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The Book Thief
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
On Gold Mountain
Bread & Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
City of Tranquil Light: A Novel
The Distant Land of My Father
The Paris Wife
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Fall of Giants
World Without End
A Stolen Life
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
The Pillars of the Earth
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
The Road
Trials of the Earth: The Autobiography of Mary Hamilton
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
Cutting for Stone

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surrender: 40 words in 40 days

Last night I had the honor of mingling with about 25 or so women and discussing striving versus surrender. What does it look like to surrender? Why do we find it so difficult?

One wise woman mentioned the verse in Proverbs 31 that says, “she smiles at the future.” This is a picture of surrender. The word smiles is translated laughs in other versions. It can also mean to play.

In striving, I find my value in what I do and in what I can accomplish. My value is as finite as my energy or my abilities. Lust is at the center of striving. I end up taking from someone, somewhere or something to fill myself up.

In surrender, my value is eternal. My King sent his Son to die in my place. My soul will live forever in communion with him. I have value and dignity because I am made in His image. Love is at the center of surrender. I rest in my belovedness. I love others from that overflowing center of love. 

When I am surrendered, I cease demanding to understand. I don’t have to have an answer for everything. I accept my place under a Higher Authority.

She smiles at the days to come. Strength and dignity are her clothing. She has handed her burdens over to her King.

I love the photo above. These are my sisters, two of my favorite people on earth. The expressions are priceless. They capture the essence of smiling at the days to come and play. This is a picture of surrender.