Cycle 3

The Big Announcement!!!

What a year this has been for the Surrender Fast! We have fasted and prayed ourselves through countless situations and God has done the miraculous because we surrendered.

So let’s celebrate!!!

In honor of all that God has done  Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries is hosting the FIRST ANNUAL SURRENDER FAST FAMILY REUNION and SURRENDER 2013 KICKOFF!!!


Featuring the Yearly Wrap-up Session which is the Weekly Wrap-up call on steroids! 🙂

Be encouraged by and enjoy the following:

  • Live testimonies,
  • *Prayer
  • The Surrender 2012 trivia game (testing how much you remember about Cycles 1, 2, & 3)
  • Give-a-ways
  • Food
  • Fellowship
  • and Fun!!!

And of course no Family Reunion would be complete without the parents. So in attendance will be our very own Pastor and First Lady Donald and Malinda Chisholm from the Latter Rain Cathedral in Lockport, New York. Members of the *Prayer Team will also be present who would love to pray with you live and in person!

When: Sat., December 22, 2012
Where: Largo/Kettering Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Time: 2:00-4:00p.m. (The Yearly Wrap-up Session from 2:15-3:15)
FREE and open to the public!!!

Other activities:

  1. Be the first to hear of a New Surrender Fast Initiative for the 2013 period of fasting. Exciting!!!
  2. We will also unveil a New National Campaign for 2013. If you are passionate about helping others you are going to jump at the chance to be part of this campaign.

Please invite those who are interested in joining the Family and who you know need God to do a new thing in his/her life! The Pre-Fast Preparation starts Monday, December 24, so we will give instructions at the event. And of course there will be copies of The 40-Day Surrender Fast available for purchase.


With God all things are possible,

P.S. The 40-Day Surrender Fast is on sale. Buy One Get One Free while supplies last. We will be fasting all next year so get your book now for either Cycles 4, 5, or 6. The Surrender Fast is also great for book clubs, small group fellowships, and church ministries.

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Testimony from Surrender Faster Cherie

I was a part of Cycle 3 that just finished, and I’m so grateful and thankful to have participated! I surrendered TV watching and replaced that time with scripture and devotional reading and prayer. I was (and still am) DESPERATE to hear from God, to know His will, because I’ve felt like I’ve been flailing along, stuck in a rut, disappointed, and frustrated with doing things under my own power, instead of really REALLY hearing from God. I felt like God was silent. I realized that He wasn’t silent; I was drowning out His voice with the “noise” of mindless TV watching and not focusing on reading and learning His Word. I feel BLESSED and just wanted to THANK YOU for leading us through this fast. I have found that I want to continue my “routine” of prayer/reading/scripture/meditation and continue surrendering EVERYTHING to Him. Now I go straight to The Word when negative thoughts creep in and discouragement knocks on my door (instead of wallowing in discouragement).

I want to keep surrendering and fasting! I now feel like surrendering a LONG LIST of things/behaviors: mindless shopping/spending, bad foods, lack of sleep, envy, and most of all, people-pleasing. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew! But I feel like this fast CHANGED ME, and I’m so grateful. I look forward to the next cycle this December!

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Life After Surrender 2012

How’s life after the Surrender Fast?!!

Rather you did 1 or all 3 cycles this year I pray your life will never be the same.

I also pray that your time with the Lord was fruitful. That you regained your focused, renewed your passion for His agenda, restored some relationships, found peace, got some rest and received all God intended to bestow on you.

It has become abundantly clear, at least for me, that surrendering is not simply for a moment but a lifetime. For that reason, I seek to remain in a constant posture of surrender. What does that look like for me on a daily basis? It involves carving out personal time with God, humbling myself before God and men, releasing my will in the areas of diet and exercise…In other words, seeking and submitting to God’s will in every area of my life. Continue reading

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Cycle 3 (Wk 6) – Who are You Really?

Today marks our last week together for Cycle 3 of Surrender 2012. My how the time has flown; I hate to see it end. But as one season ends another begins and I know that God has great things in store for you!

Our theme this cycle has been “Who’s Building Your House?” The scriptural reference comes from Psalm 127:1 which reads, “Unless the Lord builds a house, he works in vain who builds it.”

This week we are focusing on a very important room in our houses: the room that houses our Integrity. Continue reading

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Cycle 3 (Wk 5) – Live Your Truth

Welcome to Week 5 of Cycle 3! Not much longer; keep on surrendering.

What is your truth? Take it from me, it’s easy to say you believe one thing, but what you really believe is demonstrated through your actions.

For most of my life being ME had been a struggle. To compensate for my perceived deficit, I became all things to all people (and not in a good way like Paul described in I Corinthians 9). Thankfully, a couple of years ago I decided to just be me. Continue reading

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Cycle 3 (Wk 4) – The Anatomy of a Dream

I received a great question this morning from Alicia. She writes, “Are dreams and goals different? I consider myself to have goals, like pay off my mortgage in 15 years but no real dreams.”

The answer is yes, although the difference between a dream and a goal can be subtle. According to Time Thoughts: Resources for Personal and Career Success, “Dreams are your ultimate destination, while goals are the intermediate stops along the way. Dreams represent what you want and why, while goals represent your plan to get you there.” Continue reading

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Week 3: Key Points from the Prayer Calls

For the first time we have had technical difficulties on the Morning Prayer Call. Several of you notified me that there were long pauses during the sessions. Not sure what that is about, but I find it interesting that this challeges occured as we studied Sprirutal Warfare…things that make you go hmmm!

Anyway, just in case you missed any part of the discussion here are the key take-a-ways: Continue reading

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Cycle 3 (Wk 3): I Declare War!

Last night I had had enough and I knew I needed a change.

For the last two years—since taking rest from my activities—I have been bombarded with negative thoughts regarding my place in the world. As of late, they have gotten worst (I’ll tell you why in a moment).

But last night, I knew I had had enough. So I started searching my library frantically for Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers. After about 5 minutes of an unfruitful search another title caught my eye: The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane. In it Frangipane outlines an in-depth view of the three arenas of spiritual warfare: the mind, the church and the heavenly places. Continue reading

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Cycle 3 (Wk 2): A NEW NORMAL

Ten days ago I surrendered control and it appears that since that time things have gotten a bit uncontrollable.

Case in point, a couple of months ago the motherboard on my computer crashed. To compensate for that lost I started using my husband’s computer. This past Saturday his power cord stopped working. No computer?! With a blog to write, emails to answer, and social media updates to make this was not the time.

This past Friday, for our first Weekly Wrap-up Call I was on the rode traveling to Virginia Beach for a speaking engagement. For both Cycles 1 and 2 I have been nicely positioned at my dining room table for every call, but this time I was at a rest stop. No dining room table? This was not the time. Continue reading

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Cycle 3 of Surrender 2012 has Begun!

Welcome to Day 1 of the 40-Day Surrender Fast! I am ecstatic that you have decided to completely commit the next 40 days to God; you are in for a treat. Like today’s post reminded us: Expect the Unexpected.

So who’s represented? There’s New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, The District, Alabama, California, Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Tennessee, and even Afghanistan!

Shout out to First Baptist Church of Glenarden, the Latter Rain Cathedral, and Alexander Memorial Baptist Church. Continue reading

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