Living surrendered to God’s will can be one of the hardest things we do yet one of the most rewarding. When we accept God in our lives and begin learning how to live for Him we learn God’s plan is the best, better than anything we could come up with on our own. Even when life’s biggest challenges come when we surrender to God, His blessings show up – exceedingly greater than we can ever imagine. Join Rusanne as she shares about being a “Forever Mom” and how we together can share how God can be glorified through it all!
Welcome to Celebrating God’s Grace, a Women World Leader’s Podcast. So happy you’ve joined us today. My name is Rusanne and I love this ministry and all it represents because it’s all about Jesus. Through our podcasts each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our quarterly magazine – Voice of Truth, our conferences and communication through social media we share the gospel of Jesus Christ and are passionate about helping support men and women to share their testimony to empower others as well as introduce our Saviour to those who don’t know Him yet!
We are approaching the end of 2022. What an exciting time to be alive. I said exciting but this also means it can be a challenging one too! We, globally have many challenges to face. We, at WWL, are passionate and feel called to share the truth and goodness of our loving God. One of our outreaches involves the publishing of books where followers of Christ share their “God stories” reaching people all around the globe, glorifying all God has done in the lives of His people. This is to give hope and encouragement because we know God will continue to do as the Word says in “Ephesians 3:20 (TPT) … to never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination. He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you”
So my friends whatever you are facing, whatever the circumstances you may find yourself in, God is in our midst, in the middle of all our trials, our tribulations, our lives. And it is when we give it all over to Him, surrender it ALL that the greatest human fulfilment can be realised – we live for Him!
Today, I’d like to share with you an excerpt from one of the most recent books published by World Publishing and Productions and WWL, “Surrendered, Yielded with Purpose”.
In today’s world it is very difficult to give up what we want, we desire at times! We live in a place of instant gratification and with most people on the planet engaged in social media and selfies it’s where our self-will and comparisons can take control and overshadow what God may desire for our lives. Anyone who has walked with God for a decent amount of time and truly surrendered their lives would surely proclaim God’s plan is much better than anything they could have come up with on their own.
I hope to share with some of these beautiful stories and powerful teachings from the many amazing collections WWL has published and will publish but today I’d like to share from the chapter I wrote about being what I like to call a “forever Mom”.
What is a forever Mom?
I think most mothers would agree that no matter how old your son or daughter gets, you are still their mom and care so greatly about them and what happens to them! I know I am all grown up and on the other side of the world but as my Mom often reminds me, “it doesn’t matter how old I get she is still concerned about my well-being.
But what I am talking about is when a Mom becomes a full-time carer for their child.
Here is the opening of the chapter, “Footprints Toward Eternity in Surrendered: Yielded To Purpose”:
A MOTHER ON HER KNEES It was a warm summer day in Australia. We had been at the beach soaking up the sun and breathing in the salt air. This was our happy place, a place of freedom. Away from the busyness, away from our day-to-day responsibilities, routines and endless therapy and doctor appointments. A place you could be you, the real you. We were free to walk barefoot in the sand, you following my footprints placing your little feet in the imprints of mine. We watched and listened to the birds, one of your favourite pastimes. I’ve never quite heard someone imitate their sounds so precisely as you do! I wondered what you and those birds spoke about to each other. After our walk, we played in the park. The sun had set and said goodbye to the present day, and the darkness was approaching. You were suddenly on the other side of the road. A large patch of green grass stood in front of me. It was as if the blades of grass were tall soldiers creating a barricade preventing me from reaching you. You looked so little, my son, so far away from me. “Come, Christian, come on! We need to go home now!” I yelled out to my boy. He began to run towards me, crossing the street. From the left side of my vision, something was coming. My eyes darted to the biggest 18-wheeler truck I had ever seen in my life. It came out of nowhere. It was coming down the street at a speed that would surely plough right into my son! I was frozen in the spot my feet stood. My body could not move, yet my insides were screaming, “STOP, STOP, STOP!!” I could do nothing. It all happened so fast! Christian ran. Christian ran right THROUGH that massive truck! He made his way right into my open and waiting arms. I fell to my knees in relief and gratitude to have him safely with me. The driver of the truck, a man in his mid-30s with long dark brown, slightly curled hair, turned his head to look and wink at me with his piercing and captivating eyes as if to say, “I was never going to hit him. I was never going to hurt him.” He quickly tapped his horn twice before moving on out of my sight. I also felt the presence of someone next to me. I could not see him, but the word ‘BIG’ came to my mind. His presence was a comfort as I could feel he was there slightly to my left and behind me. As Christian ran forward and through the massive truck, the man to my left said, “Wow! What a miracle!” He began saying the Lord’s prayer, giving thanks to God, and praising His goodness and mercy. I joined him, reciting the prayer as I held Christian in my arms and fell back to my knees again in worship to the King. Christian had run right into my arms. “Thank , God! Thank you for saving him. My son. My son. Thank You, Jesus!” I had never held my son so tightly before. I did not want to let him go! My phone, vibrating on the nightstand next to me, woke me from my deep sleep. The dream was disrupted. I wanted the dream to continue. Do you know the feeling? When you want to go back to sleep and hit play after pausing a movie that you are totally engrossed in? I wanted to see more. I wanted to see how it all ended. It was like a dream, a nightmare, when my son at two years of age was diagnosed. He is totally dependent on me, but He is my earthly angel that caused me to seek God.
I’d like to invite you to check out this book and others as well as our Voice on Truth magazine which is free to read online or can be ordered with a monthly donation to the ministry. Please visit www.womenworldleaders.com
Women World Leaders is currently praying about and gathering carers from around the world that would like to share their story and glorify how God has comforted and strengthened them in their journeys of caring for a loved one.
There are other books being woven together, where men and women are called to share their story of God’s love and power. We ask you reach out to us if God is speaking to you about this.
During this time of the year, we give thanks for many things. I give thanks that God would allow me to speak into the airwaves to people all around the world about how awesome He is! And He lets me do this from the comfort of my home with my son just in the next room!
In the spirt of Giving, we at WWL would love if you would playfully consider: praying for us at WWL and all God is calling us to do, could God be calling you or someone you know to serve with us?
We love helping people discover their God-given talents and supporting them serve!
Is there a story you want to share?
And would God have you become a monthly donor so we can continue to do His work at such a time as this.
Please reach out to us at www.womenworldleaders, we’d love to hear from you.
Have a blessed end of the year and a very Merry Christmas. Hope to join again with you in the new year.
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