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Giving Up Control: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life

Updated: Aug 7

Studying God's word has given me a greater sense of peace. In the beginning, there was a lot that I didn't understand. One of the things I struggled with the most was being in control (and sometimes still do). Learning that God has my highest good in mind is something I'm continually learning. Trusting that he knows what's in my best interest has taken a moment for me to grasp. My parents raised me to be independent. That independence included me relying on myself. Attending church and learning about God has taught me that I should depend on Him. Although God is in complete control, learning to rely on Him hasn't been easy. Learning to consult Him hasn't been easy. Not fixing things the way I used to hasn't been easy. Apologizing and acknowledging my faults hasn't been easy. Swallowing my pride hasn't been easy. Changing the way that I think, how I see things, and how I respond hasn't always been easy. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. With his help and guidance, I can do the will of the Father.

Some steps I have taken and continue to take are:

  • Trust the Lord. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

  • It is God that created us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. "Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:3

  • God is our creator. "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." John 1:3

By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.

Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.

So… what’s this book about?

“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.

So… what’s this book about?

Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.

My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.

This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4

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