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60 Days to . . . A Submissive Spirit

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To be sensitive and submissive to the Lord's will in our lives—that's the goal for all believers who desire to follow God. So to become more in-tuned to the Holy Spirit's calling on your life, we want to help you spend the next 60 days focusing on what it means to submit. For a few moments each morning ponder that day's submission thought or prayer. Then try to keep it in your thoughts throughout the day, prayerfully asking God to help you apply what you've read and to mold you into a woman who lives a life of surrender.

Day 1

Pray

Lord, the idea of true submission can be confusing and frustrating to grasp. Over the next two months, help me to understand the biblical sense of submission. Help it not be scary for me to pursue, but help me to embrace and practice submission to you and to others in Christian community. Amen.

Day 2

Consider

What do you think when you hear the word submission? Does it provoke a negative response? If so, why do you think that is? How can you turn any negative thoughts about submission into positive thoughts and actions?

Day 3

Listen

Make the words of the hymn "I Surrender All" your prayer.

Day 4

Read

Before making a decision today, large or small, take time to see what God's Word says about it.

Day 5

Journal

Write down the first ten things that come to your mind as you think about God. What does that list tell you? What does it mean for submitting to him in all areas of your life?

Day 6

Pray

Every time you're tempted to worry about something today,instead pray, "Lord, may your will be done."

Day 7

Read

"The Journey of Childlessness" by Jean E. Jones. Whether or not you've struggled with this particular issue, what does the author have to say about who God is? What did she learn in the course of submitting her dreams to God? How does that apply to your life?

Day 8

Read

"Four Myths About Submission in the Christian Life" by Michael Milton. How many of these myths have you believed?

Day 9

Consider

Reflect on one time you submitted your circumstances to God and experienced the relief of coming "underneath in a safe place."

Day 10

Journal

To be truly submissive means you must be humble. Write about a time in which being humble in your relationship with God was really difficult. What did you learn about yourself through that experience?

Day 11

Journal

Continuing from yesterday, write about a time in which being humble in a close relationship was difficult—with a friend, family member, co-worker. What did you learn about yourself through that experience?

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