What does it mean to surrender?

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The journey of faith is not for the faint of heart because it often requires TRUST and SURRENDERING to the unknown. This is not an easy place to be when we cannot see the future, especially if we like to control.

It is TRUST in a POWER greater than yourself whether you call it God, Source, Universe, Higher Intelligence, Higher Power or Spirit. It doesn’t matter what you call it. What matters is that you TRUST you are being provided for, guided and protected always. Do you trust that POWER in your life or do you live in fear?

I’m sure we’ve all had times when we don’t know what to do next in our lives and we may go outside of ourselves for the answers. We want others to tell us what to do because we don’t trust ourselves and we don’t trust God. Of course, there is nothing wrong with seeking guidance, especially when making a big decision.

As I’ve matured spiritually, I have learned to seek my answers from within through prayer, meditation, intuition, synchronicities and following my heart. Others cannot and do not know what’s best for my journey. It takes courage to go within and follow your heart, especially when it DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

As I thought about this blog, God brought to mind a few instances in my life that I followed my heart even though IT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE. I’m so grateful I did.

It DIDN’T MAKE SENSE for me to buy the BLOUSE forty years ago when my ex-husband was out of work and we were on welfare. The blouse was $10 and I only had $10 in my pocketbook for milk and bread for our 4 children. But I heard the small, still voice of God say, “Buy it and I will provide.” I listened to that voice and bought the blouse, although it DIDN’T MAKE SENSE to buy myself a blouse when  food was needed for my family.

One hour later when I returned home from buying the blouse, I found an envelope in the mail with a note that read, “From the son of a carpenter” and a crisp $10 bill. I love to share that story and see the disbelief and awe on people’s faces because it is a story they won’t forget.

I’m grateful for the person who heard Spirit tell them to write the note and give me the $10 bill. I’m sure it DIDN’T MAKE SENSE to them either, but they followed Spirit and changed my life forever.

It DIDN’T MAKE SENSE to move to Maui 8 years ago to follow my heart to meet my soulmate and to leave family, friends, community and my business. I didn’t have a lot of money and sold everything of value to make the move.

It DIDN’T MAKE SENSE that I didn’t have a place to live until 2 weeks before I arrived on Maui. I trusted I was being led and the place would “show up” and it did. I shared a condo with friends overlooking the ocean and paid $300 a month for 6 months.

When I moved to the other side of Maui a year later, it DIDN’T MAKE SENSE that when I found my “dream house” overlooking the ocean, I stepped out in faith and followed my heart. I trusted that I would be provided for every month and I would be able pay the rent which went from $1200 to $2500. 

It truly was the grace of God and my willingness to TRUST & SURRENDER to God’s plan and will. For one year, I rented one part of the house before Larry and I became a couple and he moved in with me. I prayed EVERY STEP OF THE WAY and knew I was being guided. I waited for the answers and then stepped out in faith.

Is there an area of your life where you are being called to step out in faith or move in a new direction, but it just DOESN’T MAKE SENSE?

If I hadn’t trusted myself and the God within, I would not be living my dream life. If I can do it, so can YOU. If not now, when?

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