Friday, March 30, 2007

Surrender All

Happy Friday, gang.

Whew. It's been another headbanger of a week. By looking at all of our past posts this week, it seems like the F.A.I.T.H. girls are all on some sort of roller coaster of life. What can I say? Life happens.

I'm reading Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers by Marlene Bagnull. I think someone else has mentioned this Bible Study on this blog because I had to find out about it from somewhere. But it's really a great study. I'm to the 3rd chapter of the book titled Keeping in Balance.

The author talks about her writing mentor, Anne Sirna. Ms. Bagnull shares some valuable advice Ms. Sirna gave her. "Life is like a table with four legs. If any one of those legs is too long or too short, the table is wobbly."

Ms. Bagnull goes on to say that she responded, "And my work as a writer is just one of those legs, yet I've allowed it to unbalance my whole life." Then, Ms. Bagnull goes on to say this conversation led to the decision to make time to pray in depth, not just about her writing, but her entire life. This led her to the acknowledgement that her life/her table "had to rest on God and his Word. My faith couldn't be one of the legs--it had to be the foundation."

I'll summarize that Mrs. Bagnull shares the legs of the table made up parts of her life: her writing, her family, her extended family and friends, and the last leg was herself.

This part of her study helped me to understand, that when things are off kilter in different departments of my life, or maybe just one, the rest of me suffers. Right now, my table is pretty wobbly.

And as I'm writing this, I smile. Because I know what I have to do. As I write this, I remember one of my favorite hymns: "I Surrender All."

Do you remember it?

It goes something like this. . .

All to Jesus I surrender;
all to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him,
in his presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all,
all to the, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.


  1. Amen to that, sister. I think He's taking us all through something right now. Teaching each of us to lean on Him. Trust Him. Wait on Him. I guess that's why we're Following. Always. Intently. Trusting. Him.

  2. Christy,
    Thanks for the reminder of the hymn. I really like that one, too. And I have heard about that Bible study-I had thought about doing it but never did.
    It sounds wonderful. Maybe I'll have to do it.

  3. I did most of that study, Christy. Thanks for reminding me! I"ll have to dig that book out.