I’m giving up the controls to God

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We all have times in our lives when everything just seems to work out and there are no stressors and we just go sailing along our merry way. We are on top of the world, peaceful and our prayers are being answered and we experience daily miracles. I love these times and I want them to last forever.

Then there are times when it feels like everything is happening at once and we feel stressed and out of sorts. We have lost our peace. We may be struggling with health challenges, finances or family/relationship problems. It’s one problem after another and we feel like we just can’t handle another problem.

What are you experiencing today? Are you peaceful and things are “easy breezy” or are you stressed and want to give up and throw in the towel and say enough is enough?

When we are feeling stressed and feel like we are sinking, it’s time to turn up the attitude of gratitude dial on the station.  Gratitude is usually the last thing we want to do, right?

We are invited to practice gratitude when we don’t feel like it. I used to think I was being tested when I experienced challenges. I don’t think it’s a test anymore, but rather an opportunity to learn to TRUST and surrender to Spirit more deeply. It’s also an opportunity to remember who I am.

I have given Spirit control of my life, which means Spirit is driving my car and I have chosen to be in the back seat. This doesn’t mean that I don’t make decisions or am inactive. Quite the opposite. I am moving forward in my life and going within and asking Spirit for guidance with every decision I make. I know there is no right or wrong or good or bad decision. It is my belief that everything happens for a reason and for my highest good.

When I give up the controls to God, I am peaceful, safe and can RELAX knowing all is in perfect and right order. I accept “what is” even though I might not like it. I trust Spirit is working in the background, even though I don’t see what’s happening or what the gift is.

I am CHOOSING to turn up the dial of my gratitude attitude, instead of complaining, obsessing and worrying. I have a few stressors in my life that I am dealing with today, but I am affirming and practicing, “Everything is flowing with peace, ease and grace.”

I am selling my condo in Rhode Island and my tenants are moving out this weekend. I was told that it is a seller’s market and I would have no problem selling it because there was a shortage of homes in the area. This is stressful living 5,000 miles away and not being there. The first cash offer fell through within a few days of the offer. When my son called this week and said, “We have an offer on the condo, I was thrilled and relieved. The offer was very low, especially after we had already reduced the price $20,000.

After talking it over with the real estate broker and my son, we decided I would be giving it away and the right buyer had just not shown up yet. She suggested when they move out, we make some improvements, which would help the sale of the house.

I am coming to Rhode Island for our annual family reunion this week and will be able to do the work with the help of my children, grandchildren and hired professionals to paint and do a deep cleaning in the condo.

This is not what I PLANNED to do on our family vacation, but it is what is presenting itself to me and I am CHOOSING to accept “what is” and stay in gratitude. We make plans and God laughs.

I will be away for three weeks and will not be writing the blog. See you at the end of July when I return to paradise. Happy summer and remember to practice gratitude.





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