Monday, December 12, 2011

Control Freak!

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

No one likes to admit being a micromanager. It's like saying you are a bossy, controlling, ego-driven know-it-all! My daughters think they are pretty funny (actually they are!) because they came up with a song recently about me being a micro manager; complete with funny words and a tune! So, I admit it; most of my life I have been taught and expected to take control and be the assertive one, but actually their (well-intended) song got me to thinking about whether I let my life and my mind get too full of things and overlook God’s will and direction in some areas of my life. Do I make it a choice to seek God’s guidance in all things, or am I trusting my own decisions and going my own way? Does God always have my attention or is my attention drawn away by other things?

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it,” whether you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 ESV)

The holidays can especially be a time when we feel as though there is an abundance of things to accomplish, and we rely on our own self-sufficiently to carry out our goals and tasks. They should be a joyful and blessed time of planning, shopping, decorating, writing cards, socializing, etc. but when the pressure builds we often act as though Christmas depends on our efforts alone! When we put God in charge of Christmas we remember to keep our eyes focused on the true meaning of Christmas and the spirituality and joy the season brings. When we put Him in charge, we experience a season of renewal and strength instead of stress, or anxiety. It takes faith and trust to get to that place of putting our lives and our plans into the Spirit’s hands on a daily basis. The first ingredient in living a worship-filled Christmas season is to let God control and direct us; the pressure is not always on us!

Jeremiah 10:23 says “I know Lord that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.” Relying on God can be very effective in managing our persistent worries and anxieties, and sometimes we just have to stop and remind ourselves to be totally reliant on Him. If we trust God more with our everyday decisions and choices, and not ourselves, He will give us the guidance we need to help us. He will become the “micromanager” in our lives to help us see clearly and lead us in the way we need to go. We need to trust in God’s infinite knowledge and understanding instead of trying to figure things out and go our own way. With God managing our lives our route and destination is sure, because He knows the way. 

Linking up with Joan today to “Share His Beauty”

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  1. I love the Message version of the passage from Proverbs! This is a great post and I can relate to being a control freak. :-)

  2. Denise,

    Thank you so much for writing this, there has been a burden on my heart lately that God wants me to do something, to me it seems crazy. The scriptures you included pierced me right in the heart.

    Blessings to you Denise.

  3. It can be so difficult to give up control to God, but when we do, our trust in Him grows! I think it is a daily exercise in to "let go and let God!"

    Blessings Denise! Joan

  4. Since we first moved on to the mission field six and half years ago Proverbs 3:5-6 has been one of my favorite passages. Thank you for sharing The Message version...I love that!

  5. Hi Denise - letting go and letting God is not so easy, but when we take that step of faith, there is so much relief and peace in it. Great post
    God bless precious friend

  6. I love the beauty as well as the words of your posts, Denise. You always strike a chord in me and today it was good to be reminded that I don't need to "hold things together". That is God's responsibility. So glad I am NOT the one in charge. :) Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!
    Christmas blessings to you and yours!
    2 Encourage

  7. Hi Denise,
    I am for sure guilty of trying to take control and doing things without seeking Him first. Thank you for sharing.
    God bless and Merry Christmas,

  8. Indeed God is the best micromanager since He is concern about the details of our lives.

  9. Such beautiful scriptures and wonderful commentary! Thank you for sharing this. Your blog is always such a blessing to so many!

    ~Merry CHRISTmas, and may God pour out His blessings on you and your family in 2012~ Lisa

  10. Oh yes, light displaces darkness. May we always shine the light of Jesus wherever we go.

    Denise, thank you for all your kind words of encouragement on Heart Choices. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

    Blessings and love,

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  12. Greetings from Southern California.

    I am your Newest Follower.

    Merry Christmas :-)

  13. Ouch!
    I can relate to this post and it has given me food for thought.
    When I realised that God is devoted to every detail of our lives, I decided that I was determined to rest completely in Him and on Him.

    It certainly works!

    God Bless - great post.