Sunday, June 30, 2013

"It is what it is..."

Do you ever have those Sunday mornings at church where you are leaving and getting in your car thinking, "Wow, that was good. I am glad I was there this morning!" A few weeks ago that was the case for me. The head pastor was not present on this particular Sunday so another pastor stepped in to preach. The first words that popped up on the screen were:

"Stop trying to be in control of everything." 

Even now a few weeks later and typing it out I still get that "feeling" in my stomach. The Lord was talking to me for sure! I wanted to share a few things he said that Sunday because I know there are other women/mama's out there who would benefit from hearing it. His words have blessed me and I would love for it to do the same for others. 

"Stop trying to be in control of everything," really-I mean what mom doesn't want to me in control. We all feel like that's our job right?!!? What wife doesn't try to make everything just perfect for their husband when he comes home from work??!!?!? We need to stop and ask ourselves who are we trying to please. Who are we working for? "Are you trying to change reality?" The more we try to do/fix as humans the more we mess up. We work hard to make our selves, our house, our children, etc. a certain way when in the end we just wear ourselves out. We work so hard to impress all these "people" when really we should only be impressing JESUS! 

The pastor said " God has no interested in the fake you, neither does anyone else who really cares for you." That sentence has so much power. Everyone has different areas of struggle. Being honest, (because I truly believe God laid it on my heart to post about this.) I don't feel I struggle with being a "fake me." I am who I am. Do I sometimes wish there were parts of me who were different? Yes. But I don't struggle with the "fake me" person as much as I struggle with the "be in control" part. It's easy to say that's just how I am, I can't be calm if I am not in control, but that's not at all what the Lord wants. He wants to be in control. He wants us to let go. He wants us to let go when we don't want to, not only when it's easy to. 

I challenge you to make a list of areas of your life where you need to "let go and let God take control." Really pray about the areas that you feel wear you out. More than likely those will be the areas you find yourself trying to please someone other than the Lord. 

*As I was writing this post my mom sent me a text message telling me to listen to Amy Grant's new song Don't try so hard. It was PERFECT. God is GOOD. ALL. THE. TIME. 


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