September 11 marks the change of history in my personal life and in the world.
It’s a day that speaks to me about life.
It’s a day we remember our wedding anniversary, intentionally celebrating our life together.
It’s a day our nation remembers the horror of evil destruction.
It’s a day to recognize there are good days, even great days, when everything seems right as well as difficult days, when one storm after another comes at us, when days are dark, when nights are long, when there seems to be no way through it.
It’s a day to determine to live fully and with intention, regardless of what has been or what will be.
The thing is . . . it’s a choice to just get through each day . . . or . . . to live each day of our life fully.
It’s a choice to live the way we live.
It’s a choice to live with faith, a belief God is at work, even when we do not see any reason to believe.
It’s a choice to believe life is not defined by our circumstances but by the presence of God. Believing God produces the kind of strength that is described as soaring on wings like eagles in Isaiah 40:31:
. . . but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
We might want to stay in the best of the best circumstances or we may think we can’t get through the worst of the worst times; however, God moves us forward no matter how life seems to be. We are not created to be stuck where we are at but to go forward to go where God is taking us. So. How do we move forward?
The main thing is to surrender it all, the good and the bad, to God. There is always more to come, what we surrender today does not compare with what God has for us tomorrow. Surrender is believing God to be God. The difficulty of taking one more step forward changes when we surrender, as we intentionally place our hope in God rather than in our circumstances. Surrender is not giving up, but rather an action of belief, changing the way we walk through life: We will run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint.
- Mark this day with belief in God.
- Take action and move forward by surrendering everything.
- Intentionally focus on God rather than on your circumstances.
- Study God’s promises.
- Declare God’s power, believing God is at work, doing more than we can imagine despite how things seem.
And. As I mentioned yesterday, declaring the promises of God by using the prayer of David allows us to see God is the God of more. So. For 30 days, begin the day with David’s prayer:
“And now, O Lord God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever. And may your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’And may the house of your servant David (use your name) continue before you forever.“O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to you because you have revealed all this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!’ For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant. And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”
(2 Samuel 7:25-29, NLT)
Learning to Kickstart the day by believing God, surrendering all today with a hope that produces strength in each step along the way . . .
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Celebrating my parent’s anniversary (9/10) and our anniversary (9/11).