Unconditional Surrender

  “I put no conditions on my surrender.” I mumbled those words after wrestling with something I feared God wanted me to do, but I dreaded. “Lord, you’re really not asking me to do that are you? You know that’s the one thing I’m most terrified of doing! Surrender! I’ve watched enough movies to know that in times of …

The Deep Waters of Surrender

Giving up control is like letting out fishing line into deep waters where opportunities, you never dreamed of, swim below the surface. The longer I live, the surer I am of this truth: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the …

Surrender: Bird of Paradise

Yesterday, I awoke with the desire to create. What a magical moment it was when the muse returned. You see, lately I’ve struggled with finding a place for my personality. I’m certain a contributing factor was the abrupt ending of my career as a classroom teacher. In June, I applied for and was hired as …

Lazy Rivers of the Mind

Have you ever wanted to be… a person of calm someone who floats with, instead of fights against the current? Two summers ago, my best friend, Barbie, and I decided to do just that. During a visit with her in beautiful Colbert, Washington, we decided to float down the Little Spokane River that flows across …

Ambition: The Rhinoceros of the Soul

Ambition is my Achilles heel—a character weakness in my animal-like nature that drives me off course. Ambition is the fly in the ointment of my spirituality—an ever-present annoyance that buzzes around my brain, convincing me to go off course in pursuit of another vain pursuit. Ambition drives me to obsess the future, take big steps …

Surrender

Money vanishes on wings of circumstance—not as a homing pigeon returning to roost... but like a wild hawk breaking free of the tether. And yet, we mortals breathe in cultural winds that promise swift returns and scurry to fill the empty cage with another beast of prey. Surrender—how poignant and yet so difficult. "Father, if …

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