Mar 13

Relinquished Life & Psalm 91:2

Chapter 11~ Book and Bible Study

Hopefully by now you have read Chapter 11 of Let. It. Go.Living the Relinquished Life.  If not, read it first, then complete the Bible study assignments below. We have a very cool give away today, so make sure you read over everything carefully!

Today’s Assignments

1.  What does it mean to live a relinquished life?

2.  How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?

I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!  Psalm 91:2  (AMP)

3.  Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

refuge-

fortress-

lean-

rely-

trust-

4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

God is your refuge and fortress-

You can lean on the Lord-

You can rely on the Lord-

You can trust the Lord-

 

Answer all of these questions in the comment section of my blog and you will be entered to win 2 Bibles. One to keep and one to give away. There will be 3 winners.

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. To live a relinquished life is to surrender all control to God, of everything: your relationships, your possessions, your calendars, your situations, your being.

    The verse can be a peaceful reminder every day that its okay to let go. He is there to take over.

    My sentence is more of a prayer for my daughter as she is having some issues at school. And so I pray, ‘Heavenly Father, I place Lia’s situation in Your capable hands, that she lean on You and trust in You alone as her fortress and her refuge and her rock and her strength and that she learn to rely solely on You in her life, in all of her circumstances & situations & relationships. Amen.’

  2. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
     Living a relinquished life means that I stop trying to control what everyone else does. That I understand that praying for situations and people is more powerful than anything I can do because God is always in control. And it means that I stop relying on myself and start trusting God. That I hand my plan over to God and ask him to please take it over the way he sees best and not worry about what he is going to do but trust it is truly what is best!

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?
    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)
     I always think of God as my refuge, but when I think about the second part of that, I see what God as my refuge really means. It means that I lean on HIM and rely on HIM. Not myself! And that I CONFIDENTLY TRUST in HIM and not myself. This is a practical perspective. I know logically that I cannot do anything without God. But do I know that practically? Here is a great practical way of thinking about it. If I am not leaning on, relying on and trusting in God, he is not my refuge. So I need to watch my life and doctrine closely and not say God is my refuge when in reality my actions don’t reflect that.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)
    refuge- I want God to ALWAYS be my refuge.
    fortress- I need to stop relying on myself and allow God to be my fortress; I want God to be my place of exceptional security!
    lean- I need to lean not on my own understanding and stop trusting myself more than God.
    rely- I can always rely on God to make the right decisions for my life and guide me in the right direction.
    trust- I need to trust God more than I trust myself.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:
    God is your refuge and fortress- Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

    You can lean on the Lord- Proverbs 3:5-6 “5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

    You can rely on the Lord- 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 “9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us”

    You can trust the Lord- Jeremiah 29:11-13 “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

    • Raquel,
      I loved reading through your writing assignments today. You blessed me with your sentences using the key words from the reflection verse and I was refreshed and strengthened through the Scriptures you chose. Thank you!!! You blessed me this morning!

      I hope you were blessed through working through today’s assignment too!

    • Pat (OBS small group leader) says:

      Raquel, I love Psalm 18:2 and I totally, totally agree with Melissa!! You put into words EXACTLY how I’m feeling as we end this study and you’ve blessed me as well. <3

    • Donna Harris (OBS Group Leader) says:

      I did my own response and yours blessed me even more. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jennifer N (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      I love these verses! And your practical application. Thank you for sharing and blessing us!

  3. 1. To live a relinquished life means to live in constant and daily surrender to the Lord. It means to not let my emotions get carried away by my desires and wants. But rather, to defer to God by prayer and submit my desires and wants to Him. It means to stop striving and trying and let the Spirit guide me.

    2. “I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)”

    Refuge is a type of shelter and fortress is a strong and protective establishment. So I must remember that God is God and He has the power to protect and sustain me. That I can fully trust Him with every part of me and stop leaning so much on my own strength and understanding. And that I can run to God’s protection each time I feel challenged, threatened, or discontent. The world is filled with distractions, but the Lord will give me stability and clarity.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- I can seek refuge in the Lord, for He provides shelter always, whether I am weak or strong.

    fortress- God’s power is my fortress against the enemy, as well as all worldly temptations.

    lean- I must learn to lean on God for all things, both big and small, especially when I feel like I can do things on my own without Him.

    rely- I can always rely on God to take care of me and show me His glory, even if He doesn’t work in a way that I desire.

    trust- I will trust God on a deep and personal level, with all parts of my life, not just from a distance.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress- Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ ” (I love the arms metaphor!)

    You can lean on the Lord- Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” (Worldly fear destroys, but Godly fear brings life and wisdom).

    You can rely on the Lord- Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (An undivided heart is the only kind worthy of the Lord).

    You can trust the Lord- Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (The chariots and horses refer to Egypt where the Israelites were enslaved. So we are to trust in God, not worldly things that can enslave us).

  4. Donna Harris (OBS Group Leader) says:

    1. Living a relinquished life means to me a life that is given over to God. Doing His will to the best of your ability.

    2. I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    If you chew on that verse until it is a part of you then you will be able to give control over to God. You will also be able to relax knowing that He is complete control and nothing can concern you unless He allows it. And even during trials He is there to carry you through.

    3. refuge- My struggle in trusting God and making Him my refuge becomes less daily. And this study increased the pace tremendously.

    fortress- I really need to picture a fortress and absorb all that a fortress is to get a complete understanding of what God is trying to convey to me.

    lean- Why when I so want to lean on God do I revert to trying to fix things in my own power? I want to lean on God for everything.
    rely- To rely on God is a big thing. I have never truly trusted anyone. And that God is not visible has made this a difficult task. I did not say impossible for all things are possible with God. It has been difficult. Praise God that He sent me a wonderful husband to show me how to step out and trust someone enough to rely on them.

    trust- This ties in so completely with the above. To rely on someone you must trust them. Both God and my husband have shown themselves worthy of all my trust.

    4.
    God is your refuge and fortress-
    Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

    Psalm 144:2 My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.

    You can lean on the Lord-
    Matthew 11:30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

    You can rely on the Lord-
    Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.

    You can trust the Lord-
    Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
    Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

  5. Lynn Brooks says:

    1. A relinquished life means, as the song says, I surrender ALL! That means everything!

    2. The Lord being my refuge is that I believe that In Him is a safe place to be. He will protect me from every adversary that comes my way. If I lean on him and rely on him it means I am letting it go and not relying on my own abilities, which can do nothing without HIM! If I trust in Him fully then nothing can get me down. I know God has my back, so to speak and that he will be with me always and that nothing can separate me from his loving me.

    3. A mighty fortress is our God. OK, that is from a song, but oh how true that the Lord is a fortress against our enemies in this world, of whom there are many as we live in a sinful world that tries at every turn to drag us down with it. Lord I know your fortress is high and strong and that I need not worry.

    3. Lord you are my refuge. Whom shall I fear when I know you are a refuge for me in times of trouble as well as in times of joy. I will come to you always.

    3. I lean on the Lord because I know he is always there for me. I lean on him when I cannot stand an when I know he is all I have and all I need. What comfort is that!

    3. I rely on the Lord Jesus Christ only as he is what is needed in every situation that I face. I can rely on him beause he is just and true and steady.

    3. I trust in you only Lord as you are the only thing that can satisfy my desires and I know you will never leave me nor forsake me.

    4. Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.

    Pslam 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.

    Isaiah 40:31 – Lean on God and you will not be tired.

    Jer 32:27 – Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me? (that does not say rely but surely if nothing is too difficult for HIM then I will rely on him!!!

    JEr 17:7 – Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.

    Wow – God’s word is so full of testimony and truth that we can be sure of what God is in the business of doing – being with us always and saving us from ourselves. AMEN!

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Lynn,

      I always look forward to reading your posts. Thanks for reminding me of these things. He is so good! I can rely and trust in Him!
      I love Isaiah 40:31 and Psalm 18:2!

  6. Carissa D. Huffman says:

    1. A relinquished life means none of this is really about me (didn’t we hear something similar during last study from Pastor Furtick?). :) I need to practice contentment–it doesn’t just happen, it is a learned skill that I can become better at doing.

    3. I can rely on the Lord for all things–big and small. He is my fortress–when things go my way, or when they don’t, I can lean on Him. Trust means I can lean on Him always. When He is my refuge, life is not about getting my own way, but being obedient, and leaving results to Him.

    I have had to fight to stay with you all in this study–I have been behind much of the time. But, I can say, I got way more out of this book than I ever expected. I am not one who considers herself a control freak AT ALL, but I sure have things I need to let go, and the Lord has been giving me many opportunities to practice doing so.

    Thanks to Karen for this book, and to the OBS ladies for selecting it–I don’t think I would have found it on my own!

    Carissa from eastern Iowa

  7. This last chapter was by far my favorite. I am far from, but want to live a relinquished life. Letting go, relying on the Lord, and trusting Him fully. How much time and opportunity that will open up for me to spend with Him, growing closer, and learning to hear His voice and heed His direction so much better. I get the feeling it will also open up my thoughts to focusing so much more on the goodness He has put in my path, instead of always being frustrated:)

  8. Cristy Carnes says:

    1. To live a relinquished life means to give it all over to the Lord. I should be trusting Him with everything and turning all my worries over to Him, instead of wallowing in them. To live a relinquished life is just as simply as Karen tells, Let.It.Go!
    2. Our reflection verse, Psalm 91:2 can help me live a relinquished life by reminding me that my Lord is always there for me to turn to. He is my place of refuge in troubling times, good times, and all the times in between.
    3. Lord God, I will learn to rely on You more. For You are my fortress! I can lean on You during my troubling and hard times, times when I feel I may fall. I can run to You for refuge. For only in You I can trust because my earthly friends will fail me. Thank You Lord for Your unfailing love! Amen!
    4. One of my favorite verses is Hebrews 13:5 ” Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” To me that is so powerful! Never will He leave us! To know that I can rely on Him for that is AMAZING!

  9. Debbie Williams says:

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life? Relinquished means to let go or surrender but it is more than surrendering. It means releasing not only our sin, but also letting Him have control of all our lives.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life? It can help me each day to choose to lean on Him to relinquish my sins of emotions, desires, despair, selfishness, insecurities, comparisons and to know that He is in control, not me. I need to run to Him, abide in Him, sit at His feet and lean on Him and trust Him every day. I have to dwell in HIM, not my family, not my friends, not my job, not my home but HIM!

    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- In you God I will find refuge.

    fortress- Father I long to really believe that You are my fortress even today in pain, in grief and that You are in control, not me.

    lean-Father as I lean on you, I thank you that you are sheltering me with your love and compassion.

    rely-Lord may I always rely on You no matter what my circumstances.

    trust-I trust you Lord not only in the mundane each day, but also the storms and the valleys in my life.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress-Ps 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, Ps 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, Ps 61:3 – For you have been my refuge

    You can lean on the Lord-Prov 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understandingYou can rely on the Lord-

    You can trust the Lord-
    Prov 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understandingYou can rely on the Lord-

  10. Christine says:

    Wow now that is an assignment: So here goes
    1 – A relinquished life immediately gives me a picture of freedom, joy and peace. A knowledge that I don’t have to handle it but God HIMSELF has my back.
    2 – This verse give me a powerful reminder to claim HIS promises, to let it go and rest in His unfailing love and faithfulness.
    3 – Thank you Father, that your words reassure my sometimes doubting heart that you have promised me a place of refuge in Your fortress of love. That as I lean on You and not myself that I will learn more and more to distrust my reactions and to seek your face in EVERYTHING and trust and rely on You to be my personal Guide. WOW!
    4 –
    Refuge and Fortress – Ps 46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
    Is 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
    Jer 141:8 – But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
    in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
    Lean – Prov 3:5,6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
    Rely – Is 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust (rely on) in you.
    Trust -Jer 17:7 But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
    Ps 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

  11. Amy Smith says:

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    Deep breath here. Living a relinquished life for me is to truly let things go and to not have to be in control. To truly trust God and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He has got this and will do a much better job with it than I ever could! Some things in my life are easier adapting to this than others, but I think there is a reason for that. I feel like if it were easy to really let go and trust in Him without ever feeling the sometimes physical heaviness and strain that releasing control can bring, then we would never be stretched and molded in the way the He intends for us to be in order to grow.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?

    (I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP))

    This verse can simply serve as a bold reminder in His awesome power and truth when we as humans lose sight of the big picture. Happens too often in my world unfortunately, but it keeps me coming back to the Word for more and I grow a little more each time. It’s comforting to know that I can rest in Him.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- He is my refuge from the storm.

    fortress- He has been my fortress time and time again, guarding me from weakness and failure.

    lean- I will lean on Him every chance I get because I am learning to trust Him with all of my heart.

    rely- I know that I can rely on His faithfulness even when my foolish doubt tries to creep in.

    trust- My prayer is that I can truly trust Him in the way that He would have me to.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress- (Proverbs 14:26-27) In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. {27} The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

    You can lean on the Lord- Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

    *************happens to be my facebook status today :)******************

    You can rely on the Lord- Philippians 4:19
    And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

    You can trust the Lord- Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Melissa, thank you for requesting that we do this today. It enabled me to dig a little deeper and read a little more and as a result grow a little more :)

  12. 1. It means to give it all to God. To let it all go and fully trust in Him.
    2. To remember God is my fortress meaning I can always go to Him and be protected by Gim. I can always trust in Him no matter what situation.
    3. Refuge~~He is my refuge, my hiding place, my safe place.

    Fortress~~God is my fortress, my stronghold place for battle, my place to grow in strength.

    Lean~~ I lean on Him in times of trouble- He is my crutch- my strong side.

    Rely~~I can always rely on God to always be there for me.

    Trust~~I can trust in God’s faithfulness, trust in God’s plan and timing. He has never been untrustworthy. He’s the only one who is completely trustworthy.

    4. God is your refuge and fortress– Psalm 61:3. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

    You can lean on The Lord– Proverbs 3:5. Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

    You can rely on The Lord– Galatians 3:9. So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

    You can trust The Lord– psalm 56:3-4. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

  13. To live a relinquished life means: to alter our mind-sets by willingly deciding to let go – more faith, peace, harmony, love; to alter our actions by deferring to others to lead while keeping our mouths shut; to alter our desired outcomes by accepting our place with kindness and grace, rather than pining for God’s position; to alter our speech by erasing harsh hurled words and cutting comments and instead speak loving, truthful words without malice; and finally, by going to the altar and laying down our desire to contro,l and instead, committing our lives to His plan.

    The reflection verse, Psalm 91:2, helps me to live a relinquished life by speaking His truth into my life. It’s a constant reminder every time I want to take control, that HE, not ME, is my refuge and fortress and on HIM I lean and rely and trust. Knowing and claiming this truth over my life keeps the focus where it should be and provides the peace needed to not turn to myself because He’s “got this.”

    The Lord is: (sentences about me and God)
    The Lord is my REFUGE in all of my pain.
    He is the FORTRESS that shelters me from the cold bitter rain.
    On Him, is who I LEAN on for comfort from strife.
    On Him, is who I RELY on to be the guide of my life.
    Yes, in this life’s journey, through the struggles and pain,
    forever, my life in His hands, I hope to TRUST and remain!

    The scriptures that confirm that God is my refuge & fortress, and that I can lean on, rely on, and trust in Him are:
    “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” ~Psalm 18:2a
    “Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” ~Psalm 71:3
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6
    “They lean on the LORD, and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us.” ~Micah 3:11b
    “But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.” ~Psalm 33:18
    “Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD And rely upon his God.” ~Isaiah 50:10
    “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.” ~Psalm 32:10
    “the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” ~Romans 9:33b

  14. 1. I must have been a member of the Control Freaks Anonymous! How about you? Relinquishing THAT thought of controlling as if no one else has a say so – oh, I want and desire to hold onto less of me, and more of Him, God is so sweet to gently prod the grip I hold onto ever so tightly (in so many areas of my life). I have let go, one finger clutching, white knuckled power struggle at a time. (and sometimes with a big ol’ ouch).

    2. It is in His Word, not just in Psalm 91, but in the WHOLEness of the Bible, that we/I have our being. We learn and grow in each season of life. Letting go of control, becoming humble, and becoming more like Jesus.

    It tugged at my heart when Karen talked about Christmas and giving up control over her “normal” desires; Oh, what a brave and faithful woman. I will admit, I am not sure I could do that 100%; let the kids do— maybe half – but to let go of it ALL???!?!?!? Even today, thinking I have moved away from being a CF (control freakamungo),makes my spine kinda weak just thinking about it! (maybe I’m really NOT a recovering control freak? Maybe I need to re read the book! lol);
    But seriously, putting it into perspective – when we look at the point of the kids – and what a treasure that is, to have your baby, your child, say, “Mom, that was the funnest day ever”, because you let go of having everything done orderly; Did your heart melt at that statement like it did mine????
    That is straight from a Hallmark movie, don’t you think?!?!? uhhhhh- my heart – melts from the pure love from that statement! Lessons in life. From the innocence of a child. We truly need to have a child like heart!
    Oh, how our loving Father knows everything, is everywhere, sees it allllllll, and still holds the POWER to create GOOD in any and every circumstance. This book’s lesson to me in this season, is to relax more, spend more good quality time with those we care about, over coffee, vacation, playing silly games, having great conversations – and treasuring life to the fullest;

    3. I am leaning more on my Heavenly Father to guide me and help me in my weak areas, I rely on Him, because I trust HIS perfect plan, and being that He already knows me, and will never hurt me, but build me up – into HIS image. I conquer one controlling issue, and move on to another – a step at a time. Relinquishing my pride, and thought process that my way is the only way. My refuge and safety net is in my Father, what better fortress can there be but He?

    4. 2 Samuel 22:2-3 GOD is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live,my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout; My mountaintop refuge, he saves me from ruthless men.

    Psalm 118:5-16
    Pushed to the wall, I called to GOD; from the wide open spaces, he answered. GOD’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me? GOD’s mystrong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies. Far better to take refuge in GOD than trust in people; Far better to take refuge in GOD than trust in celebrities. Hemmed in by barbarians, in GOD’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; Hemmed in and with no way out, inGOD’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; Like swarming bees, like wild prairie fire, they hemmed me in; in GOD’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt. I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, when GOD grabbed and held me.GOD’s my strength, he’s also my song, and now he’s mysalvation. Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of GOD has turned the tide! The hand of GOD is raised in victory! The hand of GOD has turned the tide!”

    Isaiah 45:18-24
    GOD, Creator of the heavens— he is, remember, God.Maker of earth— he put it on its foundations, built it from scratch. He didn’t go to all that trouble to just leave it empty, nothing in it. He made it to be lived in. This GODsays: “I am GOD, the one and only. I don’t just talk tomyself or mumble under my breath. I never told Jacob, ‘Seek me in emptiness, in dark nothingness.’ I am GOD. I work out in the open, saying what’s right, setting things right. So gather around, come on in, all you refugees and castoffs. They don’t seem to know much, do they— those who carry around their no-god blocks of wood, praying for help to a dead stick? So tell me what you think. Look at the evidence. Put your heads together. Make your case. Who told you, and a long time ago, what’s going on here? Who made sense of things for you? Wasn’t I the one?GOD? It had to be me. I’m the only God there is— The only God who does things right and knows how to help. So turn to me and be helped—saved!— everyone, whoever and wherever you are. I am GOD, the only God there is, the one and only. I promise in my own name: Every word out of my mouth does what it says. I never take back what I say. Everyone is going to end up kneeling before me. Everyone is going to end up saying of me, ‘Yes! Salvation and strength are in GOD!’”

    Psalm 33:18-19
    Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, theones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together.
    Isaiah 50:10-
    Who out there fears GOD, actually listens to the voice of his servant? For anyone out there who doesn’t know where you’re going, anyone groping in the dark, Here’s what: Trust in GOD. Lean on your God!

    Deuteronomy 1:29
    I tried to relieve your fears: “Don’t be terrified of them.GOD, your God, is leading the way; he’s fighting for you.
    2 Kings 18:5-6
    Hezekiah put his whole trust in the GOD of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to GOD—never loosened his grip—and obeyed to the letter everything GOD had commanded Moses. And GOD, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures.

  15. mary armstrong says:

    1. Living a relinquished life means “firing” myself from the job of being a controller, while I surrender to God and His will and ways-trusting Him while I step out of the way.
    2. Ps. 91:2 reminds me that I am to believe that Jesus is my Refuge, run to Him when tempted and tried, and speak that Truth aloud (I will say).
    3. Refuge: God is my Refuge that I run into when I am tempted to control.
    Fortress: God is my Fortress and He protects me in the midst of the storms of life.
    Lean: I lean on God and He supports me in my weaknessess.
    Rely: I rely on His power to enable me to overcome fear, doubt, and control tactics.
    Trust: He is my Trust forever and ever!
    4. Ps 46:1 God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble.
    Ps. 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before Him; God is a Refuge for us.
    Ruth 2:12 The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by The Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.

  16. Hope V. (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

    Today’s Assignments

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life? It means to let go of the reins of my life and give control over to the Lord. To stop trying to always live in the “what if” mode and realize that God’s got this and that no matter what comes my way, God is trying to teach me something through it and ultimately I can Trust HIM to control my life. I do not have to do it myself.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life? When we lean on God and truly Trust Him we are able to surrender the desperate need to control everyone and everything in our life and realize that God is in control.

    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    Lord I feel safe with you because you are a fortress that protects me in times of trouble, a place where I can hide and find refuge. I know that I don’t need to do it all an my own in this life. I can lean on you and rely that you will always be there for me.

    refuge-

    fortress-

    lean-

    rely-

    trust-

  17. Susan Roberts says:

    1. Living a relinquished life means giving my humanness over to God daily. It means submitting myself to His Lordship and realizing that I am nothing without Him.
    2. When I read this verse, the words “I will” stand out to me. I have to purposely say “I will” to God every day, declaring Him to be my protector, the wall around my flailing soul. Some days it feels like I’m just so out of control and I try desperately to grasp at anything to help me retain control. Yet, Psalm 91:2 is challenging me to stop flailing around and start grasping the hand of the One who can truly give me peace in the midst of the chaos in my heart and mind.
    3. God, You are my refuge, the safe place I can go when I am feeling so fearful.
    God, You are my fortress, the wall built around me that protects me from the evil one. God, I lean on You when my world seems to be falling down around me. God, I rely on You when I’m having trouble keeping my mind focused on You. God, I trust in You when my circumstances seem insurmountable, for You are the only One who is constant.
    4. God is your refuge and fortress – Psalm 46:1-3 “Be still and know”
    You can lean on the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-6 “Lean not on your own understanding”
    You can rely on the Lord – Isaiah 41:10 “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
    You can trust the Lord – Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.”

  18. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life? It means that I no longer need to pretend that I have it all together.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life? Psalm 91:2 helps me in living the relinquished life by no longer putting my trust in myself and others. This not only removes the weight of responsibility I have put on myself, but the weight of responsibility I have put on others. God as my Shelter will get me through all of my fears, worries, tests, and that which I have no control over – perceived or real.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- God, You are my Refuge, a place where I can be real.

    fortress- God’s love is a Fortress that surrounds my heart; thereby keeping me safe from the arrows of deceit and despair.

    lean- It is when I lean on God that I truly stand tall.

    rely- I can always rely on God to be there when I cry out in pain or shout for joy.

    trust- It is when I truly trust You LORD, that I am free. Free to be the person You made me to be.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress- “O LORD, my Strength and my Fortress, my Refuge in time of distress, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.”” ~ Jeremiah 16:19 NIV

    You can lean on the Lord- “For they call themselves after the holy city and lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.” ~ Isaiah 48:2 NASB

    You can rely on the Lord- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5 NRSV

    You can trust the Lord- “And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” ~ Psalm 9:10 ESV

  19. amy black says:

    wednesdays assignments…
    1) what does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    i think it means to live in total surrender , letting go of all control , and letting God run His ship. He alone is our captain in life, He sees the big picture of our lives.. we cant ..its not possible..not living a relinquished life proves to be a complete waste of time, time that i can be willing to in His word, in prayer, or giving of my gifts to others..

    2) constantly focusing on Him, i’m reminded that He is my shelter from lifes storms, He is the only impenetrable truth and source of shelter … My Refuge…

    by KNOWING that He is a wall, protecting me from anything satan might intend for my harm… My Fortress..

    that by leaning , relying and trusting Him with my entire human personality (AMP) He will amply be able to control ALL of my circumstances. simply by trusting Him…

    3) In the midst of lifes hurricanes, tornadoes , and thunderstorms, God alone is my only refuge.

    God alone is my fortress, my own hedge of protection.

    In God alone do i lean, resting the weight of my burdens and cares .

    I refuse to rely on human frailty , technology , or anything other than my God.

    My heart trusts in God alone, all else can and will at some point fail me, but He cannot deny Himself..

    SCRIPTURES:

    PSALM 18:2- THE LORD IS MY ROCK, AND MY FORTRESS AND MY DELIVERER, MY GOD MY STRENGTH IN WHOM I WILL TRUST, MY BUCKLER THE HORN OF MY SALVATION AND MY HIGH TOWER.

    PROVERBS 3;5-LEAN ON , TRUST IN, AND BE CONFIDENT IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND MIND AND DO NOT RELY ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING OR INSIGHT.

    2CORINTHIANS 1:9- IN FACT, WE EXPECTED TO DIE, BUT AS A RESULT, WE STOPPED RELYING ON OURSELVES, AND LEARNED TO RELY O N GOD, WHO RAISES THE DEAD.

    PSALM 62:8- TRUST IN HIM AT ALL TIMES , YOU PEOPLE , POUR OUT YOUR HEARTS TO HIM, FOR GOD IS OUR REFUGE , OH MY PEOPLE, TRUST IN HIM AT ALL TIMES..

    wonderful lesson and assignments for today… thank you …. love all…

  20. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life? It’s remembering that my life is not my own, and I should live with eternity in mind. I’m here to know Christ and to make Him known to others. It’s not about me – it’s all about Jesus!

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life? It’s a good reminder that I can trust Him, that he keeps me safe and my life is completely in His control.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- The Lord is my safe place, a refuge, for all my thoughts, feelings and emotions. I don’t have to hide anything from God – He can handle it!

    fortress- The Lord is my strength, my fortress, when I’m feeling weak or vulnerable I can go to Him to shelter me and protect me from the elements of life.

    lean- I need to lean, press in to God even when it’s hard. I need to turn to him when I don’t want to.

    rely- He is faithful, His word is true, He is enough. I can rely on Him to be the same always!

    trust- He is believable, consistent. He will do what He says in His timie. I’ve seen it over and over, I know it to be true – I can trust God.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress- Prov 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

    You can lean on the Lord- Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    You can rely on the Lord- Prov 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

    You can trust the Lord- Prov 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, it all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path.”

  21. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    To let go and let God have full control of my life, to abandon myself to God.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?
    When I believe this verse with all my heart, I realize that the only real refuge in this life is GOD, and He is the only one I can totally trust and rely on. Everyone else in my life, including myself with let me down.

    3. Daily I TRUST in the Lord to be my REFUGE and FORTRESS when things get rough and I am needing shelter or protection from life’s arrows. I RELY and LEAN on His Word with His promises to see me through.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress~~Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

    You can lean on the Lord~~1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

    You can rely on the Lord~~Psalm 9:10 Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.

    You can trust the Lord~~Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

  22. Carol Bruntlett says:

    1.To live a relinquished life – to allow God to take complete control of my life , that means none of me period , to let Him live completely thru me , in my thought life , in my walk , to be a complete roll model of Jesus and who He is, to take my hands off of stuff in my life that I am thinking I can control, For instance the situation I am in right now , I can not control the situation I would love to fix it but if I go ahead of God and I try to fix it oh my it will be ugly because the flesh is weak , so in my life I really need to allow God and be in total freedom and have a peace of heart about things. For Him to completely altar and change my mind set and my life. To me that’s what it means to live a relinquished life.

    2. Our reflection verses 91:2
    To know that He will always be there for me and He is there to protect me and if I trust in Him totally without looking at my circumstances I will know that He is the only One that will set me free and not to look at others to save me , to know that He is right there anytime of the day or night He will fight for me anytime I only need to let Him to let Him be the Captian of this ship I am on , and it also means that He is there and I can run to Him anytime.

    3.Refuge- He is my refuge like a tent around me with walls so strong that nothing can penetrate them and He is and will be the doorkeeper.

    Fortress- He is my fortress that I will never be shaken with Him being the fortress, He has me surrounded and there are no cracks or crevasse where nothing can sneak in.

    Lean- carol come and lean on Me I will uphold you no matter if your ground underneath you is shaking lean on Me all the way and I have you.

    Rely- Carol you can totally rely on Me I will never let you down I am ahead of you and behind you and all around you I have you.

    Trust- carol if you trust in Me I will take care of you completely never to fail you , I am there , trust Me with all you have , I will provide and take care of you. I am constant in your life. The only Constant I am continually flowing like a river in your soul
    Rest , Trust, Fortress
    4- psalm 62: 5-8 Find rest O my soul in God alone my hope comes from Him 6- He alone is my rock and my salvation he is my fortress I will not be shaken 7- my Salavation and my honor depend on God
    8- Trust in Him at all times O people pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge

    lean- proverbs 3:5-Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding

    rely -Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him someThat you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

    • Carol,
      You really spent your time with God today. Thank you for sharing your responses. I feel strengthened! Hope you do too!

      Love you!

      • Carol Bruntlett says:

        Awe thank you Melissa so much , you my friend inspire me way big , thank you for OBS love them and I love you Meissa

  23. To me, a relinquished life is one of freedom, one where I don’t try and control every aspect of my life or those around me. We are all creations of God and he has a plan and purpose for each of us – it is not up to me to decide that plan. I bigger part of this is acceptance – accept every moment, good or bad for the gift that it is.

    The reflection verse can help me live a relinquished life if I can remind myself that God is my fortress and refuge. I must choose to lean on him in every aspect of my life and trust him wholeheartedly.

    1. refuge – I will seek refuge in God always.
    2. fortress – God’s fortress will protect me and keep me safe.
    3. lean – I will not lean on my understanding , but will lean on God – in every circumstance.
    4. rely – I choose to rely on God, for He is always with me.
    5. trust – I trust God with my life – he has a plan and a purpose for me.

    God is your refuge and fortress – Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

    You can lean on the Lord – Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    You can rely on the Lord – Psalm 63:7-8 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

    You can trust the Lord- Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe safe pasture. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

  24. The relinquished life is a life with open hands – open not grasping, waiting to be filled by God. It is letting go of the steering whel and allowing God to drive the care of muy life. It is total surrender to and total depedence on God.

    This weeks reflection verses can help me live the relinquished life when I remember I cannot be my own refuge. I need someone bigger and greater than anything I face. God is much more qualified than I ever could be for the job. In order to lean I must relax my muscles, release control. I can’t lean on God until I relax and loosen my grip. He has proven Himself trustworthy to me in the past, so He can be trusted in the future – since He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

    Instead of sentences, I thought of hymns (which quickly came to mind) for each word. Refuge – The second verses of Jehovah is my strength says “The Lord our refuge is and ever will remain.”
    Fortress – A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.
    Lean – What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
    Rely – Verse 4 of A Charge to Keep I have says “Help me to watch and pray, and on thyself rely.”
    Trust – ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take him at his word.

    I found lots of verses for the various words so I am going to just type the reference. Refuge & Fortress – Psalm 18:2, 21:2, 59:16, 71:13, 94:22, 144:2, Proverbs 14:26, Jeremiah 16:19a
    You can Lean on God – Deuteronomy 33:27, 29, Psalm 37:23-24, 55:22; Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 40:28-31, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7
    You can Rely on God – 2 Chronicles 14:11, Psalm 59:9-10a, 59:17, 86:11, Isaiah 31:1, 48:2, 50:10, 2 Corinthians 1:9
    You can trust the Lord – 2 Samuel 7:28, Psalm 9:10, 20:7, 25:1, 28:7, 31:14, 32:10, 40:4, 84:12, 86:4, 115:11, 118:8-9, 125:1, Proverbs 29:25, Isaiah 12:2, 26:4, Jeremiah 17:7, Nahum 7:7

  25. Tammy H. says:

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life? It means that you are relinquishing control of everything and everyone to those around you. Living this way is impossible for the long term. It may work for a short term, but we do need to relinquish control of a lot of our lives to God. Letting Him have control relieves us of the burden. Most of all, we are letting God tell us what to do.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life? By relinquishing control for much of our daily lives, we can experience the emotions mentioned in Galatians 5:22-24. We we control too much of our lives, we deprive ourselves of so many things.

    3. Refuge- God provides me daily with a refuge, if I choose to take it.
    fortress-Only by God’s plan, does anything break through my fortress.
    lean-I am blessed by a savior that provides more than a shoulder to lean on.
    rely-God gives me the true belief on which I can rely.
    trust-Trust requires a personal relationship in which your trust is placed.

    4. God is your refuge and fortress: Psalm 18:2, 91:2, 144:2, 46:7 31:2 71:3
    You can lean on the Lord: Psalm 4:5, 9:10, 31:6, Isaiah 10:20, Micah 3:11, Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 48:2
    You can rely on the Lord: 2 Chronicles 14:11, 16:11
    You can trust the Lord: 2 Kings 18:30, Psalm 31:6, 31:14, 37:3, 115:9-11, Isaiah 26:4

  26. Tairi Lamb says:

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    To not either try to control or fully control my life or my family or others. Not to be the director of my life or others.
    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?
    That not only is God in control of my life, but that of my families and others and that, and when I am directing or controlling situations, not only am I trying to be God, but am inhibiting others to become or do what God wants them to do, because they are listening and following me or doing what I want them to do and not what God wants them to do. Because I might want something to be or go perfect or at least great, I am not seeing or allowing my kids or spouse or others to shine on what their abilities or capabilities are and can miss many great moments with them for focusing on the wrong thing.
    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)
    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- God is my refuge, he shelters me constantly, even when I am not aware of it.
    fortress- My armor of God is my fortress that when I keep him close, I am safe from the enemy.
    lean- I know whether I lean forward or back, God is right there to catch me or push me back up.
    rely- I know I cannot rely on myself to get me through things, I need God to help me.
    trust- The only person I can only truly trust in is the one I have not seen, but has called me by my real name, and can feel him, hear him and that is God.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:
    God is your refuge and fortress- Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; Your rod Your staff, they comfort me.

    You can lean on the Lord- Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
    You can rely on the Lord- Philippians 4:19 – My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ
    You can trust the Lord- Psalm 56:11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do for me?

    • I love what you wrote about trust… “The only person I can only truly trust in is the one I have not seen, but has called me by my real name, and can feel him, hear him and that is God.” Thanks for blessing me with that TRUTH tonight! Beautiful!

  27. Stephanie M says:

    1. Living a relinquished life – to me this means trusting in the Lord for everything. Giving it all to Him. There is so much freedom in that, yet we still try to do it on our own. Amazing.

    2. I think by practially applying this verse we will live the relinquished life. Lean on the Lord, rely on Him for all things — not ourselves.

    3.Lord, I need to place my trust in You, and learn to rely on You completely. You are there for me to lean on, if I would only let myself. I can seek refuge in Your fortress, and the time is NOW.

    4. God is your refuge and fortress- Deut 3:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you.

    You can lean on the Lord- Prov 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding

    You can rely on the Lord- 2 Chron 14:11 – Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.”

    You can trust the Lord- Ps 37:3 – Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

    • Jennifer N (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      Thank you for sharing those Scriptures! I really enjoyed your sentence to. May we truly, Let. It. Go., day by day, moment by moment. God bless you!

  28. Living a relinquished life, to me, now means living life completely surrendered – heart, mind, and body to God’s will. Seeking His will first, and turning mine in that direction. Realizing that I never lost control because I never had it in the first place. (I am slowly getting this. S.L.O.W.L.Y. Thank you God for your patience and love for me!)

    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP) This verse allows me to live that surrendered life, confidently! And with an assurance that God has got this. He’s got me. And that feeling of security gives me the freedom (Oh, the freedom we have in Christ!) to stop trying to take the reigns any and every time.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    When I trust in God’s ability to provide refuge to me and be a strong fortress against the enemy’s assaults, the more I desire to lean on His strength and rely on His willingness to be the great I AM in every circumstance in my life.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    Psalm 31:1-3 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

    Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

    Psalm 59:17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.

    Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

    • Jennifer N (OBS Leadership Team) says:

      I LOVE this part Missy! “When I trust in God’s ability to provide refuge to me and be a strong fortress against the enemy’s assaults, the more I desire to lean on His strength and rely on His willingness to be the great I AM in every circumstance in my life.” and I love the verses you posted. Thank you!
      I always enjoy reading your comments! God bless you!

  29. 1. To live a relinquished life is to live surrendered. To His plans, His purpose, and His CONTROL! :)

    2. The verse reminds us that we can CONFIDENTLY trust Him to be THE refuge and strong fortress. He’s there! It’s our choice to trust. Simply trust and obey. Lean and rely upon Him.

    3. I wanted to write the following words in a prayer sentence…
    refuge- Lord, you are my hiding place, my refuge when the circumstances around me threaten to overtake me.
    fortress- You are my STRONG fortress, for when I need your protection, You provide!
    lean- I’m thankful I can lean on Your everlasting, strong arms… Safe, secure, and unconditionally loved.
    rely- I rely on your Holy Spirit to guide me, challenge me, and change me to be more of the woman you’ve called me to be.
    trust- More than just believing in You, I trust you…

    4. Bible Verses that the Lord laid upon my heart this evening:
    God is your refuge and fortress- Proverbs 14:26 & 27, “Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.”

    You can lean on the Lord- Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

    You can rely on the Lord- Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”

    You can trust the Lord- Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

  30. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    To me living the relinquished life is totally putting everything into God’s Hands…taking your hands and control off of your struggles and need to control. Stop trying to keep all of the ping-pong balls under the water!! Relinquishing control brings peace and this is what my Mom taught me during her journey with breast cancer…she said up until she went to Heaven that God had given her a peace about everything. I believe Mama totally gave her whole life up to Him…she let the Lord take total control and from that moment on, the Lord gave her that peace that she was continually telling us about.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life? Wow…learning all about control throughout the Let.It.Go. book really helped me to see where I needed help in letting go. Like this beautiful verse says the Lord is your refuge during trials and your fortress, the precious place you can go to lay all of your frustrations and insecurities and control issues…how I rely on Him everyday! Gosh…by putting everything in God’s Great Big Hands, that gives your freedom just to breathe and relax. Like a friend told me at the hospital with Mama when I was totally tied up in knots from worry and fear…she said…”Just Trust and Breathe”…and I did…until this day I remember two things…Mama and the word “peace” and Teresa’s “Trust & Breathe”…God brings this when you relinquish your life to Him! <3

    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- God is totally my refuge and my place of safety, comfort and peace during times of worry, fear and/or struggles!

    fortress- God is my fortress as His calming protecting ways bring peace into my life when I need it most as he is protecting me from worry and frustration when I relinquish my life to Him.

    lean- When I feel fear and worry and frustration creeping in my mind takes me to the Lord as He is the one I can totally lean on during these times and know exactly how I feel and how to comfort me.

    rely- I can always trust and rely on God to be there for me each time I call His precious name!

    trust- I can trust the Lord in each and every situation, that He knows best and that He is working behind the scenes for me when things are totally out of control!

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress- "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." – Psalm 18:2 NIV

    You can lean on the Lord- "The eternal God is thy Refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." – Deuteronomy 33:38

    You can rely on the Lord- "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." – James 1:17

    You can trust the Lord- “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

  31. Barbara Prince says:

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    To live a relinquished life means I’m not the one trying to call the shots. It means I willingly give the reigns of my life over to the One who knows best.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?
    In our reflection verse I find not only the place to live a relinquished life, but the way to the relinquished life. It begins by saying. What do I say about the LORD? I must say and believe the right things to get the right results. I will say “Lord, you are my refuge”. I will say, “Lord, you are my fortress”. I will say, “Lord, you are my God”. Then I’ll lean on Him, rely on Him, and trust in Him. This is the way to the relinquished life.
    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- Lord, when everything around me is swirling with confusion, I will come to you for You are my place of refuge from the world.
    fortress- God, the world around me and the things that seem stronger than me are not that way to you. Lord, when I feel that the entire world is against me and about to conquer me, I will run to You for You are a fortress to me from this world.
    Lean- Lord, people fail me, people fail me, but You are my God. Lord, I will lean on You instead of putting that pressure of fallible people. That can’t help failing me, because they are as weak as I am. You, oh Lord, are a Rock, so I will lean on You.
    rely- Rely means to believe, to hope, to expect. I too often rely on things unworthy of my belief in or my hope in or my expectation in. Lord, I will place all of this in You – my believing, my hope in, my expectation of. I will rely on You, Lord.
    trust- I can remember hearing many time is my life that you can’t trust anyone. We can feel that way as Your children if we aren’t careful. Lord, I will put my trust in You. You not only deserve it because you are God, but you have shown yourself worthy of my trust by what you are. You are a God who hears my cries, who knows my heart and you are trust-worthy. I will not put people or myself where you belong.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:
    God is your refuge and fortress- 2 Samuel 22:3 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, the strength of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior who saved me from violence.
    Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold.
    Psalm 31:2 – Turn your ear toward me. Rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.
    Psalm 37:39 – The victory for righteous people comes from the Lord. He is their fortress in times of trouble
    Psalm 59:9 – O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress.
    Psalm 59:16-17 – But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.
    Psalm 62:2, 6 – He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be greatly moved. V. 6 He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved.
    Psalm 71:3 – Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
    Psalm 144:2 – he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
    Proverbs 10:49 – The way of the Lord is a fortress for an innocent person but a ruin to those who are troublemakers.
    Jeremiah 16: 19-20 – O Lord, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will a man make gods for himself, Which are not gods?

    Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good. He is a fortress in the day of trouble. He knows those who seek shelter in him.
    You can lean on the Lord-
    2 Kings 18:5 – Hezekiah trusted in, leaned on, and was confident in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that neither after him nor before him was any one of all the kings of Judah like him.
    Psalm 4:5 – Offer just and right sacrifices; trust (lean on and be confident) in the Lord.
    Psalm 13:5 – But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation.
    Psalm 22:5 – They cried to You and were delivered; they trusted in, leaned on, and confidently relied on You, and were not ashamed or confounded or disappointed.
    Psalm 32:10 – Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.
    Psalm 37:7 – Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
    Psalm 55:23 – But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in, lean on, and confidently rely on You.

    You can rely on the Lord- 2 Chronicles 14:11 – And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.”
    Psalm 25:2 -O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.
    Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.
    Psalm 33:18 – But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.
    Psalm 40:4 – Blessed is the person who places his confidence in the Lord and does not rely on arrogant people or those who follow lies.
    Proverbs 3:5 – Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.
    Isaiah 31:1-3 – How horrible it will be for those who go to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who depend on many chariots, who depend on very strong war horses. They don’t look to the Holy One of Israel. They don’t seek the Lord. He is wise and can bring about disaster. He doesn’t take back his words. He rises against wicked people and against those who help troublemakers. The Egyptians are humans, not gods. Their horses are flesh and blood, not spirit. When the Lord uses his powerful hand, the one who gives help will stumble, and the one who receives help will fall. Both will die together.
    ( I realize this scripture tell us what we shouldn’t rely on, but I need to know that also)
    You can trust the Lord- 2 Samuel 22:31 – As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
    2 Chronicles 14:11 – Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!”
    Isaiah 50: 10 – Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God.
    Psalm 4:5 – Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.
    Psalm 9:10 – And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
    Psalm 18:30 – As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
    Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
    Psalm 32:10 – Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
    Psalm 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
    One of my favorite is Psalm 34:10 – Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
    Psalm 34:22 – The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
    Psalm 37:3 – Trust the Lord, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful.
    Psalm 37:5 – Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
    Psalm 73:28 – But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.
    Psalm 112:7 – He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
    Another favorite is Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
    Proverbs 29:25 – The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
    Isaiah 12:2 – See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.”
    Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
    I find this a very sad verse. Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling
    Isaiah 40:31 – But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
    Isaiah 50:10 – Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? Let those who walk in darkness and have no light trust the name of the Lord and depend upon their God.
    Jeremiah 17:7 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
    Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
    Hebrews 10: 35-36 – So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

  32. Jennifer N (OBS Leadership Team) says:

    1.) To me, living a relinquished life means submitting fully to God’s plans and not my own. To stop controlling and manipulating things. The part about satan’s “I will” statements that Karen mentioned, really struck me. I have far too many of those. Instead, I should say:

    James 4:13-15~ Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” This really struck me because of the current living situation we are in and I have seen myself trying to ‘control’ and ‘manipulate’ our future. It also reminds me when Jesus said,

    Matthew 6:34~ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own troubles.

    2.) To truly trust Him to protect me. That His plans for my life are much better than mine. That the controlling and manipulating are not necessary in His kingdom.

    Isaiah 55:8-9~ “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    Jeremiah 29:11~ For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope.

    3.) The Lord my God is a mighty fortress that I can rely on and trust in; it is He that provides refuge from the storm.

    4.) WOW!! The Bible is FULL of these references. And many of them? From David, a man after God’s heart. This blessed me so much.

    Prov. 3:5-6~ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
    Psalm 115:11~You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: He is their help and their shield.
    Ps. 118:8~ It is better to trust int he LORD than to put confidence in man. (a favorite!)

    Psalm 9:9~ The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
    Ps. 28:8~The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
    Ps. 94:22~ But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.
    Ps. 46:1~ God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (another favorite!)

    2 Samuel 22:2-3~ And he said: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, you save me from violence. (in this case, a stronghold isn’t a bad thing.)
    Ps. 31:3~For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. (I actually prayed this one-as a leader, lead me and guide me for Your names sake–to speak Your truth and Your word)

    This study has been such a blessing to me as I am learning to submit, daily, and lay down control, daily, to the feet of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that He works in the heart of each and everyone of us and that He teaches us. That we, as Karen explains in the book, will “make Him famous (glorify)”. May God bless each and every one of you and may He shine His face upon you.

  33. Melissa S OBS Leader says:

    I am relinquishing my attempt to control situations by worrying. This study opened my eyes to many things but, the biggest and most freeing was realizing that my worrying was really saying that ” I don’t trust you God”. If I truly believe His word, then I have to trust Him! I don’t see the big picture, but one of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28 All things work for the good of those that love Him and that are called according to His purpose. If I truly believe that, (and I do) then I have to know that All things (good and bad) are meant for good!

    I have to confidently trust Him, so each time I start to worry I am going to ask myself; Do you trust God? Then why are you worrying?

    God I am taking refuge in you, I will run into the fortress of your protection. I pray to lean on you, and you alone. I will not worry, instead I will rely on you Lord and trust your word because I believe it!
    Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you:you only need to be still.
    Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold

  34. Polly Schneider says:

    1. I think it is letting go of always needing to have our own way. I like the way Karen says it on page 213,214. “We must come to the altar. At the altar we lay down our rights, our wrongs, our desire for control, our need to constantly have the upper hand.”
    2. If I lean and rely on the Lord instead of myself I can know He is in control, not me. I can trust Him to see me through anything.
    3. I need to let the Lord be my Refuge everyday. I must choose Him as my Fortress and totally lean on Him. If I rely on Him in all my decisions I can trust that His will will be done in my life.
    4.God is my Refuge and Fortress. PS 46:1 God is our refuge and strength an ever present help in ti.e of trouble.

  35. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?

    To live a life where each step, each thought, each reaction, each decision is laid before the Author of that life in peaceful surrender.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?
    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    To reside within the safety that God alone can provide – believing, trusting and enjoying that gift…..instead of giving back to Him in pride.

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- In my weakness, I gather myself under His wings and hide.

    fortress- He has upheld me in the palm of His hand – where He has inscribed my name – protecting me from the flaming arrows of the enemy.

    lean- He is the Solid rock on whom I stand….I will NOT be shaken.

    rely- He calls to me…”Come to me”….He alone can promise to give me REAL rest from the world…rest from myself.

    trust- He never leaves nor forsakes me – He even comes closer and carries me in my times of greatest wounds.

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress-
    Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

    You can lean on the Lord-
    Psalm 9:9 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

    You can rely on the Lord-
    Psalm 5:12 “Surely, LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.”

    You can trust the Lord-
    Psalm 121:7 “The LORD will keep you from all harm– He will watch over your life.”

  36. Polly Schneider says:

    I wasn’t done yet.
    4. ISA 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for th Lord, the Lord, is the Rock Eternal.
    Prov.3:5,6 Trust in theLord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight
    ROM 8:35-38. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? ……..No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

  37. 1. Living a relinquished life means that I am no longer trying to control everything, but giving complete control over to God. This means EVERYTHING, not just the things I am willing to give up.

    2.When I fully rely on God and lean on Him, I know that He will guard and protect me. I can also trust Him to guide me through the twists and turns of life.

    3.I put my complete trust in God because He is my everpresent fortress. When I lean on Him, I can rely on Him to give me the peace and safety that I long for.

    4. Psalm 59:16
    But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
    Proverbs 3:5
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    Psalm 86:11
    Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
    Psalm 28:7
    The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

  38. Tabitha Jones says:

    Livin a relinquished life—To give up all control to God. This is something I am learning slowly but I am trying. The reflection verse means—God is the one for us to lean on and he is our strength. We can rely on God when no one else is there for you.

  39. To me, to live a relinquished life means to put absolute trust in God. In Jeremiah 29:11, he tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” I think we have no choice but to give it all to him.

    The “Reflection Verse” to me says that not only does he have great plans for me, but even when I stumble, he is right there to catch me.

    I have a long (possible run-on) sentence. To live a relinquished life, I must trust in God’s plan for my life, rely on his love every day, lean not on my own knowledge, but on his, and on those difficult days, take refuge in his fortress, surrounded by his grace and forgiveness.

    God is your refuge and fortress – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1

    You can lean on the Lord – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:3-8 (Nothing we can ever do will make God love us less.)

    You can rely on the Lord – Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone you asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (All you have to do it ask, and he is there to answer. Maybe not with the answer you wanted, but that was the point of this book. :) )

    You can trust the Lord – But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised, I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56:3-4

  40. Answers are short (and sweet I hope), since time is short today. :)

    1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    I am relinquishing control to God. I am going to put him as the leader in my life, and I will follow Him. I will do the work he requires, but I will not try to take his job in my life. (This is hard!)

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?

    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    I will rely on God as my protection, that even though I am fearful of the unknown, He will provide for me in ways I could never even imagine. He will do what He has promised, and I can trust in Him always!

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- God will be my refuge when I feel attacked by evil and things of this world.

    fortress- His fortress will keep me safe as I do battle against my old self!

    lean- I will lean on him because he has shown to be an ever present force in my life who will keep me from falling when I do.

    rely- I will rely on His promises to me and know they are truth. I will not rely on the false truths my mind and the world sometimes try to make me believe.

    trust- I will trust in God’s ability to rule my life. He is my God and worthy of my trust!

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress- Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…

    You can lean on the Lord- Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (I know this does not say lean on God, but I thought it was implied and it is one of my mantras in life.)

    You can rely on the Lord-Psalm 59: 9-10 “…you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.”

    You can trust the Lord- Isaiah 25:9 “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

    That is all I have tonight. Good night! I enjoyed reading the insights of each of you and look forward to blog hop tomorrow!

  41. Lynn Fincher. says:

    A relinquished life is to give it all to the Lord and let go all that can bring me down..
    To rely on The Lord with hope and completely trust in Him
    My God keeps me safe in. The refuge of His Love.
    I will lean on you my God completely.
    My trust is in you completely..
    Numbers 35:11 select some towns to be your cities of refuge.
    Proverbs 3:5 trust in The Lord and lean not on your own understanding
    Isaiah 50:10 trust in the name of The Lord and rely on his God.
    Psalm 20:7 we trust in the name of The Lord our God.

  42. Ginny B - OBS leader says:

    God is your refuge and fortress- Ps. 18:2, Ps. 59:16, Ps. 62:7, Nah. 1:7, Ps. 91:2, Ps. 118:8

    You can lean on the Lord- Prov. 3:5 (reminder to not lean on me!), 1 Peter 5:7, Is. 26:4

    You can rely on the Lord- Phil. 4:19, Jer. 29:11

    You can trust the Lord- 2 Sam. 7:28, Ps. 28:7, Ps. 37:5-6, Ps. 111:7

  43. Linda Leighton (OBS Group Leader) says:

    Here’s the answers to the blog questions:

    1. A relinquished life is one of true freedom! I can feel free to not need to control everything, knowing that since God is in control, it will end up ok! A life of true and utter trust.

    2. My life may not end up how I would have planned it, but knowing that God’s only got GOOD plans for my life, it will be the best plan regardless of whether I make it happen or trust God to make it happen.

    3. My paragraph (LOL): God help me to trust you, to rely on you to be the fortress around my little world. Help me to rely on you and lean on you for wisdom when life gets hard; trust that you have great plans fir my life. Thank you Jesus for being my ever-present refuge and my hiding place.

    4. Trust/lean: Proverbs 3:5-6
    RELY: Isaiah 50:10; 1Jn 4:16
    Refuge/fortress: 2 Sam 22:2-3

    Thank you, Melissa for encouraging us to do this assignment! It very much brought a sense of peace in the reminding!!

  44. 1. To live a relinquished life means that I go first to God for everything. If I’m happy and feeling blessed, I go to God. If I’m angry, struggling, or depressed, I go to God. I submit my life to His care every day. I relinquish the control I think I have for the control I Know He has!
    2. Psalm 91:2 I can claim this verse every day and know without a shadow of a doubt that God has my back! He has a plan for my life and His way is better than I could ever imagine. Praising Him!
    3. I will choose to rely and lean on God because He,alone, is my refuge, a fortress, that I can trust!
    4. Lots of verses I have written down and highlighted in my Bible — Here are some of them:
    Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that The Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (New Living Translation)
    Psalm 61:3 For you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. (NLT)
    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (NIV)
    Psalm 59:17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. (NIV)
    Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the one who trusts in The Lord, whose confidence is in him.
    Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

    It’s been a very long day! I have had to rely on God a lot today. It is almost midnight. I have just gotten home after getting an emergency call about a student. God is my strength and my fortress. Amen.
    Beth A. (OBS Group Leader)

  45. Mary G. (OBS Group Leader) says:

    1. A relinqished life means relying on God. This is still hard in certain areas for me when I struggle with saying “no” and letting things go. This study has helped so much but I have room to grow.

    2. This verse reminds me that God is in control. If I trust Him, he will work things out.

    3. Mary, sweet daughter, if you TRUST me, I promise to be your REFUGE in times of trouble and your FORTRESS to lean on when you need my strength. RELY on me daily and I will give you peace in those situations you feel defeated because you are doing it “on your own.”

    4. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

    Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.
    Psalm 50:15

    So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
    Proverbs 22:19

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
    Proverbs 3:5-6

    As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
    Psalm18:30

  46. Veronica Brown (OBS Group Leader) says:

    Refuge: I will come to you, God for You are my strength

    Fortress: He is always there protecting and He has charge over me

    Lean: I have to learn to always lean on God for it all, including things I need to leave at the alter, things I can’t change, relationships, situations

    Rely: Oh dear God, I choose to rely on you and not my own thoughts or how I think things should go. You have the birds eye view and know what is best for me

    Trust: I trust you God even though I may not see clearly. I will trust that you are working things for my good.

  47. Irma Bustos says:

    To live a relinquished Life is to let The Lord take the wheel and I sit in the passager seat.
    To have faith in The Lord I must confidently trust in hi , ago lean and rely in him for he is my refuge and fortress. He is driving this girl around.
    Refuge- God is my Refuge and Strength for he is my stronghold.
    Fortress- The Lord I’d my Fortress and deliverer who alway keeps me safe.
    Lean- I will learn to Lean on my Lord and not on my own understanding.
    Rely- Never rely on yourself but in The Lord who has a plan just for me.
    Trust-Trust in The Lord with all my heart for he does Love me.
    Isaiah 40:31 Lean on God and you will not be tired
    Psalm 46:1 god is our refuge and strength

    • Lori (OBS Group Leader) says:

      Irma, I loved your analogy of the Lord taking the wheel and you being the passenger. Great way to remember that God alone knows where He is taking us. Thanks for the reminder that it is time for me to quit being a “back seat driver.” :-)

  48. 1. What does it mean to live a relinquished life?
    ~ To me living a relinquished life means surrendering my life to the One who has the answers, gaining a peace that passes all understanding. But it is also simply doing things different – if only a step at a time. It is living a life of resolve while giving myself the permission to fail, as long as I get up and try again. It is a refocus from myself to focus on Him.

    2. How can our reflection verse help you live the relinquished life?
    ~He is my protector from the things of this world, but also from myself. I can trust that when I don’t know, He does, when I can’t feel, He feels, and I can trust that I am never alone and that everything in my life is part of His perfect plan for me. Even the really hard parts.

    I will say of the LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 (AMP)

    3. Write a sentence about you and God using each of the words below. (our reflection verse CANNOT be one of your sentences)

    refuge- He is my refuge when the storms of life threaten to pull me under

    fortress- He is my hiding place, the place I can come to for renewal

    lean- When I am tired, He will carry my load for me

    rely- I am never alone, I have someone who is ALWAYS there

    trust- I can trust that He knows best

    4. Use your Bible. Search the Scriptures and find other verses that confirm that:

    God is your refuge and fortress-
    ~May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:12

    You can lean on the Lord-
    ~Psalm 18:35
    You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.

    You can rely on the Lord-
    ~Psalm 59:17
    You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.

    You can trust the Lord-
    ~Psalm 20:7
    Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (I love how this verse reminds me of how easy it is to trust in the things of this world, wealth, possessions, accomplishments, yet how empty those things are. And also that what is impossible with man is possible with God. In trusting in His name we can move mountains!

  49. Lori Blackwell says:

    1. ‘Let it Go” and follow God’s lead
    2. By believing God’s plan for me! Yes me who he plucked out of this little town Lockeford, because I am his child and he wants to use me for His Kingdom and Glory
    3. Thank you Father , you are my mighty fortress, where I lean on and take refuge, as I am learning to truly trust you and your holy word.
    4. 2 Samuel 22:2 the Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliver.
    Nahum 1:7 the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust him.
    John 13:25 Leaning back agaisnt Jesus, he asked him “Lord who is it”
    Isaiah 12:2 Surely god is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. the Lord himself is my strength and my defense, he has become my salvation.
    Psalms 86:11 Teach me your ways, Lord, that I may relay on your faithfulness, give me an undivided heart, that i may fear your name.

    Thank you Melissa, Karen and all OBS staff you are ladies that I desire to follow, who truly love God and are his willing servants and who are teaching me how to love God with all my heart and desire him constantly.

  50. Lauren Beach (OBS Small Group Leader) says:

    Sorry for any typos…doing this from my phone.
    To live a relinquished life means to completely, whole-heartedly surrender to Gid and allow him to have the control in my life and to direct my paths.

    Psalm 91:2 ~ reminds me to trade all my fears for trust in the Lord. to dwell and rest in him.

    The Lord is my refuge, he is my protector.
    The Lord is my fortress, he is my security and safety in life.
    I will lean on my God as he id my resting place.
    To rely on the Lord is to trust in him and know he will never leave me.
    I will trust in the Lord with all my heart, he is my confidence.

    God is your refuge and fortress ~ Proverbs 18:10
    The name of the Lord is a strong tower