Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. – Jesus, in Matthew 10:39 (NIV)
The more we take our lives and place them before God, the more we will be changed from the inside out. ~ Laura Story
Surrender. Oh my, it’s so hard, isn’t it?
Years ago, when I first heard Laura Story’s song “Blessings” on the radio, I remember pulling over to the side of the road because I couldn’t drive while weeping!
What if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?
That song still wrecks me (in the good way) every time!
When Laura wrote the Grammy-award winning song “Blessings” she thought had already been through her hardest trials, but what she soon discovered is that God would continue to call her to surrender more.
Her story is filled with so many unexpected twists, turns and challenges, which she outlines in her new book and companion Bible Study, I Give Up…
“It’s certainly not the life I pictured, but I’m learning that the key to finding peace, joy, and freedom — it really is this whole giving up thing. Learning to surrender, and say, ‘It’s OK.’ It’s a daily decision to give up my control of this life and trust God more.”
… And I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I Give Up is our next Online Bible Study starting October 7th and we want to you join us!
Surrender is painful. We get it. We want to walk through it together with you.
Personally, this has been the hardest year of my life, and the most painful, upsetting, and alarming. Life got upended in a way I never ever could have anticipated. Bad, wrong, tragic, and even wicked stuff happened. Maybe you can relate. In offering that surrender to God, even in the middle of really challenging and heartbreaking circumstances, I am learning to say, “You are on Your throne. Not me. You are God. Not me. I don’t want to wrestle You for control any more. I choose to be a ‘Thy will be done’ kind of girl, even in this. You can and do cause healing and beauty to come out of the powerlessness I feel in suffering and hard circumstances. I choose Your way. You are ‘mighty to save’.”
As unnatural as it may feel, you and I are created to consciously surrender control of our lives — heart, mind, body, and spirit — to God. Not a theory or a force or the cosmos. To the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — who has created us, loves us, and set a plan in place to draw us to Himself and care for us forever. ~ Laura
God is good. He can be trusted as we surrender.
In this five-week OBS, we’re going to go deep into Scripture and learn more about God’s goodness and His faithfulness as we surrender to Him. We’re going to learn that trusting God and giving up control to Him will actually lead to the best life imaginable!
I hope you will join us for the I Give Up OBS. If Laura is new to you, you’re in for a treat. She’s a well of hard-won wisdom, she worships Jesus like no other, and she is anointed to teach the Word of God and lead the people of God to His Throne.
This study is for you if:
- Your life has not gone as planned
- You long for peace in the middle of unexpected changes
- You know that being a controller isn’t working for you
- You want a great life but aren’t sure how to get it because stuff keeps going wrong
- You love Laura’s music
Since you know us, you know there will be GOODIES and FREEBIES that you will love!
Are you ready to discover a freer life of true surrender as you open your hands to God — and give up? Join us!
All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever l love and trust Him
In His presence, daily live.
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all
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Are you in? Register now! And, come share with us if you’re joining us for the I Give Up OBS!