Does life ever feel like it’s more than you can handle? Do you realize that hard seasons tend to be where we fight to maintain control? Do you know that learning to “let go” will actually bring about better blessings in the midst of difficult circumstances?

If COVID-19 has taught us anything so far, it’s that we are not in control. When life gets hard, aspects of the future are uncertain, and we’re at the mercy of other’s decisions, we want more power over the situation. This is actually when we need to learn to let go which is opposite of what we feel like doing!

Let’s face it, sometimes there are problems in life that can’t be fixed no matter what we do. The more we learn to surrender control, the more peace we’ll experience.

In this week’s podcast, author and speaker Barb Roose and I talk about how to replace control with surrender. It’s something we ALL need to learn how to do!

Barb helps us identify things we may be doing that we don’t recognize as controlling behaviors

Stonewalling
Helicoptering
Interrupting
Nagging
Excessive planning or stockpiling

In this episode, we explore six steps for letting go:

  1. I am an not in control of others or outcomes.
  2. I choose to live by faith, not rush to follow my feeling.
  3. I can always let go and give my problems to God.
  4. Trusting God’s promises will bless me, but pushing my plans will stress me.
  5. When fear tempts me to flee, fix, or force my way, I will choose to stop and pray.
  6. Surrender is my only path to God’s peace, power, and provision.

I learned so much in this conversation and I know you will too! You can listen to it wherever you listen to podcasts or online here.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Surrendered Bible Study

Surrendered Bible Study Leader’s Guide

Surrendered Devotional (releasing September 2020)

Barb also has a “Taking Care of Yourself in Tough Times” free resource on her website (it will pop up as an option within a short amount of time on her website)

The G(race) Project

About Barb

Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author who is passionate about equipping women to win at life with Christ-empowered strength and dignity. Since 2005, Barb has been speaking to audiences in the US and abroad, including national platforms such as the Aspire Women’s Events, She Speaks Conference, and the UMC Leadership Institute. Barb is the author of multiple books and Bible studies, including Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua 

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