The first time I heard this song it hit me like a challenge.”Go!” it shouted in my ears.
“Give everything!” it pounded into my soul.
I felt inspired but stuck.

“How God?” I asked. “What should I give up? Where do You want me to go? I’m willing…I just don’t know how…”

A few weeks later, God presented the answer to those cries.
“Move to Florida,” He said. “Help plant Redemption Church. Serve Me there.”
And as soon as the call came, that song pounded in my heart and my mind, reminding me…He has called us to go to the ends of the earth for His glory.

It became my heart-cry, my anthem over the next 12 months of waiting, praying, and planning. And on a cool September morning, our white station wagon loaded to the roof and then some, we drove East. As we drove over those familiar roads, not knowing how long it would be till we would see them again, this song pounded in my heart.

“We’re giving it all away…away.”
And this time, it brought not a challenge, but a peace, knowing that I really was. Maybe in more drastic ways than I had ever dreamed, but here we were, literally giving everything away.

…or was it everything?
And this anthem kept pounding in my heart reminding me that letting go with my hands is different than letting go with my heart.
And the challenge keeps echoing in my ears each time it gets hard and I grow weary.

“Everything that we are for Your glory.”
Lord, teach me to keep laying it all down with my hands and my heart each day…and all for Your glory.

Be blessed


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