Seeing the Sweetness of Submission

IMG_0093“I’m okay. You stayed last night. I want you to go home tonight. Trust me; it’s okay. You need some sleep.”

Submission. I’ve been a work in progress our whole marriage. Well, actually, long before that. This night, I was pressing in hard to my Lord because my flesh was crying out, “There is no way I’m leaving his side.” Yet, I didn’t want to stress this man I loved; I wanted to honor him. It was 9pm, our second night in ICU. Terrell had had a major heart attack. “Lord, show me; show me. I don’t want to go. Do you want me to go?”

At 11pm, a nurse told us Terrell could move out of ICU! Once he was settled, I knew God was answering my other prayer – so I submitted, trusting him and left the hospital.

Getting ready to return to the hospital, I looked out the window to brilliant bold color against a dark sky, announcing the sun would soon rise… and this song pierced my mind’s numbness:

“The sun comes up;
It’s a new day dawning.
It’s time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes:
Bless the Lord, oh my soul, oh my soul
worship his holy name.
Sing like never before, oh my soul.
I’ll worship your holy name.” (Matt Redman)

Crying, I said, “God, you bring the sun up everyday. You move the planets every day. Healing Terrell’s heart is a small thing for you. Please heal him.”

I want you to go home tonight…  We never know what God is up to when we practice submission. Of course, God would carry me through this hard time whether I stayed at the hospital that night or not – but he also had a beautiful gift to share by my going home. As our heavenly Father, he LOVES us toward learning submission…. Just as he wants us to love our children toward learning it as well.

In Video #3, we consider God as LORD and the important role we play as parents to help our children learn about submission.

Truly, it’s a lifelong discipline for all of us, as his beloved children.

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15 thoughts on “Seeing the Sweetness of Submission

  1. Teresa, We are praying for Terrell and you. So thankful he is recovering. Praying for good health, peace and comfort for both of you and your family.
    love in Christ,
    Anne

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  2. Teresa, Dave and I were FLOORED when we got to church on Sunday to learn of Terrell’s heart attack. Dave had just talked to y’all!!! Thanking God for His faithfulness, and lifting y’all up in prayer for total healing and guidance to go forward.

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  3. THE LIGON FAMILY(NEAR AND FAR) ARE PRAYING FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.TERRELL AND YOU TOUCH SO MANY LIVES IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD.THANK YOU AND BLESS YOU. WE LOVE YOU.

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  4. Oh gosh, Teresa…I am so sorry Terrell had a heart attack! I will be praying for ya’ll and for his cardiac rehab. Oh my, we don’t know what a day will hold. Praise God for the steadiness of yours and his faith in our Almighty God. Much love to you both!

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  5. Oh how familiar this is! I teared up as I read this to Donnie. It has been almost six years since Donnie had a heart attack. As hard as submission is, it is so rewarding to do it! We are praying for you and Terrell. God is good… all the time. We love y’all! 😚

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  6. Thank you for sharing this Teresa. I have had you both in my thoughts and prayers! I’m so glad to hear he is doing so much better!

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  7. Teresa, I had no idea about Terrell! Keeping y’all in my prayers for complete healing and peace! Miss y’all! I’m so thankful for the days that you ministered to me and helped me with getting through some difficult teen years. Logan just spent the week w/us while her husband is away for some training and we had a wonderful time together. Praying that all will be well for y’all! Much love! Lisa Hutto

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