We're just in Chapter one & Melissa was right when she said this book is packed full of information. Which is why we're taking 12 weeks to go through it. I'm thankful. I'm trying to take each chapter & break it down in small segments so I can really grasp it.
Just in Chapter 1, so much "Oh yeah" & "Oh man" kinda emotions...
There is a section called "The First Step to Freedom"... appropriate being in chapter 1 & labeled the first step.
But I went to town with my pen on this part. Stars & smiling faces, & frowns & a lot of exclamation points all over the page
... the first sentences say it all
"You have complete control over whether you spend life stressed & depressed or happy & fulfilled, despite the circumstances you face"
I... me... you... we have complete control
(I now am having a flash back to the 80's & getting my Janet Jackson groove on singing "Control")
But that's where I think my problem is...
Its so easy to blame circumstances for our stress
Finances... who isn't struggling to make their bills & have any thing left over
News Headlines.... between threats of wars & shootings happening every day
Government... hello? Who wants to go throat punch the representatives of our country with me?
Jobs/Office Politics .... funny how rules are different for different people in the same company
Housework.... there's only 2 people in my house - why cant it stay picked up?
Hurtful people.... doesn't everyone have people in their lives that say just the right thing to stab you?
I could go on & on with examples of things that cause stress
But I was reminded that we have "complete control" how we'll spent our life through all these things.
That is the problem... to me anyways... sometimes I don't feel like I have control over that.
But I guess that's where FAITH comes in... & TRUSTING God's word... it's about believing that God is in control.
I actually printed this out & have it sitting on my desk as a good reminder...
So I'm excited to dive further in the book... 11 more weeks ahead of learning to Trust God MORE...
of taking that control of how we respond...
I already have learned, we don't have much control in this world
... but God gives us the control over ourselves
... & the funny thing? This is where I want to give the control back to God.
Here's to a stressed-less life & 11 great weeks ahead of drawing closer to our awesome God!