Another great Ladies Retreat with the women of the Central New York District of the Wesleyan Church.
This year’s prayer walk devo… You can check out last year’s here.
White Flags: Surrendering Our Battlegrounds
On what do you base your hope?
One thing that living with chronic depression has taught me is that we can’t manufacture hope. Hope has to be based on something outside ourselves, and there’s only one Hope that holds through it all. Even when we can’t feel it.
My dreams have changed over the years. Some died. Circumstances burst them. Or let them slowly deflate.
It’s easy to resent that.
My life looks different than I thought it would. In some ways it’s better. In some ways just different. But others…
Sometimes life choices so basic that we take them for granted, are taken out of our hands.
It’s hard when God doesn’t give us the things in life that seem basic, even necessary. You know, those things that it seems “everyone else” has.
Maybe you struggle with infertility.
Maybe you can’t pursue a career you’re passionate about.
Maybe you thought you’d be married by now.
Maybe you’ve lost a spouse. A parent. A child.
Whether or not you’ve held it in your hand, you miss something so badly it’s a gaping, empty ache deep inside you, and when you’re willing to admit it, you’re angry at God. You don’t trust Him. You’d rather have your will in the situation than His.
Because His way seems hard. Unfair.
When we pin our hopes on things of this life and they’re not given, or they’re taken away, we lose our joy, and forfeit peace.
I don’t understand all the pain in the world. The unfairness. The injustice.
I just know that God is bigger. God is good. And God transforms everything yielded to Him into something worthwhile. Even beautiful.
Maybe you resist God’s loving embrace in less visible areas.
Pride. Unforgiveness. Self-centeredness. Disobedience.
Why do we fight a loving God so hard? We will never win. Every day we fight we lose a little more peace, a little more joy, a little more of the woman God created us to be.
Life is a series of losses. Nothing comes without something being left behind. The only way to have hope, peace, and joy is in surrender to the God who created us, and sees the bigger picture that we cannot.
What is your battleground with God?
Claim victory today by surrendering.
Are you ready to wave your white flag?
This year’s speaker was Shana Schutte. Check out her wonderful book Betrayed by God?: Making Sense of Your Expectations. Also available for Kindle.
Coming soon… Saturday & Sunday devos… AND prayer walk e-book!!
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