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A Life Effectively-Lived


This previous Sunday, I used to be reminded, how simple it’s to mindlessly sing songs, like I Give up All,  (I give up all, I give up all, all to Thee, my blessed Savior, I give up all.  –(Judson W. Van DeVenter) in our time of worship every week,  but by no means give any thought to what it means to truly reside that approach.

How prepared I’m on Sunday morning to present all the things to God and the way rapidly I take all of it again on Monday morning.  And if the tune have been written mirroring my life throughout the week it will learn extra like this:

I give up a SOME, I give up SOME
Half-heartedly to Thee, my blessed Savior
I give up SOME.

How easy it appears to give up when all goes effectively in my life however how exhausting it turns into when it’s falling aside.

I had a buddy, Traci, who died of most cancers about two years in the past and I consider her usually.  She was in her mid-thirties, had two great little ladies and a loving husband.  I watched as she struggled along with her battle in opposition to most cancers and witnessed her stroll of religion develop stronger and stronger with every passing day.

Simply months earlier than she stepped into the presence of her Savior, she penned these phrases:

I’m wanting every day for God; round each nook, within the daylight and within the shadows I see him. I really feel his arms round me very shut.  If I got the possibility to decide on this course my life has taken, are you aware that I might really CHOOSE this life? I by no means would have had the possibility to see him like this in any other case.

When Traci sang I Give up All, she simply didn’t sing it, she lived it!  She understood what it meant to comply with God with out reservation, with eyes extensive open, able to obtain no matter God had for her.  Deep down on the core of who she was, she believed that God was GOOD irrespective of how issues may appear.  She tasted of His goodness and knew Him in  methods I solely dreamed about.

A couple of years in the past I got here throughout some verses tucked again within the obscure guide of Habakkuk that took my breath away after I learn them.  I’m reminded of them as I take into consideration Traci and the life she led.

Regardless that the fig timber don’t have any blossoms, and there are not any grapes on the vines; although the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; although the flocks die within the fields, and cattle barns are empty, but will I REJOICE within the Lord!  I will likely be joyful within the God of my salvation!  The Sovereign LORD is my energy!  He makes me as surefooted as a deer, capable of tread upon the heights.”     Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)

This was Traci’s lifestyle.

It doesn’t matter what could be taken from her, irrespective of how tough the journey; she selected to rejoice within the God of her salvation.  He was her energy and would possibly; her sturdy tower.

I watched as she journeyed, as a surefooted deer, from this life into the subsequent with God at her aspect!

I thank God for permitting my path to cross Traci’s and for Sundays like this that remind me that it’s not what I say (or sing) however how I reside!

All to Jesus I give up;
All to him I freely give;
I’ll ever love and belief Him,
In His presence every day reside.
I give up all, I give up all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior.
I give up all.
Judson W. Van DeVenter

by Kristi Huseby
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