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  1. Lyn
    April 7, 2010

    Another area of submission, that I have struggled with, is giving God my family. This includes not only the plans that I may have had for my children, but also the big one, worry. We know worry is sinful because it shows lack of trust. Still it is difficult to give Him situations in the lives of our loved ones and not to keep taking them back by worrying (or nagging Him) about them.

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    • janetsketchley
      April 7, 2010

      This is such a hard one, Lyn, partly because it depends on our loved ones’ choices. It’s hard to trust that God can find a way past the messes people make. But I agree it’s a matter of trust. This sin isn’t the evil kind, but the damaged kind–we’re still learning how trustworthy God is. I keep coming back to “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

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  2. Ginny Jaques
    April 7, 2010

    I so connect with you (yet again!) on this, Janet. At one point I decided to ask God to shield me from distractions, so I can just assume everything in my path He has put there. I’m not sure it would be the right way to go for everyone. Some people live in the middle of a bustle. But I feel it has worked for me. I do sometimes ignore the phone, but it’s always because I feel I have His permission. I work for Him 24/7, and He directs my path, even giving me R and R when I need it. Such a restful profession!

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    • janetsketchley
      April 7, 2010

      Ah, Ginny, I think this is how it should be. I’m not there yet… still struggling. But really, if we’re working for Him, it shouldn’t matter what particular task He sets. Just that He directs. Thanks for this reminder! I keep saying I’d rather be with Him somewhere I didn’t want to be, than without Him doing what I might have chosen. But then I keep wanting to choose…

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  3. gladwellmusau
    April 8, 2010

    Hi Janet,

    Its been a difficult six months for me…and when I finally gave up everything…God has put this prayer in my heart. LORD, THANK YOU FOR WHAT I DO NOT OWN. Its liberating when one is no longer in control. My time…is now His time too! I love what you said. When we loss the right of our time, He can interrupt us anytime for redirection or deployment. This understanding comes with wisdom.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

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    • janetsketchley
      April 8, 2010

      “It’s liberating when one is no longer in control” — and the funny thing is, we’re not really in control anyway, we just think we are. The physical “stuff” we own takes over.

      Gladwell, I’m sorry you’ve had this struggle, but I’m also celebrating what you’ve gained. Thanks for sharing this prayer, and I praise God that it’s not about what we have — it’s about Him having us.

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