I was listening to the first part of The Pineapple Story on EmbassyInstitute.org last night.
I didn't take any notes, just sat and listened. I enjoyed the first session with the various stories he shared about being in the mission field, the people and so forth. I laughed right along with the audience. Yet, I was also paying attention and some things caught my attention.
Otto Koning made a few statements. Statements I will be pondering for a while.
The more you fight and struggle with your problems, the worse they get.
As long as you are trying to solve your own problems, God won't push you out of the way. He'll wait for you to move out of the way and let Him handle them.
You can't win the ones you're fighting with, you only ruin your testimony.
As my children have said and done things and I have said things that are causing conflicts and rifts in our relationships, as my husband has hurt me and is not fulfilling the vows he made, I forget often that We war not with flesh and blood...Ephesians 6:12.
I will be meditating on this verse and committing it to memory this week.
Surrender: Cease resistance, abandon oneself entirely to, give in to, submit to a greater authority.
God is waiting on me to surrender all this mess and people to Him. He won't push me out of the way. He sees I'm hurting, angry and wailing about, but He waits patiently all the while knowing He can fix what brings me low. Ahhh, the parent child relationship in full effect.
Lord, surrendering is not easy for me, but as I'm losing this war and ruining my testimony with others and my children, I surrender them, my husband, my finances, my employment, my hurts, my "rights", my heart to You. Have Your way, may You be Lord over this all. And Lord, may You remind me and help me to surrender it all to You again each day. In Jesus Name, Amen.