Cease Striving

Cease Striving

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We are preparing to move from the home we have known for almost 20 years and venture to a new state almost 1000 miles away. The preparations have been stressful, exhausting and some days downright exasperating! We have yet to sell our current house…stressful; we have yet to finish packing…exhausting; and my husband has yet to determine what of his memorabilia we are actually taking with us…exasperating!

Amidst all the planning, waiting and decision making have been days of joy, tears, laughter and anger and I can’t help thinking what is God’s purpose through all of this? Did we not seek His Will before we made our decision to move and His will for the timing? I thought we did.  Why hasn’t anyone seen the joy and memories our home could provide to their family? When will it sell?

As a Type A personality, I struggle with not having the answers I want or the control I’d like. This process requires waiting, not my best strong suit! This process requires relying on others to make decisions which doesn’t bode well with my desire to either control what will happen or at least know what and when it will happen. I feel like I can’t see the plan’s end and that leaves me feeling trapped and like I don’t have any choice to make my struggle and stress end, which just leads to more stress!

I’ve been praying and reading God’s Word yet the words aren’t connecting with my soul and I’m frustrated. I need that connection to help me through times like these and yet I am reminded that God is always with us, He will never leave us or forsake us.  I need to trust in that truth more than anything I’m feeling or not feeling. I need to remember the times of past struggles and after they have ended how I was able to see God’s Hand at work throughout even though I couldn’t see it during.

Psalm 46:10, a familiar verse to many, reads, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” (NASB). I like this version because striving implies trying to make something happen; it shows that true trust isn’t about forcing something but allowing God to work and waiting until He does.

Today my prayer for me and for you and whatever you might be striving to make happen is that we would just STOP.  That we would truly trust and wait upon the Lord that we may be blessed by all that He is going to do in and through us and in our situations. May God’s peace be instilled within you today.


Tina Dorward About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.


  1. So true, Tina. All our striving is futile. We don’t own that kind of control! I have found so much FREEDOM when I let go of God’s steering wheel, and let Him drive.

  2. So true, Tina. Striving to make things happen is beyond our control. I find an exhilarating FREEDOM when I let go of God’s steering wheel and allow Him to drive!

  3. I understand your frustration, Tina, although I am not in the process of moving. I’m just in the process of thinking about it someday! Still, I feel overwhelmed when i seek a clear answer from the Lord as to whether to stay in my current home or move to an apartment or whatever. It is so true that we have to trust God and know that He has the ultimate control. I wish you the best with this transition.

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