Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.

"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 21

“All the dealings of God with the soul of the believer are in order to bring it into oneness with Himself, that the prayer of our Lord may be fulfilled; ‘That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. ...’”  Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, p. 219

I was having a conversation with a friend this morning about how women marry men hoping they will change, but they don’t, and men marry women hoping they won’t change, but they do.  That led into a conversation about the times we women don’t like change.  It was only later that I realized why sometimes we are eager for change and other times not.  It has every thing to do with whether or not we have control over what and when something changes.  As I think about Hannah’s words concerning God’s dealings with us I’m struck by the single-mindedness of this task.  Whereas we run around trying to grasp the meaning of this or that event in our lives or attempting to make sense of things that perplex and vex us, Christ says His prayer for us is that we all may be one--with one another and with God. I should think Christ will get what He prays for!  Grasping this makes my need to be in control of the events in my life rather pointless.  In fact, trying to be in control more than not interferes with God’s plan for me to become one with Him and others because only He can see the whole picture.  So I think I should just relax and see what He’s got planned for the day.

“I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.” John 17:23


  1. Love this post. Reminds me of the quote "Let go & Let GOD". As a human that is sometimes very hard to do. We always think "We" have to fix things, instead of just letting go & praying for direction from our maker. Thank you Cathy for this post. Love, Sis xoxo