Suppression vs. Submission | An Excerpt From Naked Prayers

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetYesterday we talked about getting naked with God, so today it seemed only fitting to showcase my dear friend Mara Measor‘s beautiful intimacy with God with an excerpt from her book “Naked Prayers: Honest Confessions to a Loving Creator.”

Naked Prayers has been called a modern day “Psalms.”  It is an autobiographical collection of prayers expressed in words, doodles and songs.  Her honest interaction with God is a beautiful picture of the power of intimacy as we get to see her journey with God falling into depression and finding her way back to freedom.  May it inspire you to remove the filter and uncensor your personality, thoughts and feelings before God.

It’s so exciting to be sharing the final book and album because we have been supporting Mara since this project was just a dream and a Kickstarter campaign two years ago.  Now you can buy it on Amazon!

Dec 28th

I watched a really good movie today.
And I wondered, where does that desire come from? Do I need to suppress it?

I decided no.

Those desires don’t need suppression. They need
submission.  To be committed to you, as I trust with all my heart that you are making my path straight.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
(Psalm 37:5)

What is my way?
My life? My dreams? My methods?
Okay! They’re yours, Lord! I commit them to you! (I think!)
I am yours, and you are mine.

I will not subscribe to the ways of this world and its narrow
definition of beauty.
I desire the beauty of your design.

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-Excerpt from Naked Prayers by Mara Measor-


There may be things in your life, passions or dreams that you’ve wondered, is this from God or is this just me?  I challenge you hold those things before God today and ask him, “Is this something I need to suppress or something I need to submit?”  Chances are there are many dreams you’ve been suppressing because you’re afraid of a certain side they bring out of you, when really you’re meant to submit them and let God make them something great, something transformational, something beautiful.  The enemy is most likely to attack you in the areas you are meant to be the most powerful in.  Don’t worry about him though. Just use that as a clue to where you’re meant to shine, and then submit your ways to God.  He will make your path straight!

As a side note, I wanted to point out that when Mara was writing in her journal struggling through depression and doubts, she had know idea it would become this beautiful project to inspire others to deeper intimacy with God.  Look how God really does make beauty out of ashes!  I’m so proud of you Mara.  And look at you now, you really are creating beautiful things!


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