Who’s Pulling Your Strings?

The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 ESV  

Your Heart’s Cry

When did I give away the power to control me? When did I hand over the reins of my emotions? How did I lose myself and my identity in another’s vision, in someone else’s dream? I long to know who I am and what I am here for. Has my time here lived up to Your expectations? Right now, I don’t know what is expected of me. I’ve lost control. Arms and legs flail around like a puppet on a string. My only hope is that the puppet master will be merciful. Free me from the daily pull against my will and my emotions. Release me from the tug of war upon my peace. With every shift in my day, I feel the strings being pulled, jerking me back to the reality of my instability. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:8 NIV

His Reply

Be genuine. There is only one of you. You are an original, and there is no one like you. You cannot be replaced, for you are unique and precious to Me. Refuse to be molded and categorized into a stereotypical box. You must be free to be who you are. This world would have you conform to its image, but resist the pressure to be shaped by those around you for the purpose of acceptance. Break out of the mold and only be conformed spiritually into My image. Maintain your individuality, get real, and be content with who you are. Your authenticity is one of My many good gifts.

Circumstances and people can only control you if you give them permission to do so. To whom or what have you relinquished control? Identify what is controlling your day, and you will identify an idol that needs to come down. Your direction is led by your thoughts and your actions. So, think on those things that will lead you toward freedom. Think on whatever is true, lovely, honorable, and praiseworthy. I came not to control you, but to free you from the bondage of this life. I am no puppet master. I am your freedom and your liberty. You are not My puppet; you are My beloved. I do not control, but I will lead you if you will trust and follow Me.

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Who or what pulls your strings?


by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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