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You may find this hard to believe, but I'm a total control freak. Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted things to go the exact way that I plan and envision them. The problem is, the older I get, the more I realize that there is so much that is completely and utterly out of my control.
So what's a girl to do?
I could waste countless hours of my life trying to scheme and calculate how to manipulate situations and people to go my way, OR I could choose to hold on to my sanity and peace and opt for the power of prayer.
There's not really much in life that we can control, but in God, we have an advocate and ally who wants to hear from us and is able to respond. He also has the ability to change our hearts if what we're praying for is not lining up with His bigger plan.
I'm reading what I consider to be the best marriage counseling money can buy for $10 called The Power of The Praying Wife. It's teaching me how, believe it or not, the best solutions in marriage aren't found from nagging, arguing, or trying to control or manipulate the other. Rather, choosing to go God in prayer and praying specifically for results. Even in just a few short months, I'm already seeing how this is majorly paying off in our marriage.
And this principle holds true in all aspects of our lives—with our parents, siblings, children, friends, jobs, home buying, travel plans, and even exercise..we don't need to try to control or fix everything by ourselves. Keeping up with everything can be exhausting and let's be honest, without God, we'll never begin to see the results we're looking for! Instead, let's shut up and pray!
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
"Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."