Surrender, not for the weak of Heart

Surrender, not for the weak of Heart

My family and I are called overseas to serve the Lord. We received our calling in 2013 and were appointed with our sending agency in April of 2014. Our goal was to raise 100% of our support by this August. January 2016 hit, and I began to feel the stress of raising 70% in less than 8 months. I know God is bigger than my expectations. After all, He owns the cattle, right? So I began to pray that God would do the impossible. People would tell me it didn’t look like we were headed to the Emerald Isle in August. My response? “God can do it.” And indeed, He can!

March┬árolled around, but our monthly support did not. We staggered, lost a supporter or two, and went backwards. Okay, not a big deal. Again, God is bigger than what I can see. My faith would not be hindered! But, and there’s always a but, right? But, I had a gentle whisper deep in my soul, begging me to pray for God’s will, not my will, but God’s will to be done. Sure. I can do that. Because, God’s will is to get us overseas.

I began praying. And praying. And praying. I went before our Father, requesting that He would provide the funds for us to get to Ireland by August 2016. And I always ended it with, “Not my will, but Your’s be done.” I think I expected God to bend to my will, not the other way around. So my prayer was for my will to be aligned with God’s. It’s a frightening prayer to pray, this whole idea of surrendering my desire for His.

My husband met with our team of people, our financial mentor, our personal mentors, and our wonderful guide at World Venture. Though she truly believed God could get us to Ireland this year, she made it clear that even if we were completely funded by August, we couldn’t leave the States.

Huh. This was new. My wonderful husband called me, told me what she had said. I remember sitting at my desk, and it took me about a total of 3 minutes before I felt God’s peace fill me like never before. The peace of God truly did reign that day, in my heart, my soul, and my mind. Chris and I were on the same page. We told our boys we would be in the States for one more year. And they, too, confirmed we were to be here! Peace filled our family that hadn’t been there for quite some time.

Surrendering our will to God’s, not an easy task. The outcome? Peace. I’m thankful we have another year here. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do! Let me encourage you today: If you are fighting God on any issue, surrender. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it!

Joi Copeland About Joi Copeland

Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland. Find her on her blog or her Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Joi. Surrendering fully to the Lord is truly a struggle we all face. May He bless you in your ministry in Ireland! God bless!

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