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By Karen Ehman
Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure
Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you to:
- Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
- Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
- Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
- Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
- Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God
NOTE: A 6-week teaching DVD and Bible Study guide is also available for group and individual use.
What others are saying:
“Especially written for wives and mothers who try to control everyone and everything around them (believe me, I get this!), Let. It. Go.offers solid advice, wise counsel, and a healthy dose of humor. Full of why-to and how-to suggestions, plus helpful tools to measure what needs fixing, Karen Ehman’s book goes right to the heart of the issue: ‘are we trying to be godly or are we trying to be God?'”
Liz Curtis Higgs, author of The Girl’s Still Got It
“If ever there was a book tailor made to hit at the heart of a woman’s struggle with control, this is it. I found myself shaking my head in agreement even though I wouldn’t have classified myself as a control freak. But boy did I have a lot to learn. Not only does Karen challenge us on this important issue, she equips us to find the peace we crave as we learn to practically “Let It Go.”
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times Bestselling Author of Made to Crave and Unglued and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
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Do you often have Norman Rockwell-like expectations about the holidays — the decorations, the food, the gifts, the activity — laden schedule, the family get-togethers?
There are many areas where women want to exert control ensuring the perfect yuletide season. What if we learned instead to let go of unrealistic expectations and embrace an “out-of-control” Christmas this year: relaxing and relating in a peaceful manner while letting others offer input and ultimately allowing God to call the shots?
This five-day challenge will allow Christmas to go from chaos to calm as you learn to control what you should and trust God with what you can’t. The result? Less stressing and more blessing! Details at karenehman.com
Karen Ehman is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and the author of six books. Her passion is to provide practical inspiration and biblical encouragement to help women live their priorities and love their lives. She’s been a guest on The 700 Club, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. She and her college sweetheart Todd are raising their three kids in the boondocks of central Michigan. Connect with her at karenehman.com
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Learn how to control what you should, trust God with what you can’t and — most importantly — decide which one is which! New book & DVD Bible study series from Karen Patterson Ehman : LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure. http://goo.gl/rcsry
How NOT to be a control freak & how to trust God instead. New book & DVD Bible study series from Karen Patterson Ehman : LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure. http://goo.gl/rcsry
Are you trying to be godly or are you trying to be God? New book & DVD Bible study series from Karen Patterson Ehman : LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure. http://goo.gl/rcsry
Do you struggle with wanting to control—your kids, your hubby, your time and circumstances? New book & DVD Bible study series from Karen Patterson Ehman : LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure. http://goo.gl/rcsry
You can’t always change your circumstances. You can change your attitude. You shouldn’t seek to micromanage. You should seek to trust God.
We must be trained to embrace this dichotomy of a truth: in order to get a grip, we have to let go.
There exists a miniscule line between being conscientious and being controlling.
Are you trying to be godly or are you trying to be God?
What matters isn’t that I get my own way. What matters is people.
When it comes to a purchase, an activity, an event, a friendship, a hobby, or a pastime, I ask myself, “Is this a tool, a toy, or a tangent?”
Know your role as a praying parent, not a meddling mother.
I am thankful I have a husband who drives me nuts (and he, a wife who drives him even nuttier!) Because — it drives us both straight to Jesus.
Where you can get yourself (and your emotions) in a tangled-up mess is when you act before you pray. Leap before you look. Cart before the horse in a race to your own coveted finish. Yes, do what you can — prayerfully and carefully — but leave the results to God. Your job is obedience. God’s job is results.
Seek margin. And space. Ask the tough “whys” and “why nots.” Do not let the speed of society be your pace car tempting you to speed ahead of yourself in an attempt to keep up with the Joneses’ busy status updates.
There exists a miniscule line between being conscientious and being controlling. A marker so fine, we women often cross it without even noticing that it’s stretched out right there in front of us, waiting to trip us up. What we must do is determine the difference between being conscientious (our part) and being in control (God’s job).
Rather than pouting and asking God to get me out of the circumstances, I should be pondering, “What does God want me to learn about him that I might never discover if he were to suddenly pluck me out of this situation? What qualities is he attempting to grow in me? Patience? Trust? Contentment? Acceptance?”
Season your instructions with grace. Lace your decisions with Christ. Make applying biblical principles around your home as natural as breathing. Steer, cheer, and encourage instead of control.
Soul control is when we speak God’s truth to ourselves. Soul control is learning to idle your brain before you engage your mouth, thereby saving yourself a boatload of heartache, wounded relationships, and regret. Soul control is when we stop — even sometimes mid-sentence — and realign our thinking and resulting actions with God’s Word. Soul control is when we finally realize that it is only God who has sole control over the universe.
A mom can mentally ask herself questions that will empower her to maintain a calm heart and keep a healthy perspective. Like …
“Does it matter now?”
“Will it matter tomorrow?”
“Will it affect eternity?”
“Is God trying to teach ME something? If so, what?”
“Can I pause and praise instead of interrupt and instigate?”
“Is there really an issue here that needs addressing with my child?”
OR …. “Am I just being a control freak and need to let it go?”