Thursday, October 13, 2011

Submitting to God #2


Let me share today, the rest of nancy Guthrie's quote from my previous post. Her take away from the call in Scripture to submit under God in all circumstances is SO encouraging:
For me, submission has meant a quiet, though sorrowful, acceptance of God's plan and God's timing. It has meant giving up the plans I had for my daughter, for my family, for my life, and bringing them all under submission to him.
Now what I wish is that it had been a one-time decision, a one-time sacrifice. But throughout Hope's life, as her condition deteriorated her, the call to submission hasn't stopped, and it hasn't gotten easier. Every day, as I let go of my dreams and my desires, as I see little girls the age Hope would be bringing a smile to the face of their moms and dads, as I plan for another child who will only be with us a short time, I'm once again called upon to submit. Some days I do better than others... 
Shouldn't we cry out to God with boldness and passion and persistence in a prayer that says, "God, would you please accomplish your will? Would you give me a willing heart to embrace your plan and your purpose? Would you mold me into a vessel that you can use to accomplish what you have in mind?" And then, perhaps, we could add a tiny P.S. that says, "and if that includes, healing, we will be grateful."  
Isn't real faith revealed more through pursuing God and what He wants than by pursuing what I want?
Because I believe his plans for me are better than what I could plan for myself, rather than run away from the path he has set before me, I want to run toward it. I don't want to try to change God's mind—his thoughts are perfect. I want to think his thoughts. I don't want to change God's timing—his timing is perfect. I want the grace to accept his timing. I don't want to change God's plan—his plan is perfect. I want to embrace his plan and see how he is glorified through it. I want to submit."- Nancy Guthrie
YES!  This is what I long for: a heart fully His, living daily to His glory. I want to embrace everything He has for me and grow more and more into Him. Praying He'll continue this work in me in even greater ways.

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