WiReD – Letting Go To God

7 Feb

Welcome!  This is my initial blog post for the Let. It. Go. Bible study.  I want to take this time to praise Karen Ehman for taking the time out of her busy schedule to write such an inspiring book that we may all learn from over the course of the next several weeks.  It is my hope that God allows me to share my heart during this Bible study, and it is my prayer that others are able to learn from my perspective.  So, I am going to discuss what I hope to gain from this study and have high hopes that it will make a positive impact on my life and yours.

Let me start off this journey by stating that I have a tendency to control things in my life rather than turn them over to God.  There are many faces of control as discussed in the book, Let. It. Go by Karen Ehman such as someone who is soft-spoken, an enabler, a martyr, and a people pleaser.  There are negative aspects to each of these faces that we as women face when dealing with control issues.  Why do we as women have a tendency to control things in our everyday lives?  For starters, we have this false concept that it is the answer to our problems and desire to control things all the time.  I would say I am a cross between playing the victim and being a people pleaser depending on the situation.  There are times I feel the need to be emotional if I do not agree with a certian scenario or decision and times I desire to please people in order for them to see my side of things.  Regardless of the fact that I am a sensitive person and enjoy helping others, these are two easy traps for control if I do not act according to His plan for my life.  This is something I desire to surrender in my life since I desire to walk in my faith and let it all go in order to glorify Him.  This is the primary reason why I chose to embark on this particular study at the present time.  I have already revealed to God that I am ready for Him to show me how I can learn to trust Him in all aspects of my life.  I feel God and His promises is what lead me to do this study at this point in my life.  With God’s help, I know there is much hope for my future and He can have the same impact on your life if you are willing to let Him.

It is my hope during the course of this study, that I will allow myself the chance to become less of a control-freak woman and more of a trustworthy woman toward God.  Satan attempts to delve into our souls to make us feel thwarted and baffled at every turn in our life as we achieve to draw closer to God and glorify Him in our works.  Below is a list of key things I hope to accomplish during this study.

  • Realize the limitations that I put on my life in controlling situations
  • Become a better me so I can make the necessary changes in my life to let go and let God
  • Learn from the perspectives of others in order to shed some light on what I can do better to improve my life and relationship with God
  • Get to know and understand the root of my control issues so I can learn to move forward in the future without this barrier holding me hostage during my daily struggles
  • Gain more spiritual guidance from the Holy Spirit in my daily walk and trust that God always knows best for my life since He already has it planned out for me

In the coming weeks, I look forward to exploring the necessary tools, thought patterns, and ideas to make a positive impact on my life and praising God throughout the study.  It is okay to admit to ourselves that we feel the need to control things in our life, so we can start changing our beliefs with God’s help.  We can have a more blissful life with God if we rid ourselves of control. Life is so precious, so we need to savor each moment and do what we can to always glorify God.  Below, is a poem I stumbled upon this week that I thought was appropriate for this study.

When We Let Him Have Control

Why is it as though
We struggle so much
And live in constant despair?
We don’t need to carry
Such burdensome loads
But should go to God in prayer

Give Him your burdens
And all of your hurts
Just lay them at His feet
He’s such a big God
He can handle it all
And watches over His sheep

He cares so much more
Than we’ll ever know
And just wants the best for our lives
Each one of his children
Has so much potential
If we’ll only begin to rise

To be all that God
Has intended us to be
To walk through His open doors,
We need to stay focused
And open to God
And put our trust in the Lord

For when we all come
To realize God’s love,
Our hurts will not have a hold
For God’s love will cover
And free us from fear
As we give Him total control.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Please enjoy the video titled, God is in Control by Twila Paris.  May it be an inspiration to everyone as we continue our daily walk with God. Dear God, please open our eyes and hearts as we go through this study with your will for our lives in mind, and allow us to apply these concepts to our daily life to release control and walk with you on our journey in life.  In Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen!




12 Responses to “WiReD – Letting Go To God”

  1. Kristy Aiken (OBS Group Leader) February 7, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Wow! Love your post. I am right there with you on so many issues. There is also a certain thing in my life that I need to fully surrender to my Father. Your post is an inspiration and I am inspired by you. Way to go, sister! He is such a big God and can handle it all! God’s love WILL free us of this fear. Awesome post friend 🙂

    • ceragsdale February 7, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you, Kristy! God Bless You! 🙂

  2. Barbara Keane February 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Charolette, Awesome post. I love your goals and pray that you will be able to achieve them. I really did not think I was a controlling person, I joined this study with a friend. After starting this study, I realized I am very much a control freak. I just am a passive agressive controller. I react in what ever way I think necessary to get my way. Weather its people pleasing, becoming a martyr, explaining my point of view logically so everyone just has to agree. I am sad to admit that. But I think this study really opened my mind and will allow me to grow in the Lord. I have to “Let God have his job back” (read thoes words somewhere, I am not sure where). Thank you for your post!

    • ceragsdale February 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank you for the kind reply, Barbara! God Bless You! 🙂

  3. Stephanie M February 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Great post Charolette! I’m so glad we are in this study together. I pray that you reach your goals. You have really thought things out and that is such an inspiration to me!

    • C Ragsdale February 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Thanks, Stephanie! I am glad we are in the study together too. I will continue to pray hard each week when I go to write my blog so God allows me to speak from my heart. It is my hope to be an inspiration to others! So glad MT decided to post the topics for next week today, so I can get a jump start on the next one. I already have an idea to go on for my post, but need to sort out my thoughts in my head first. I pray that God helps you meet your goals as well. Sometimes when I sit down to write, I will hit the delete button a few times before I get it down just the way I like it. Thanks again for the nice comment! 🙂

  4. bloggerlovestheking February 8, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    Charlotte love your blog. Thanks for being REAL! Also I love your heart background and your banner. WOW lady! How did you do all that? Hugs. Debbie Williams (OBS Leader)

    • ceragsdale February 8, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      Good Morning, Debbie! Happy Friday! Thanks for the nice comments about my blog and my page. I actually gained my experience using WordPress while I have been maintaining the website for my current employer. I went to appearance, background, delete current background, and finally uploaded a new background. I decided to go with a heart background since I am a heart fanatic! I love anything with hearts on it. I have greatly appreciated all the kind comments received about my blog considering the fact that it took me out of my comfort zone. In doing so, I know it will allow my relationship with God to further flourish into something greater, so I figured it was worth it to me. Plus, I am alot more comfortable since this is my third study in this OBS series. Congratulations on being a group leader! Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  5. Karen Ehman (@karen_ehman) February 8, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Thank you SO MUCH for participating in the blog hop. Praying for all of us as we learn to stop trying to control and start trusting God. Have a great weekend and remember to LET. IT. GO. 🙂
    {Hugs} Karen Ehman
    PS Your site makes me think of Valentines 🙂

    • ceragsdale February 8, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Hello Karen! I feel truly honored that you had time to read my blog post. God spoke to me about writing a blog during study, so here I am doing it. I know I will feel blessed reading your book because it already holds alot of truth about my life, but made me realize I desire to make that change in my life to prove to God that I do fully trust Him with my life. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend too, Karen! I decided to go with the heart background since I am a heart fanatic and it reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses which is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) ~ 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. God Bless You! 🙂

      • Jackie Strange February 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

        Awesome blog, Charolette, I am so proud of you!

      • ceragsdale February 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

        Thank you, Jackie! I appreciate your kind comment. I miss all of you from the last group. Hope the new study is going well for you so far. Take care and hope you have a blessed weeK! 🙂

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