possible for you,” he prayed. I’ve prayed that too. But I struggle with words of surrender, “Yet I want your will…” That’s harder. That’s a perfect picture of surrender.

Even though Jesus faced the cross—what he wanted to avoid—the Father’s plan was most important. From the vantage of eternity, all who are in Christ benefit he chose God’s Will over Jesus’ right-in-the-moment desire.

The Bible calls us to have Christ’s attitude—the same one that had desires, yet released them to God’s will. As we surrender our will, we win. We win because we gain God’s eternal best.

Planning is good. Planning that is surrendered to God is better.

Here is a prayer of surrender that wins.

A Prayer of Surrender


Father God,

I take my fists and release them from my plans for today. I have plans. I think they are good, but you know my heart. You, alone, know what the day will bring. Give me your wisdom to face the challenges. Give me eyes to see where you are working—and what part you want me to play.

Do you want me to speak? What words? Give me words of kindness.

Do you want me to act? Where do you want me to go? How should I keep my hands busy?

Do you want me to be silent or be still? Lord, you know how hard that is for me. Give rest for my heart and mind that spins with solutions and tries to figure it all out.

Where can I be your hands and feet? Where can I speak the message of the hope found in you?

Help me to rest in your sovereignty and to hold my thoughts captive.

I am yours.

I want to have the attitude of Christ.

I want your will. Help me to know it.

In Jesus’ name,



What brings you to a place of surrender to God’s will?

I get there, more often that I’d like to admit, when I have exhausted all of my other schemes. I want to surrender my plans to God first. How about you?

Share your story.

Do you notice where in the Bible it talks about having the same attitude as Christ?

Philippians. This week, I’m starting a Bible study on Philippians. We’re taking it at a super slow pace so we can practice having a daily time in the word and learn practical tools to dig deeper—even if you’re new to the Bible. I’d love you to join me.

Are these words encouraging to you? Share.

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What is Five Minute Friday?

I’m joining my Five Minute Friday friends with the word surrender. My five minutes are between the // marks.

(This was updated from an original post on November 25, 2016.)



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  1. Lesley

    So true, control feels like power but there is so much more freedom in surrender. Loved your reflections, and the prayer!

    1. Cheryl

      I forget the exchange of power (false) for freedom (real and true). Thank you for visiting. Freedom is so much better.
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