There is a new book coming – Everything by Mary DeMuth. It’s good, people.
Following is from Sarah Farish – http://www.makingmuchofhim365.com/2012/09/06/giving-up-control-thanks-mary/.
Today, I awakened to this prayer by Mary Demuth in my inbox. Funny how God knows exactly what we need.
This prayer reminds me that…
God is more than capable of handling my burdens.
I like to be in control. I am a planner, an organizer, and a…..ummm…..control freak.
I don’t like chaos and can’t stand the unknown – or the unorganized or the unplanned.
But, God’s been working on this idol in my life. He has called me to relinquish control in some very specific areas, and I have taken some huge steps over the past week.
I did it. Now I wait.
And, the scariest part of waiting?
I don’t know what the outcome of me giving up control of ___________ will be.
I might love the outcome! Or, I might hate it. Again, I don’t like not knowing, so this part is the hardest for me. The waiting [insert Jeopardy theme here] and the waiting [yeah, I know I said it twice!]
I’ve asked myself a bazillion times in the past week, “Then, why make all these changes? Why not stay on the same path: doing it my way?”
Because God woke me up at 1:09 a.m on Saturday night/Sunday morning and laid out his plan very clearly. And, it’s time to surrender to HIS way. (And, duh, my way wasn’t working!)
More than that…
I want your will. I want your presence. I need your strength.
All I want in my life is God’s will. His presence. His strength. I look back over the past five years, and I’ve existed because of HIS strength. The minute I step back into my own strength, I fail, fail, and fail again.
I KNOW God’s way is better than my way. God’s shown me that again and again in my life. So, I am choosing to wave the white flag and let God have the control he should have had all along.
Mary’s words echo the prayer of my heart as I daily surrender to Him and live in the tension of not knowing the outcome: Please take this burden today and use it in my life for your glory.
I love the song “You Are”:
All for Your glory; All for you name…You are God, Jesus, Majesty; You are life, Jesus, saving Me; You are King, Jesus, All will see that You are God.”
That’s my song today – and everyday. All in my life and your life – good and bad – be all for His glory.
What burden are you carrying today? What worry is filling your head and your heart, crowding Jesus out? What needs to be turned over to your Creator?
Rest in knowing He is sovereign. His ways are better.
Isaiah 55: 8-9
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Give it to Him.