Monday, November 30, 2009

I Surrender All!

"All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live!"
...from the hymn "I Surrender All" by Judson W. Van DeVenter.
This hymn is rolling around in my mind this morning - it is my prayer and praise for today!
As the Christmas hustle and bustle approaches I find myself wanting to rest, relax, reflect, and not get caught in the craziness of it all! I find myself wanting to simplify my surroundings and my life. As I decorated our tree the other day I resolved to actually "get rid of" stuff...
I will donate some to a local school and some to a local thrift shop.
My "decorating" for the season is finished - so much more simply than ever before!
And I'm lovin' it!
I have been 'invited' to 4 different "functions" over the next 10 days - so I have decided to participate in 2 of the 4 .... attending all 4 would just be too much right now!
I think He is trying to tell me something.
It is ALL about Him - I want this Christmas Season to be a relaxing time for my family - I must be the one to set that tone within our home!

My prayer today is for peace to reign -
Your Peace to reign -
in my heart and in my home!
And in the hearts of those around me!
Enable me, Lord, to reach out to others with Your Peace;
with your Love.
Keep me strong in you;
and fill me with Your Presence daily!
In Jesus Name I pray,
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
The Lord be with all of you.
2 Thessalonians 3: 16
Blessings and hugs!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the comments related to Judson Van DeVenter's gospel song, "I Surrender All." (Today is the 154th anniversary of his birth.) My wife and I can certainly identify with the hectic bustle that seems to fray our nerves at this season of the year. And you're right: It's all too easy to forget "Jesus is the reason for the season."

    If you enjoy reading about the background of our traditional hymns and gospel songs, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns. God bless.


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