Surrendering the Tender Places

On last month, I wrote a blog post for Women Walking with Jesus entitled, “The Grow-Up Plan.” In this post, I talked about the tougher areas that, if truth be told, we all have our struggles— faith and submission, to name a couple. I have had several chances over the month to think about how I “grew up” in Christ, and how I continue to grow up in Christ. Perhaps no other life lesson was as liberating for me as my surrender to Christ of my most tender places.

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 Jesus shows us in Luke 4 the power of surrendering the tender places, and as providence would have it, He uses a woman. We find Jesus resting at a well when a woman came to fetch water for her household. Jesus could have miraculously drawn His own water, but this was not about Him; it was about her chance to grow up and be changed.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. (John 4: 7-9, NKJV)

I imagine that this woman’s self-esteem was at an all-time low. Jesus never talked “down” to her; she created her own back door.  Read more of her story–and mine–at Women Walking with Jesus on Lisa Shaw’s blog.

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