Today, I wanted to do something a little different.  I wanted to pause and take the time to connect with you by sharing some personal words with you.  In two months it will be a year since  Inspired By Him has launched, and WHAT a year it has been! For those that have been on this journey with me from the beginning should know that this has been by far the most fulfilling and humbling experience of my life so far.

Our journey together

Being able to use this platform to share things with you that have drastically changed my life, and inspired me to live, has brought great joy to my heart.  Many of you who have become dedicated readers I have never actually met but by hearing your personal experiences and testimonies I have been able to form treasured bonds with you – all of which I wouldn’t trade for anything else in this world.  In this past year, I too have been greatly strengthened and deeply inspired by you.

When I understood that my life was not my own, and that His plans were greater than mine, things began to change.
 Being able to hear, and watch God touch your hearts through the words you’ve been reading has been overwhelming.  To me, this has only proved that when we have a genuine desire to be used for good that is centered outside our selfish interests, and focused on mirroring the source of love and light that sustains our life, then that spirit can flow through any outlet and impact any heart.

As beautiful as this journey has been, many do not know what triggered the beginning to all of this – to be honest, even I sometimes don’t understand how I got here.  In fact, the place I’ve reached in my life and the direction I’m taking is not one I ever imagined or planned from long ago but thank God for His amazing grace, and mercy! There are many significant experiences in my journey that have contributed towards the making of all of this – some of which I’ll share with you someday. But today, I can begin by telling you that the beginning to all of this was when I surrendered. When I understood that my life was not my own, and that His plans were greater than mine, things began to change.

When I say “I understood” what surrendering was, I don’t mean that in the sense that I heard about it in a good sermon.   I had to go through specific experiences that allowed me to see I was never really in control.  This life was never my own, in the sense that my continued existence was not because of my own will – rather, by God’s continued mercy.  Surrendering was perhaps one of the most challenging things I ever had to learn, and practice. Each day, I had to surrender to God all things that I treasured as my own above Him, which at times even included myself.  That was especially difficult since I didn’t want to let go of the life I had already spent years building based on what I believed was right for me.  Funny enough, looking back at my life now I can’t believe that I had almost settled for where I was.

The beauty of surrender

But here is what I learned about surrendering to God.  He doesn’t just want you to surrender your situations, or things in your life to Him. He wants you to surrender your whole self to Him.  God’s desire is not just to work on what is around you.  His desire is to work on you so that everything that’s around you is influenced and shaped by who you become.  To surrender yourself to God means letting God IN YOU, to do all that is necessary for Him to be glorified, while transforming you into the person He is after.

This life was never my own, in the sense that my continued existence was not because of my own will – rather, by God’s continued mercy
This is not simply the case of giving everything to Him and “standing back” while He steps in to do His job. In this form of surrender there is no “standing back”, or “negotiation with God”. Instead, it’s all about completely falling into His hands so that He may not only do as He pleases with “parts” of your life, but does as He pleases with you as an individual entirely!

You will be very surprised to know that what He pleases to do with you as a person, and your life, is not only something that will change the quality of your life but it will also bring indescribable peace.  I can’t find enough words to tell you the genuine contentment I feel in my life today.  There is nothing I would do to change or trade in the way I feel and the place in my life I have reached.  When you learn to surrender your whole self to Him then you realize that God is not some supernatural being who’s interested in controlling you like a puppet. Rather, He is a loving Father who longs for nothing more but for you to live this life being exposed to ALL that HE is, in all that YOU do and in all that you become.

The journey is an on going one

Will life all of a sudden become perfect? No. In fact, greater battles will arise, stronger storms will come your way, and there will be many forces working against you to prevent you from becoming all that God wants you to be. I certainly faced my share of those unpleasant seasons, and tough battles.  As a matter of fact, I’m sure there are still many more coming my way.

Deep down you’re still fighting to control the life that was never really yours.
BUT when you have surrendered yourself to God on the understanding of who He REALLY is, and the authority that He has over all things in and outside of your life, then there is nothing that life can bring your way in which you cannot overcome – you simply become unstoppable.

You now might ask, “why surrender?” I had to surrender to Him so that I could become one with Him, His desires, His will, and His heart. I had to completely trust God with every part of me, and every area of my life – even the weakest parts of me.  Was it easy? Absolutely not. Some days it can still be a struggle since it’s a daily lifestyle. I still have unanswered questions, and still don’t know all the details of what God has in store for me but there is one thing that has always been very clear and consistent in the midst of everything else –  His faithfulness.  There is no promise He’s ever broken, never a day He’s turned His back on me, and never a moment He’s left me alone.  Throughout every season of my life His faithfulness has been so evident that it makes perfect sense to continue and willingly surrender all of me to Him.

Final thoughts

Sometimes you think you know it all and you may have convinced yourself that you are good with where you are at.  You think you have given yourself to God, but in reality you’re only pretending to have done so.  Deep down you’re still fighting to control the life that was never really yours. I know that feeling all too well, because I once lived my life the same way.  The danger with pretending to have surrendered to God is that is you never actually see growth in your life or bear fruits. Therefore, it becomes a matter of time before you get fed up with it and give up completely.  So as this week begins, I want to challenge you to give all of you to Him. Do it and watch Him take every part of you to create something so beautiful out of you.  If there is one thing you could take from what I have shared with you today is this: There is no life like the life you live knowing you are perfectly kept in the hands of your creator. 

Thank you for your love, support, and blessings. See you next Monday!

Written by Christina Girma

    5 Comments

  1. Yodit November 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Brought me so much joy to read. Many thanks!

    ox

  2. Senait November 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Thank you for opening up your heart, giving us a glimpse of what triggered your journey and blessing us with such wisdom you’ve truly been a blessing over this past year. Love you!!

  3. Peter Honore November 11, 2014 at 2:20 am Reply

    Amen to that. I for one, am not overly fond of Christian blogs as they are more often than not, saturated with crafty cliches that simply inoculate one’s mind with platitudes rather than to stimulate and directly engage one’s spirit with Truth. I have found your blog however to be different as I can actually extract useful substance from it. Although I do not know you it seems at least from your writings that your blogs comes from a real place, and I respect that. This ability to challenge one’s spirit is exclusively the product of one’s life experience. For the pen is simply an extension of the heart and a heart challenged by life will challenge the hearts of those who encounter its pen. This is true as the strength of one’s pen is predicated upon the gravity of one’s life. The gravity however is derived from the brevity of one’s destiny which cannot be contained by the nearsighted restrictions and blind expectations of the human heart. So in His kindness He shows us, through difficulty, who we truly are in Him. He would not for the sake of His own love for us permit us to hold on to worthless idols and vain ambitions but rather that we should lay hold of the excellency of the prize of knowing Him through Messiah. And so we are challenged, yet not overcame. We are set at odds against a fierce and vindictive world, yet not without cause. For we are ushered skillfully by the Hand of His purpose into the constrained and difficult place, in order that we may learn to cleave to the Hand of Him that summoned us out of non existence into the habitable world. So be encouraged, fear nothing, throw yourself fully into what He has called you to do… For there is nothing that happens to us that occurs by random chance or probability, but as it is written, He works out everything together for the council of His own will. His purpose is based on the concluded thoughts He had concerning our existence prior our entry into the worlds. I pray therefore, for the success of your blog, that the Father may increase the penetration of your pen through your experiences with Him, which in turn will encourage others to experience Him. What better way to live life than a life inspired by Him, right? Be safe and keep up the good work. God bless.

  4. Lo November 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply

    “God’s desire is not just to work on what is around you. His desire is to work on you so that everything that’s around you is influenced and shaped by who you become. To surrender yourself to God means letting God IN YOU, to do all that is necessary for Him to be glorified, while transforming you into the person He is after.”

    Mind blown!! BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN !!!
    Thank you for sharing Him through your writing 🙂

  5. Beth December 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm Reply

    I can relate to this message very well. Thank you for sharing your personal journey !!

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