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The Surrender of Life by Ginger Solomon

The Surrender of Life

By Ginger Solomon

 

Our society sees surrender as a dirty word.

But is it?

Imagine for one moment: What if Mary, the mother of Jesus, had been unwilling to surrender her body to the Holy Spirit and give birth to Jesus?

Not only would she have deprived the world of a Savior (well, to be honest, I think God would have chosen another maiden, but we’ll never know on this side of heaven), but she would have missed out on raising the Son of God. What about all those times she treasured a certain memory in her heart? She knew her baby was special. But what if she’d not surrendered?

What if Peter, James, John, and the others had refused to surrender their livelihood when Jesus called to them to come follow him? A great deal of our New Testament would have been written by someone else.

What if Jesus decided surrendering his life for ours was too much for the Father to ask? Can you say up-the-creek-without-a-paddle? Except it wouldn’t be a creek. It’d be a raging river, and we’d be in a baby float.

Let’s add one more what if to our surrender list. Let’s make it a little more recent.

What if Thomas Edison’s mother hadn’t surrendered her quiet time to teach him at home when he had trouble at school? The man had over 1,000 patents for his inventions. The light bulb, motion picture camera, and alkaline storage battery are among them. In addition, he started the first electric company, which later became the General Electric Corporation. (source: www.biography.com)

When we surrender our lives to God and believe in His Son, Jesus, we are giving up something, but we are gaining so much more.

So it was for Princess Anaya, my heroine, in my most recent release, Second Choice. The man she had chosen to be her husband disappeared, leaving a note with no clues as to the reason for his departure. Her wedding was scheduled to take place in three weeks. She’d dreamed of the life she’d spend with him for the last six months. And then nothing. Her plans collapsed around her. Her dreams slipped through her fingers. Her hopes for a bright future faded.

She had to surrender her expectations. It wasn’t easy, but what she gained was so much better than what she gave up. It just took her time to see it.

The end of the tunnel is not always visible while we’re going through it. We know there’s a light at the end, but we can’t see it. Surrender is that way as well. If we’re surrendering to something GOD wants for us or wants us to do, then we can be sure that what we’re gaining will be better than what we’re releasing—even if we can’t see it.

Ginger 7 - brightened_editedGinger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

Author Links:

Website

Inspy Romance Blog

Facebook Author Page

Twitter @GingerS219

Pinterest

Amazon Author Page

 

Second Choice Blurb:

The Surrender of Life by Ginger Solomon

The Surrender of Life by Ginger Solomon

Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

 

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

 

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.

 

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Old-Fashioned Honor in Today’s World by Ginger Solomon

Old-fashioned Honor in Today’s World

By Ginger Solomon

 

My recent release, Broken Valentine, is all about surrender—to parental oversight, to God, and of self. Several of my reviewers have said that parts of it are unrealistic in today’s society. That’s a shame—not that they said it, but that it is unrealistic.

Sarah and Michael, my characters, are caught in a compromising position and are forced by their well-meaning parents to marry. As one reviewer said, “A modern day shotgun wedding.” The story is about how they deal with the fall-out. They each have their own reasons for going through with it… but no spoilers.

What is sad to me is that this kind of surrender—the honoring of our parents—is unusual or unbelievable. Would I have agreed had I been in Sarah’s position? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean someone, somewhere would not.

God tells us in the Ten Commandments that we should honor our fathers and mothers. While this looks different as we age, it is no less necessary. The command does not say until we move out of their homes.

 

So what is honor?

 

According to dictionary.com, honor has twenty-four definitions. That’s a lot to explain a five-letter word. Here are a few:

Nouns:

  • honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions
  • high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank
  • high public esteem; fame; glory

 

Verbs:

  • to hold in honor or high respect; revere
  • to treat with honor
  • to confer honor or distinction upon
  • to worship (the Supreme Being)
  • to show a courteous regard for

 

In order to honor our parents, we must have high respect for them, show courteous regard for them, etc.

In my story, I believe this is what Sarah and Michael have done. They have surrendered their own desires to treat their parents with honor.

 

They go on to learn how to surrender their lives to God. Not everything happens easily—or else it would be a very boring book :)–but then life is a progression of steps forward. Sometimes we trip and fall, but we get back up and keep going. Always moving forward.

 

Surrendering our will to God.

 

Surrendering our desires, our hopes, our dreams.

 

And you know what? We always get the BETTER end of the deal because that’s just how God is.

About BROKEN VALENTINE:

Broken Valentine by Ginger Solomon

Broken Valentine by Ginger Solomon

Being stood up on Valentine’s Day is not how Sarah Sawyer wanted the evening to go. It only gets worse when she discovers her boyfriend’s betrayal. Accepting a ride home from her attractive waiter goes against everything she’s been taught, but her choices are limited.

Michael Richmond can’t let his beautiful, yet heart-broken customer walk home, no matter how tired he is after working fourteen hour days all week.

It might be either the best decision of his life or the worst. Only time will tell if their broken hearts can become one, or if they will tear each other apart.

Broken Valentine is the second book in the Broken Holidays Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

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Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

Author Links:

Website

Inspy Romance Blog

Facebook Author Page

Twitter @GingerS219

Pinterest

 

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A Call to Praise Blog Hop Starts Today by Jennifer Slattery

Posted by Julie on March 5, 2015 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Julie’s Note:
This post first appeared at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud.

A Call to Praise Blog Hop Starts March 5th at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

A Call to Praise Blog Hop Starts March 5th at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

I’m a firm believer in the power of praise. When I’m sad, anxious, or upset, nothing lifts my heart quite like singing praises to my Heavenly Father. I think there are many reasons for this, perhaps the most important of which being that it centers my heart and mind in God’s peace-giving, ever-loving presence. As some of you may know, I battle chronic illness, which means, I often battle negative emotions as well. One week, when going through a particularly difficult time, I felt as if God led me to Psalm 103, calling me to focus not on my struggle but instead on Him–who He is and all He’s done. Ever since, I’ve found praise to be my life-line, so I thought I’d share this precious gift God showed to me with each of you.

Starting March 5th, a group of bloggers and I have decided to dig deep into Psalm 103, passage by passage. I hope you’ll join us by following the links below. 

March 5 Jennifer Hallmark will launch our series with a beautiful post on gratitude on my blog.

March 9: Sarah Ruut will visit Carol McClain’s to share her thoughts on what it means to praise God will ALL that we are.

March 11: Allyson Carter will visit on Sarah Ruut’s to talk about those things that hinder our praise.

March 13: Julie Arduini will visit Allyson Carter’s blog to talk about “Discerning Satan’s Tactics and Living on the Offense.”

March 16: Carol McClain will visit Susan Aken’s to share her thoughts on the importance of remembering all God has done.

March 18: Maria Morgan will visit Sarah Ruut’s blog to expand on Psalm 103:2, especially focusing on what it means to “forget not all His benefits.”

March 21: Allyson Carter will discuss Psalm 103 verse 3, hosted on Carol McClain’s blog

March 24: Sarah Ruut hosted on Marji Laine’s blog, discussing how God’s Blessings in our lives can give us strength.

March 26: Delia Latham will visit Carol McClain’s blog to talk about verse 6 and how God’s justice makes a difference in our lives

March 30: Susan Aken will visit my blog to discuss Psalm 103:9-12, focusing on God’s underserved grace

April 2: Marji Laine hosted on Allyson Carter’s blog, discussing what it means to live anew in God’s grace.

April 4: Susan Aken will visit Delia Latham’s blog to share her thoughts on Psalm 103:14, discussing the what it means when Scripture says God knows we are weak

April 9: Carol McClain will post on my blog, discussing God’s sovereignty and power.

April 11th I’ll tie up our series on Ginger Solomon‘s blog, calling each of us to be fully present when we praise.



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