Day 12 – Stop Fighting, Baby! SURRENDER

Day 12 Stop Fighting, Baby! Surrender


//  Have you ever watched a baby fight falling sleep? They are thoroughly exhausted, and in most cases, beyond reasoning. Whether they realize it or not, falling asleep is precisely what they need.

But they fight it.

They kick and scream, shake and wail, and their chubby little cheeks turn red from the desperation to have their own way.

Why do they do it? Why don’t they just LET GO and allow sleep to overtake them? Don’t they know that after a good nap, they will be content and happy, and the world will be beautiful again?   

Sound familiar?

When was the last time you kicked and screamed and refused to give in to the thing you needed most? I think we can all relate at one time or another. I’ve personally had my moments of kicking and screaming, as recently as this month.

  • I know that I should do something because it’s good for me.
  • I know I should do something because it’s good for others.
  • I know I should do something because the Father has asked me to do it.

But I. Don’t. Want. To.


Unfortunately, this all-too-familiar feeling is typical of the human condition. Do you remember when Saul met Jesus on the Damascus Road?

We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads’” (Acts 26:14 NIV).

What does that mean? The NLT explains it this way…

It is useless for you to fight against my will” (Acts 26:14b NLT).


Yes, the desire to “kick against the goads” and refuse what God is asking of us is very tempting. // But the truth is,


OUR FATHER TRULY KNOWS WHAT’S BEST FOR US! Remember, His plans for us are to “prosper us and not to harm us” (Jeremiah 29:11).

In other words, it means

SURRENDERING instead of fighting.

OBEYING instead of running.

SERVING instead of complaining.

TRUSTING instead of worrying.


My friends, whatever is on your plate today, remember this…

Your Heavenly Father knows what’s BEST FOR YOU and He will never forget His promises to His children. He is a Good, Good Father and you can TRUST HIM with your life!

Allow yourself to ‘fall asleep’ in His arms today. Stop fighting, and GIVE IN to what He’s asking of you. Click To Tweet

S U R R E N D E R.


Praying for you today,

Signature, Shauna





Yes, I’m still plugging away with the 31 Day Challenge and exploring UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE—how to live an amazing life without burning out or losing my joy. It’s still a timely theme in my fast-paced life called motherhood.

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You know the drill… Five minutes of free writing, no editing, and then let the creativity flow. // marks the start and stop of the timer.

Today is Day 12, and the prompt word was SURRENDER. We are linking up with the writers over at Five Minute Friday and Crystal Stine’s Write 31 Days.

To read more 31 DAYS OF UNFORCED RHYTHMS, click here!



5 replies
  1. Cindy Wilkins
    Cindy Wilkins says:

    Shauna, this is excellent! What a perfect example! And yes,I do my fair share of kicking and screaming too, even tho I know better. Thanks for sharing in such a relatable way! Joining you on#fmf, Cindy

  2. Marian
    Marian says:

    Beautiful Shauna! It reminds me of the restful picture in Ps 131.. “Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

  3. Jeannie Prinsen
    Jeannie Prinsen says:

    Hi Shauna – I like your examples of the baby not wanting to surrender to sleep, and of Saul encountering Jesus. Today our pastor spoke on Jonah, and that was another great example of refusal to surrender (or as our pastor put it, not wanting to align ourselves with God’s heart). Thanks for this – I appreciate what you’ve said.

    Jeannie (#46 in the linkup this week)


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