One of the most difficult things to do, at least for me, is to give it all to Jesus. “It” is a pretty non-descriptive pronoun, but one that can be replaced with powerful emotions or needs.
When “it”involves those closest to your heart, and you know they are suffering unfairly at the hands of others, surrendering the details, the pain and their very future – ALL – to Jesus is the only option. And the best option.
But the human side of a mother who can turn into a fire-breathing she-dragon when someone comes after her nest or one of its inhabitants brings the temptation of saying, “That’s OK, God. I’ve got this.”
The letter “A” for today’s A to Z meme could also be for “arrogance” with a capital “A.” As if this mother could actually bring about a solution that would carry wisdom and the full knowledge of the future of those involved.
Funny how circumstances can bring up words to hymns we haven’t heard in decades …
“Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the spirit control?
You can only be blessed
And have peace and sweet rest
When your all on the altar is laid.”
Another hymn from our Christian heritage carries a commitment as we sing:
“All to Jesus I surrender. All to Him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust Him. In His presence daily live.
I surrender all. I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior.
I surrender all.”
Jesus has His own loving way of saying, “That’s OK, mom. I’ve got it all under control.”
I am a student of Christian writing. A Softer Voice is the classroom; the Bible, my textbook. The King of Kings is the Instructor. John 13:13 says "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am."
The curriculum? "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 13:18.
I have a mentor in my husband, Bud. He is also my love, my best friend and my hero, and we have been married for 42 years. I am Mom to two beautiful daughters. Our four grandsons and one granddaughter are blessed with terrific dads in our sons-in-law.
My lifetime assignment: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5,6
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