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Surrendering Our Will- Even in Harsh Conditions

You may remember this post that I wrote last year about my lone pansy that had grown in our rock patio entitled “Growing Between A Rock and A Hard Place.”

Well, this week I came out to find a surprise. My little pansies were no longer alone. They had grown and multiplied and are now lining the wall of my stone foundation and bluestone patio. Seems that they did well in spite of their rocky surroundings. In fact, they not only thrived, they reproduced.

Do you believe that God has you right where He wants you today, whatever your circumstances?  Do you view them as an another opportunity for dependence on Christ and a surrendering of your will on a moment by moment basis?

In the midst of what seems mundane, can you embrace your reality or will you spend your days wishing things were “different”?

Can you accept your limitations, problems, trials–and even embrace them as good gifts?

Can you bloom where you are planted?

Let me encourage you today to remember that God is working on your behalf. Though the circumstances might not be what you “signed up for”, they are in fact what God is using to mold you into the image of His son.

It’s not about happiness. It is about holiness.

Happiness is temporal. Holiness reaches forth and carries on through eternity.

Doing what makes you happy is the easy way. Doing what makes you holy is the up hill, fight for every inch gained hard way. It is the upward path.

“Brokenness is the shattering of my self-will – the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God. It is saying “Yes, Lord!” – no resistance, no chafing, no stubbornness – simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss

And when you bloom where you are planted, despite your surroundings, you show God’s grace in your life…and you encourage others to bloom around you.

“I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! And I can’t worship without giving thanks. It just isn’t possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss

How about you? Are you whining today or choosing to worship?