Yesterday I had the opportunity to share this devotional I wrote at my MOPS'(Mothers of Preschoolers) last meeting of the year. I think the topic of control in our lives is one that everyone can relate to and everyone struggles with.
Philippians 4:6-7 ” Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understandings will guard your heart and minds in Jesus.”
Recently the Lord has been speaking to me about control. I know that usually I am in a learning lesson when things get brought up multiple times in different circumstances. I could see it as coincidences or I could see it as God prompting.
- 1st was at the women’s conference discussing breaking cycles in our lives. She discussed breaking the little, comfortable, patterns that we have left unchecked in our lives. Control over circumstances was one of them.
- 2nd is this pregnancy with being 35, considered “geriatric in pregnancy” and then being diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
The 2nd event really ampted up the control issues that I thought I didn’t have. In regards to what, when , how much, I eat and it still not helping my numbers always. Thus bringing in lots of medical “advice/headaches” to deal with at the last 7 weeks of my pregnancy.
So I wrote down a little list over the course of two days of things that:
I Cannot Control
my blood sugar levels
the gender of my baby or how Leeland will react if the baby doesn’t end up being a boy
what my children will or will not eat at any given meal
when and one which day Leeland decided to potty train.
the number of injuries my three children occur in a 24 hour period (So many Folk)
plans that change because of sickness
when my baby will be born and how much that they will weight
who will be watching my kids when I’m at the hospital
who is going to melt down over: it being to hot, too cold, too windy, losing a game, being too tired or not being able to go to sleep.
how many fetal movements kicks I’m suppose to count in a 2 hour period.
if we will get enough jobs this summer for our business
and on today, April 20th, my dad’s 3rd birthday in Heaven. Four years ago this summer we had no control over my dad dying suddenly in the middle of our family vacation. We all felt very much out of control!
but… these are the things I can control.
What I Can Control
how I react to these circumstances
how I let it “steal” my joy and peace
how fast I take it to prayer or carry the heavy load
how much trust I put in God over these things or let fear and anxiety take over
We choose to focus our thoughts and take captive our thoughts on what is TRUTH in uncertainty. We need to choose not to allow these control issues turn into fear and anxiety that then control our lives even more. These verses speak to control and what we should be doing with it. This site also lists a bunch more that are all amazing:
Psalm 56:3 ” When I am afraid, I put my trust in you!”
Matthew 6:34 ” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. “
So what is on your control list that you need to give up?
I will end with this verse because it is so near and dear to me and fitting because it talks about how God takes care of those with young, those mothers and their children.
Isaiah 40:11 ” He tends to his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”