I admit it--I'm a control freak. Dare I say, like most women. However, I think God made me an Army wife to teach me that I am most certainly NOT in control. I never know what city I'm going to live in the following year (or sometimes the next month). I never know when my husband will be called to leave our family for undeterminable amounts of time. In this military lifestyle, I never know... anything, it seems. However, from this "not knowing" has come complete trust in God, because in this lifestyle, my plans don't matter. I must rely on Christ to place me in the right place, at the right time, surrounded by the right people, understanding that His plan for my family is far greater than any plan I could ever devise myself.
No matter how much I fruitlessly attempt to plan, there is one inevitable circumstance that is far beyond my control: war. I cannot control my husband's safety. I cannot control his actions on the battlefield. I cannot control whether or not he returns to me. I cannot control the survival of his soldiers. And I cannot control the enemy's attacks. BUT, there is something I can do--pray ceaselessly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In this world that we try so desperately to manage, let's focus more on our role as prayer warriors, while loosening our grip on life. Let's allow ourselves to release the tension created by control and embrace a heart of ceaseless prayer.
40 Day Challenge--Day 13:
Pray ceaselessly for something they is beyond your control. Even though you may feel helpless, remember that God is in complete control. His plans are to prosper you and give you hope. And He HEARS you; that's His promise! Post a picture of who or what you are praying for in a place that you encounter several times a day. This will serve as a reminder to pray CEASELESSLY!