You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement!

The Monday After: Sunday, October 21, 2012: Living a Generous Life: Moving Toward Freedom

By Sheryll Belonga

“I surrender all, all to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”

I have sung this chorus on many occasions, and in my heart I believed I had surrendered all.

What I have come to realize is that my mouth was saying or singing one thing but my actions have shown something different.

This past Sunday a question was posed, at least one out of the many that got my attention:

“What are you still holding on to that you haven’t given to God?”

So I asked God what that was in my life, and His answer was time.

Time is something I always feel as though I need more of and feel like I can’t get enough of.  There are days when I don’t use my time wisely, so I end up taking it from my family.  I have often taken it from God when I felt as if I didn’t have enough of it to offer Him.  Those are the days when I don’t make time with God a priority, and I always regret it.

I realized that the reason why I don’t give my 24 hours over to God each day is because I want to be in control of them.  Now I don’t think this consciously but that is what I am, in fact, saying with my actions.  For some reason I think that if I just keep working at it I will one day be successful at how I use my time.  In reality — I can’t do it on my own.

History has proven to me that when I step out on my own to do something success is not guaranteed.  If I follow Matthew 19:26 on the other hand, success comes.

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’. “

When I look back over my life and examine the times when I allowed God to order my day, I recall days of peace.  That isn’t to say issues did not arise, but that I found peace in the midst of them.   It doesn’t mean I didn’t have any “mommy moments” where I wanted to yell at my kids; I did, but I was able to step aside and refocus on God, which brought me peace.

I believe what Pastor Josh:  if I give God the thing that is most difficult for me to let go of, then everything will fall in line.

This week I plan to surrender all to Him.

This week I will let my actions speak louder than my words.

Sheryll Belonga is the wife of Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

One thought on “The Monday After: Living a Generous Life: Moving Toward Freedom {Sheryll}

  1. Oh, Sheryll, it was like He was giving that message to me, too! It’s about my time, and giving it to God first. I found myself being asked,”Don’t you trust me enough to order your day?” And while I wanted to say yes {emphatically}, I knew I couldn’t because that’s not what my actions have shown. Thank you for sharing your heart so honestly.

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