Don’t Let the Callous Form

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by Rebekah Beene

One day a couple weeks ago I started having a tiny pain in the ball of my foot.  I couldn’t see a thing.  Finally, I could take it no longer and I asked Danny to look and see if he could find a cut or something.  He was able to see from his vantage point what I couldn’t – a callous and within it was a tiny shard of glass.  I was so relieved! But I had to allow him to dig it out in order to find complete relief.  Even though I didn’t want to, I submitted to his careful hand.  Both the pain and the callous were gone before I knew it.

A couple of days ago I felt a pain like that again, in my heel. Sure enough upon Danny’s inspection was found another tiny shard of glass.  Since he’d already done such a good job of relieving me of it, I let him get quickly to work this time.  I wasn’t going to allow a callous to form again.

God will help us in our discomfort but we have to go to Him and allow Him to remove it His way and by His strength.
Oh beloved, God is always on your side. So you can trust Him with every painful memory and situation.  You weren’t meant to live with the pain.

You’re not destined to have a calloused life.   God hasn’t called you to live with it but to bring it all to Him.  He sees everything better than you can possibly see it.  He gets to the root problem of all the sources of your pain. You may want to ignore it and hope it goes away, but He wants you to have sweet relief.  One tiny little pain can give you such a problem. But relief comes when the Lord is allowed access to the hurt.  Some have said it’s hopeless there is no help for you.  But God isn’t afraid of anything.  Not even your worst nightmare.  He is here to relieve you of everything that is not of Him.  You see yourself as wounded but He sees you healed.  And Jesus went to the cross and grave so that you could walk completely whole and free.

God loves you and He’s for you.  That’s why you can trust Him.  He calls you as you really are – loved, cherished, treasured, healed, set free, delivered and set on High with Him.  Run to Him this morning and give Him your hurts and allow Him to do the work only He can do and live in the Light of His sweet, grace filled merciful relief!

Psalm 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses.

Jeremiah 30:17 ‘For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying: “It is Zion; no one cares for her.”‘

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are my praise.

Psalm 44:26 Rise up! Come to our help, and deliver us for Your mercy’s sake and because of Your steadfast love!

Isaiah 33:2 LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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Does Writing Get in the Way of Your “Real” Life?

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by List M. Prysock

Video Interview with Author Lisa M. Prysock

Hello Friends!  We’re enduring a very hot and humid week here in Kentucky and I’m doing my best to stay cool in spite of the temperatures.  Our heat index was close to 100 degrees.  However, I got to be inside in the air conditioning with a fan going on high speed and created another author interview video for you.  I’m praying for those who have to be outside working in this heat.  I hope the video makes you laugh a little bit.  Happy summer reading and I hope you’ve got a nice stack of great books to read.  Maybe leave me a comment and tell me what’s on the top of your reading list this year or just give me a shout out.  I’d love to hear from you.  Enjoy, stay cool, and God bless you wherever you are! – Lisa

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Author Biography

Lisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of more than 12 novels.  She was born in Minnesota; raised in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio as a child; and as an adult, has lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio again, and Florida, before settling in beautiful, rural Kentucky near many horse farms in the countryside bordering Louisville.  She and her husband of more than 20 years chose to make their home in Kentucky where the rich heritage, scenic area, local culture and history, along with her faith, are a constant source of inspiration for many of Lisa’s novels.  Together, they have five children, grown.   

Lisa writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary Christian Romance novels, including a multi-author Western Christian Romance series, “Whispers in Wyoming.”  She is also the author of a devotional.  She enjoys sharing her faith through her writing. 

She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, sketching, arts and crafts, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, scrapbooking, reading, swimming, walking, dollhouses, cats, horses, and butterflies.  She likes hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.  She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but humorously finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.   

Her debut novel, an Inspirational Regency Romance, To Find a Duchess, released in 2011.  She released a two-book Victorian Coming of Age Christian Romance series, “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series,” comprised of Hannah’s Garden:  A Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody, shortly after.  The series is ideal for young adults but adults of all ages enjoy these clean and wholesome stories.  Then she released “The Lydia Collection,” a three book series consisting of books which do not intersect as a collection of Christian Historical Romance novels which can be read in any order and include, The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (Regency Romance), Protecting Miss Jenna (Antebellum Era Romance), and Persecution & Providence (a Mail Order Bride, Jane Austen-ish story from the 1870’s Pioneer Era).  

Lisa then released her first devotional, Arise Warrior Princess, a Bible study on the topic of the word arise found throughout the Bible (ideal for a devotional or Bible study group), followed by The Shoemaker, An Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Story.  Geneva: Garden of Joy, (Antebellum Era Romance), Volume 1 of the “Brides of Grace Hill Series,” released next, followed by Dreams of Sweetwater River (Western Contemporary Christian Romance) and Marry Me Katie, books 3 and 7 in the “Whispers in Wyoming” series with authors Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Rachel Skatvold, Kit Morgan, Tina Dee, and Caroline Clemmons.  She continues the joy and adventure of sharing her faith through her writing journey.  She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers).  Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome, inspirational, and family oriented.  She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.    

You can find out more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com.  She shares free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews, giveaways, blog posts, and much more at her author site, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter. 

Links to Connect with Lisa: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock 

https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com    

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J6MBC64  

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-m-prysock  

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of 6/19/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 23:13-14 Don’t fail to correct your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.

My dad did not always walk with the Lord, but he took these verses to heart. He was a strong disciplinarian while I was growing up. He was the ruler of our home and we did what he told us to do or else faced the consequences. I grew up back in the day when parents could use the rod to discipline their children. My dad knew more than one way to use his belt. He wore them to help hold up his pants and he also used them to help correct me when I needed it.

I never did enjoy my dad’s discipline, but one thing is for sure, I learned what it was to respect and obey him. Sometimes I was a slow learner, but learn I did. As I look back on those years, I know now that I needed his corrections. My being spanked did not kill me. It did tend to kill my rebellious spirit. My dad’s discipline helped to shape my character. I learned right from wrong and that it was far to my advantage to do what is right as opposed to the wrong. Now, don’t get me wrong; I still did wrong things, but when I did I always tried to keep them from his watchful eyes.

Discipline is good for us as long as it is not out of control and harmful to our well-being. It is never okay to discipline a child out of uncontrolled anger. As long as it is done with love and with the purpose of teaching us to choose to do what is right, it can be a good thing.

It is also good for us to be disciplined by the Lord. We often need correcting because we tend to not do what is right before Him. We need His loving and firm hand upon us to keep us from wandering away from Him. It may hurt for awhile, but just like I survived my dad’s discipline growing up, we survive quite well. When we submit to the Lord’s rule over us, we become the people God longs for us to be, a people after His own heart, a holy people.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Move Aside The Milk

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by Tina Webb

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Samuel was a child who heard the voice of God. 

David was a teenager who sensed the call of God to be a warrior-intercessor. 

Jesus was twelve and taught in the temple. 

John the Baptist kicked in the presence of His unborn Savior.

Jesus wants the children to know Him. Not just a portion, but the whole of Him. Not just his character, but his power and authority. Jesus is the Word.  The Word declared from the mouth of a worshipping child carries power.

I’d never heard a pastor tell a congregation that children should be expected to learn the Word of God like they are expected to learn math and grammar. This well-known leader in North Carolina smashed my paradigm that children were too young to understand the same lessons that their parents learn in adult services. Adult services. That too is a mistake when it comes to the intent of God for each generation of his people.

I understand the point of the typical children’s ministry. Introduce the kids to understand salvation, the birth and death of Jesus Christ and concepts like the fruit of the Spirit in a fun-filled way. That’s great. However, the ministries that I’ve come to respect teach children deeper truths that some adults never even get in “adult services”.

My eight year old son woke up this morning ready to share an array of dramatic dreams. One in particular, caught my attention. He was walking around someone’s house, telling the enemy to get out. What was remarkable was that he knew that the enemies weren’t people, but spiritual forces that the people who lived in the house couldn’t see.

I told him that I believed God was letting him know that even though he is young, God’s authority is with him because he believes in Jesus and Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). I told him that evil spirits want to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). My son was able to make the connection between his dream and those scriptures. This is a child who dealt for a long time with fear. I know that God would want him to know and be confident in divine power and the force of faith and what a way to do it….a dream!

Matthew 18: 2-5 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Jesus elevates the natural state of a child.  In Matthew 19 he endorses them as being worthy of His time and attention. Let us attend to them and give them all of Jesus, the Word of God, and realize that they can digest a greater portion of the Word than we’d normally think. Let’s develop some “Samuels” and “Davids”

Tina Webb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina C Webb graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 where she majored in English and Music. She and her husband, Doug, also a UVa grad have six children. Tina home educated for twenty years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1969, she has served as an associate pastor, a worship director, and director of a church prayer ministry. Her hobbies are indoor and outdoor DIY projects, music, blogging, and cooking. 

.https://tinawebb.net/

https://www.facebook.com/AgesandStages-1609069229382143/

https://www.amazon.com/author/twebb 

To schedule Tina to speak at your women’s conference or mom’s group: 

Email: beforethebeginning1@gmail.com

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Faith’s Checkbook: Home Blessings Extended

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Home Blessings Extended

“The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life” (Psalm 128:5).

This is a promise to the God-fearing man who walks in the ways of holiness with earnest heed. He shall have domestic blessedness; his wife and children shall be a source of great home happiness. But then as a member of the church he desires to see the cause prosper, for he is as much concerned for the LORD’s house as for his own. When the LORD builds our house, it is but fitting that we should desire to see the LORD’s house builded. Our goods are not truly good unless we promote by them the good of the LORD’s chosen church.

Yes, you shall get a blessing when you go up to the assemblies of Zion; you shall be instructed, enlivened, and comforted, where prayer and praise ascend and testimony is borne to the great Sacrifice. “The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion.”

Nor shall you alone be profited; the church itself shall prosper; believers shall be multiplied, and their holy work shall be crowned with success. Certain gracious men have this promise fulfilled to them as long as they live. Alas! when they die the cause often flags. Let us be among those who bring good things to Jerusalem all their days. LORD, of Thy mercy make us such! Amen.

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Four steps for avoiding the pitfalls we face while writing with clarity and brevity

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by Precarious Yates

The secret to good writing is to write with both brevity and clarity. Along the road to this combination are a number of pitfalls to avoid. At the same time, there are myriad ways to achieve the goal.

This clarity and brevity combo doesn’t mean that everything has to sound the same. There are so many ways to say the same thing, and to tell the same sort of story, and that opens the door for thousands of writers. How many love a retold fairytale? That genre is very popular these days!

Four pitfalls and how to overcome them:

  • Using the same word, or words, too often, or not enough. With my first novel, I overused the word “that”. In the final phase of editing, I did a “search and find” for this particular weasel word. In my zeal to remove “that”, I removed too many. While achieving brevity, I sacrificed clarity. Oops! Even those weasel words have their place, it’s just knowing when and where.
  • Using vernacular that your group is familiar with restricts the audience to just your group. This can be a wide group, such a Evangelical Christians. Many of us know the term “Christianese” and many of the words and phrases used there. What’s nice about this kind of “short hand” speech, or writing, is that you can explore depths and details of a subject with brevity. The pitfall, which isn’t always a pitfall, is the fact that your audience will be limited. If you’re writing about general relativity, and your essay is filled with words that are shorthand for university science communities, you probably don’t want to send it to a magazine that sells in supermarket checkout lines. To achieve the widest audience, write as clear as you can for the lower denominator of your intended audience .
  • Then there is the question of eloquence. We can write monosyllabic-filled sentences, but those are tedious to read after a while. Equally tedious is slogging through pages and pages of fanciful prose. I can’t tell you how many times I sank into this pit! I love writing fanciful prose, but I often kept it in books at the expense of the reader. These days, I keep the fancy stuff for the journal and concentrate on clarity for the reader’s sake. Long-winded clarity can sometimes bring confusion.
  • This, that, and the other thing. I love (I hope you can see my eye-roll) when I’m driving in the car and my kid says, “Mom, did you see that?” “What?” I ask. “That.” This story gives a clear picture on how brevity can hinder clarity. While most may rightly assume what “that” is in reference to, some may misconstrue the meaning.

    When we leave readers in the dust, they begin to accumulate, leaving one star reviews in their wake. And we don’t want to lose readers! They come to the words of writers to understand themselves and their world better. They want to achieve understanding faster. Clarity and brevity in good proportions help us reach readers with the valuable stories and ideas we have to share.

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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Gems from Pastor Jim as of 6/12/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 23:12 Commit yourself to instruction; attune your ears to hear words of knowledge.

It takes a commitment to learn new things. It takes humility to recognize that you need to learn more things. It takes humility to accept the fact that you are not as knowledgeable as you would like others to think you are and that you must depend on others to help you learn.

It takes a commitment to invest the time and energy needed to learn. We must study and commit to memory things that we discover. We retain best what we learn when we ask the Lord to imbed what we discover into our hearts and minds.

We learn best when we see the value of what we are learning. As children of God, we must hold in high regard God’s Word. We must see it as eternal truth applicable to life. We must understand that it is God speaking to us truths we must have for holy living. We must not let anything keep us away from the Word. We must shut out all other attractions and focus on hearing God speak. We must come before God expecting to learn new things and expecting God to rehash things we should have learned, but didn’t.

Good learning requires good listening. It doesn’t happen easily in a world that is so noisy and preoccupied with self. We have to be willing to make sacrifices in order to get quiet enough before the Lord to hear Him speak. We also may have to readjust our schedules so that we have the time to wait on the Lord. We also need to strive to avoid being so tired that we can’t focus on Him.

Learning is a lifetime process. We will never get to the point where we don’t need to learn more. We need to hear God speak every day. Keep your soul tuned into the Lord and you will hear Him speak. Sit quietly at the Master’s feet and He will teach you what you need to know in order to live a holy life, a life pleasing to Him.

The Lord wants to teach you something new today. Are you listening?

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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The Thinnest Thread

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by Staci Stallings

I think people who don’t write have a notion about how the process goes.  They think that a writer gets an idea, mostly fully formed, then they sit down and plot the book out, crafting all the twists and turns on paper before they ever start writing.  The writing is of course an idyllic time of peace and tranquility punctuated with tea in the afternoon and long gazes out a window filled with inspiration. 

The truth, however, is often much different, and when you write with God as your partner, that difference can even take a writer who is used to it by surprise.  That’s what happened with “Deep in the Heart” for me.  

As with most books, I was writing a different one at the time, and it was going quite well (God likes to see how obedient I will be in following what He puts on my heart at the most inconvenient times).  Then one morning I awoke with a name. 

That’s right.   

Name.   

Not a story.  Not a plot.  Not even a glimpse of any of it.  All I had was a name that whispered through my soul and wouldn’t leave me alone. 

Even stranger, I knew this name had a specific presence.  I knew what he looked like though I can’t tell you how because honestly I never saw him in a dream or anything.  I also had a gut-suspicion that he was a real person though I don’t think I had ever seen him before or knew who he was prior to that morning. 

So I got up, drawn to the computer like iron to a magnet.  I typed in the name, and sure enough, there in living color was exactly the guy I was picturing!  That morning I sat down and with only that name to go on, I started writing “Deep in the Heart.”   

The beginning of that book was so interesting as I stumbled around trying to find the pieces God had thrown out there for me to use.  I changed the heroine’s name about five times.  I changed the name of the book at least that many times.  But the plot itself–complete with every twist and turn came out so naturally, I know it wasn’t me writing this story at all.  It was God.  

Things happened in this story that I didn’t plan for or plot out.  Things that surprised even me.  At one point I had to quit writing because I was so stunned by a twist.  But as a whole, the story is a powerful one of redemption and love and trying to do the right thing even in impossible circumstances.  All these years later, I still love this story, and I love most of all how God gave it to me. 

It taught me to follow Him even when He doesn’t lay the whole thing out for me, even when all He gives me to go on is… a name… the thinnest thread of all.

Deep in the Heart

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Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading.

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Faith’s Checkbook: Wisdom for the Asking

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

If any of you lack wisdom. There is no “if” in the matter, for I am sure I lack it. What do I know? How can I guide my own way? How can I direct others? LORD, I am a mass of folly, and wisdom I have none.

Thou sayest, “Let him ask of God.” LORD, I now ask. Here at Thy footstool I ask to be furnished with heavenly wisdom for this day’s perplexities, ay, and for this day’s simplicities; for I know I may do very stupid things, even in plain matters, unless Thou dost keep me out of mischief.

I thank Thee that all I have to do is to ask. What grace is this on Thy part, that I have only to pray in faith and Thou wilt give me wisdom’. Thou dost here promise me a liberal education, and that, too, without an angry tutor or a scolding usher. This, too, Thou wilt bestow without a fee — bestow it on a fool who lacks wisdom. O LORD, I thank Thee for that positive and expressive word “It shall be given him.” I believe it. Thou wilt this day make Thy babe to know the hidden wisdom which the carnally prudent never learn. Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel and afterwards receive me to glory.

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The Controller

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by Sherry Chamblee

There’s something about hurtling down a Los Angeles freeway at 70 miles per hour that creates such conflicting emotions in me.  

If my hands are on the wheel, my foot on the gas pedal, I’m fine. The only nervousness comes from wondering what that big semi-truck is going to do in the next couple seconds.  

However, if I put anyone else in the driver’s seat, I’m suddenly convinced we’re all about to crash and burn at any second. It has nothing to do with the talent of the driver, either. It’s just the fact that I’m not in control.  

The other day when my daughter was driving me somewhere in her car, this got me thinking. She’s a competent driver. She had good, professional training, and has been driving successfully for several years now. Yet I get so nervous – even though she drives no differently than I do, really. 

Isn’t that how we are with God though?  

We say we want God to be in control. We buy the T-shirt that says God is on the throne, and we know where our trust lies, and we talk about letting God lead us. But when it comes to taking our hands off the wheel, to stepping out of the driver’s seat and getting in back, to letting God be the one in charge of the gas pedal and the brake – that’s when we get nervous.  

We see the semi-trucks of life all around us, and we can imagine only one outcome – us squished in the middle like a little bug. So we want to wrest that steering wheel from God’s hands and twist it all over so we can get out of the way of those trucks. We want to be the one mashing the gas pedal, or pumping the brake so we don’t run into whatever we think is too close in front of us. We want to be the one who decides which off-ramp to take and whether or not the car can make it over that piece of debris in the lane ahead. We want to be the one that decides it’s time to pull over, or that we aren’t getting where we need to be fast enough.  

Truth is, we talk a good game, but we want to be the one in charge when it comes right down to it.  

I have to remember each day to consciously ask God to take over for me. Actually I often have to remember more than each day – multiple times throughout each day. And there are lots of times when I fail.  

But every time I do take that control, I wind up messing things up. I might feel like I’m safer when I’m in control, but it’s a lie. God is the Expert – God is the Great Controller, God is the One with all the skill and knowledge and wisdom and discretion.  

Lord, help me remember that tomorrow, and every time I feel like I’m out of control on that highway of life.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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