Hello Sweet Cheer: Surrender



Good morning and Happy Thursday! I hear today is St. Patrick's Day? I've never been into specifically celebrating a holiday like today, but I do generally try to wear green to avoid people pinching me! ;) These days this is what I would go for on a day like today!

     I basically LIVE in yoga pants! Not to mention, Old Navy is having 17% off all purchases today only! They have been running tons of different promotions and I have a few things in my shopping cart so we'll see when I finally place the order! ;)

     Onto what I really want to talk about. Over the last two days I have had an urge inside me to write. I have had an urge to write something that matters. I haven't known what that was but in my time with Jesus today, He was so incredibly crystal clear. The Lord used my desire and urge to write to perk up my ears and truly listen to what He wanted me to hear from Him. I love that He is so intentional to use anything and everything to teach me.

     This morning I finished up the book of Luke. In our community group we have been reading through the Gospels and what I read today spoke volumes to me. There are two places in the book of Luke that I want to highlight.
Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 
Luke 23:46 "Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last."
      As I read these two verses I felt an overwhelming sense of awe. I saw the immense TRUST and SURRENDER Jesus had for the Father. In Luke 22:42, he trusts the Father. He asks God to change what is about to happen, to take it away from him, but ultimately says, "YOUR will be done, Father". I am learning about how to fully trust God in everything. I need to trust Him fully with our finances, with becoming a mother, with the birth of our son and how that will play out, with where He will take us in the future and with where He has us right now. I feel like I've been learning to trust Him since the day I began walking with Him. Right now though, the Lord has been challenging my trust and drawing me into a deeper trust of Him and His plan.

     Secondly, in Luke 23:46 Jesus commits his spirit to God. He is hanging on the cross and he cries out to the Lord, and surrenders. He says, Lord take me. He literally allows himself to die - and here's the crazy part - so that I might have life. He had the greatest surrender to the Father in such an incredibly dark moment in his time on earth. He has the people who are mocking him standing right there, heckling him, accusing him, stripping him of dignity and in that very moment, He surrenders fully to the God of the Universe. I can hardly fathom the kind of trust that takes.

     I think this morning the Lord gave me the word 'surrender' through these parts of scripture to draw me into His presence and remind me that I must let go of what I have my grip on and allow Him to truly be the LORD over my life.

Sorry for being a little long winded today - happy Thursday and have a great weekend!

xoxo || meredith holguin

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