Surrendering Is Not A Battle Of The Wills, It’s An Act Of Worship


If 2016 is going to be a year of fulfillment and implementation [of God’s promises], then God must be in full swing. My heart is so full of hope, joy, and excitement, I can hardly contain myself. My heart is also filled with what Holy Spirit is filling it with – my future. In my spirit, I feel the next 11 months are going to be filled with opportunities to travel to specific places and minister, opportunities to lead worship, opportunities to grow in what God has called me to do in leadership, opportunities to step out further than I ever have in faith. I believe the favor I prayed for last year is the pavement I will walk upon this year.

This insight comes after a breakdown with Jesus and me. The Getchell schedule is very busy – and my flesh is very selfish. It doesn’t matter how giving of a person you are, everyone has something they don’t want to give up. I have mine. When you feel like that one thing that is “yours” is being infringed upon, naturally we begin to become defensive [or full of attitude, pride]. I feel like I give a lot of myself to others, to church, to work, to my family. I cannot tell you how many times I have these great ideas that will be accomplished in the evenings when I get home from work [or on a weekend] only they are met with dinner, baths, showers, laundry, rehearsal, prayer time, house cleaning, and prepping for the next day. The things I yearn to complete for myself never quite make it on the list. Then you feel Holy Spirit prompting you to give up yet another part of you. The only part you feel like you have left that is “yours” or “your time”. I fought it. I admit it, I was selfish in that moment [weeks]. Throughout my weeks of being selfish I felt like I wasn’t hearing from God. It was difficult for me to get into His presence. Normally it wasn’t. It was not until I had a conversation with my dear mother that I realized just how selfish I was being. Let me give you a visual… We are sitting at Dunkin Donuts having breakfast with my little girl. By the end of this conversation I am so full of internal frustration water works are happening. You can imagine what others were thinking around me. “Did someone die?” “Oh poor lady…” “She looks nuts!” And all the while, my daughter keeps asking, “mommy, why are you crying?”. How do I explain to a 3-year old that God just gave mommy a 2×4 across the head and I am crying because it hurts and I feel like I let Him down? (Sidenote: The devil is good at disguising things. He wants us to be prideful, manipulative, complainers that only think of ourselves. Do you really want to give him satisfaction?)

We went to church and in the midst of worship I found myself debating and arguing with myself mentally. Thinking about something I needed to do and then convincing myself why I don’t want to. If someone could be in my head watching I would appear to have multiple personalities. Becoming overwhelmed with my own thoughts, I fell to my knees and poured my heart out to God.

I surrendered.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

After all, it’s not a secret to Him. He knows exactly what I am thinking at all times. I know scripture well enough to know that God wins all the time. I would not allow the devil to win the battle happening in my mind. I overcame my flesh, and told God I would do whatever He wanted me to do, including give up the only thing I had that felt like “me time”.

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No sooner did the words come out of my mouth… I mean I am talking seconds… I felt a hand on my lower back. Prayers, in a language only described as angelic, began to pour out of this person’s mouth. My body swelled up with God’s presence – my eyes swelled with tears. The Lord spoke through this person and as I heard each and every word God had for me, I was overcome with more surrender. Surrender I didn’t even know I had in me. By the end of God speaking, all but one question I had asked God within the 21 day fast so far had been answered and accounted for. His last statement to me? “My good and faithful servant.” This single line put me over the top. I’m talking 100%, snotting out of the nose, forehead to the carpet, uncontrollable whaling. The people the chairs in front of me could probably hear me over the music.

I surrendered. God spoke.

Let me say, I don’t apologize for my moment with God. Our moments should never intentionally interrupt someone else’s worship – but sometimes when you are touched… you are just touched. My desire is for everyone I know to find their own, personal, unbridled freedom in worship to our Savior. When you can find your way to that place, there is no turning back. In those moments, you realize [or remember] what Jesus has brought you out of [your past sin] and placed you in [eternal life with Him, never lacking again]. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?!

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Want Freedom? Then Surrender.


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Everyone wants freedom, but not everyone will surrender. I journal everything God tells me. Every once in a while I like to review what He has said for common themes. For a while, everything He spoke to me was about David and Joseph in the Bible. For where I was in that time – as usual – God was right on time. Recently, I went through and had a review session. Common theme? Freedom and surrender. This past Sunday, as I was onstage leading worship, we were in a moment of selah. I had my eyes closed and my head down. As I opened my eyes and lifted my head I looked out over the congregation and the Holy Spirit spoke clear as day to me… To have freedom, you have to surrender. Which makes sense. If we want FREEDOM, then we have to SURRENDER. If we want freedom from addiction, you have to lay whatever it is down. You have to surrender it. Freedom is an amazing experience if we can get there. My personal passion is for people to find their own personal freedom in worship. What do I mean by this… to be able to lift their hands, dance, get on their knees, even lay face down if they chose to in corporate and private worship. I am by no means saying this is how you HAVE to worship like this; however, I am saying people should have the ability to worship in a manner that is fitting for them and biblical. My personal passion is for people to overcome the thoughts like, “everyone is looking at me” or “what will others think”.

How many times do we find ourselves struggling to stay afloat, like we are being pulled down by weights tied to our ankles in an ocean. Gasping for what little air we can get every time we barely get our mouths above the water. But it doesn’t have to be like this. If we surrender to Jesus the things that are weighing us down, we can stay afloat easier. This doesn’t mean tidal waves won’t come and try to push us over, but it does mean we can float through it!

Consider where you are in life, take a moment. Maybe it’s time to let things go and surrender your life to Jesus. Or maybe, you believe in Him, you just forgot you can give Him all those things weighing you down. Then… you will find the freedom you have been searching for.

Psalm 55:22

New International Version (NIV)
22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not


When I was younger I couldn’t stand to not have a boyfriend. The minute I broke up with one I was on the hunt for another. I put them before friends and family. I put them in front of important events I should have been at but instead would lie to get out of the event. Yes, I admit it… I would lie. The attention I would receive from a “boy” was infatuating to me. Holding my hand or giving me a kiss would just send butterflies through my stomach and make me want to spend even more time with him. But I quickly learned the attention I was getting that I thought equaled “love” was not “love” at all. Instead it was just attention – and most the time attention in the most wrong sense.

You know how you are feeling incomplete (girl or guy) and searching for something to fill that void? You tell yourself, “something is just missing in my life” so you go out and have drinks with friends, or go boy/girl hopping til you find one that is intriguing enough that they keep your attention, or maybe you throw all your time into working out or a sport, maybe you even throw yourself into church activities but all for the wrong reason. When you try to fill a void with something other than it’s true meaning of being filled it never works. The last drink of the night hasn’t taken away the loneliness once you are home and sober. The friends you hang around with all day haven’t fullfilled the sense of emptiness you feel when you go home and you are sitting by yourself wondering “what’s wrong with me?” The boyfriend/girlfriend doesn’t take the place of affection you are actually missing from a mom or dad. The gym time doesn’t fulfill your need for accomplishment. The church activities won’t fulfill the need to feel like you fit in. You can do all these things every night and every day and you will STILL feel alone, insecure, unloved, like you don’t fit in, a need for that drink, a need for the drug, just one more time having sex… You will tell yourself over and over again “this is the last time” in whatever category or categories you fit in. I’m here to tell you I have the answer to the one thing that will truly satisfy your soul… And it’s not all those things you keep wasting your time on.

Jesus will satisfy every hunger, thirst, longing for acceptance, sense of loneliness, need for affection, phening for a high and more. He and only He can take this urge you have away for good. So why waste your time on the other things? And here is the best part: it’s free. It doesn’t cost you money like the $7.00 you spend on one drink at the club, it doesn’t cost your life savings because you think you need to snort one more line, it doesn’t cost you sacrificing who you really are to fit in because Jesus accepts you for who you are. All you have to do is say to Him you are sorry for the life you have been living and ask Him to come into your heart and change you. Literally, it’s that easy.

If you need help beyond this point please feel free to contact me and I will do all I can to help and point you in the right direction.

Galatians 5:1
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.