“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”

– Psalm 118:8

Have you ever been backed into a corner? Maybe you were unjustly accused or forced to take responsibility for something that wasn’t your fault. Perhaps you are facing a great obstacle in your life such as a serious illness or the threat of losing your home or business. Even if you are staring death in the face, I want to encourage you today with the thought that God can turn your circumstances around for good. The key to experiencing His abundant blessing and power in any difficult situation is to relinquish your desire to take control; in other words, you must surrender.

In the Kingdom of God, we are encouraged to do the opposite of what feels right or seems natural. Instead of being closed-fisted or holding onto bitterness, unforgiveness, and our “right” to be angry, He says to hold it loosely, and ultimately, to let it go. This doesn’t mean that we lose hope or that we stop trying to make something better, but we first bring it before the Lord and surrender it to Him. It’s okay to be honest about how we feel and even to tell Him that we don’t understand what’s happening or that we’re angry about the way things have turned out. He can handle our emotions and He welcomes our truth; our job is to leave the outcome in His Hands.

Friend, when you give all of your life to the Lord in transparent surrender, He will exceed your expectations and His love will be revealed in a new way — a way that will help you to endure what you are going through. There is too much difficulty in this world to try and handle it on your own, so remember that your future, your sin, your glory, your achievements, your failures, your family, and even your death, are in God’s care. Let go of controlling tendencies, keep your hands open and uplifted to Him, give Him your trials, and watch as He gives you something better in return. Submit your ways to Him and you will indeed live your best life! Isn’t that great news?


Jesus, I lift my hands to you and surrender the things I am holding on to. I abandon the outcomes, knowing that you will do something greater than I ever could in my own strength.


What do you need to surrender to the Lord today?

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  1. have a problem with a person who lives on the same street as I do. As I have health issues where I can not walk my dog, this neighbour ask me if it was o.k to walk my walk.
    At first everything was fine but then it seemed like she was taking my dog over and giving me advise on how to raise my dog. She was giving my dog cooked chicken which I thought that I had not asked her to do and then she was telling me how to raise my dog. I came to blows when my dog was getting sick and I had to take her to the Vets.
    When I did she had gain too much weight and had pancistite for which not she is on special food for her. I have had dogs all my life and I know a thing or to about raising dogs. It came to blows when I phoned her that I was not allowing her to walk my dog anymore. Just recently I pulled into my driveway and she waited for me to get out of the car. It caught me ungurarded and she asked about walking my dog again. I really did not give a straight answer but she asked me if she could walk my dog again. I just can not trust her in my mind and she never appolized for what happend before! Please keep me in your prayers.

    1. Hi Sandra, Thank you for reaching out! This does sound like a challenging situation. Please know that we are in agreement with you for wisdom, divine protection, and for the best possible resolution. May the Lord grant you His patience and peace as you deal with your neighbor. God loves you and so do we!

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