The Great Big YES

Jan 10, 2017

Many have written about the word they have chosen for 2017

but no word reached out and grabbed me. Nothing.

Not until —–

I was pondering one evening about many things

and talking with my daughters about life and various things.

When suddenly it came. That word. Just spring into my head and out of my mouth.


“I want to say a great big yes to what is most important

so that I can say no to all else”

Even as I said it, I felt the tears pressing behind my eyes.

Recently the sudden death of a close friend and colleague

left me thrown off balance and groping to regain stability. Life is short.

My mind wandered back to years ago when I first met the yes challenge.

Will you surrender your all to the One Who gave His all?

Chills went up and down my body as I wrestled with His Call

and for agelong moments I wrestled with surrendering my life. I was so young.

Fear, my constant companion, growing up whispered words that frightened.

What if..What if….What if…

I’ll never forget that moment when I cast my all, my one, simple, ordinary life,

into His care.

That was the beginning  for me of the greatest adventure.

Opportunities have come to do things I would certainly never have taken earlier in my life.

Chances to go places and do things.

People to meet. Careers to enjoy.

Two very old orphanages in Russia hold my heart although its been years since I’ve been there.

The hurts of wounded people touch my heart;

the longings of frustrated people

and empty souls always tug hard

and draw me to give and go and serve.

That great big YES led to a daily Yes

in which I know my life is not my own.

It’s His.

All other decisions bend their knee to Him.

I find that saying no has gradually become easier

with the main thing already decided.

I am excited about this word for 2017. YES

Yes, to His Will.

Yes, to whatever He calls. Wherever He leads.

YES. He is the loving Shepherd Who cares for His sheep

so much better than they could ever care for themselves.

Yes, to surprises and unexpecteds.

Yes, to disappointments and sorrows.

Yes, to His Purpose and Plan.

Somehow it all begins to look easier now. The confusion and clamor quiets

and the day begins to dawn.


Won’t you join me in saying Yes too?

It takes a lot of the hard out of living because it’s not up to me.

No, the journey is His Plan and I like it that way.

How about you?


You’ll never be disappointed.

Maybe it’s time to just say YES.




  1. Pearl Allard

    Sharon, this is beautiful! This perfectly goes with a book I started reading called Control Girl. I love your gentle and powerful way of describing sweet surrender. Thank you.

    • SharonBrani

      Thank you, Pearl, for your kind words. Surrender is sweet and a much needed place in our relationship, isn’t it? I look forward to connecting with you more.


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