I’m honored to be asked to participate in Author, Karen Ehman’s Let. It. Go. Blogger Book Tour!
I don’t feel that I’ve ever really had an issue with trying to run the show…until I decided to go back through my blog’s archives.
The actions that I could be accused of wanting to control were my fleshly emotions; wanting so desperately to surrender them to God.
Thankfully since the original post (June 2010), God has opened my eyes to more truths in His Word and showing me how to overcome negative thoughts and wrong expectations.
After the following post, stay tuned for more information about Karen’s book “Let.It.Go.” and a chance to win one of two copies of her book.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.”Philippians 3:13-15
A quote that my husband wrote from yesterday’s sermon was, “Fresh surrender to the Holy Spirit”. I asked him what it meant to him. He said, “Drawing a line in the sand and starting over.”
The past several days I’d been dealing with a stronghold of fear and insecurity in things that I thought I cast from me a long while ago.
I’d go to God’s Word…go to prayer…go to my journal…go to a sermon…go to a book…go to God’s Word.
Trying to get some clarity and peace.
My weapon, since the onset, has been drawn but the enemy was just as persistent this go round.
I was finally able to admit this to my husband after church. I told him that I was feeling like admitting it to him shows a certain lack of faith.
There are things that I know in my knower to be true, but the enemy was hard on me to make it seem like a reality.
He’s good at throwing the PAST in our face. I know now that the past is the ONLY thing that he can use against us. That’s where shame, hurt and condemnation comes from.
Satan is the father of lies and strong suggestions. He could have my mind so twisted concerning my marriage that I had a hard time making sense of it.
Some of these are battles that Brian and I have had to fight side by side and back to back. There is no such thing as retreat in our marriage.
When the enemy comes in, the LORD will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19). God is the majority; and we are the victors when we unite with God. We stand on our covenant with Him and each other.
I’ve forgiven that. I’ve been forgiven of that. I’ve let it go. I choose not to re-visit the ugly because I’ve been redeemed. So step off satan. You have no place here!!
I’m starting to feel God’s peace again and a sense of security by meditating on this passage:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God , which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever thins are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”Philippians 4:6-96-9
TODAY is a perfect day to draw a line in the sand, press on; forgetting those things which are behind and having a fresh surrender to the Holy Spirit.
I pray, dear ones, that God’s peace reigns in your life and your marriage. There is nothing more unsettling than knowing with all of your heart that one thing is truth, but yet another thing seems just as real in your mind.
Keep God’s Word in front of you. Say with the authority that there is no place in your marriage for anything or anyone but God, your spouse and you; none of satan’s suggestions or lies.
Pray hard for your marriage as I continue to do the same!
About Let.It.Go. :Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you learn how to control what you should, trust God with what you can’t, and more importantly, decide which one is which! Join Karen Ehman, a recovering control freak, as she enables you to:
- Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
- Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
- Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
- Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
- Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God
A companion video-based study for small groups with a Bible study guide is also available.
Karen Ehman is the Director of Speakers for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ national speaking team. A five-time author, her books include A Life That Says Welcome, The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized and the popular ebook Untangling Christmas: Your Go-to Guide for a Hassle-free Holiday. She is a favorite presenter at Hearts at Home moms’ conferences and a sought-after speaker for women’s events. She has been a guest on national television and radio programs, including The 700 Club, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. Karen also is a contributor to Focus on the family’s magazine Thriving Family. She lives with her family in central Michigan.
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