Open Hands and Hearts Ready to Surrender

Laura Story, author of I Give Up
Hi OBS Friends,
Many of you know me as a singer-songwriter, but I’m also a worship leader by vocation. Worship leaders have a unique perspective in corporate worship: we don’t see ourselves; we see you. We see God’s people offering to Him their worship, hundreds, sometimes thousands of you at a time.

From that perspective, I can tell you something with 100 percent certainty: I’ve never seen anyone worship with clenched fists. It just doesn’t happen. No one raises their fists to God to offer Him praise and honor and glory.

What I do see, and often, is a sea of open hands raised toward Heaven. Arms up. Palms out. Fingers extended. Holding on to nothing.

My prayer for myself— and for you— is that we would peel our fingers back from whatever it is we’re clutching and release it to God. Even if it’s our own brokenness. May the posture of our hearts be surrender to the one who is wise and strong and powerful and good and who loves us beyond reason. This is our choice— and our true worship.

My new book and study, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life, is for anyone who wants to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life… a freer life of true surrender as you open your hands to God. And give up.

Join me in the five-week online Bible study for I Give Up getting started October 7 with the communities at FaithGateway and Study Gateway.

Let’s journey together and learn to let go…
Watch the video invitation from Laura

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Is complete, open- handed surrender still the secret to a blessed life? Is it still the door that opens into God’s presence, where the Psalmist insisted there is “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11)? I believe it is. Not just in the losses but even in the victories, surrender is the secret to a life of joy. ~ Laura Story

About the Teacher

Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, bestselling author and Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter known for such hits as “Blessings,” “Indescribable,” and “Mighty to Save” .“Blessings” was certified gold in 2011 and inspired her first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops.

Laura’s music and writing show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life and serve as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, He is the ultimate author of our story, as told in her second book, When God Doesn’t Fix It.  She has a master’s degree in theological studies and a doctorate degree in worship studies. 

FREE Video Access to all 5 Sessions

When you join this next study, you’ll receive:

  • FREE access to five teaching videos with Laura.
  • FREE downloads of the first 2 chapters of I Give Up + session one study guide so you can get started right away
  • FREE art prints with beautiful scripture and quote from the study
  • SHEET MUSIC for Laura Story’s new single, “I Give Up” (Released June 28, 2019)
  • Spotify “My Surrender” Christian music playlist
  • Lock screens for your computer and mobile device
  • Plus, you’ll also gain free access to a private Facebook study group and other engaging community discussion activities and chat opportunities!

You don’t want to miss this! Check out the entire first session after you join and get a preview of what’s to come!



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