Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Controlling Fear (repost)

 The words stared up at me from the page.  "In those early years, I was afraid of so many things that I tried to control everything" (Lisa Burke)  The sentence rang suspiciously true in my own life, and set my mind spinning.

Is the need to control things, to be in control - a symptom of fear? 

The answer that came back to me was a resounding: Yes, it probably is.

So many women are managing their family - with kids in umpteen different directions, their homes, a marriage or other relationship, work, etc, etc, etc.As women we so often feel the need to control things.  To manage things.  To multi-task.  Admit it - how many of you can say you have "control issues"?
What would happen if we let something so?  What is the worst that will Really happen if we just take a step back and let a few chips fall where they may? 

Are we afraid of appearing not good enough?  Of being perceived as a bad mother?  That our relationship will fail?  That we will be found lacking or a failure? 

Can we find the courage to relinquish control of a few of our fears to the Lord?  To jump into the deep end.  Let go of the handlebars.  Take our hands off the wheel.   To "let go and let God".


I doubt the consequences would be as devastating as many of us imagine.  In fact, we might find a sense of freedom, especially from those fears that have control of us.


  1. You are so right, friend. A desire for control is definitely a symptom of a life filled with fear. Thanks for sharing your wise words today. :)

  2. So right, let go and let God. The End. Nice post!

  3. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and sweet words with us here at Tell Me a Story." http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

  4. Wow! You ladies at UNITE this week have really blessed me! Yes...letting go...the key to true faith, the fruit of authentic Christianity! ~ Jen


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