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I’m just going to say it. I was beyond excited to learn I had been accepted as a member of the launch team for It’s All Under Control, by Jennifer Dukes Lee.
Yes, getting an advanced copy of the book was pretty cool. But, even more, I have read Jennifer’s blogs for awhile now, and I loved her style. I couldn’t wait to read her book.
And, (ahem), I might have a wee bit of an issue with . . . control.
From opening the pretty pink cover to flipping the final page of this book, I loved reading it.
I’m going to be honest. I am a fiction-reading girl. I fly through novels. But when it comes to nonfiction . . . I tend to read more at the speed of a newly-reading kindergartner. However, I was eager to sit down with this book.
Lee has a fun, authentic voice. Her stories made me chortle out loud. Tear up at certain points. Nod my head in agreement, because this woman gets me. And, I underlined like a crazy-woman. No one will be borrowing my copy of It’s All Under Control. The underlines and notes would reveal so much of my heart.
Lee shares truths in a relational way. Maybe that’s because, as she writes in the book, she’s learning these same truths too. She doesn’t write as a professor to students. Instead, this book feels more like a conversation between friends.
So many things spoke to my heart. If I was to pick three they would be:
1. Managing versus living
“We believe in God, but we don’t actually rely on him. We manage our lives instead of living them.” (It’s All Under Control, p.30)
This little passage spoke right to where I was when I read it. Something had just happened to one of our boys, and I went into manage mode. God spoke to my heart about this. He wants us to believe in Him. But, He wants us to live like we believe in Him, instead of managing everything and placing belief in ourselves. It’s as we believe in God—and trust Him—that we learn to truly live.
2. Letting Go
“My lack of trust in God is the reason I don’t let go of what I want.” (It’s All Under Control, p. 104).
Please tell me I am not the only one who wants to hang onto something when God is asking me to let go. To trust Him.
My dreams. My husband. My kids. My family. My friends.
I can cling tightly to them, which will make them want to let go of me. Or, I can hold them with an open hand, and entrust them into God’s care.
Letting go when God asks us to takes all kinds of brave. I’ve been thinking on this lately.
“Though he may be silent, God has not abandoned you. He is working while you wait. Do not confuse this divine delay with a definitive denial.” (It’s All Under Control, p. 191)
I find it far too easy to become discouraged in the waiting times of life. My thoughts go inward and in a condemning direction. But really? God is always with us. He’s always working. When I can look at those waiting times with this perspective, I can trust Him, even when I don’t necessarily see the evidence in the moment.
I could go on with great truths from each of the fourteen chapters, and from information in the appendices. This book has helped me understand more about surrender and what it is . . . and isn’t. It’s challenging how I view my days. My schedule. My relationships.
It’s All Under Control has encouraged me to reframe my perspective, the way I view the events in my life. It is reminding me of what my first love with Jesus was like, and it’s made my heart hungry for a deeper relationship with Him.
If you have ever called yourself a “control-freak,” if you have ever tried to control situations, calendars, interactions, or if you have ever just yearned for a little more peace in your life, you need to read this book.
What about you? What area in your life is hard to think about surrendering to God? What’s one way you’ve learned to trust God?
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A little about Jennifer Dukes Lee
BIO: Jennifer Dukes Lee is the wife of an Iowa farmer, mom to two girls, and an author. She loves queso and singing too loudly to songs with great harmony. Once upon a time, she didn’t believe in Jesus. Now, He’s her CEO. Jennifer’s newest book, It’s All Under Control,and a companion Bible study, are releasing today! This is a book for every woman who is hanging on tight and trying to get each day right―yet finding that life often feels out of control and chaotic.
And one last thing: I’m so excited to be a part of a huge giveaway to celebrate the release of It’s All Under Control. Jennifer and her publisher, Tyndale, are giving away 50 copies of the book in celebration of its release! Enter below to win. Giveaway ends September 30. Winners will be notified by Tyndale House Publishers. Email subscribers can click here to enter. Or, click the link below to go right to the giveaway.