Thursday, October 30, 2014

Surprised by grace

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a tendency to want to control things. I’m not sure when this started.

I know I am not alone in this, but I’m naming it.

This tendency to want to control things (and people) has not served me well. The outcome of this undesirable habit has led me down paths of

unmet expectations.

Not the sort of things I want hanging around, but hang they have, for far too long.

What this is showing me again lately is that I have a hard time waiting well. I want what I want when I want it. (it's the illusion of control)

I think my timing is best. Well, why wouldn’t it be? That’s what would make life the easiest!

I need grace to accept what I cannot control.

I need grace to let go.

I need grace to let people be who and what they are without me trying to change them.

Amazingly enough, when I let go of the need to control, and instead trust grace, I’m usually surprised.

I’m swept off my feet by the sweetest Divine interventions that I could never have planned if I tried.

Consolations and blessings and graces
show their faces
 in ways that make me gasp in gratitude.

Who doesn’t like a surprise, especially if it is a pleasant one?

So, I am faced with a daily, moment by moment choice. Choose to hang on to the illusion of control and be miserable, or 

let go of the illusion of control, grab faith and be surprised by grace.

I know which one I want.

Blessings to you friend,


I'm linking up today with Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart and #TellHisStory


  1. Your words of grace take my breath away. Yes, letting go lets me love others as they are, and not as I would have them. Bless you, sweet friend, for sharing the journey.

    1. Thank you, Luana, for your kind, encouraging words, friend! Blessings!

  2. So learn to walk and trust in grace.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gloria! Your encouragement means so much!

  3. The illusion of control... we're never in control anyway. We might as well go with the flow and be surprised, right?

    Stopping in from Jennifer's where we're neighbors.

    1. Thanks Sandra, for stopping by to comment! This is my first time to link up with #TellHisStory!! My sentiments exactly. It's just an illusion of control...Blessings to you!

  4. Be surprised by Grace. Yes, let's opt for that instead. :)
    Blessings to you, Anne.


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