(Disclaimer: please examine the King James Version account of each story to verify the details of the stories and the truth of the doctrine she presents.)
Sometimes, controlling insidiously appears to have a good motivation. I want my family and friends to be comfortable and happy! Think of the matriarch at a family gathering (example borrowed from the book.) She issues careful edicts to each family member and bustles about when all arrive to be sure the stage is set for a perfect time of memory-making, and when anything disrupts her plans, she flies off the handle! Her care was less for what God knew her family needed that day and more for her desired Happy Ending. Ouch!
Even women in ministry are not exempted from this common iniquity, as Popkin describes in her chapter about Moses’ sister Miriam. This section also delves into how women use their emotions to manipulate those around them (see previous personal example.) And we women often like to excuse our inner control girl by enlisting allies in our girlfriends—watch out! Don’t drag your sister in Christ down, but rather let her rebuke you gently and point you to the path of freedom: submitting control to God!
That is the ultimate release for every Control Girl. Submit your plans and dreams to God, trusting Him with the details and the ending. Psalm 37:4-5 says it best, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." I encourage you to pick up (or download) a copy of this book to challenge you in your walk with God!
Laura started attending Lehigh Valley Baptist Church as a child when her family moved to the area. For years, her primary passion was in nursing and furthering her education. In the midst of pursuing a medical degree, God changed her plans and she married Jonathan Snow (read their story here). Now, she has discovered a special fulfillment from being a wife and a mother! Truly, God’s ways are always for our good and for His glory.