Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? 1

Jesus asks me to follow and the only thing he asks me to bring along for the daily journey is my cross.  I seem to leave it behind everywhere I go.  Is it because it’s the first thing I should pick up when I get out of bed in the morning?  Is the snooze button blocking my view of the cross?

My Rumen:  “Through surrender, I was reminded that where God rules, peace reigns. I honestly believe that our trials are often more difficult than they need to be because we won’t give in to God’s way.” Shana Schutte

My Prayer:  Lord, I surrender my will.  Rule my days and let me rest in your peace that surpasses all understanding.  Thank you for the reminder to take up my cross daily.  Give me the grace to pick it up as soon as my feet hit the floor each morning.  Teach me to not just endure the early mornings but to delight in the joy you have set before me!    Amen.

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