In My Circle? Wassup?

I used to put my kids in a playpen when they were little to keep them safe, me sane and home destruction minimal.  I put our dog Crash in a kennel for the very same reasons.

As the kids and the dog mature, their circle of control (and destruction) widens.  But, even as a grown, moderately mature adult woman, there are still limitations on what I can and cannot control.  I can control my thoughts, words and actions but I can’t control other things like my past. I can’t control my father from slowly fading or things like the government furlough because they aren’t in my circle (or playpen.  They’re in God’s control.   I can pray because that is in my circle.  Prayer is a most powerful something that is in my control. Prayer releases the tears, fears and control to the One I trust.  I trust God.  I know He hears my prayers and is in control.

As I ran with Crash this morning, this visual came into mind.  So, I drew it to share with you.

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As the small blue circle shows, I can control only so much. There are limits to what I can control because my playpen, my area of control has limits. And, as my non-professional pictures also shows, God’s control is unlike mine. God’s control is limit-less, without borders and way bigger than the piece of paper it is drawn on.

I think we need to stop and ask God, “Is what I’m fretting about and trying to control…is it in my circle?”  If it is, then pray for the strength and courage to do what needs to be done. If it’s not, then trust God, perhaps in a new way, to have His way.  When we try to control the things outside of our circle, that’s when we get frustrated and take matters into our own hands and can do a whole lot of damage outside of our playpen.

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What’s one thing that is in your circle that you know you can control? What’s one thing not in your circle and today, you say you will trust God? WASSUP?

6 comments on In My Circle? Wassup?

  1. linda
    October 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm (7 months ago)

    I have been trusting God to take care of my health. To give all my cares and worries to him and leave them there with My Savior. I know I can control taking My Meds and doing better about my eating choices and exercise. God is in control and I thank him for the power of prayer and his love and mercy. Thank you for your blots and for who you are. I love you.

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    • Steph
      October 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm (7 months ago)

      You are loved by SO many Linda. I love you and continue praying for you my friend. <3

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  2. Pat
    October 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm (7 months ago)

    I cannot control what has happend to me as a mother, or to our family with the untimely death of Matthew. That I have put in God’s hands, it is part of His plan. I can control my reaction to my child’s death. I can stand as a witness of God’s love. Many were surprised that I was in Church Sunday, praising and worshiping. I thought of Mary, who stood at the Cross, watching her child die, and I thought of countless other Mothers who have gone through this awful pain, some without the comfort of God. I don’t know if this is an answer to ‘Wassup’, but feel better getting it out. You do stand as a very human woman of God, and I am glad you are here.

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    • Steph
      October 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm (7 months ago)

      Pat, tears pour down my face as I just read your words. Matthew’s entrance into heaven seemed early, too early in my opinion. I believe everything you just wrote and stand in awe of the Christ that lives in you, and your choice to worship Him through the tears. I still pray for you all and ask God to continue comforting you all.

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  3. Lynn
    October 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm (7 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing Pat… very encouraging post

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    • Steph
      October 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm (7 months ago)

      I totally agree Lynn.

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