Wednesday, September 21, 2011


"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew {their} strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; {and} they shall walk, and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

I mega, uber duber, heart the song Surrender by Marc James. I will forever remember singing it for the first time about 6 years ago when I lived in California and attended a Calvary Chapel out there. Every time the worship leader sang this song, he sang with so much conviction and passion that he was often on the brink of tears. I even remember him having to pause one time as he sang because his voice was so choked up. I was deeply impacted by this time of worship so much so that here I am sharing the story with you years later. You know how it is when the words of a song grab a hold of your heart in a mighty way and as you cling to every word you sing you feel the power of God resting on you and then you feel chills throughout your body. Mmmhmm...awesome isn't it! It is easy for me to sing worship songs without even thinking about the words when I am not in the midst of a trial or storm but, to sing in the midst of a trial and to truly submit to every word is when the song becomes powerful. It's easy to offer God lip service when times are good but, when they aren't are we still willing to surrender and praise? Do we trust Him even when everything is falling apart, when loved ones die, when we lose our jobs unexpectedly, when we struggle with infertility, when chronic pain abounds? Is He still a good and loving God when we are in storm? Can you count it all as loss simply for the sake of knowing Him? That's what I desire more than anything. I desire to say in all circumstances, "even in this I will praise you Lord." I may not always understand the whys but, I know that God is faithful and His plans for my life are good.  I think I know what's best for my life but, the truth is...I don't know what's best for my life.  I can only see the minute at hand but, God can see all.  I'm gonna rest in the arms of the one who knows better than I and I'm gonna cling to the one whose ways are higher than mine.  I don't need to understand everything or to know all the whys.  God is God and I am not.  I surrender.  Do you?  It's well worth it!

Psalm 5:11-12
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 23:1-4
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters.He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil;For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 91:1-2; Psalm 91:14-16
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

Lyrics: I'm giving You my heart
All that is within
I lay it all down
For the sake of You my King
I'm giving You my dreams laying down my rights
I'm giving up my pride
For the promise of new life

And I Surrender
All to You, all to You

I'm singing You this song
I'm waiting at the Cross
All the world holds dear
I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You
For the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy
Even sharing in Your pain



  1. I love this Casey...really needed it today! Thanks so much:)

  2. Love this! Awesome Post! Yes, we need to be better at offering God Praise even in the hard times! It would help make the hard times...not so hard! Only, if we could get this! Be like David! Praise God through everything! He started out every Psalm with Praise! Thanks for this great reminder!

  3. Never heard this song before. I really like it! Very encouraging!

  4. Thanks for your sweet comment girlie!! I would love to have pics on my blog that look like yours!

    I love this post....I love how you use your blog to shine God's light! You are a blessing! Thanks for always sharing what God puts on your heart!

  5. Hey! I'm Maxine, and just started blogging, for the second time. I enjoyed reading you blog when I last was blogging. And, look forward to reading more! Check out my blog! <3

  6. i love it! people who sing when they're... you know... singing (because there are SO FEW who still do - sing well and with their voice, anyway) just get to me. gives me all kinds of goosebumps.

    you know what i mean? :)


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