I Surrender All

Welcome  There’s a very popular phrase that says “Let Go and Let God.”  Everything about that statement makes perfect sense to a woman of faith.  So why do I struggle with this so much?  Please join me today for my thoughts about surrender and trust and I have a two-for-Tuesday recipe section with healthy snack options.  Thank you for stopping by.  Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links seen on this blog post.  For further information, please see my Terms and Disclosure page.

I Surrender All devotional
Why is “Let Go and Let God” so hard for faithful believers?

 

Food For Thought  At this time and place in my life right now, I am actively praying more than I have ever in my life, and that’s not a bad thing.  However, I’m not sure my trust level matches my consistency.  I want to believe there’s a grand plan.  I want to offer up my prayers saying, “Thy will be done,” and fully believe everything is already taken care of.  Every day, every prayer, seems like I’m surrendering, casting my burdens and cares on Him, yet I say Amen without the sense of peace and calm I know I’m supposed to have.  I’m still holding the steering wheel, trying to turn my life vessel down the path that makes most sense to me.  I am gripping too tightly to logic.  But I want to surrender all!

We sang the church hymn I Surrender All pretty often when I was growing up.  I sort of understood the meaning, but it wasn’t until recently that I fully took the words to heart.  The lyrics “All to thee, I surrender” and “Make me, Savior, wholly thine” are bringing me to pause and think.  Am I able to give all of it to Jesus?  Am I giving my life wholly to Him?  If I am lacking trust regarding my prayers and decisions, then I am probably not doing these things, or at least not very well.  I know full-well that when I pray, I try to outline the requirements or steer God toward what I want in the request, instead of believing that He can provide for me better than I could ever even understand.  I try so hard to be in control!  I think this comes naturally for someone who taught almost 20 years.  Or maybe that’s why I was a “good” teacher…I could be in control in unpredictable or chaotic circumstances (remember I taught kindergarten!)  But it is a completely different set of circumstances being alone in a room with 25 5-year-olds and being alone with God in prayer.  Control is good in one of these circumstances, but not both.

I have always been a planner.  I thought if you planned well and worked hard, then all of your plans would work out and life would just fall into place.  Why am I still holding on to this theory when God has shown me repeatedly in my life, and others’ lives, that this isn’t necessarily the case.  What I do know is I have an awesome God…He’s created the mountains and seas, delivered people from critical illness and massive disasters, and gave me a Savior!  So, why would I ever think that I know better than He does?  So how do I get to the place where I surrender all?

Obviously, I need to study and meditate on this aspect of my faith.  But I have recently found that it is helpful to reflect on times in my life when surrender was the most “productive thing” I could do.  The most prominent example of this in my life is how God brought my husband and I together.  In my post Lady in Waiting, I talked about how my husband and I met after what I felt was a long and frustrating wait for “Mr. Right.”  I shared that we were brought together by a dating service, but it was far from instantaneous.  After joining that dating service, it would be 15 months of meeting “Mr. Not Rights,” plenty of frustration, hurt feelings, skepticism, and finally, peace.  It feels crazy, but when I finally stopped worrying about finding my future husband and surrendered the task completely to the Lord, I met the man of my dreams!  I think maybe this is how God grows our faith sometimes.  I know it was in God’s power to bring me a husband earlier in that dating process and answer those prayers I kept offering up.  He wasn’t finished providing lessons for me, and probably for my husband, too.  But I think preparing us for each other and marriage was only part of the plan.  My God knows that I need exercises in surrender, trust, and patience.  He probably knew that I would need that experience to call on even later in life.  A time would come when I would need to remember that by fully surrendering to His power and plan, I can become profoundly blessed.  It is time to surrender…surrender all to Jesus, my precious Savior.

Today’s Prayer  My Dear Heavenly Father, I have been praying for surrender.  I want to truly give You everything I have today.  I give You all of my burdens, cares, worries, and anxieties.  I surrender my plans and my wants.  I am working so hard to trust You, knowing You have a plan and purpose for everything in our lives.  Thank You for allowing me to be part of Your grand plan in this place and time, whatever the outcome may be.  Lord, I ask that You ease my anxious mind and provide me with a sense of peace in the idea that You have everything under control.  I ask for Your wisdom and discernment so that I can be ready to follow Your will and plan when it is revealed to me.  I ask these things in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

Today’s Scripture When surrendering to God’s will and plan, I often find peace in Romans 9:21, “Does not the potter have the right to make out the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use.”  I am a lump of clay, ready for the Potter to mold me for His purpose.

Today’s Recipes  I suppose you could say we are surrendering the guilt today with our two healthy snack options.  Plus, November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so I have options that work for my husband’s diet plan.  Enjoy snacks guilt-free this week!

First I have a Low Sugar Apple Cinnamon Muffin.  You could reduce the fat and carbs even more by leaving off the streusel topping.

Low Sugar Apple Cinnamon Muffins
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. These muffins are sweetened with Splenda and Greek yogurt.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 5.3 oz. carton Chobani apple-cinnamon flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 3/4 cup Splenda or other Sucralose sweetener
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • Streusel topping (optional)-1/4 cup whole oats, 1/4 cup AP flour, 2 TBS Splenda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 TBS light butter spread (combine these together in small bowl until crumbly.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 12-cup standard muffin pan with non-stick spray.  In large bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, oil, juice and Splenda.  In medium bowl, whisk together flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.  Fold in diced apples.  Divide batter between the 12 prepared muffin cups and top with streusel, if using.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes before serving.  These make great snacks, portable breakfasts, or accompaniment to a fall soup.

My second recipe is a simple Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip.  If you read my Yeah, I used to Run post, you know I love peanut butter and Greek yogurt together!  Also, a big tip for Diabetic meal plans is the balance between proteins and carbs.  The protein in the peanut butter and Greek yogurt balances the natural carbs found in fruit.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
This is a great snack for the kids with some cut up fruit.
  • 1 5.3 oz. carton Chobani vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 TBS natural peanut butter
  • 1 TBS mini-chocolate chips (optional)
  • Cut-up fresh fruit, such as apples, bananas, or strawberries

Combine first three ingredients in small bowl until smooth.  Dip fruit and enjoy!

Here are some helpful products for making the Apple Cinnamon muffins (11/14/17; 2:25 p.m. CST):