Tuesday, November 1, 2011

 30 Days of Thankfulness; Day 1 {Thankful for Surrender}

 

I am joining in a wonderful November tradition of many bloggers and will be blogging what I am grateful for ever day in the month of November.

Today I am extremely thankful that God cares about every detail of my life. I am thankful that I don't have to waste my time worrying, burning up minutes of my life with anxiety, and taking my own life by the reins.

This seems to be a lesson I am needing to learn daily in this season of my life.

I am thankful for the Lord's patience with me as I learn not to fight, but to surrender wholly and completely to Him. 

This song is pretty "old school", it was around when I was a young teen *gasp*, But lyrically expresses where I am at right now, to a T.

 I Surrender All
I have wrestled in the darkness of this lonely pilgrim land
Raising strong and mighty fortresses that I alone command
But these castles I've constructed by the strength of my own hand
Are just temporary kingdoms on foundations made of sand

In the middle of the battle I believe I've finally found
I'll never know the thrill of victory till I'm willing to lay down
All my weapons of defense and earthly strategies of war
So I'm laying down my arms and running helplessly to Yours

I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams
Though the price to follow costs me everything
I surrender all my human soul desires
If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall
I surrender all

If the source of my ambition is the treasure I obtain
If I measure my successes on a scale of earthly gain
If the focus of my vision is the status I attain
My accomplishments are worthless and my efforts are in vain

So I lay aside these trophies to pursue a higher crown
And should You choose somehow to use the life I willingly lay down
I surrender all the triumph for it's only by Your grace
I relinquish all the glory, I surrender all the praise

I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams
Though the price to follow costs me everything
Well I surrender all my human soul desires
If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall
I surrender all

Everything I am, all I've done, and all I've known
Now belongs to You, the life I live is not my own
Just as Abraham laid Isaac on the sacrificial fire
If all I have is all that You desire
I surrender all

I surrender all my human soul desires
If sacrifice requires that all my kingdoms fall
That all my kingdoms fall, that all my kingdoms fall
I surrender all
Clay Crosse


 

4 comments:

Penny said...

I remember the hymn with the same name. Different lyrics, same message. =)

Andrea said...

Those words just soaked right into my heart today - thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

oh wendi...i can hear this song in my head right now. i'm so excited to watch the journeys of thanksgiving this month...heaven knows my heart needs it!

Katarina said...

loved this post Wendi. It touch a deep place within . Thanks.