Choosing to Surrender to God

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Surrender and Trust in the Lord go hand in hand. Choosing to Surrender to God with her head buried in her arms, she wept silently at the table.  “Why, God, why is life like this?”  Desperately, she begged God for answers.

“Have confidence in me,” He whispered into the depths of her soul.  “In all your ways, acknowledge me.  Seek my face and trust my plan for your life.  Surrender.  Place your life in my hands and allow me to carry you home.  Remember, before I formed the stars, I held you in my heart.”

Surrender does not come naturally.  As free-willed humans, trusting the unseen, contradicts our nature.  Surrender is a matter of faith.  By failing to trust God, we cannot surrender entirely to Him.


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  

Psalm 139:13-16 NIV


The words carefully penned by King David long ago, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” still offer truth today.  From the moment you took shape inside your mother’s womb until the day your body is laid to rest–and beyond–He who gave the sun it’s shine crafted your path.  

Just like a master builder sketches out plans before one stone forms the foundation, before the ground breaks, He who builds perfection outlined you in His book.  You are not a random act or the last minute thought.  

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Why on earth do you try to change the blueprints He made for you?   Why do you walk a different path when He who does not create imperfection perfectly charted your course?  Why do you continually seek your agenda, your way, and not His?


Surrender to God

Trust God!  

The circle comes back to trust and faith.  Do you trust the God who knew you before He named the stars?  Do you trust Him enough to step out in surrender, believing in faith that His ways are the truth?  Do you trust the Almighty who has never failed or do you continue relying on your failing decisions?

Choosing to Surrender to God

After days of wrestling with her failing life, she threw in the towel.  “What a idiot I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  What gives me cause to think I know better than He who tells the universe when to contract or expand?  You have a plan for my life, Lord.  A plan to prosper me, not to harm me.  I choose to trust you in surrender.  Take my life and lead me down the path you forged for me well in advance of my life.  All to you, I surrender.”


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  1. Julie

    September 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

    When we choose to surrender, a lot of the stress of trying to figure everything out disappears, doesn’t it? This is a constant battle for me since I like control! 🙂

  2. Sue

    September 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Sometimes its hard to surrender some of the things we really enjoy to do, tho it may be sinful in nature. When i feel i am in that rut, i start singing the song i surrender all- just to remind myself, if i sing it i should live it;)

  3. Julie

    September 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Popping in again to say:
    I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award over at

    Please do not feel obligated to do a thing. You are a great writer and encourager for me and I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to let others know about your website.

  4. Gleniece

    September 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Very moving, Starla. Your words shine forth God’s truth on surrender and trust in a beautiful way.

  5. Ana V.

    October 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you for asking those questions. I answered them and I need to surrender. I’ve done this life do far on my decisions and sinful pleasures and it always gets me nowhere but a convicted heart. It’s the same routine and horrible outcomes. Ive strayed away too long. I need help, guidance, and God loving and fearingpeople near me.

  6. TribyJ

    December 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I am learning that when I leave the problems & stresses of my life to God, my spirit eases. I say out loud, “I trust you Jesus” as my own reminder that I choose to follow His lead. It doesn’t feel good right now – this is a tough season – but I just know that on the other side He has prepared a life for me that will blow my mind!! (Ephesians 3:20)

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  8. Susan Evans

    January 16, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Surrendering to Jesus gives us greater freedom because He gives us different desires that He then fulfills, giving us more joy than we could ever have imagined.

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