Monday, January 19, 2009

the self control "c"s

Ever get a thought or worry in your head and just can't let go? Ever since the appointment with the maternal/fetal specialist, I've been thinking about babies - Nathan, the next one, getting pregnant, wondering how long it might take, etc etc. Trying to plan, trying to take this upon myself, ah! I need to let go :) Sometimes it's just plain frustrating because I know I need to chill but it's almost like this broken record that's stuck on play in my head and I can't turn it off. I have been finishing up David Jeremiah's Captured by Grace and found this regarding self control. Check out what he says,

To practice self control: The "Six-C Method"
Determine to bring every thought and habit under captivity to Christ
Confess it to God in a specific prayer of repentance.
Claim the victory from God on the basis of His great and precious promises.
Confide this matter to a friend who will serve as your accountability partner.
Continue, don't give in or give up, even if you have failures along the way.
God's grace is stronger than your weakness, and His blood not only forgive you, it cleanses from all sin. (1 John 1:9)

I like what he suggests. This "method" can be used on a wide variety of "obsessions" - worries, habits, etc. And it does take a decision, a determination, to use Jeremiah's words. It also requires faith because with faith comes trust.

Father, I again turn to you. I am giving you every thought of mine. You already know each one I have. I confess that I am trying to take control of a situation I have no control over. God, I praise you that you do have that control. I trust you and claim your victory over these thoughts and desires to plan. Help me to not be distracted by thoughts of the future from things that you have for me today. Amen.

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