Liana here, hello!
I've finally worked out how to use this blog thingo so now you can hear from me too! And get a wifely perspective of the journey of serving in ministry, always putting others first and releasing my husband to work for the kingdom. This means life gets tough. Add in the challenging journey of doing faith and finances and you have a hard road but a very blessed and worthwhile road because it is good to be in the will of God!
This year has been a long and painful lesson in surrender. God often tries to teach us to surrender our lives to him. He wants us to walk light, and place everything at the foot of the cross. (Matthew 11:30) He wants to align our desires with his and our soul with his. I have also been learning how sometimes God has other plans for us then we had for ourselves.
Surrendering all areas of our life to God means giving up control (or the myth that we are in control) as justin said in the last blog. God wants us to unclench our heart and our hands around areas of our life that we are trying desperately to keep to ourselves and do in our own strength...generally because we have trouble trusting God with our life. This could be our career, our finances, our relationships or simply our future plans. So he brings up the area so we can surrender it. And he wants us to trust him and 'give all of our worries to him for he cares for us' (1 Peter 5:7)
This is because he has good plans for us and what he has been speaking to me about is that he is the one writing our life story and he is the greatest author of all. Jeremiah 29:11
Hope this blesses you!