Cease Striving

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“Hey mom, this dinner is excellent! Did you follow the recipe?”
His face tried to hide a mischievous smile. He amazed me with his teenage gift of stating the obvious without getting in trouble. And in this case, I have to admit (and please no one tell him), he was right. Instructions are not my favorite. As a matter of fact, I dislike them. Recipes, manuals, prescriptions, maps, and tutorials rarely make it onto my stack of readings. Plans are incredibly free-thinker unfriendly. They slow me down. I much rather get it done.

My husband calls me strong-headed, especially when he finds me in the middle of striving to impress my Abba, Father without a plan. How often have I tried to amaze Him by running ahead and busting into unfamiliar territory, without a map? “I can do it, God!”

While I was watching the birds fly in and out of the feeders in the early morning stillness, His voice calmed my anxious heart …

Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
(Psalm 46:10).

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Abba, Father,
I can’t impress You with my works.
I hold no knowledge that You don’t already have.
I own nothing that You did not give to me first. 
I possess nothing that would ascribe more beauty to You. 
Nothing makes me lovely in Your eyes,
EXCEPT JESUS CHRIST

Teach me to submit and surrender my own plans to Yours.
Show me what it means to trust in Jesus Christ
and His finished work for me on the cross.
Help me to rest in this amazing love for me.
Help me to cease striving for my own glory.
But instead help me to know that You are God.

Yes, You will be exalted among the nations.
Yes, You will be exalted in the earth.”
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25 responses to “Cease Striving”

  1. Thank you for your sharing this post and that wonderful prayer at the end it bless me.

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  2. That sounds like something one of my son’s would say! LOL I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m like, “I know. I know” – and I take off running and totally end up in the wrong place. I’m learning, though. Right now – I so want to act on something but I am waiting for God’s directions.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am glad I found your blog this way 🙂 Blessings as you enjoy this precious season with your family and the Lord.

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  3. Another heart-touching, spirit-renewing post, Heidi. With you, I pray God will be exalted in my life–through submission and surrender.

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    1. Yes, let’s continue to pray that way, Nancy! You are a blessing and I am thankful to the Lord for you!

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  4. Thanks Heidi! So thankful it is not up to us! May we live in His provision and will! Blessings…I LOVE his provision to the birds and know that is why I like to spend so much time in the woods:) They constantly remind me of His provision.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. Yes, the woods, my favorite place to meet the Lord in prayer 🙂 Blessing to you, this Thanksgiving.

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  5. WOW, WOW, WOW–Heidi, this is so powerful, honest, humble–and just beautiful. God bless you BIG-ly–love, sis Caddo

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    1. So grateful, dear Caddo, for your visits and words of encouragement! But isn’t it time for bed 🙂

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      1. Oh heck no–I’m up till 3am most nights (sometimes later); me and God work the night shift! Love you!

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  6. A truly lovely post, Heidi. How wonderful it is to rest in Him! Yes, Just to take Him at His word!! Love that hymn and I love this post. Big hugs!!

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    1. Thank you, Skye, for your kind words. Yes, Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. Humming it now 🙂 Much love to you!

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  7. Heidi, what a glorious morning view you have out your window; you give us a glorious vision to pursue as well.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. So many birds come visit, especially now, since it turned cold and since we had a little snow on the ground. There is such peace that comes with watching them and listening to them. Maybe that is why Jesus used them in an illustration about worries 🙂

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  8. What beautiful reassuring words, that I only have to cease striving, and let the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ shine through me. Through all my past and present struggles, I rest tonight, this very moment. Thank you, Heidi. Love, Dee

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    1. Thank you for your visit, Dee. Yes, we can rest, be still in Jesus, and we can know He is God 🙂 Blessings and rest to you!

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  9. I love what you look at out your window, Heidi! And I love the prayer you wrote.
    “Nothing makes me lovely in Your eyes, EXCEPT JESUS CHRIST”. And He is altogether lovely! Aren’t you glad that when God looks on us He only sees His glorious Son? Blessings, my friend!

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    1. Oh yes, how grateful I am for that, dear friend. We cannot stand in anything less! Blessings to you!

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  10. Makes me a cup of hot tea then cozy up by that window to watch the birds. Lovely.

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    1. Come on over … the kettle is on! (well, wait til the morning … can’t see much right now) Thanks for the virtual visit though 🙂

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  11. What an absolutely beautiful post Heidi … to be able to know Him … and to be able to see what you see outside … so precious xxx

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    1. I was not able to go on my walk today but God is faithful and shows us when we seek Him 🙂 maybe you and Sue can come over for some tea and we watch the birds … sending warm wishes to your place!

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      1. I will treasure your invitation in my heart … we are at the start of a very muggy storm at the moment … so different isn’t it!

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        1. Yes, so different … and how gracious of God to allow us to encourage one another through these different seasons 🙂

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