I hate rejection and to varying degrees we all do. However, some are people are better at it than others. Case in point, my sister-in-law Latricia, will ask anyone for anything. Her motto is, “All they can say is no.” That’s my point exactly. They can say is no and that’s why I avoid asking. But my stance isn’t biblical and for the last seven months God has been instructing me to reject rejection. In other words, to not fear rejection.
Last summer God directed me to send the Surrender Fast devotional to people of influence. I generated a list and got to mailing. This is not typically my style, I like people to find me, but if God was asking me to do it He must have a plan!
The first few thanks-for-the-book, I-hope God-blesses-you notes were tolerable, but after 10+ rejection letters it was all getting to be a bit much and last Sunday it culminated in me having one big pity-party:
God where are you in all of this?! I look desperate. You could make them support this book. So why aren’t you? Continue reading
Most people, whether they admit it or not, characterize God in one of two ways. He loves me when I do right and He punishes me when I do wrong. Period.
Unfortunately, that small-minded view of our Father leads to a “works” philosophy that keeps you on a performance treadmill and stifles any real hopes of coming into an authentic relationship with God.
But this week God is saying Enough is Enough! He wants us to grow in intimacy with Him by knowing Him by name.
About a year ago I read Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler. It’s a 26-week devotional. Fantastic read; I highly recommend it. In the book she wrote:
“In the ancient world names not only distinguish one person from another, names were often though to reveal the essential nature and character of a person. To know God’s name is to enjoy a kind of privileged access to Him.” Continue reading
Welcome to Week 4 of Cycle 4 of Surrender 2013!!! Theme: Enough is Enough!
*This week we are focusing on relationships not just any old relationships, but those ordained by God.
Do you know that there are people in your life that are inextricably tied to your destiny? According to Freedictionary.com inextricable means – so intricate or entangled as to make escape impossible.
That can be good or bad news. I guess it depends on the quality of your relationships. For those people you are in good relationship with you are all for entanglement. But when it comes to the more challenging relationships–you want out and you want out now!
However, there are some relationships, for better or for worse, you will need to stick with because they are crucial to the successful completion of your life’s call. Continue reading
I had the most life-changing experience this past week. In front of 30 of my Sorority Sisters I bid farewell to my 20 year old self. It’s been a long time coming; she had called the shots for far too long.
In 1991, at the age of 20, I attempted to join a sorority; being a part of this sorority meant more to me than anything. But due to a series of mistakes on the part of the undergraduate leaders I was denied admittance. Though devastated I tried again in Graduate School and was accepted. However, the damage had been done; that traumatic event changed my life.
So for 22 years I haven’t had any meaningful involvement with ANY women’s organizations (including the sorority). Every time I’m asked to join one of these organizations I quickly reply any number of convenient excuses: “I’m too busy”, “I don’t have the money”, “I’m in too many things already”, “It’s not God’s will” (imagine that, blaming God!). I have offered any and every excuse known to avoid becoming involved with any group that has the potential to produce more pain. But this weekend God said, “Enough is Enough!” Continue reading
Thanks to all who have submitted testimonies. They are powerful! If you have a praise report please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had carried the pain of physical, mental, emotional, verbal, and spiritual abuse for years, and I had been praying and talking with God a long time asking him to show me who I am. Within the past five years, God has been answering my prayers, revealing pieces at a time. I had been reading God’s Word everyday since January 1st, the day after the Surrender Prayer, and each day I felt more of God’s presence inside be. I knew a breakthrough was coming. The Surrender Fast ministry and its prayers, scripture, and encouraging words has helped me become free from the pain of my past–today.
Today is my breakthrough. I have been set free! I thank God for loving me, and showing me how to love myself! Thank you Dr. Celeste and your team. The journey has begun…
Good evening as I recap from the week I had to share this. First let me say this is my second time fasting with my new family, the Surrender Family and I thank God for each one of you and I pray God’s blessings over you. I’m a newly-wed; 12/31/2011 we were married. Yes we’ve been married one year. I joined for the first time in Sept during Cycle 3 and of course with this being my second marriage I want it to be “perfect” so God said You need to be submissive to your husband. Surrender to submit.I felt my spirit brace for the storm when I heard the prayer (Morning Prayer Call, Day 4) and STORMY WEATHER CAME AS PROPHESIED. On Saturday 1/5 God said, you had to go through your argument today so that you can see and face and admit to and stand up to the absolute fact that you are absolutely insecure down to your core. I sulked all day, I prayed and I found the answer. I’m the problem; my thinking from old wounds and my being insecure.In conclusion, for Cycle 4 the theme for me “enough is enough” of my being insecure. So again Dr Celeste you have let God use you in a mighty powerful way and though I’ve never met you I love you and thank God you are in my life.
The other day I had the pleasure of serving cupcakes to 16 kindergarteners as we celebrated my daughter Aaliyah’s 5th birthday. After the festivities had died down the teacher asked Aaliyah what she would like to be when she grows up.
I knew the answer and I sensed it wouldn’t go over very well.
Some of the kids laughed–Aaliyah looked at them puzzled–then the teacher quickly interjected, “and what else?”
And what else. Why does there need to be a something else?
Okay, sure, growing up to be a princess sounds pretty farfetched, but for Aaliyah that is her reality. And for reasons unknown to us she acts like a princess; she is ultra feminine. She insists on wearing skirts every day, she loves wearing lip gloss and nail polish, and she carries herself like a lady.
If Aaliyah can act like what she believes she will become, why can’t you? Continue reading
On your Mark, Get set, Fast!
Welcome to Cycle 4 of Surrender Fast 2013! Today marks the first day of our 40 days of surrender.
I am excited for what God is doing now and will do for you in the days to come. Expect Him everyday: look for Him around every corner, hear Him speak out of the mouth of babes and strangers, believe that He wants to do something new in you!
Our theme this cycle is timely: “Enough is Enough!” Can’t you just feel the power when you speak those 3 simple words? Enough is Enough.
Likewise, God is encouraging us to take these words personally. He is ready to breath life into our dead situations and put us on the right path. As Ezekiel said, “Can these dry bones live?” Yes, they can! Continue reading
“The mere passing of time doesn’t make us whole. Simply saying the words, “I’m over that” doesn’t it so. Nor does burying the pain deep in the recesses of our mind. Healing is a process and if most of us are honest we know that getting over our past is — well — complicated.” (The 40-Day Surrender Fast, p. 23)
QOTD: What lies from childhood have you accepted as truth? In what ways do they continue to influence your thoughts and behavior? Continue reading
Why 40 Days?
“In the spiritual a stronghold is an incorrect pattern of thinking that influences how we live our lives. For that reason 40 appears to be the more accurate number for breaking a stronghold…In and of ourselves we are hopeless to change, but with God all things are possible. His healing virtue tears down the walls that have kept us confined and His grace propels us further than we ever thought we could go.” (The 40-Day Surrender Fast, p. 20)
QOTD: What behaviors or circumstances keep you bound and act as a barrier to the life God has for you?
For me avoidance can be a barrier; it has definitely been a stronghold for me in the past. God has given me an idea, but it’s BIG. I soooo want to avoid it, but I refuse to miss out on what God has for me. Therefore, I am going to do what God has assigned for me to do. I’ll keep you posted.
Please post your answer below.
With God all things are possible,
Bold and Courageous
Let this be your prayer for 2013: “Before this year is out I will be firm in my identity, sure of my calling, and ready for any and every assignment that comes my way. Because of Christ and the work that He did for me on the cross, I am whole and complete in God.” (The 40-Day Surrender Fast, p. 16)
QOTD: “How has God prepared your heart for this fast?” and/or “How do you know that this is your time?”
Please post answer below.
Talk to you tomorrow,
P.S. If you are waiting on your book to arrive you can read the Pre-Fast Preparation chapters from the website’s homepage (under “Sample Chapters”).