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Surrounded

With Easter coming up fast, I wanted to take the next few weeks to focus on the importance of daily, continual worship. You see friends, our God is alive and moving fast. We do not need to wait until Easter Sunday to claim His risen presence in our lives! But reality is, our day to day encounters with life leave us empty, tired, hopeless and distracted. How can we keep our eyes on Jesus during muddy shoes in our living room, completing tax forms, missed phone calls and a full calendar? Praise. We continually fall on our face before a loving God Who’s Spirit dwells in us. Easy, no. Needed? Every single moment. How? That’s what we will be tackling over the next few weeks. Ready? Let’s do this!

 

This past week, I attended the Power And Love school in Orlando (if you have a conference coming near you, definitely try to attend! The evening sessions are free!). I think many times I catch myself approaching God with preset assumptions what He should do for me in my life. I’ll never voice that to Him, but I think we all get caught in this trap occasionally. Almost like we can guess what God will say to us before we even ask.

 

This conference wiped away all my assumptions and filled my heart with a new zeal for His Truth and new eyes to see God move in incredible ways. Yes, I’ll be sharing more when I can come up with the words.

 

One of the new worship songs that I heard for the first time was called “Surrounded”. See the Youtube video below by Michael W. Smith:

 

 

Here are the lyrics to this simple yet so incredibly powerful praise song:

[Chorus 1]

This is how I fight my battles

This is how I fight my battles

This is how I fight my battles

This is how I fight my battles

 

[Verse]

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

 

And this words simply repeat throughout the rest of the song. Perhaps that’s why it grabbed me as powerfully as it did. The song has 17 words, total, that repeat. But let’s take a deeper look at these words.

 

“This is how I fight my battles.”

If you are a doer like myself, when a challenge comes many times we seek a way to move forward or fix. When our computer crashed, I was immediately googling and posting a white flag for help on Facebook. When we needed a house, I was subscribed to so many automated MLS notifications my email box literally cried. When anxiety and depression threaten to sink in, I am the master at finding anything to busy myself – literally, anything.

 

My first reaction in fighting my battles is to do more and fight harder.

 

Nowhere in my fleshly battleplan can you find the word “pray” or “praise.” It’s not my initial reaction. Is it yours?

 

 

“It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You”

Our physical eyes see the storm and hopelessness all around us, yet God promises us more. You see, praise takes our eyes off of us and focuses our eyes on God. It is impossible to praise God without giving Him your full attention. By doing so, you are stepping out in faith saying, “God is in control here and I will trust Him.”

 

As I was listening to this song for the first time, God took me back a few months ago as I sat alone in the waiting room of my cardiologist’s office. I was preparing for a full day of tests and honestly, I was a bit uneasy about what the outcome would be. I have a pacemaker and I live battery-operated (goes for my hearing-aids too!).

 

The waiting room has to be one of the fiercest battlegrounds I have ever known, especially if you are entering it alone. You are sitting awaiting news of some sort and let’s be real here – your mind is anything but peaceful. Most waiting rooms I’ve been in are quiet but only if minds could talk. Yes, the waiting room is a warzone, but God has already claimed victory!

 

As I sat alone with my thoughts I was reminded of a sermon our senior minister preached just the Sunday prior. He shared that an attitude of praise stems out of genuine thankfulness. Praising God is possible even in a waiting room.

 

So, I started with “A” and began thinking of attributes of God. Here is my list I compiled in my warzone that day:

 

God You are:

Amazing, able

Beautiful, building a solid foundation, believe in me

Caring, continual, courageous

Determined, desiring, dealing fairly

Enough, excited, empowering, encouraging

Faith, fullness, fruit

Good, gracious

Hope, happy, here

Immanuel, impactful

Joy, Jesus

King, Kissing me

Love, Looking at me right now

More, Messiah

Noticing everyone around me, never giving-up on me

Open, Omnipresent

Perfect, Purposeful

Quieting my fear

Real, running after me

Savior, sustainer

The total, Through

United, Universally acknowledged King

Victorious, Vision for my life in Yours

Wearing white, with me, wrestling my enemies

X – the cross

Young (no age)

Zealous

 

As soon as I made it to Z, my name was called. As I met the nurse at the door she smiled and said, “You are so happy today! We don’t see that a lot around here you know.” I entered the waiting room war zone overcome by loneliness and uncertainty. I left surrounded and confident that my God would walk with me to victory.

The verse Michael read that he based this song on comes from Isaiah:

To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:3 NASB

 

 

This is how I want to fight all of my battles. I wish I had this attitude everyday. We fall but God can and will win our battles friends. You are never alone. Because Jesus defeated death and sin on the cross, the Holy Spirit lives in each of us who call God our Dad. Therefore, you literally are never alone. He can fight your battle. Cry out to Him in praise today.

 

Dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

 

Let’s Connect!

Is this the first time you have heard the song “Surrounded”? Thoughts?

Have you tried the ABC Praise activity during a battle? Please share your experience!

 

About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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