She felt the bottom drop out as the ultrasound technician paused over her unborn baby and then said, “Let me get the doctor.” Recording artist, author, and HeartStrong Faith 2020 speaker Laura Story sits down with Rebecca Carrell and Liz-Rod-on-the-Pod (Rodriguez) to discuss surrender in the midst of life’s greatest storms on this episode of Honest Conversations.
Be sure to join us in downtown Dallas February 28-29 to hear more from Laura Story herself as well as Lysa TerKeurst, Liz Rodriguez, and Rebecca Carrell. Get your tickets here!
Laura Story is a songwriter, worship leader, author, artist, and Bible teacher. Her Grammy, Billboard and Dove Award-winning songs include “Blessings” and Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” “Blessings” was certified gold in 2011 and inspired her first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops. Laura’s music and writing show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life and serve as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, He is the ultimate Author of our story, as told in her second book, When God Doesn’t Fix It. Laura has a Masters of Theological Studies and a Doctorate in Worship Studies and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005. Her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Josie, Ben, Griffin, and Timothy.
The Grammy, Billboard and Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Story, known for such hits as “Blessings,” “Indescribable,” and “Mighty to Save,” thought she had her life and everything in it under control…until she and her husband, Martin, had to face a brain tumor, infertility, and a son’s birth defect head-on.
In her new book, bible study and CD, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life Laura shares her powerful story of finding blessing in her deepest pain by choosing to hand over the control she thought she had to God and instead pursue a life of surrender.
“When we surrender, we invite God into our story as our King, and we take our rightful place in his story as beloved children and heirs,” says Laura. “That kind of surrender is the real secret to joy – joy that is never threatened by circumstances that change day to day. It leads to a life that is ‘adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike, ‘What’s next, Papa?’” (Rom. 8:15–17 The Message). Who wouldn’t release their attempts to control life’s crazy twists and turns to live like a fearless, well-loved child, instead?”
As Laura knows all too well, we all want to be in the driver’s seat of our own lives, thinking the more control we have, the more we’ll gain. But in Laura’s story, readers experience the opposite. They see how surrendering that control is the first step in becoming something greater than themselves.
In I Give Up, Laura explores what surrender is and how to pursue it by discussing the following:
- How to delight in God’s gifts no matter your circumstances
- Why waiting on God is a daily decision, not a step-by-step process
- The strength we find from meditating on God’s Word
- Why surrendering to God leads to reconciliation with others
- How the things we consider to be losses are ways for God to display his glory
“What do I know is true?” adds Laura. “I am extravagantly loved. And I am not in control. Not even a little. Who is in control? God is. He has my good in mind, and he is 100 percent ready to display his glory in and through my weakness. My only job is to trust him. To surrender.”
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The 2020 HeartStrong Faith Women’s Conference is right around the corner on Feb. 28-29 and the speaking lineup is incredible! Lysa TerKeurst, Laura Story, Rebecca Carrell, Liz Rodriguez, Alli Worthington, and Julia Jeffress Sadler will all take the stage to share about the God who sees you with a special focus on women of the Bible.
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