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Do Not Surrender

Today is day 97 of my stay here at Mayo Resort!  I am amazed by this fact and yet I know it could be a lot longer.  As I have been seeking perspective these last few weeks since my “almost got a heart” experience I have been reading a historical fiction book called “Strength of His Hand” by Lynn Austin that was given to me by a friend.  This is one book in a series that tells the story of King Hezekiah found mostly in the Chronicles and Kings books of the Bible.  As I was finishing the book today  one of the things that stood out to me the most was King Hezekiah’s determination to not surrender Jerusalem to the Assyrian army.  So many times before fear had caused Hezekiah and his father, who was king before him, to compromise and give in to the enemy because his situation seemed so helpless.  King Hezekiah had done everything humanly possible to protect Jerusalem from attack and yet he found himself overrun with Assyrian soldiers partly due to his decisions made in fear rather than trust.  Having seen what happened before when he relied on his own strength and plans, this time Hezekiah was determined to trust God and would not surrender to his enemies.  Several times they demanded his surrender and those around him advised him to surrender but he finally had learned his lesson.  Hezekiah did not surrender because he trusted God to do what He had promised.  And God did do what He promised.  He did what only God can do and struck down the Assyrian soldiers causing them to die right outside the walls of Jerusalem.

The reason I am telling you this story is because I was considering how easily my thoughts can move from trust to fear and doubt.  Many times I so quickly take God out of the equation and let those negative thoughts and emotions rule me.  So I am inspired by King Hezekiah’s decision not to surrender to those things but instead to surrender to the God who made me and trust in His plan. As Jesus said in Matthew 19:26  “…With God all things are possible.”  I am reminded that in my life when I have been bold enough to trust God rather than myself I get to see great things happen, more than I could ask or imagine.  I am trusting and believing that I will one day look back on these months and see how God did just that!

written on June 13th, 2017


  1. My tears are flowing this night as we receive news of your heart from your mother! We are on our knees in prayer for you right now as this surgery begins. Your unwavering faith in our Lord & Savior has been an inspiration on every turn to so many people, Carley. We pray God’s protection over you this night. & in the days to come…His good & faithful servant. Our love …God bless you…Daphene & Richard Ward

  2. I’m praying for you Carley and your family. I am trusting God with you, I believe with you that one day you will look back on this day and see God’s loving kindness. I remember you from many years back when you were here in South Africa with your husband sharing Christ with a group of students. I was one of those students. You spoke with so much honesty about your walk with God and your boys. Its amazing to see you use your journey to share the message of Hope, may those in need of this Hope come across this block and be inspired to try Christ!

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