I often call my children..."my children." And I often take care of my body and talk about my body like it's "my body." Something that's changed everything and that I have to constantly remind myself is that this isn't my body and these aren't my children. It is all given by God and when I decided to serve God, I agreed to die to self and give my life to God. That means He calls the shots, not me.
This can be so hard yet so peaceful. When my body is my body, the pressure is on me. Pressure to be perfect. Pressure to be enough. Pressure to do it all. Pressure to make the right decisions. But when I submit my body to God, He takes over. He takes the pressure off and all i have to do is joyfully and peacefully trust Him to lead me, heal me, provide for me, and make me enough.
When my children are my children, my mind becomes consumed with worry, stress and anxiety. The what ifs consume me. Their protection, joy, health, futures, and provision falls on my shoulders. What a hard life to have six little futures riding on my ability. But God! When I call them God's and give their lives to God, the pressure is off. It's no longer my ability that determines their future. It's God. There's so much peace knowing God's in control.
It's so simple yet so hard. We want control until we can't handle the control. We will have moments of fear, anxiety and selfish intent but God's grace will come in and remind us that we are His. Our children are His.
The life of a Christian requires sacrifice. A sacrifice of control. A sacrifice of self. There's no greater reward than the hope, love, joy, peace and life of Christ.
Are you still living in the anxiety ridden life of "my body" and "my children?" If so, it's time to die to self and live in the abundant life of belonging to God. There's no other way to live.
And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
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