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March 20, 2022 - Stubborn?

Most of us spend many, many years trying to do things on our own. We believe in God, to be sure. We know of the availability of the precious grace and tender mercies of Jesus. And yet our hearts tend to cry out (even if we never utter the words), “I can handle it!” The fact is, I cannot handle it; neither can you. No one can “handle” life without help, particularly heavenly help. There comes that moment when it dawns upon us—and a singular moment it is—when we admit to the fact that our omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-loving God can do far more with our lives than we can. Humility ushers us into the realm of submission and surrender. And, ironically, submission and unconditional surrender to the true Captain of our souls lead eventually to victory.

Robert L. Millet, "Men of Valor: The Powerful Impact of a Righteous Man", Deseret Book 2007

I'm beginning to understand what is truly meant by the phrase "waking up unto the Lord". It, doesn't just mean to say your morning prayers. It means He is a part of every moment in our lives. Every act. Every thought.

It's a fine line between figuring things out for ourselves where we are able, which is what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, and then asking Him to help where we can't figure it out ourselves.

Heavenly Father wants me to make a decision to do something and then bring that decision to Him. Granted, 99% of the time it's usually an incorrect decision or insufficient, then I try again. But the point is to allow Him, my Father in Heaven, to be with me every step of the way through this decision making process. He will fill in the gaps that are missing. With Him, I will NOT lose in life.

I'm beginning to realize there is so, so much I can't figure out for myself, even though my pride says I can. So, why go it alone?

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