Release Control and Let God

Every single day we are faced with decisions which affect our lives and others.  God’s wisdom leads us to make the best possible decision which He promised to give us when we look for it.  I recently wrote There’s No Place Like Home, But Where Is Home. I shared about a decision regarding a job relocation to San Francisco that Jon was presented with over Memorial Day weekend.  My “old self” would have been paralyzed by fear. However, I sensed God say, “Cherie, Austin is not your home, and, for that matter, neither is San Francisco.  Your home is in Heaven, with Me.” This truth is seen in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 and Philippians 3:20.  At that moment I chose to release control and trust God. 

When we obediently seek the will of God, we can be sure that He’ll hear us and give us the wisdom we need to make the right choices. Matthew 7:7-8; James 1:5  And once we know His will, we have a responsibility to embrace His direction and obey Him completely.  Below is an acrostic I felt God gave me as we followed these principles when making our decision whether to stay or relocate.

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We have experienced incredible peace and confidence in knowing that we were making choices based on God’s guidance. Others might not understand or agree with our decision—but we heard from the One who matters the most.

So for now we will not be moving as there are

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 I have no idea what tomorrow holds but I do know who holds our tomorrows.

What life decision are you currently facing?  What benefits might you reap by releasing control and letting God?

Blessings,



Hope Seen in Letting Our Children Go

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My eldest daughter, Caryn, left the day after Christmas to board a plan to India. Within a span of six weeks, she will have spent time in Bhutan, India, and Nepal. While she primarily is there to simply love people, she is also working as a humanitarian photographer. To be honest, I have lost count of how many times she has traveled abroad within the past seven years. I am always happy for her to go, but there is certainly a sense of relief when she safely returns.

Three years ago, I had a very vivid dream one night while my daughters were overseas. At the time, my older girls were 20 and 22 and they were both in India doing a three-week student outreach. To my horror, I dreamed that their plane crashed. Then I saw them standing before their Creator with such immense joy. You could see God’s delight in them. As I watched all of this take place, God suddenly turned to me and I heard Him lovingly whisper, “Cherie, MY daughters died living.”

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