Saturday, January 1, 2011

Spiritual Sunday "Surrender"

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"At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance" Maya Angelou

I'ts the first day of twenty-eleven. A New Year. New Beginnings.

Last year was pretty good. I won a national book award for my story, In the Eye of Deception....I sold tons of copies. Many people said my story gave them hope. I had agonized over telling...but I found out...He redeems everything. And I met new friends...amazing people....in everyday life...and here on my blog. Twenty-ten..was a good year...a great year.

I used to dread new beginnings...letting go of the familiar....the known...even when the known wasn't so great. But now with Him in my corner I have confidence and courage to let go of one to allow for the other.  

Twenty-eleven. I'm dreaming big...believing for another great year. I know He's in it...He's got plans....and awesome adventures. Before I step into the new year....I surrender....to the Him who bought my freedom...who cut the chains that held me tight....who took away the hopelessness... and replaced it with hope and life and peace. 

All to Jesus I surrender....I surrender all

26 comments:

Karen said...

Congratulations on your book and the award! I know God will continue to bless and use your testimony in the coming year.

Virginia said...

Sarah Happy New Year! You are amazing,
beautiful, brave, sweet. I sincerely enjoy always reading your posts. You have such a beautiful spirit, and your FAITH is your LIGHT, and it's shining so bright. God bless and keep you!
Virginia

Whidbey Woman said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! and a very Happy Spiritual Sunday, Sarah. May God continue to bless you and use you in amazing ways.

Wanda's Wings said...

Happy New Year. Surrendering to Him is the only way!

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

I have needed to read you, today. Happy new year!

Annesphamily said...

Hi sweet Sarah! I wish you much love, happiness,s health and more success with your writing in 2011. I know He has blessed you and I both tremendously in 2010. Let's repeat the process for this new year!
God Bless you and yours.
Hugs
Anne

Ginny said...

I hope that this year is just as wonderful and full of good surpises for you as the last one was!!

Denise said...

Happy New Year, love you very much.

Nana Jul said...

Happy New Year Sarah! Surrendering is the BEST way to start the year afresh, with great anticipation! Smile sista...He's smiling on you!
Love
Julie

Crystal Mary said...

Congratulations sweet Sarah.
Happy New Year to you.Yes we all need to surrender, to let go and let God..
He loves you. xxxxxx Crystal Mary

RCUBEs said...

Happy New Year sweet sister! May this year even bring you better days ahead. God bless you and protect you as you continue to follow His leading. Take care and "remain strong in His mighty power."

Charlotte said...

I know God has wonderful plans for your year...your life. "He rejoices over you with singing" Zeph. 3:17.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Congratulations!
May this year be as great as the last as you follow Him.
Happy New Year!

Y. Ikeda said...

Happy New Year. Hope that this year is also a great year for you:)

dunlizzie said...

Happy New Year, Sarah! Yes, I believe God has plans for this year for you. (Jer. 29:11) What wonderful things He works through our surrendered hearts :) Blessings to you, friend.

shopannies said...

I too dread change and the newness of something with the chance of being different always has its good points as well as its bad. I wish you a happy New Year in 2011 and hope that is very prosperous for you

Sandy said...

Happy 2011 Sarah!

CRY said...

Thats one of my FAVORITE church songs, just love it.
Congrats to you, and how fun to watch My Jesus guide you through it all!

Joan said...

Sarah - I'm so glad to have "met" you though blogging. I wish you a Happy New Year and God's richest blessings.

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Thank you for the words of encouragement and one of my favorite praise and worship hymn songs! A lovely spiritual Sunday very early on Monday :)

Charlotte said...

I have probably sung that song hundreds of times through the years. I'm anxious to see what God will do in your life this year. Thank you for sharing your dreams and fears with us. I have a good feeling about 2011. As the saying goes, I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the National Book Award.

Wishing you an awesome 2011!

daylily777 said...

Congratulations on the success of the book & the Award ! God Bless you in 2011!I love the video.
~Myrna

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Congratulations on your award! You are a very special person. I wish you a very Happy New Year. Thanks for inspiring others, and be a testimony of God's existence.

I was thinking of you when I posted my latest story. Steve, a friend of mine, saved my his Faith.

Blessings.
Doris

kymber said...

Wonderful news about your award! Congratulations!
Great video - That is one of my very favorite songs - I enjoy is sung by Bryan Duncan.

God's richest blessings to you as you yield to ALL that He has for you this new year
Best regards,
Kymber

Julie Musil said...

Happy 2011 to you. I think surrendering can sometimes be difficult, but sometimes it's a real relief. I think more great things are in store for you this year.