Learning to Relinquish Control to God

Learning to Relinquish Control to God

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
Latest posts by Toni D (see all)

Control Freak

I will admit that I am a control freak.  If something needs to be done, I will do it, because of course no one else can do it like I can.  This has led to many interesting scenarios in my life. Even now, I struggle to relinquish control.

I have written in the past about my weight struggles and self-image.  As a teen, I battled anorexia.  Now, as a middle-aged adult, I struggle with weight gain.

Recently, a friend wanted to do a detox/weight loss plan on a group on Facebook.  I figured, “Why not?” This would give me accountability and I could lose a few pounds.  Most of my clothes do not fit anymore so I needed to do something.

The first morning I got on the scale–something I had not done in several months.  I almost cried.  Including one of my three pregnancies, I had never weighed this much before.  I knew I had to do this.  Studying the food list carefully, I started planning out what I would eat.  I was hyper-vigilant.


Weight Loss Success…and Failure

Determined to eat only what was listed and keep my calories low, very low, I lost eight pounds in the first week!  I was so excited.  Clothes were already fitting better and I felt good.  But, in the back of my mind I had a nagging feeling.

Halfway through the plan, I had only lost an additional pound in three days.  I was devastated!  The first eight pounds came off so easily. Now, I felt stuck, with basically no further weight loss.  I had foregone brownies, cobbler, cake, pasta, hamburgers–you know, all the “good stuff.”

Who is in Control?

I was having a pity party for myself when God told me that I was not in control. He was.  You see, my weight issues are about control.  When things seem out of control for me, I try to find something I can control and this time it was food.  I was controlling every bite I took.  Despite hearing God tell me this, my lack of progress still upset me.  As I dressed for the day, I found a pair of shorts I have not been able to wear in over a year.  When I put them on, they fit!

He showed me that it was okay that I had not lost more weight.  I was doing good and feeling better.  I did end up losing twelve pounds of fat in twenty-one days.  The detox helped me to get back to eating right and God showed me that He was in control.

Are you a “control freak?”

Have you learned to relinquish control to God?

Be encouraged by these posts as well!

Teaching Kids About Sin Dealing with Husbands Porn AddictionControl IssuesLiving Water Kids Experiment

Pin It on Pinterest