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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

October 25, 2014

I SURRENDER ALL

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘surrender’? Do you think of weakness, inability to continue the fight, cowardice? Often, when associated with war and battles, we do see surrender as the ultimate act of failure on the part of the one surrendering, but success for the group to whom they are surrendering! Surrendering, in this case, means lost control of all remaining resources, soldiers, everything brought with them to fight the battle.

As Christians, we are asked to surrender our control to Jesus. Does this make us losers? Are we weak because we are willing to surrender rather than fight against the urgings of the Holy Spirit? I think the enemy would like us to see our faith as a weakness. We often hear secular humanists, atheists, talk about ‘religion’ as a crutch meant to control society, a form of bondage to whichever religion we have chosen to follow. All the dos and don’ts in many churches make outsiders, unbelievers, feel that religion is just a bunch of rules!

But, in reality, the opposite is true… “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 KJV). We are instructed to allow the teachings of Jesus to permeate our entire being: “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (1 Timothy 4:15 KJV). Giving our heart to Jesus is the most liberating thing one can do, because no longer is there the need to try to be good enough; Jesus was ‘good enough’ for us!

Jesus was perfect in every way and covers our shortcomings with His robe of righteousness! “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10 KJV). When someone puts their life on the line to save you, how can you ever show enough gratitude?

My <3 song is about total surrender to the One who put His life on the line for each of us:

“All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

REFRAIN:
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessèd Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His name!”

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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