Let it Go (Not you, Elsa.)

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I absolutely LOVE the TV show Friends. I most definitely identify with Monica! I have a need to know that things are being done correctly and are going in the right direction. I like to be in (cue the dramatic music) … control.

Having control makes me feel as though I have a little power over how things turn out—letting go of that control is a tiny bit scary for me. For instance, before becoming a stay-at-home wife and mom, it was hard for me to let my husband take the lead in providing for our family. I was afraid that if I let him be “in control,” everything would go wrong—we would suffer financially, and our marriage would crumble. After a lot of prayer and God’s amazing intervention, I have been happily unemployed for three years, and it has been a tremendous blessing not only for me but also for our entire household.

Fear is rooted in the idea of surrender. Letting go and allowing someone else to take the reins is not an easy task for many of us.  As a parent, it is not easy to allow our children to make their own decisions. As a spouse, it is not easy to allow our mates to take on tasks that they may have never done before! Likewise, moving in an uncomfortable direction out of obedience to the Lord isn’t an easy thing either.  Releasing our grip on anything can cause serious anxiety and fear. But God has given us assurance when we do!

Job 23:14
So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny.

Jeremiah 29:11
“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.”

God has remarkable plans for us, but we have to surrender to him for his plans to unfold in our lives. Over the next few days in the LIO, we will examine what it looks like to surrender.

How does the idea of surrendering your control to God make you feel? What has the Lord asked you to surrender for him?

Next Steps:
Ask the Lord to prepare your heart for surrender. Study the Gospels and search for a devotional on the topic to learn why surrender is so important and how to achieve it.

Dear Lord, thank you for surrendering for us! Thank you for giving us your word to teach us how to surrender to you. Open our hearts to be more sensitive to your desire and to allow us to see that your plans are always perfect! In Jesus’ name, amen.

This post was written by TreVe Carter. TreVe is a housewife. She loves taking care of her two daughters and Mother. When’s she is not beating her husband in Jeopardy, she serves at Cedar Creek on Brew Crew. She loves Jesus. She also loves to cook and bake and one day would love to compete on the Holiday Baking Championship.

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3 replies
  1. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    I’ve often found that after extended periods of struggles over a particular issue or decision, when I do finally give it up to God he opens doors I never thought possible! Thanks for the great reminder, TreVe!

  2. Dave. Schoeff
    Dave. Schoeff says:

    Loved your observation, “ As a spouse, it is not easy to allow our mates to take on tasks that they may have never done before! ”
    My wife, Paula, is building a complicated balsa wood airplane as research for a potential STEM project. In my youth, I built a few of these and eagerly anticipated “helping” her. After I steered her wrong in one of the very first steps, she helped me surrender control with the sweetest comment, “No thanks, Dave, you have your own projects. I prefer to make my own mistakes.”

  3. Amy Crofts
    Amy Crofts says:

    Thank you for this! Man, Sarah’s message spoke to my heart! I am definitely a self-proclaimed control freak. I need to hear this message.

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