Today’s Truth

“But he [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Friend to Friend

The angels were hovering low in our church on this particular Sunday morning. It was a special day for a group of 10 “kids” known as the King’s Kids. They were leading worship by singing a special song – only many of the kids couldn’t carry a tune, walk on their own, or even control their limbs.

We sat in silence as the unlikely band of worship leaders stumbled onto the stage. Each of these children of God had a disability and visible handicap. The King’s Kids lined up on the stage, many with adults standing behind them to support them, both physically and emotionally. Kristen, a young lady with Down Syndrome appeared to be the leader. She stood out in front of the others with confidence, strength, and passion.

The sound track began and the King’s Kids began to “sing” with their hands in sign language. “Press on,” their hands proclaimed. With wide sweeping motions and uninhibited praise, Kristen sang with arms and hands to the One who loved her most.

There was one girl in particular who caught my eye. She was not able to do the signs by herself. Her limbs were much too weak and uncontrolled. I watched as this gal leaned into a woman standing behind her and surrendered her arms and hands. While the others signed the words to the song, the woman moved her young charge’s hands in tandem with the others. Beth simply leaned into her helper and relinquished control.

Then God spoke to my heart: That is what I want you to do. Lean into Me, relinquish control, and allow Me to move your life in a symphony of worship.

We all have disabilities. While the handicaps vary, God longs for each one of us to do as Beth did on that Sunday morning. Lean into Him. Relinquish control. Allow God to move us to His song.

There was not a dry eye in the 2000-seat sanctuary that morning. These precious kids had many wounds and scars in their young lives, but they encouraged each of us to “press on” through our own struggles and hardships. Their disabilities were visible, yet those of us who sat in the pews had disabilities that were not visible to the naked eye but just as real.

I wonder what God wants to accomplish through you. I wonder how long He’s been waiting for you to lean into Him and let Him take control.

If you are ready to give up control and lean into the Master, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I’m giving up control and leaning into God today!”

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, thank You that when I am weak, You are strong. Take my hands and feet and move them to Your rhythm of life. I yield myself totally to You.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

How would you describe your willingness to give up control of your life to God? Stubborn as a grease stain or submissive as a chalk mark?

What are some areas that you tend to hang onto and take control?

What do you think would happen if you gave control of your life totally to God?

If God does not have total control of your life, what’s stopping you from turning over the reins?

More From the Girlfriends
Today’s devotion was taken from my book, Your Scars are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose from the Hurts of Your Past. To learn how to turn your greatest struggles into your most bodacious victories. Don’t waste what you’ve gone through. Let God turn your messes into ministry, your pain into purpose, and you hurt into hope. Click on the link and read a free chapter. The book also includes a Bible study guide that is perfect for small groups and women’s Bible studies.

6 Responses to “Giving Up Control”

  1. Lisa says:

    Of course…what a perfect analogy. And reminder that in order for God to be in control, we have to give up control.

  2. Jill Mathis says:

    Sharon, I enjoyed this devotion and the Scripture you used is one that I draw strength from on many occasions. I suffer with many compression fractures in my back and had surgery one and a half years ago with four and had surgery. It changed everything and I had to restructure my life because of it. I suffer from terrible pain daily and just three weeks ago I was diagnosed with two more compression fractures and waiting to have surgery a second time. Please keep me in your prayers. I wanted to know what version you used for your scripture, I liked it. Thank you; God bless you and also Gwen and Mary. I love your site

  3. Joniw says:

    I seem to be having difficulty letting go when i can’t see the road and the need to understand why of things.

  4. Carletta K. Stevenson says:

    Thank you, Sharon, for that wonderful devotion. I suffer with vocal cord paralysis from having surgery to remove thyroid cancer. This was six years ago this month, and I have been labeled “disabled” since that time. It not only affects my breathing and voice, but it has affected every part of my life. Including my relationship with Jesus. I once was a “control freak”, but now I am more submissive to Jesus in my life. I still am not letting Him have control of my life 100% though. I would very much like to get there because I believe that I will be happier and more secure. Thank you for posting this today because I believe that Jesus is speaking through you to encourage women like me. It is a message that I really needed today!

  5. Joy says:

    Yes, this devotional was just what I needed today! I tend to hold onto control in the area of my love life (based on history, I should know by now that this isn’t a good idea…lol). But I’m learning.

    Jill, I am praying for you! Keep holding onto and trusting God. 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    Tonight I totally surrender to lay in God’s arms and he may have total control.

    My life has been difficult from birth with being born too soon, a mother that told me that I was unwanted, was only here to care for my parents in there old age, alcohol, I did it until age 40. My dad died in 1986. Took care of my mother. Both my mother and sister were diagnosed three weeks apart of cancer. Mom lung and Susan pancreatic. They died three weeks apart dec 22 1999 then mom 1/2000. Lost my home in flood 2004. Suffered with depression and anxiety diagnosed around 1994. Was told I belonged in a nut house. Now at 53 I have been told I can no longer work because of severely abnormal brain MRI. No work. Not permitted to drive. Have to apply for disability. I give in. I cannot handle. Please God.

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