Friday, December 14, 2012


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: yield

What does the word yield mean to you?

Do you think there's a difference between giving something up and yielding it over?

What is the hardest thing for you to yield to God?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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  1. Yield--to surrender to something. If I yield my will to God, I surrender my ways for his ways. Now to go DO it. Thanks for provoking thought.

  2. Yield is to let God have the control.

  3. I think Sandie said it so well; yield is to let God have control; to give it completely to him. It is hard to do though and to completely trust in him.


  4. Yielding is not easy. I like to have my way about things and yielding to God provides a challenge. I pray I am up to that challenge.

  5. What does the word yield mean to you?

    It means giving up control. It means accepting that I don't have all the answers, and I cannot determine what is best for me.

    Do you think there's a difference between giving something up and yielding it over?

    Yes. Giving something up implies a grudging sense of surrender. Like when I give chocolate up in order to lose weight. I'm not happy about it, but I resign myself to its necessity. Yielding something over is a deliberate act of will. Choosing to give over to someone else. In this case, giving my life over to God is a blessed state of peaceful yielding.

    What is the hardest thing for you to yield to God?

    Truthfully, my sons. So often I wish that I could guarantee them health and happiness. It is hard to let God have His way with them - without my help! I also find it hard to yield my health to God. I find that my yielding is hampered by my innate need to control things in my life. I can't - and yielding them over to a God who LOVES me, and is always concerned with my GOOD, is the only way to find any sense of peace.


  6. Agree with all the previous commenters. I keep thinking about our Blessed Mother...who said YES to God's frightened she must have been to find herself betrothed, but unwed and pregnant..and yet she said, YES!


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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