I Need A Fresh Start

I Need A Fresh Start

January 20, 2015

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Lara Casey

As a personal trainer years ago, January was always an exciting month.

People packed the gym, energy soared and hope flowed like water. This was a fresh new start. Great things were ahead!

Then, come February 1 … you know where this is going. I’ve been right there too, making progress on some goals then weeks later, getting bogged down by inner shame: I failed. I can’t do this. I am not enough. I messed up — all hope is lost!

There is nothing magical about January 1st and no matter what you’ve done or not done, great things are ahead with God. The best is yet to come. Every day we are given the opportunity to be made new in Christ, not by our might but by our surrender. As Paul reveals in our key verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I need that truth written on a Post-it Note and plastered to my forehead every day.

As a toddler mama, wife, business owner and friend, I mess up a lot. We need new starts around here like we need daily food and clean diapers. I try to control just about everything: naptimes, schedules and my to-do lists. When things begin getting out of control and I feel Madame Overwhelmed creeping up behind me, I think back to a cold day one November when things started to change.

I was so afraid to let go. I was afraid of more pain. I was afraid my life would never be the same.

But I soon realized that the tighter I held the reins of control, the more intense the pain became. The day my daughter Grace was born, I learned a life-altering truth: my need for control was holding life back.

Perhaps your roadblocks aren’t roadblocks at all, but rather new beginnings in disguise. Perhaps your missteps are actually opportunities for growth, greater closeness with God or a nudge to take a leap of faith.

In order for a seed to sprout, the outer casing first has to fall away, or surrender, in order for new life to come. The same is true with our lives. We must let go a little — or sometimes a lot — for our new start to be revealed. As Paul says in Philippians 3:13b-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

My middle school English teacher had the words “This too shall pass” permanently painted on her classroom bulletin board. (And am I grateful that the awkward days of perming my already-curly hair did pass!) While those words on the chalkboard didn’t originate from the Bible, they do reveal some truth.

This life and everything in it will pass away, but God’s love never changes. Our new start can’t be found in more money, more business, more fun, more stuff or more visits to the gym. Our new start is found only in Him.

Lord, I have found myself overwhelmed at times, trying to do it all. I am so grateful You’re in control so I don’t have to be! Thank You for Your radical grace that makes all things new. Help me see my failures and mistakes as You see them: opportunities to draw closer to You. Help me find my worth and identity only in You, not in my accomplishments and not in my missteps. I love You Lord. I want to be closer to You, always sure of the fresh start I have been given because of Your sacrifice! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)

Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (NIV)

Whether you’re longing to make something meaningful happen, feeling like youଁre never enough or trying to find purpose amidst a lot of noise and heartache, Lara Casey’s new book, Make it Happen will help you see the impossible is possible and the best is yet to come.

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Enter to WIN a copy of Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live On Purpose by Lara Casey. In celebration of this book, Lara’s publisher is giving away 10 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, January 26.}

What leap of surrender can you take today? Fill in the blank: God I need a new start! Help me to let go of ___________.

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  1. Lindsey Stipes says:

    Sounds like a fabulous book!

    • My husband and I… well, I both do. We need to learn how to not let what others may say about us get us down. If we hear any rumors about us, we need to remember that what may be said is often not the least bit true about us whatsoever because God unconditionally loves us.
      “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
      Amen! Wow! What a very powerful verse! When we are in Jesus, we are made brand new. He wipes us clean of what we may have previously done that we may not be happy with.
      Amen! What a wonderful thing to remember on this Monday night! No matter what we may have done to mess up, Jesus is willing to give us a fresh start with each new day because He’s so compassionate about us, as He gave His life for our sins.
      “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV
      Amen! How so incredibly true! Rather than dwelling on the past, we are supposed to move on to new things. We should simply leave our old selves behind, so God can make way for what’s yet to come.
      “Lord, I have found myself overwhelmed at times, trying to do it all. I am so grateful You’re in control so I don’t have to be! Thank You for Your radical grace that makes all things new. Help me see my failures and mistakes as You see them: opportunities to draw closer to You. Help me find my worth and identity only in You, not in my accomplishments and not in my missteps. I love You Lord. I want to be closer to You, always sure of the fresh start I have been given because of Your sacrifice! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~Lara Casey
      Amen! What a wonderfully powerful prayer tonight! We all fall short at times. Nevertheless, we should always thank God for what He has already done for us in and throughout our lives, even thanking Him for what is yet to come ahead of us. Unfortunately, we may not feel happy about falling short; however, God can always help us learn to let Him help us overcome our adversities and challenges. We can’t do it all, but we shouldn’t even attempt to.
      Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)
      Amen! God is always doing something new in and through our lives. Unfortunately, we may not always recognize what changes may be taking place. Other people may see the changes in us before we even notice anything different.
      Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (NIV)
      Amen! What a wonderful verse! How so incredibly true! When we begin our new life as Christians, we are washed away of the old way of life in baptism; then, we have a brand new life in the company of Jesus.

      • Thank You Lara, I really need that. I am looking for a new start for the secdond part God has for me. I have been looking for a new job, have applyed to many places. Thank you i needed to be reminded that God is in control, all I need to do is wait for when GOD says I am ready.
        Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV) – Thank You Lord God for all you have givin me,my wonderful Husband and 2 wonderful grow up kids. I pray for them to some day to find a wonderful spouse as God has provided for me. I would love to have one of your books Make it Happen. Have a great Day everyone.

      • @Nico: Hi, I just wanted to say that you have a faith that is wonderful to “see” You are upbeat in your comments and you strive to do all things with God’s help -Thank you for your positive spirit shown here in the comments. Blessings to you today!

      • I would love to win this book. Thanks for the offer!

      • Kim Oliver says:

        I would like this book also. I need to get rid of all the negitive in my life. Thanks so much

      • Michelle Turner says:

        Thank you so much for this Lara. I needed to read this today. While I know the timing and the words are the Lord’s, thank you for being His vessel and allowing Him to speak to me today through you. I do hope to win one of your books. I feel it would only further speak to my heart and my life at this pivotal time in my life. Blessings to you and your ministry!

      • Thank you for reminding me that I have sweet surrender in our heavenly Father….I so needed this today..so, Now as I start anew, and thank our Father for this, I wish you all grace and love as you journey on to a closer relationship with Him.

    • I have been trying to find a job since 2013 and have had many interviews but so far I have not had an acceptance. I pray without ceasing ..sometimes not knowing what to say to the Lord. I surrender All or Iguess so I thought..as I find myself worrying about the bills as they continue to climb. I am at my ‘wits end’ and it seems like nothing is happening. Yhis book, I think will really help if it is indeed the will of God!!

    • Janet Reid says:

      My husband and I have raised our granddaughter since birth because her mother (our daughter) is extremely bipolar. Our granddaughter, Gabby, has told us that she believes she is a transgender. This came out three years ago. We kept her in Christian school K-8 until my husband lost his job. She has never wanted to wear dresses, and at two years old she refused to wear pink or flowers??? This is a journey we never wanted, and I would change it in a minute if I could. She has also turned from the Lord and church saying Christians are judgmental. In our experience, they are. She is now 18 years old, a senior in a public high school, and has applied to legally change her name to Max. We are still helping her mother in every way with her illness…..driving to doctors, dentist, grocery shopping, etc. She lives with a mentally ill woman, and you would have to be mentally challenged to live with either of them. Anyway, we also have aging mothers – my mother lives with us with some dementia, and we help our 90 year old mother too. My heart is breaking with my granddaughter. I do call her Max and he/ him when I’m with her. She has been in counseling since 4th grade. Her father was also bipolar and took his life at 24. Lots of struggles, yet I know HE IS BIGGER. I love the Lord with all my heart, and I’m trusting Him……most days. But, then all the fears come back. I know I’m not in control, but I have trouble waiting for my daughter and granddaughter coming back to Jesus. I need to let go and let Him, I know. This book sounds like it might be an encouragement to one weary mom and grandmother!

      • Debra Barnard says:

        I’m praying for you… God created in us the character of a lioness .As you observe this animal ask the HOLY SPIRIT how this animal aligns itself with what God has done in us .National Geographic has on the web the nature of these animals in video.Watch them and observe.YOU ARE CALLED by GOD for GOD. SO were your children.Speak forth the very WORD of GOD into THEIRS lives. You ARE a LIONESS!!! ACT like one…They are fierce in the jungle, and YOU are fierce in the KINGDOM of EARTH. Were in a spiritual battle.Ask for eyes to see and ears to hear, so you can be mighty for your family.

    • Misty Wiley says:

      I NEEED TO LET GO OF “CONTROL.” I would LOVE this book, I feel it is EXACTLY what I need right now to get me through this dark season of trying to let go. AND my birthday was Jan 18th so it would be a WONDERFUL Bday gift 🙂 Thanks for the devotional, it was RIGHT ON TIME for me. God appointed for sure.

      • Keri Szwarc says:


        I pray that this dark season reveals God’s love for you. May you feel his presence in each of the dark moments so that you know you are never alone. Happy and Blessed Birthday!!

    • Geraldine Geddes says:

      I would love a copy of this book. I have been waiting and seeking God’s directions and instruction on where He wants me to serve, I have read this devotion twice today, as I struggle with a Fresh start for 2015, I am overwhelm as I know I must slow down, make wise decisions, let go and let God. Let go of trying to work things out, of being in control and fear. Allow God to work out His purpose in my life.

    • As I have navigated many changes in life, from the death of a parent to the retirement of a longtime trusted Christian boss to the seasons of life, …I have had to repeatedly remind myself to “soft to the daily nuggets” God gifts to me.

    • I would love to have a copy of the book. I do long to have something meaningful happen in my life. And I do want to find purpose. Thanks so much & God Bless!!

    • Thank you for this devotion. Your book sounds wonderful! I lost my job in September and each day is a reminder of that struggle. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future.” I’m trying to cling to this verse and keep my head up. The hardest thing is knowing that I had something to do with the loss of my job. I try not to dwell on the mistakes that I made, but would love to be encouraged. Thanks!

    • Jerilynn Reiman says:

      I would love this book. I’m in a rut and afraid to get out. The same day to day needing to move on to the next season of life but it’s scary. This I would hope will help. Help me to find the courage and the ask God for His help and the strength to do this.
      Thank you

    • kathy peters says:

      i would love this book as at this time to receive something positive in the mail would be extremely uplifting

  2. I would love a copy of this book. Great Devotional today. Thank you!

  3. I would love this book. I need to let go of my past and stop letting it define my future. I am a child of the King and I am loved…and I want to believe it and live that way!

  4. This really hit home for me. I’ve been through a lot in the past few years and really lost myself. However, through a lot of prayer I’ve finally found myself and my happiness again. Thank you for the post, it is exactly what I needed to hear today!

  5. I would love to get a copy of that book

  6. Dana Morrow says:

    Would absolutely love a copy of her book… I have major control issues lol and try to make things happen way before God’s timing. Getting better but I can definitely use all the help I can get thru devotionals and wonderful Godly people who are gifted in sharing thru personal experiences of their own.

  7. I am encouraged by this devotional today. Just what I needed. Yes, I would like a copy of the book.

  8. Sheila Hume says:

    I would benefit from reading this book, and then I would get my son to read it, he loves God but is held back by his love of material things and possessions, he needs to hear Gods word of how to let go of the old and know that it is a far better life to live with the new.

  9. Stephanie Jones says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I REALLY needed this today.

  10. This looks like an amazing book…thank you for sharing!

  11. Soooo needed to be reminded of this today! I would love to receive this book.. it would definitely be an answered prayer. I am struggling to find my next step in my walk with God–what does He want from me? What more can I do to be bold in my faith this year? All questions I can’t seem to find the answers too….

  12. I would love a copy of the book. My daughter is suffering from PTSD from her dad being killed by a horse in her and her sister’s presence. She has started to show more signs of suffering and I think this would be inspirational for her to read.We would appreciate any prayers ! Thanks!

    • Amanda Fisk says:

      Hi Lisa,
      I was just reading through some of the comments and saw yours. Wow, what a place to be! I am sorry your family has suffered this tragedy and I guess the reason I wanted to comment is because it made me think of a girl in our middle school group who also lost her dad and was present at that time. There has been a LOT of heavy burdens in the lives of the people around me lately, and I just feel God has been reminding me (and asking me to help remind others) of HIS faithfulness. I wish life wasn’t so ridiculously hard and painful, but the one thing I have been holding to is the Truth that God IS….the perfect Comforter, an incredible Counselor, our Hope through anything, a Faithful Encourager, and a tender loving Father. I’m sure you “know” all of this and have heard it many times, but I want to encourage you to know-BELIEVE in your heart that He is all these things. I will pray for you and your girls as the Lord brings you to my mind this week. May you see a glimpse of Light and hope today as you seek God’s love and Truth!

    • LisaHill,
      My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I sincerely hope you and your family receive Inspiration, Peace, Hope, a new Beginning and a copy of Lara Casey’s new book. I wish you well.

  13. Zakiya Simmons-Earl says:

    This devotion resonates with me because I have felt the need to control everything as a means to protect myself. I have mistakenly thought that I can guard myself from the sting of rejection and disappointment. The bottom line is that I have been living with a false sense of security, because God is in control. I have to learn to let go and let God so that I can truly move forward into God’s greater for my children and myself. It is easier said than done, especially when my circumstances are screaming something different. But this is where my trust in God has to supersede the noise of my surroundings, including the naysayers. Jesus loves me and wants me to be blessed. Now if I can just accept that truth, then life will be oh so much sweeter. Having a copy of Lara’s book will help me finally let go and release the chains of insecurity, doubt, fear, unforgiveness, loneliness and everything else that is NOT of God. Thank you for writing and sharing this inspiring devotion! God bless you Lara Casey!

    • Why is it so hard for some of us to REALLY trust God and have faith that He will and is able to take care of us? I can relate to you in so many ways. I’ve built walls so high and so thick around my heart I’m suffocating myself instead of protecting it. My emotions and thoughts scream to me too. Fear grips my soul and the Word of God is chocked out- silenced! It’s so hard to say, “Okay Lord I surrender, you take control. I’ll obey what your word says and not listen to my wrong thoughts, fears, and strongholds.” I know how hard it is to accept the fact that if we do obey and let God have control life can be so much better, because in reality we have tried and it didn’t work out all the time(or at least the way we thought it should). But what good has come from our fears, insecurity, and doubts? How are our walls really helping us? How is holding on the these chains working for us? These are questions I have to ask myself because I get so overwhelmed by my emotions and fears that I become depressed; rendering me useless to my family and friends. I pray that we both can, by God’s grace, get victory over the strongholds in our lives and learn to really trust in God, not just for our souls, but with our everyday lives! The Bible says a righteous man falleth down seven times and riseth up again. We have his righteousness so we CAN get back up and keep going! Prayed for you ~ God Bless!

    • Mrs. Smith says:

      You should move on with your life. Evil and bitterness will continue to consume you and your children. Ask God for forgiveness for your actions.

  14. To find the way from impossible to possible in my journey and to share book with others. As Paul says in Philippians 3:13b-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV)

  15. Jasmine Bowen says:

    How wonderful it is to have a new start to look forward to. How wonderful it is to have an ending of the old to leave behind.

  16. Angela Roman says:

    I am a new Christian woman baptized in December and this book is calling to me I’m a single mother of three and have have much money until I start working my new job. I would love a copy of this for inspiration as well as sharing with other women in my church

  17. Thank you. I have a hard time falling asleep because my brain won’t shut down. I need to let go of things I have no control of. Being a new creation daily is a new idea and a way to twll my brain to be quiet and let me be. I woyld love to have your book to learn more.

  18. I really connected with this devotional. In this past year, I have found myself alone after a marriage of more than 30 years; it is hard to even imagine reinventing myself as a single person at this stage of my life. I could really use a “fresh start.”

  19. I am ready to surrender my fear of nv r being good enough. I would love to read this and pass it along to someone else.

  20. I need a copy because I need hope to try again

  21. Holly Yount says:

    I probably could use the book myself, but I really think my mom needs it. I tease her about living more. She will say I would like to eat such & such, but it has a million calories or its to exspensive.

  22. Kristy Dailey says:

    I need help learning to let go and allow God to be in control. My marriage is failing and I feel like I have to figure out a way to fix everything. Right now I just feel like a failure. Would greatly appreciate prayers.

  23. Awesome devotional today. It spoke new belief into my life today. Looks like great book aswell. Just what i need to work on feeling good enough and to start anew. Thank you for yourdaily devotion

  24. Sometimes you are just at a place you look around and say I am at a knew place in life. So what are we going to do ?——– I would like to read the book. thanks

  25. Tracy McC. says:

    I’m a recent widow at 51 w/a 13 y/o daughter. Seeking some direction in this season of my life. Hope from heaven…it’s all I have to count on! Thanks!

    • Keri Szwarc says:

      I know words cannot ease the heartache of your and your daughter’s loss but know that you are not alone and that God is right there with you and your daughter in this season.

      Hebrews 11:1~
      “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things unseen.”

  26. Aila Marie says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I am praying that God will meet me everyday and help me know Him more. I want Him to be the center of my life and my decisions. I like to read your book and have it read by my brother so he can learn about Christ more. Thank you.

  27. I would love a copy of this book. My word for 2015 is “release” and I’m already learning how hard that is for me. God is teaching me a lot!

  28. When i saw your post i stop for a while and whisper, “Lord, this is what i really need right now”. Things are messy and what i see is exactly the opposite of what the Lord is saying to me..it’s really a test of giving your all to the Lord in terms of trust and faith, it’s when you don’t really know what to happen but one thing is sure, that is “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28″…but i need to receive that to have what God has promised: A New Fresh Start. Thank you for reminding me. God bless you!
    I would love to have a copy of your book!

  29. “God, I need a new start. Help me let go of my past mistakes.” I can certainly use a copy of this book to help me let go of my mistakes from the past.

  30. Carol Heinold says:

    I am also a control person…. I’m in a situation where I’m learning God is in control and I have to trust Him more than ever.

  31. I need a fresh start. I’m racked with severe anxiety and depression. I’ve lost all faith in my ability to succeed in anything. Money is tight and I could really use a blessing.
    Thank you for your post,

  32. “This to shall pass” were the words that helped me get through the first year of surviving and breastfeeding twins. God is so good!! He has given me so many blessings yet I quickly forget that he provides and He is in control…not me, the nap dictator! Thanks for this gentle reminder that things we find as faults (not always doing daily devotions) can be an opportunity for growth. What a fresh perspective! Thanks

  33. When you said my need for control was holding my life back. It was a real eye opener. I would love to read what else God has revealed to you in your book! Thank you no matter what. Because I think those words are going to stick.

  34. I would so love a copy of this book and contact with the author. Having faced an enormous life threatening illness and being a dancer the Lord guided me through each step of correct eating and training spending time in God’s word daily. I took up running as I got a dog with enormous energy but now I’m seeing God’s beauty in the early morning feeling that clean pureness being one again with God and enjoying my dog but I’m hitting walls with this and tried advice on sites to no avail. I’m finally being able to heal from pasts hurts I had in the Godly home I attended with my husband and now God has led me back there ready to stand firm and also to heal both with my husband my marriage and God’s children I was already on this pathway in Dec ready to ease into January but now I’m at a stage of requiring practical advice and encouragement to further improve certain areas and unknown territory. All my love Diana

  35. This resonates with me so much because I am a complete control freak. So much so that I have lists upon lists for everything. I make lists so that I have order. In fact, I am so controlling that I went into a field known for its type A personalities- it’s a running joke in the department!
    But the Lord has a sense of humor, because He has given me so many things to deal with that are out of my control lately. I am 24 years old, and I am realizing how much time I spend calculating rather than living. But when God has given me these situations, I have not been able calculate, I have only been able to call on Him in His infinite wisdom to help me.
    He is continually hammering me (since I am not very good at bending) into shape, and I thank Him for it.

  36. I’m feeling overwhelmed, raising my grandson and trying to make ends meet. This book sounds wonderful! Thanks for the excellent devotion!

  37. Adora Obatola says:

    Amazingly, just last night I was lamenting to God how I am tired of always trying to do things and failing and how the burden was too much much and then I saw this post. I know God is really speaking to me. I have the need to always control every situation and because of this I am always frustrated because the truth is I cannot control everything (something I am just realizing). I am just human, I am not God thus I cannot control everything. Now I am praying for God to teach me how to just let go and relax in His ability. I believe this book will help me to achieve this.

  38. Annabelle says:

    May I have a copy of this book. Because I really need a fresh hope, a fresh start with my walk with God. “Everyday we are given the opportunity to be made new in Christ, but not by our might but by our Surrender. God will surely help us if we are truly willing to surrender things that’s hard for us to let go. Let go of the hurts from our past, forgive and let God heal us and make us whole again. The Lord is close to those who are brokenhearted and are crushed in spirit. The Lord will help us find our WORTH and our IDENTITY only in HIM

  39. Hello – I need a new start. To start living life to the fullest. I have been isolating myself and it’s time to go back to church and Bible studies and Believe in my worth in Christ!
    Thank you!

  40. Suanne McConathy says:

    As I lie next to my son in the hospital I can only think about a fresh start. He has been in so much pain and we are so thankful to God for a diagnosis and hopeful to go home soon. But being here has helped me to be still and know our God is in control. Ready for a new start!

  41. Lawana Brown says:

    a fitting word for a time when I have been longing for a literal fresh start in a new location. Reading this book would be a great way to refocus and re-center around God’s never ending grace and goodness.

  42. Amy Oates says:

    Love… lOve… loVe your devotion today! Thank you!

  43. Amber Brown says:

    I lay here past midnight reading this devotion, only to find it’s exact what I’m facing right now. Controlling it all and not letting myself just be and do what God just wants me to do. I would love a copy Lara’s book to help break through the control as be whole with God again.

  44. Crystal Green says:

    Thanks for this devotion on today! Today is my birthday and I’m laying in bed thinking to myself what I would like to change in my life now that I’m a year older. After reading the devotion for today I learn that all things become new in Him. I have to give all my situations over to God and let go of failure also stop trying to work things out in my own. I am a wife and mother of four; most often life becomes challenging but thank God for His peace and I thank God for people like you! May God continue to bless you! If I would like to win a copy of your book in order to bless my best friend/Sister in Christ with it; I know I’ll buy a copy of your book for myself! 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your devotion!! Have a bless day in The Lord

  45. A reminder that God is ultimately the one in total control is always a welcomed thing. Thank you for today’s devotion. I would thoroughly enjoy receiving a copy of for myself or I may decide to give it away to someone who definitely needs reminding that God is the great controller!

  46. Riina Ani says:

    I would love the book. I would first read it myself because I need a new purpose in mylife and then I would lend it out to my girlfriends who also struggel with trusting God at times. I know it would help a lot of women here in Eastern Europe.

  47. Halona Luna says:

    I would love to win this book. I suffer from multiple health issues including the fear of leaving my home. I am only 41 and have been diagnosed with Lymphedema a non curable disease. I feel like such a failure and suffer with such pain.

  48. Laura Brown says:

    I think I need this book. I keep trying to manipulate God’s will for my life, and I really need to let go. My sister could use it as well. I would definitely share it with her!

  49. Lying wide awake at 1am feeling way out of control when this devotion came over my email. What a blessing!

  50. Thank you for this devotion. It really spoke to me. For the last year and a half of grad school, I’ve questioned my worth and have struggled to find my way to what, I believe, God has called me to be. The obstacles have seemed nearly impossible to conquer, and I’ve felt that I’m continuously running around in circles without a clear purpose. I hate to admit that I cry almost every night, feeling defeated by what I feel I can’t change, while knowing that this is not where I should be. It’s a vicious cycle of self-deprecation and losing hope that I can make things happen. At this point, I’m trying to surround myself with positive things that help me endure my remaining time in grad school and conquer my circumstances. I feel that this book could possibly encourage me to not give up. I’m so tired.

    • Estef,
      I have experienced emotions such as yours. If you give up, you will feel even less positive about yourself. You are amazing for being in grad school. Your heart sounds enormous. Constant challenges are very fatiguing, even hammering on self-esteem. God loves you. You cannot change everything, but small changes can be like ripples that spread into something amazing and affect ever-growing areas. God is continually strengthening us through difficulties. When you graduate, you will be an amazingly strong person.

  51. Today’s devotional really spoke to me. I would love a copy of this book, because I have also found myself holding onto the reins of control too tightly.

  52. Learning to survive after divorce. Needing God to do a new thing!! I would love this book!!!

  53. I would love a copy of the book! My life has been a roller coaster the past year and I need to learn to let go and let God have control.

  54. I would like the book for myself and my daughter. I know that this resource would be very helpful to both of us.

  55. Would love a copy of this book! There are many things in my life I would like to see ‘happen’ and just don’t know how to start and trust that God IS leading me!

  56. Amazing message. I would love a copy of this book for myself. I am raising 2 teenage girls alone and need all the help I can get. Thanks.

  57. This was a real encouragement to me. I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  58. I would love to have this book. I’ve lived my whole life listening and taking to heart all the negative things people said and did to me. Here I am 40 years old, and I still feel like a frightened little girl afraid to step out and do anything with my life. I would just love to read something that would give me hope that I can still turn it around

  59. Sarah Adams says:

    What an amazing encouragement. We have such a gift of hope, grace and love xx

  60. AugustRose says:

    Wow!Thank you so much for your devotional! I needed this. I have had 5 people in the past week tell me I need to wrote a book. I haven’t the foggiest idea where to start. I also do not want to procrastinate. More than anything that word “surrender” spoke to me through out the whole devotional. With out that we can’t have our new beginning. I don’t have to have all the answers. I can surrender and seek The One who does have all the answers. God bless you for penning this devotional! I love your picture also. It’s your smile that stands out. We have to remember to smile and be thankful!

  61. I have been through a lot the past year and a half, I am slowly learning that I need to release control of people and things. I held tightly to what I wanted and thought I needed, but the tighter I held the worse it became. I also became more miserable holding onto things. I’m finding the best way to be happy is to release it and trust in God.

  62. I would love a copy of this book! My word for this year is forward. I’ve been spinning my wheels trying keep myself safe and making a mess out of my life. I want so much to follow the path God has made just for me. I need wisdom and courage! Praying for all of you.

  63. I am learning to let go of a lot of things right now. Self criticism and self doubt are just 2 that are followed by fear. I am going through a massive change in my life that I was afraid to take the first step and long wondered if it was the right thing because of my faith. I am learning that sometimes we make mistakes and God is ok with that. Even if one of those mistakes was marrying the wrong person.

  64. Rachael Tryon says:

    Struggling with health issues which are baffling to doctors. This devotion was right on point…. New beginning each day with daily surrender. I would like this book first for myself then donate to library at my church. Thank you for the offer.

  65. This devotion was so perfectly timed. As a self-employed accountant at a very busy time of year, I find myself completely overwhelmed trying to be all things to each one of my clients. I end up over promising and under delivering or driving myself to the brink of exhaustion in a vain attempt to “get it all done.” I know the enemy is just waiting to jump all over that. Letting go, easy to say, hard to do. I pray for renewal in the LORD every day.

  66. I would love a copy of this book. I have control issues and constantly have to remind myself to give it to God.

  67. I need a fresh start! Dear Lord Help me let go of my selfish attitudes and judgmental thoughts.

  68. After six children and being with my husband for 25 years, I find myself facing a divorce. Instead of finishing a degree, I chose to get married and have a family and find that as I am approaching my 50th birthday in a few months, a lot of the jobs out in the filed I had worked in require a degree. Having to deal with my husbands numerous affairs and the reality of my age in the work market, I have felt very overwhelmed as I try to reign everything in and control everything while I am literally starting life over. This book would be such a blessing to me at such a hard and pivotal time in my life.

  69. Josie pulliam says:

    Great devotion.. Just what I needed to hear

  70. Dorica Bashiri says:

    Its great to know that God is in control. I always feel overwhelmed because of trying to be perfect. There is a part of a song that says “come as you are”. I yearn to grow closer to God and just know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in Him. It is great to know that in Him alone you can have a fresh start.

  71. Waiting on God says:

    I know God is telling me to move to the next step in my career, but I get so bogged down in fear and all the “can’ts” that run through my mind. ” I can’t” do this because of my health issues, “I can’t” do this because of finances, “I can’t” do this because I don’t know where to start… I need to learn to let go, trust, and look at each day as a fresh start!

  72. Nancy Whobrey says:

    Take a leap in faith

  73. Donyelle Johnson says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I have issues with control and just trusting God to handle things. My constant prayers for 2015 are to give my worries to God and learn to step out on faith.

  74. Thank you God that we can have a fresh start anytime. Thank you for your grace.

  75. Working on giving over my finances and other areas of my life to Christ. I think this book would be good for me to learn to trust him more when I am overwhelmed with my daily circumstances. Thank you!

  76. Priscilla says:

    I am a 17 yrs old lady who is aspiring to give my all in all to God. I have been through both thin and thick moments in my life. I always see myself as “USELESS”. Reading this has made me realise that, no MATTER what happends in my life. GOD’s love will never end. To be really honest here, this devotion has given me HOPE!(something i thought i lost) I really need this book beacuse, i believe this book would change my life completely!

    • God does not make “useless” people;) Praying for the scales to be removed from your eyes so you will see how BEAUTIFUL you are!!!!!

  77. ranya jaghab says:

    The past 8 months have been so difficult for my husband and I as his family fought so hard to break us apart. For 5 years I have tried to change to “fit in” but never welcomed genuinely. Our marriage reached a point where change needed to happen. However, I am trying to make the right decision for our family. Do I stay here in Michigan surrounded by his family that do not invite me to anything but my 14 month old daughter husband attend because they are invited. Do I stay surrounded by jealousy and in a poisoned environment? The list goes on and on. We only owe 56k on our lovely home but recently sold it and will be renting as we plan a move for our family to Chicago where I was born and raised and where my family resides. For the next six months we will try to find jobs in Chicago and make our transition, however, I question myself and our choices, my choices. I wonder to myself, if we stay in Michigan we will have more money and be stable but in Chicago it’s more expensive and the unknown is scary. Do I stay in Michigan so our family is comfortable financially or go to Chicago where I feel in my heart is where happiness lays. I feel bad that I am changing our families lives. I need prayer and direction from the Proverbs 31 family! I know in my heart it’s the right decision, I am just still confused 🙁 I feel this book will help me…

  78. Sandi Colwell says:

    I need to let go of the fear that comes with 3 teen daughters and running a business. I would love to win the book. Great devotional today.

  79. This book sounds intriguing…I’ll leave the rest up to God!

  80. Exactly what I needed to hear this morning! thank you!

  81. Suzanne Smith says:

    Loved today’s devotion! Thank you!

  82. Martha Rodriguez says:

    I’d love to get a copy of this book got many years I’ve struggled with a new beginning,I need to let my outer casing fall I need to surrender it ask to Him but I struggle with it because I’ve always done it incorrectly I’ve been trying to do this and accomplish a change through my own will and my own efforts which in finally learning I’m doing things wrong. This book can help me find the right way. I pray this book lands in the hands that mostly need it,only God knows where He needs to be to make that seed grow. I’ve planned the seed I’m trying to water it each day note I need his mighty and all powerful touch to make it grow and make me new. I pray for a new me every day.

  83. I pray everyday for God to show me his will for my life. I feel like I am faultering trying to balance it all- mom, wife, and teacher. I just can’t seem to maintain the balance I used now that I am older and dealing with more issues. Trying to be Godly in all that I do and feel as though I am really missing the mark. The book sounds like just what I need.

  84. Thank you for today’s devotion. All of the versers really touched my heart and gave me something to hold on too.

  85. I have lots of areas for new beginnings, but I get discouraged easily. I get overwhelmed and just stop.

  86. Thank you for the thoughts today. I too like things to be under control and with having adult children, it is more apparent than ever that is not an option. My heart is breaking for one of my sons and as I try to be a support to him, my world feels as though it is crashing down. God is good and I know he will walk with me through this.

  87. Last year was rough. The beginning of this year was rough. I’m trying to Let It Go but the more I try the more struggles I face. I know I can do it, I can do all things thru Him that gives me strength – Philippians 4:13. Would love this book. Thnx for the opportunity and the great devotion today.

  88. Id love a copy of this book. This past year God is really working in my heart and I need to let go and let him control my life.

  89. Shasta Rodriguez says:

    Good morning,
    One great reminder of what I’m asking God to help me with. Often I become Madame Overwhelmed too and boy does it bring heartache when everything is in shambles (so I think). But I know God is greater! I have to totally depend on Him. My scripture flowing in my house during 21 days of fasting is “Walk by faith not by sight”.He showed me this because of my micro managing. I have to grow in knowing its already done and He has my back, even when I don’t see it. That’s Faith!


  90. I have some big decisions to make and want to ensure they are God’s will and not me manipulating circumstances. Sounds like this book would be very insightful. God bless!

  91. I would love to receive a copy of this! I have definitely been the worrier (not the warrior God has called me to be) by constantly living a life out of fear and anxiety when I know what the Lord’s word says- do not be anxious about anything. Because of this worry and fear I often times try to control situations too, thinking it will help the worry become less…when in fact it only becomes greater! I would love to be inspired by her words on the pages that ultimately come from God. For 2015, I would LOVE to breathe in revival and breathe out worry/fear 🙂

  92. Kimberly Shaw says:

    I want to learn how to choose purpose over perfection.

  93. I would love a copy of this book. I believe God is calling me to serve Him in missions, possibly overseas. I need to put my trust in Him to direct my paths for the future. Thanks for your devotion this morning! 🙂

  94. This was such a wonderful devotion! I’m am completing a study by Priscilla Shirer about Jonah, and this lined up exactly with what I was reading today- especially the comparison to the seed. I feel like I am currently being called to something completely different than what I am doing now, and have been praying about it for months. I would love a copy of the book to help navigate me closer to God and to lead me to surrender to Him.

  95. Thanks for this encouraging post, it was very timely for me. I actually have some great opportunities this year for which I should be celebrating. However I find myself wallowing and worrying instead. I don’t want fear to get in the way of my success. I am focusing on surrendering my fears to God and I think this book could definitely help me do that.

  96. Angela Raphael says:

    This book sounds good. I would love a copy. Thank you.

  97. Somewhere along the line, I picked up this useful quotation: “The past should be a guidepost, not a hitching post.” A big AMEN!, Lara, to your statement about roadblocks being new beginnings in disguise. We all need more guideposts and roadblocks guiding us to new beginnings.

  98. OH how I long to give up control and let God move his way into my life. Self-control was a mechanism to avoid child abuse – even after 40 years, I sometimes feel the need to take matters into my own hands. It is sometimes hard to be patient and allow God to work in my life.

  99. This is the book I need right now. Going through a divorce and needing some hope.

  100. Lisa DeCarlo says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I
    am learning “progress not perfection” as I encourage my children in the same way. Thankful for all of Jesus’ new mercies for us. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  101. I have never commented on anything like this before and I feel like Madame Overwhelmed has conquered my life. This devotion was an open book and lesson about my life. Thank you for sharing and for following God’s plans for your life. You touched my heart this morning through your words and Christ.

  102. Kelly Nicholson says:

    I need a copy of this book as a reminder that I dont have to be in control of everything! As a widow in my mid-40s, I’m afraid of getting close to another man even though the perfect one is staring me in the face. It’s time to release the reins and take a risk…but I’m afraid. By His grace, His love will cover me and enable me to do it and “go there.” Thank you for your reminder that many of us have the similar battle with control.

  103. I would love a copy of the book for myself and then to share with a friend.

  104. I need motivation to make some changes!

  105. Great devotional! Have struggled with fear all my life. I am working on letting go and letting God like so many others who have posted a comment. I pray for all of us struggling with “something” in our lives. I pray we all take your words of encouragement and grow in our relationship with our Lord and Savior. Would love yo read your book and share it with others. Many blessings you and all who have commented.

  106. Wow!!!
    This spoke straight to my heart & met me right where I am right now! Thank you!! I would Love a copy of this book!!!

  107. Control is one of my core issues and although my heart yearns to let go my head is hard to do the same. This book can help my head understand what my heart knows.

  108. I NEED a fresh start, I feel so bogged down, so old, so worn out, with no purpose. So much has changed in my life and I don’t understand it, I don’t see it being for the better, but I know God is in control and my heart knows it, I just need it to get to my mind. I’ve been praying about my purpose, what it is and I hope this book can help me find. it! I would love a copy!

  109. Having started a new teaching position after being home to raise my children for 10 years, I feel so inadequate. Evdry day I feel like a failure either at school or at home. This sounds like a fabulous read! Can’t wait to also share it with some of my co-working moms.

  110. Tracy Larson says:

    Surrender… Oh how important yet challenging a task! We would love this book In this season of transition for my 3 daughters (12, 7, and 5) and me. God bless you!

  111. The Lord used this post this morning to open my eyes to my control issues. How my trying to control everything is making it more painful. That surrender is truly the only option to following Him.

  112. At 54 I sometimes feel like it is too late for me to do anything great for God with my life. Old age has set in early, with many aches and pains in this body. We have raised 4 children, with one more in the nest. None of them has continued to follow God after leaving home. I feel like I have failed in my most important life role – leading my own children to lead a life dependent on God. Sometimes, when I feel truly inspired, after hearing a spirit filled sermon in church or reading a morning devotion, then I wonder could He still use me? What for?

  113. God has been calling me to do some new and scary things in he coming year but I am staring to get overwhelmed. I need the perseverance and reminders from Him to keep going. this book sounds exactly like something I need right now.

  114. Love this!!! Would love a copy of this book. I need to be reminded every day that God’s will is better than I ever imagined! Letting go is something I need to do every day.

  115. Loved your devotional today. Everyday I feel like I have to make a fresh heart. I’ve had such a heartbreak with my husband leaving me for another woman. My little boy needs to see a happy faith filled mom everyday. Your book could help keep me on that path.
    Following you now on Instagram,
    God Bless

  116. This devotion is just what I needed today, as usual….today I’m feeling down about my weight, overwhelmed and stressed at a job I don’t particularly care much for anymore and worried about my teenager. I need to let go and let God…

  117. When I think of the word surrender, it seems so easy to do but the reality of acting on it is a completely different story. The worldly view of surrender is giving up (losing) so perfection is often sought after with such passion that one’s true purpose is lost and stuffed deep beneath one’s heart and purpose is never found. That’s been my story for quite some time. I am searching for my purpose and would appreciate the opportunity to use this book as a tool in helping me find and live with purpose!

  118. Letting go of control is a big problem for me and because of that I seem to enable people. My fiance and I are trying to let God be more in control of our lives as we try ot plan our new life together and one In Christ. We need help to make that huge step of taking the Leap. The chnages we have made so far are amzing but we know we can do more and want to do more. Right now we are facing a trial for my fiance and he is struggling to let it be handled by God. I know that God will protect us but my fiance is struggling. Prayers are needed and maybe this is the book that can help him take a Leap of Faith.

  119. I am in the process of making a crucial decision and it has been extremely difficult. I have been more concerned about the feelings of others instead of my obedience to God. This devotion was exactly what I needed today!

  120. Anayancy D. Luna says:

    I loved your devotional today! I am a mother of 5, working a full time job and then recently started a business. This truly inspired me to completely surrender every area of my life to the Lord and rely on His strength.

  121. I would give this book to a young lady who’s pregnant and sitting in a county jail. What a blessing it would be to win!

  122. This book is exactly what I need at this season in my life, as was this devotion today. Thank you so much for letting me start my day with such peaceful, reassuring words!

  123. This was just what I needed to hear today. I would love to have the book!

  124. Francine Robertd says:

    I’m 34 years old and have always had a deep desire in my heart to be a wife & mom. It hurts and frustrates me thst this hadn’t happened yet. I pray, plead and ponder over what I’m doing wrong or could do better in order for me to feel like my life is “complete”. I need to remind myself quite often that my life IS complete because I have Jesus in my life, and He is all I truly need. Still, it’s an earthly struggle that I feel like less of a woman since I’m not living the life of the typical “woman roles”. I enjoyed this devotion today, as I need to remind myself that I’m made new in Him, and He will sustain me. I’m anticipating to read what your book is about. I grow weary in trying to make the life I want “happen” and I get a hunch thst your version of making it happen will be more enlightening than my own! Thank you for sharing your words, I enjoyed this devotion!!

  125. Leigh Ellen says:

    This week is Homecoming at the school where I teach and the theme is 2 Corinthians 5:17. I thought it was so sweet of God to place this devotion in my path on the first day of our school celebration. For that reason, I am intrigued about Lara’s book and would be interested in reading it.

  126. Atanya Coleman says:

    This post really spoke to me. I have such an issue with my need/desire to be in control! I’ve really been trying to let go & submit myself to God as Master & Lord. He will not force His will on us, we must submit our will to be in His!

  127. I woke up to this devotion and it was as if God was responding to the rough few days I’ve just had. I get so overwhelmed with getting it all done and doing it perfectly, and trying to make what I want happen, that I drift from the fact that what I do isn’t what is important, rather, it is what God allows to be done with what I do. I would love the opportunity to read this book and learn and grow from it in this area as it is a rough area in my life. I am always wanting to be in control and rarely stop to remember how little I really have. 🙂

  128. Vivian Hatch says:

    My granddaughter, a senior in high school, was just accepted at Liberty University. Her life is full of challenges as she has OI (her bones break easily) and BI (her neck is not strong enough to hold up her head). Because of that she misses a lot of school, she has her heart set on attending college, she needs encouragement and prayers. This book would be an encouragement to her.

  129. Terri-Ann says:

    For my husband and I at a difficult roadblock and possibly turning point in our lives.

  130. I really need a fresh start from the mundane! I would love a chance to win this book.

  131. alayene patsches says:

    Sounds like the book for me to help me let get go and grab hold of the fresh start and overcome those areas that I need help with that are stopping me from helping others, to overcome roadblocks and take that leap of faith.

  132. Thanks! I would love a copy of this book! I need to experience the fresh start and look to where God is leading my family. I am so afraid of change and have so much anxiety. This would be wonderful!

  133. I would love your new book as I feel I need to surrender and am having a difficult time giving up control.
    You see, my husband lost his job of 19 years and the job market isn’t what it was 19 years ago. My prayer is for my husband to find the right job for him in His time…
    Thank you!

  134. I am starting to see how fear has ruled my life for so long. this year is going to be the year of no fear. I would love s copy of the book to help drive this goal home!!!

    • thank u for ur words I had strayed from the Lord because I was ashamed of the things I had done but beginning of this year the merciful Lord has forgiven me and given me another chance to save him my strength in him has been renewed I would love a copy of your book thank u and may the Lord continue to use u.

  135. Tracey Malone says:

    i would love this book. I need to learn to let go and quit controlling everything-work , kids etc.

  136. I truly enjoyed this devotional today. So many times, I say that I will start over when I fail. From reading today’s devotional, I should embrace the setbacks and the roadblocks as a setup for GOD’s greatness in my life. My life is under construction. It makes my heart good to know that each day, new mercies I see.
    I would love to have a copy of the book for myself because I want to learn how to fully surrender and step in the fullness of GOD’s will and purpose for my life. I want to live on purpose like I never have before.

  137. Denice Scott says:

    If I were to win your book I would give it to my 28 year old daughter. She had to move in with me in December and is really going through a lot. I pray daily for her to give it all over to God.

  138. Andrea West says:

    Great devotion! I’m struggling right now with juggling so much in my life and I’m overwhelmed. I feel like I can’t let one more thing into my life. The things I’m trying to work out, are not going as I wanted them to so I’m frustrated and nothing is getting done. This book sounds like something I need to help me sort it all out.


  139. I love the daily inspirational messages that encourage and renew and help remind us that truly only God has total control. Receiving a book would be a gift and a blessing. Thank you.

  140. About a year ago a friend started talking with me about living open handed before the Lord. Surrendered….I would enjoy reading this book, getting your insight on this tough task to do.

  141. This devotion was just what I needed this morning! I have a feeling the entire book would be exactly the same… just what I need to pull me closer to God in all that I do each day.

  142. I’d love a copy of your book.

  143. This year I will turn 54. SIGH.
    It seems like I am stuck. Like I am living in the in-between. There is so much I would like to do…but the “old” has a firm grip on me. A fresh start seems just out of reach.
    This book might help. When my birthday comes in September it would be great to be able to look back and the intervening months and say that at 54 the “new” is beginning again.

  144. what a timely devotion for me this morning.

  145. My neighbor’s husband left her with 5 kids to pursue a relationship with an employee. Divorce will be final soon. She has been trying her best to start a new life for herself & the kids (19, 17, 15, 6, & 4), but has hit some snags–depression being one of the biggest. She is Catholic & does not have a personal relationship with Christ. I think this book could help her understand that Christ is always there for her & will provide all her needs.

  146. I want ALL that God has for me and I need to get ME out of His Way. Surrender is the only way to MAKE IT HAPPEN His Way, and I BELIEVE this book will help through the process. Thank You for SHARING the Purpose He placed in you…with others!

  147. This devotional could not have come at a better time! I am starting to re-discover all the amazing blessings that come my way when I let God take control of my life. At first, I struggled with this; but then I thought it pretty foolish of myself to not trust the Creator Himself with His own creation! Thank you, Lara 🙂 I would love a copy of your book, for my Mum – I find it hard to have these kinds of conversations with her; she’s going through a lot and I know she feels overwhelmed. And I want to tell her everything I’ve experienced by trusting God and letting go, but I don’t know if I can without getting emotional.
    I’m going to send my Mum a link to this devotional to start off with; a copy of your book would just be a great bonus!
    Thank you, again, Lara! 🙂

  148. I would love a copy of your book. I want to find my purpose in life and let God be in control. Thank you for these encouraging words today!

  149. Reading you r message today was a gift and a sign that God wants me to listen to and hear and make part of my life. Without going into detail, I am at a crossroads where surrendering to God is not only the wisest choice but the only choice. Having your book would be a lovely support for the journey.

  150. Let me start by saying that I NEVER leave comments:) This post was literally an answered prayer for me this morning, almost brought tears to my eyes. I was beginning to thing God wasn’t hearing me, but these words really spoke to me. The idea of reading this book makes me inspired, motivated, and encouraged so I’m really hoping to win one of the 10 copies! Money is beyond tight so I’d have to what quite awhile to purchase it, but would love to pass it on to a friend in need when I’m done. Thank you for making my day!

  151. Would love to have a copy. This spoke right to my heart this morning.
    Thank you and God Bless.

  152. I am in the midst of turbulent times and seem frozen in place. What if I make matters worse? How will this affect my child? What if I fail, again? Control also prevents forward motion, because the feeling of being out of control is so overwhelming and difficult for me to deal with. I need to get out of my stagnant situation, make changes, and move forward. I have had an eating disorder for 18 years, a control-fed disorder. My personal disappointments have held me back from making better decisions for myself and my daughter. Writing this comment alone has been very helpful to me. Thank you for today’s article. I would love to read further about making fresh starts, I definitely need one.

  153. Jennifer Seace says:

    Would love a copy of your new book! Just found you on Instagram and am enjoy your story and inspiration!

  154. Donna Finegold says:

    I am eager to Make It Happen and know that the book would be a great tool for life. For the past 6 years I have been finally living as a child of God and am now living and chasing the life God grants me

  155. Susan morgan says:

    Why do I need this book? What Mom doesn’t? I have two teenagers that I would love to make ALL decisions for. It’s hard as your children grow up you realize how little control you have over them. My daughter is a Junior in High School and she has no idea what she wants to do after graduation. I want to control that situation so bad and everyday I have to give it to Jesus. If I don’t win this book please just say a little prayer for me. 🙂

  156. Denise Oglesby says:


  157. Thank you for writing this devotional. I am thankful for fresh starts every day, but if I’m honest, I don’t know what that looks like for me. I know God is calling me to more, but I am so comfy here in my stuff pity and past that I’m not sure what to do next. I sometimes lose hope that things can change, so I am grateful for the reminder that nothing is impossible with God. I sure could use a copy of this book. It sounds awesome.

  158. What a pray this morning………My husband of 11 years and I have been going through many trails
    blended family issues, job loss, I have 3 special needs sons who my husband has lil of no patience for…he is always telling me to let them grow up to be men…there are things they can’t do alone
    I need a NEW beginning in Christ . I need that reassurance daily from God that I’m his daughter and today is a NEW DAY to make it the best I can . I’m a work in progress and that’s o.k.
    I would love a copy of this book to begin my NEW ….thank you again for this dev…I have printed it and will be sharing with my sisters in Christ and friends that need the NEW in there daily journey.

  159. Alison Davis says:

    I am at the bottom of a pit that the only way out is through Jesus. Your book sounds like it could help give me some direction toward taking that first step up, something I have no idea as how to do right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  160. Rebecca Batton says:

    I am so thankful that each day is new and that the Lord does not hold my sins against me!

  161. God I need a new start! Help me let go of my own will and follow yours alone. We get so wrapped up in ways of everything around us and its as if we push God to the back burner. I really need to focus on making him my top priority each day and listen to his will and purpose for me. This book would be great encouragement to do just that! Thank you for your words this morning!

  162. Jennifer F says:

    Life is out of my control & when my identity is based on my accomplishments then my self-confidence goes up & down. I strive to keep it steady on God’s view & love for me.

  163. What a great and timely devotional this morning! I would love a copy of this book. It’s a new year and I need to focus on making changes and letting go of the fear that grips me and makes me challenged to make these necessary changes. Thank you!

  164. Thank you for your words. My husband and I are trying to get funding to open a business and it’s all really out of our control & I harbor some anxiety about our daughter & her health. She’s is healthy & perfect but I find it hard to let God take the reigns and I needed this reminder. Thank you again!

  165. I’m currently a personal trainer so the opening of this devotional caught my attention! It’s definitely January at the gym! I would love a copy of your book because I cheer people on every day in my job to overcome challenges and reach goals. Sometimes I need a push myself – something or someone to motivate ME! ;). Thanks for your devotional. Good words for today.

  166. i need to move forward instead of waiting..

  167. Lara, what a wonderful message, a reminder to us all that we do have a choice. Because of God’s amazing grace and love we have opportunities daily to surrender and live in comfort through His peace no matter our circumstances. I would love to read your book but if I won it I would give it to a dear friend who is struggling. Her marriage is in trouble but bigger then that through prayer and time in discussion it has become evident that she has always made decisions based on fear. This goes back to her childhood. I believe God has her in this place of hurt,anger and total discomfort to bring her to a new and beautiful place in her life. A place of freedom, freedom from fear, a place where she knows with all her heart that her Heavenly Father is with her every minute of everyday and His plan is more wonderful then any plan she could imagine. A place where she realizes she doesn’t have to be in control, all she has to do is trust her God and believe He is and always will be with her. She is a Godly woman and wants to surrender so badly, even thinks she has but her fears run her right back into a corner each day. I am praying for her daily and sending her scripture to lift her up but your book sounds like one that would speak to her. Bless you for sharing your words with others to help build the kingdom.

  168. This devotional was a perfect fit for my situation lately. I have so many things going on that I can’t seem to do one well. Everything suffers – my kids, husband, family, personal growth. I keep telling myself that I can “start fresh” when we move in a year, when I’m forced to slow down. But, the fact is, I need to start fresh right now.
    Here’s to new beginnings! 🙂

  169. I truly love the Proverbs 31 devotional. Each day I read it I say….” This was just what I needed to hear.” Well today was no exception.

    My husband and I recently moved across the country away from my family (whom I am very close with) because we felt God calling us to do so. Six months later and we are wondering what God’s plan is for us.

    I have been looking specifically for a book to help me dive into the topi of Letting go and letting God!!

    Thank you for your words of encouragement today.

  170. I am in need of a fresh start. I lost a job I loved in November do to my insecurities and other things. I’m looking at going back to school and am terrified by the thought of writing papers.

  171. I would love this book. Fear has crept into my life and surrendering is necessary. My word for the year is brave.

  172. I need a fresh start! I was just writing in my journal this morning that I am in a slump, in a rut. I have a good paying, easy job close to home, a good Christian husband, 2 wonderful grown up sons. I love the Lord and want His will, His plan for my life. I just feel useless and discouraged today. Bless you for your words, I would like to read your book!!

  173. God has been dealing with me about forgiveness and surrender lately. ..i appreciate this devotion today. .. and realize i need to surrender my past hurts and problems to the only One who can use them for any good at all!

  174. Ya, it’s a battle of mind everyday. I want to be in control but yet I want God to be in control. Which means my flesh wants control and my heart wants God. So everyday it’s a battle in my mind. Any change or lifestyle change I have to surrender, but how do we know if God wants us to presue it. It’s a battle of heart and mind, and flesh and Christ. I am in a place where I think I surrender all to Him. I have great trials yet trust that he will lead me if I surrender. But it’s a constant surrender. Which leads me to the question, do you constantly surrender? And what does that look like?

  175. Melissa Longval says:

    Thank you for your wise words. Surrender has been a theme the Lord keeps revealing to me again and again. I would love to win a copy of your book.

  176. Great morning devotional! I am also toddler mamma , business owner , wife, oh yeah and a human being! I make mistakes and apologize I am not perfect and the more you try to control what happens the harder it seems to make things ! Letting go and letting God is hard but the end result is amazing ! Thank you for the reminder ! Bless this day

  177. Looks like a good book!

  178. Tina Yvonne says:

    Sounds like a wonderful, inspiring and motivating book. I would like to let go of my accounting job. I have worked in that position for over 30 years! I would like the courage to switch jobs, go a new direction. I need a break from numbers and the computer! I would like a job with more words and people. I would enjoy reading your book.

  179. Thank you! 🙂 I have no words today….just Thank you! 🙂

  180. Elizabeth says:

    This is a very powerful message, and I would love a copy of the book to help me leave past failures in the past.

  181. Really need this book. Thank you.

  182. I’ve had many fresh starts – with me behind the change. You can imagine my healthier lifestyle, housekeeping & organization are still the same despite all these fresh starts. I’m wanting to let go & allow Christ to change me & my habits. Your book sounds like a great resource of encouragement.

  183. I have tendencies to try to control. Sounds like a good book!

  184. I so needed that. I recently broke off a 3 1/2 year engament. I felt like God wanted me to let go earlier but fear of failure, what people would think, and all the other negative thoughts kept me bound in the relationship. I am dealing with letting go and letting God but I get in the way trying to fix it myself. I would love to have a copy of your book. It would be awesome for where I am in my walk.

  185. So needed this devotion today

  186. Chris Decker says:

    I will be buying the book on the 26th if I don’t win a copy. I need reminders everyday to surrender and give my day to God. Every time I try to take control back the day just gets worse. Thank you for the encouragement today.

  187. looking at a new change in my life. My husband has been dealing with depression, heart and ADHD. The doctors have over medicated him, not call back when need to and now he had a brain MRI end of December and we were just told he will get the results in MARCH!!!!!! God has been giving me patience but i feel like i am going to lose it soon. so i believe this book might give me added knowledge to run the race like God wants
    Thanks so much for sharing this devotion.

  188. Thank you for that today. It puts the newness in practical terms for me – surrender.

  189. The devotional really spoke to my heart and I would love a copy of Make It Happen as I have been struggling with finding purpose and living a fulfilled life. G

  190. This year is a big change for me and sometimes I feel like my faith is hanging on by a thread. I want to trust in God and just surrender completely, but I feel like fear and simply wanting to know everything has been hindering me. I had to learn recently that perfection is something that I can never obtain and that has began to make a big difference. I want to seek purpose in my life and renew a relationship with God. I love to read and I think that that this book will help me in learning how to let go of fear and start something new by not being afraid to let God in to my heart.

  191. Wow…. It’s amazing how much God truly cares for us, His love always running deep and so patient for us to catch up. Instead of resolutions this year I did a devotion that helped me find one word to meditate on for 2015 and this devotion hit home… My word….. Surrender. Thank you Jesus for your gentle reminders and patience with my heart daily.

  192. kay larrimord says:

    I retired 1.5 years ago as social worker after having worked for 37.5 years. The people there were a family and it has definitely been an adjustment. Yet I know just as God opened the door those many years ago for me to be there He also spoke in that voice to assure me it was time to go my time to leave. The future has seemed filled with questions and uncertainty.Yet I want more for this ordinary life than to be ordinary.
    For so long my job held me 5 days a week 40 hours a week. Now it’s God’s time.
    But discouragement still surfaces slapping me in the face wondering what can I do?
    The trials and travaiis of life hopefully has strengthened me and helped me to find my place and purpose for the next phase of my life.

  193. Garnet Volquardsen says:

    Wonderful message. I would love to have a copy of your book.

  194. I woukd give this to my best friend who struggles with many if this issues. If course I well probably have to borrow it from her for myself!!!

  195. Hmmm, seems as though I’m to busy “living in the moment” as I raise 3 adolescent/teens along with a husband who is also “putting out present fires” that I can’t put much thought to “make it happen”. Want this book? Not so much. Probably need the book to have my kids’and my lives be more on purpose. I’m so thankful to NEED and have Jesus as I’m in this challenging season. Now to be obedient to His instructions for better living.

  196. A timely devotional since by now we have all probably made resolutions for the New Year that have not survived! I would like this book for my sister.

  197. Lauren Husk says:

    How encouraging! As a newlywed, I often struggle letting a lot of tasks go (having a spotless house, big amazing meals, exercising or failing to exercise…etc.) in order to spend valuable time with my husband. I know when we have kids, it will be even harder to try to have the picture perfect home. I really do just want to focus on being the best I can be in God’s eyes rather than my own eyes. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  198. I was widowed at 32 (9years ago) and am raising our three kids each and every day thru the power and grace of The Lord! I would love a copy of this book to help me let go of some of the fears I struggle with and press on to live on purpose for His Glory! Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless❤️

  199. I love the idea of a new year, a new you. I love the idea of a fresh start! i need this book to help me take that leap!!

  200. Thanks for the devo. New mercies every morning, fresh starts from God…. need thus reminder. PRAISE HIS NAME. New book sounds like a great read. I mentor young mom’s and delight to share them what God is teaching me.

  201. I would really like a copy of this book.

  202. I too like to be in control and I get frustrated when people try and change what I am trying to do. I have a hard time backing off and let someone else take control. It ends up putting a strain on my relationships because of it. I do need to learn to take a step back and relax a little.life would be less stressful.

  203. I would like to read it with my book group of friends who meet bi-weekly.

  204. After reading this for today I feel a little encouraged. I have in the recent days realized that I too feel as if I need to control just about everything. Maybe it stems from at one time being a single mom or even today’s life of being a wife, mother of 4 going on 5, working part time and trying to keep everything afloat. I tend to put so much pressure on myself that I often crash and burn. My one constant is Hod and His Word. Without that I have no idea where I would be- His daily love and grace get me through❤️ I have been looking for a book to read when I take those few moments to myself and this one seems that it would “hit the spot” in this season of my life. Good luck to everyone and God bless!

  205. I would love a copy of this book! I need a fresh career start, a purposeful transition to something new.

  206. My prayer this morning was to let go of the fear that I am letting control my life. I want to give up control and surrender it all to Him. I know He has it all figured out. After my prayer time, I read this devotion…perfect timing!

  207. Making Things Happen, the conference, changed my life about three years ago. And about a year ago I moved to Sydney, Australia to pursue the calling I felt on my life to study ministry. The year has been so hard, and now I’m on a trip with my mom here in Australia where we’re reconciling my lifetime of pain and hurt from having a mother with a personality disorder and the heartache of our family dysfunction. I have no idea what’s ahead, and I’ve committed to stay another year in studies. Needless to say I am making it happen and figuring out what the “it” is all at the same time. And it’s quite the journey. I would love to have this book to journey through myself but also equip and empower other women and young girls on their own personal journeys to do the same.

  208. I am so thankful for the blessing of each new day, to use it as a fresh start for living in God. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!

  209. I would love a copy of this book. I need to let go of the fear of standing for Jesus and getting back into church. Then I would love to give this book to my daughter to read.

  210. Trisha Kemp says:

    This beautifully written devotion was the voice of God speaking to me this morning in His perfect timing. My circumstances today surround a job promotion to a Manager……A position God lead me to apply for after much prayer and was given effective 01/01/15. I’ve been employed by the State of Texas for 28 years and never was inspired to be a Manager, even passed up opportunities as I promoted in the corporation. Not this time…..God was clearly asking me to lead and the day it was announced I began to feel gripped with fear, anxiety, and worry. After these first few weeks I had a long weekend where I made a huge effort to focus, set my mind on the Lord and His plan and poured out my soul to Him. Not that I didn’t meet with Him everyday before this, I was just in a different mindset, a time of sadness, concern, and worry…..what have I done kind of mindset. I am a woman who loves Jesus so much and fears disappointing Him and given the responsibiliy to have a direct influence on others caused me to be overwhelmed with fear. I was very well accepted and every member of my team knows my faith and knows it comes first. And God had positioned an amazing friend and boss to help me in the transition, yet the spirit of darkness was in my mind and I was afraid. As I woke up this morning I was determined to be prayed up and focused before going in today and with the power of Jesus I was not going to be afraid or overwhelmed……..and then He blessed me with this devotion that spoke the very words of Jesus to me. Thank You for message…..it certainly ministered to my heart. I am praying that by my influence in this journey others will come to know Jesus as I do.

  211. This message was just for me. What I once perceived to be a set back three and a half years ago has turned out to be God’s intervention to save my life for bigger and better opportunities that are tailor made for me. It has been so exciting to watch His plan unfold. Every exprience that once seemed like another disconnected, aimless adventure is coming into focus as one of His purposeful steps toward a triumphant destiny. More and more, I see clearly that if I had stayed in that former situation, I would never have been positioned to live this brand new and improved life. But even so, I still occasionally lose a bit of faith, so this is a most appropriate reminder of His perfect plan. Thank you!

  212. Thank you for the encouraging words. Exactly what I needed to hear!
    God Bless You and Your precious family Lara!

  213. Thank you for this today. I had just had a conversation with my husband about how sometimes I let my fears keep me from living fully. Sounds like your book would be a great read!

  214. I’d love to read this book with my husband & pass it on to my dad. A lot of fears are holding him back from going towards goals, especially his health. He thinks it’s too late to fix the situation he’s in but he’s still young enough to correct it. He needs hope and direction and a new set of tools. This book could help change and possibly save a life.

  215. Recently laid off and go g through a lot of changes and feeling lost or Un directed. I could really use a copy of the book to help me follow Christmas and increase my faith in him.

  216. I need a book like this. One to give me hope at the new beginning I’m facing for myself and my family due to circumstances beyond my control.

  217. Great devotional. I would love a copy of this book.

  218. Rebecca Etzler says:

    CONTROL is a seven letter word!!!!

  219. I also need this message stuck to my forehead! It is often so easy for me to remind others of the grace & mercies available every morning but harder for me to remember the same for myself & my failures. Lord, help me to remember each day that You are working on me, in me, and through me to fulfill the purposes You created me to fulfill. Help me to rest in knowing that You are good, You are sovereign, and wonder of wonders You’ve chosen me! If I win the book I’ll read it & then raffle it to the ladies in my Bible study group that starts next week. 🙂

  220. Chrissy B says:

    WOW!! If this didn’t just speak directly to my soul!!! I have never identified with a devotional more than this. I’m a personal trainer, a toddler mom, a business owner, and a control freak. The day my daughter was born set me free in the exact way you described, but the enemy continues to oh-so-sneakily find ways to make me feel overwhelmed and unworthy because of my missteps. Thank you so much for writing such a meaningful, relevant devotional. I would love a copy of your book!

  221. Jackie Young says:

    I used to be a control freak but after my husband was diagnosed with Leukemia I am slowly learning that I am not in control no matter how much I want to be. I am learning to let God be in control and can honestly say I am really starting to feel great freedom in Him! I would love to a free copy of this book!

  222. Dee Parnell says:

    I have been determined that I would get back to devotionals daily since January 1st, but been so busy, mom been in hospital since Christmas, just got out few days ago, and I am her caregiver, also for my husband with health issues also. Was going to work this morning but mama fell and I am not leaving her, so now she is resting and I checked my emails and popped open your devotion (the first one I slowed down for) and felt comfort and peace at the reading that I am not alone with doing the everythings of daily life. I need to remember Jesus is ultimately in control. Thinking the book would be a comforting read of encouragement for myself….enjoyed the devotion.

  223. I would love to have this book to read. I have lived with and battled agoraphobia for years. Fear I have known too well.

  224. After 6 years of fighting infertility I just had my 3rd miscarriage after my 6th round of IVF. This battle has taken over my life and affected my marriage, finances, self worth and my physical health. I pray God can help me let go of doing this my way and hopefully make room for His greater plan. It’s very scary to surrender this but I can’t do this to myself or my family anymore. God please give me peace as I give this to you. To God be the glory.

  225. Thank you Lara. You didn’t have to be that transparent but you were, and as a result, you truly blessed many! It’s a beautiful reminder of what God has been calling me to do, let go…. and trust. Although I’m sure this book would benefit me, if I should win a copy, I would rather pass it along to a dear friend who struggles with depression. I’m no psychologist but I know God’s word( and encouragement like this) are the true remedy we so often overlook. Keep sharing Lara !!!!

  226. I would love a copy! I’m a stay at home mom thinking about going back to work, but I’m not sure if it’s for the right reasons. I need to learn to let go of some old baggage and feelings and forge ahead in the right direction: towards Jesus.

  227. This message was what I needed to read today because I need a new start and to let go of fear and control to surrender. I have been searching for my purpose to really find meaning in why I’m here and I pray that it will be made clear to me and give me a fire in my heart to fulfill it at whatever cost.

  228. Thank you for today’s devotional. Since January 1st I have been struggling with surrender. I needed this reminder that it’s not too late to let go and let God be himself in me. I would love a copy of your new book for myself and to share with my youngest daughter.

  229. Road blocks or barriers are usually an opportunity for a new a new beginning. To scale through is to have a new platform for entirely new experience . To have a new beginning on an old platform is nothing but stagnation and backwardness.

  230. I needed to hear this. I have a senior this year and preparing for college. I have fear, thoughts of loss, and stress of our family unit changing. I know I have a Great God, but need to let him be in charge. I have to trust and know that he loves my daughter more than me, because I have seen him work in her life. It’s not easy, but like you said from your story, “this to too shall pass”.

  231. Would love to get a copy of this book. I stay home full time- so much to manage and I seek God daily sometimes several times a day. The children, my husband, dinner, school lunches, alone time with my husband, night time rituals, it’s TOUGH! I know God sees and knows my strengths and my weaknesses. I love that He loves me so much to help me.

  232. Surrender the key word in living for Christ. I need to do this very thing in my life surrender and follow.

  233. I would love to read this book. I also feel like like I need a new start. Feel like I am stuck in the “same old thing”. Need a fresh start in a lot of areas in my life /I am waiting on God to open a new door and for me not to be fearful of new opportunities. Just pray God’s grace and leading for me and my husband and two kids.

  234. I would love a copy of this book. God spoke to me through this devotion. I’m looking forward to change amongst the pain of divorce, single mom of three trying to move and rely on God. I’ve lived most my life defined by what I do AND my feelings of inadequacy in major areas of life. I’m in the process of learning that those don’t define me and I’m growing TOWARDS whatever Gid has next for me.

  235. Fear has been a part of my life for a long time. God is revealing to me that He has a better way. Slowly, I am beginning to accept that and surrender. I know there is freedom for me from fear. That is why Jesus gave His life, that we could live the life we were meant to live. I’m always looking for books from fellow Christian women who have battled fear. It reminds me that I am not alone, and it assures me that victory is truly possible.

  236. It’s amazing how how the timing of this devotional resonates with me and so many other women. We are currently experiencing the blessing from Isaiah 43:19. My husband was facing a work crisis almost 3 years ago and God gave us this word as encouragement in the midst of great uncertainty – the loss of his job, the recession, graduate school at 43 yrs old, and a toddler and wife at home. Thankfully at the time, we were not in debt except for our mortgage and had savings and unemployment, but still, great uncertainty lay ahead and my husband felt very defeated. I urge anyone who is a believer to cling to God, look to His word, pray (Stormie Omartian has a great book – particularly The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional) and wait with expectation and thanksgiving. Three years later, I am experience uncertainty as I am trying to work part time for various reasons. Lara’s book sounds very encouraging and hopeful to many!

  237. Connie Pierson says:

    What a blessing this morning to read your writing! I too need a fresh start! I’m such a control freak, I need to let go! Thank you for blessing me today!

  238. Oh how this speaks to my heart today. Funny how I used to be the “need to be in control” toddler mama and wife, but now the roles have changed. Instead of wanting to be in control of naptimes, I find a need to be in control of other areas of my now adult children’s lives. As hard as it was for me to face those “roadblocks” of life and allow that top layer to be peeled to grow, it is SOOO much more difficult to watch your children face these things in their lives. It is only through that radical grace of God that you speak of!! Thanks so much for sharing your heart today. With my second child beginning college this week, I so needed to hear it! God Bless you and your family as you continue to grow and accomplish great things in God’s service.

  239. LeRyiah Arant says:

    On January 26 2014 I made the life changing decision to stop living life my way and to rededicate my life to Christ…just four hours later, my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer. Little did I know how that day would turn my world upside down and inside out! I went from parenting my two children, 3 and 5, to parenting a parent…talk about discovering a new definition of “hard.” As I mentioned, I was embarking on my own “fresh start” as a rededicated “baby believer,” learning how to walk again in my new life with Christ. Handing over control was never an easy feat for me and now my mom’s situation was calling me to take on the reigns of life and death care. Needless to say I was incredibly conflicted in the depths of my heart and soul. Here I thought my fresh start was upon me and already the devil was working overtime trying to wreak havoc on my heart. As we approach my Mom’s one year “cancerversary” in just a few short days, I reflect on the past year and realize that I must find “ME” again even in the midst of this storm. Over the last year I have gained 40 pounds and have really lost a sense of self, I have put my passions on the shelf and although I have been walking closely with the Lord, being in the Word everyday and am an active part of a body of believers, I realize that Satan and I are still doing a dance over total submission to Christ and obedience to His will. As I was reading this post on needing a fresh start, I felt like I had authored the piece myself. I would absolutely love to dive in to the pages of this book and seize the opportunity to make the most of the day that God has gifted to me while living out his purpose for my life and for his glory! Lastly, I just have to Praise God that my mom is not only suriving but thriving leading up to one year of survival with this horrific cancer and she too is starting fresh, just celebrating her 58th birthday yesterday, realizing that God has given her this new “normal” to do great things for his glory! Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

  240. I would like a copy of this book! I enjoyed this devotional this morning and am challenged to surrender control but have a hard time knowing what to do…what actual steps to take to stay surrendered!

  241. Thank you so much, it’s what I needed to hear. I would love to read the book.

  242. Thank you for sharing today’s devotional. As a stay-at-home mom for the last 8 years, I’m feeling a little lost. I love staying home but I’m always wondering if I’m doing “enough.” Not sure what I even mean by that. Feeling confused in Illinois.

  243. My biggest struggle with control is in school. My need to get the best grade possible is nearly compulsive. In college, however, there are many things happening around me every day…things of more importance than 100 points on a quiz. There are people who need friends, friends who need support/encouragement, and my own heart which needs to be fed by Christ.
    I would really like to own a copy of Make It Happen because, as the subtitle implies, not letting go of my fear is at the root of my inability to let go of control. Letting go and letting God is a scary thing…unknown territory. How can I know what the outcome will be if I’m not in control? But I want to experience Christ’s complete lordship over my life, and I know that He is far more capable than I.

  244. I desperately need a fresh start….

  245. I enjoyed Lara’s devotion today. I have been longing for a good book to read for new guidance and help.. I would love to have a copy of her new book Make it Happen. I also know a few women that would also enjoy it… Thank you so much for these devotions each day..

  246. Miranda Miller says:

    Thank you for this devotion today. God really spoke to me through your words. I am recently single parent not by choice and beginning a fresh start. I could really use a copy of your book.

  247. Tracey Fleger says:

    I need a book like this desperately. I have been suffering from anxiety and feelings of failure for months…leaning on medications because I’m not quite sure how to lean on the Lord. Please, help me.

  248. This devo really spoke to me today. You are so right, there is nothing magical about Jan. 1 it is all about Him. He is the one we should find excitement in, love in, happiness in and yet we think we have to have more money, more stuff or be skinner to be really happy. NOT! He is so good to us and wants the best for us, but we have to go to daily and (for me) many times a day to ask for help or lift praises to Him. He wants us as a whole not the bits and pieces. Just because we can’t physically see Him (sometimes we can!) does not mean He is not there. I have to learn to let go of my control issues and trying to fix things that are totally out of my control. You seem to have several of those qualities and I would love to read what you have to say about these struggles in your book. So I would like to place my name in the pot to win your book and then I would pass this on to my pastor’s wife. She and I both need this. She is the pastors wife and I am the music pastors wife.

  249. Great devotion! I would love this book! 2014 was a really tough year for my family! We need a fresh start!

  250. I am in the middle of what seems to be a misstep and feeling confused and discouraged. I would love to read this book!

  251. Amanda Davidson says:

    God help me let go of my doubt and live by faith. I think this book would help thru all the chaos that is happening in my life right now. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  252. This spoke RIGHT to me this morning in the season that I am in. The seed thing – WOAH. I knew it, but I never KNEW it <- if that makes sense. Thank you!

  253. Thank you for this devotional it is such an encouragement to me. I have a lot on my plate and at times become over whelmed to the point it is hard to function. I so appreciated your prayer at the end, I don’t have to be in control because God is. How true! By God’s grace my new start is to surrender daily.

  254. Nancy Silvers says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I have a dream, I know it will benefit others but I’m somewhat stuck in moving forward. I need to trust God, step out in faith and Make It Happen 🙂

  255. I would love a copy of this book. I need to let go of anger and resentment. Time to accept this fresh start I have been given!

  256. Kristen DeLauney says:

    I would like a copy of this book. My husband and I are in the midst of pursuing an international adoption of a deaf child. I currently work a full time job two hours from home and commute each day. The door was recently shut on an opportunity I though God was giving me to move my job closer to home. I’m having trouble understanding God’s plan and letting go of the control to trust that my new start will come in His perfect timing..

  257. Ginger M. says:

    My parent’s health problems, my father-in-laws passing, responsiblities for my children, my husband and my job…there is such a mounting list of worries. I would love to read your book to learn how to wake up each morning NEW! Your devotional was very inspirational for me. Thank you so much!

  258. Sometimes I think mistake may be my middle name…LOL…as the sun comes up each morning I face the day with Psalms 118:24 & give God everything coming my way, especially the mistakes! His forgiveness,grace & mercy Gets me through it all 🙂 I’m now practicing better listening for what He calls me to do for Him- I know it will be a great big assignment that I don’t have the courage for on my own. I’m grateful knowing He will make my path the right one & rest in faith. I’ve never been someone who stretched/reached/challenged myself – my fear of failure was too great…I look forward to reading this book

  259. Letting go of control is a one-step-forward, two-steps-back process for me, but I am so thankful for encouraging words like this devotion to help me along my stumbling way. Would love to win a copy of the book to help me continue on my journey.

  260. Paige McElvaney says:

    I would love a copy of Make it Happen. I’m a busy mom, wife & daughter and I have so much I need/want to do in 2015!

  261. Melissa L says:

    The last 15 months of my life have been hell!! My marriage, my husbands health, fear, anxiety, distrust, feeling like a complete failure!!!!!! Trying to keep holding everything together and feeling like it is just getting worse!! My life wasn’t supposed to be this way!!!!

  262. I have always played it safe, growing up thinking the best course was to be careful in everything. Now, at 40, I feel I am either going to keep this up and never do anything meaningful, or start taking risks, trusting the Lord to take care of things. The new book sounds like it could stimulate some ideas for me. Thanks for the devotion.

  263. I need to let go of control and fear in my life.

    • Jackie Tate says:

      A diagnosis of breast cancer, double mastectomy and several surgeries in 2014 as a result; my husband getting sick with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which caused encepholapathy of the brain resulting in him having to quit work; and the financial trials that come with all of this. Both my husband and I are healing and we are ready for a change. He no longer works and often needs me at home. Considering a change in that direction to be able to be home with him. I believe this book would help us both…and then as I always do, pass it along to another…

  264. I would love a copy of this book! I have been chasing perfect for 30+ years. Now my daughter is going to have a baby and I pray that she will not chase perfect but choose to spend time where it is important, with her new baby and not all of the chores and the “to do lists” Would love to give her this book while she is pregnant!

  265. This past year I lost my parents and a beloved uncle. Every dream that was to be has vanished. My faith keeps me going. Like Spring brings forth a new earth so shall your book help me to start anew.

  266. I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  267. ThankYou for such an inspiring a story.. I am need and looking for a fresh start. Just trying to bAlance everything in life, to be ready for the challenges and obstacles that presents itself can become a bit overwhelming. Especially when you are to intercessory. I try to stay equipped by staying in touch w/ God 24 /7. Just last Friday, I went to Lifeway and purchased Living well simply spending less.. So far this is a great read that has many biblical references. Keep ShAring Be Blessed

  268. Pam Dumas says:

    I would like to know how to get the motivation to move ahead with my dreams now that I actually have the time! I can not just pray about it, I must start somewhere! Help me!

  269. I would love to receive a copy of this book. Thank you for this devotional, it is just what I needed this morning.

  270. I would so love a copy of this book.

  271. Thank you for the reminder that my identity is in Christ– not my accomplishments OR my missteps. So thankful God is making all things new!

  272. Funny, I have surrendered to the Lord in certain areas in my life but not all of them! I realize how much time and energy are spent on things that are out of my control. Thank goodness our loving Father grants us grace and mercy and He is in the drivers seat!

  273. Heather J. says:

    I love reading about God making the impossible possible!

  274. Thank you for this beautiful and much needed reminder that we are all offered a fresh new start and the freedom we receive from Christ and his sacrifice of his one and only son! That it is through our surrender to Him that we are made new! I would love this book!

  275. Juliana Ekema says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this book. I need to take a deep breath….and SURRENDER.

  276. Ssuan Richerson says:

    I probably need the book for myself, but once I was done o would pass it on to someone else. I do that with all my books. Thanks

  277. Would love to win this book to get past some of my fears. Thanks for the giveaway!

  278. Lara. Thank you for this word of encouragement. Most days I feel like I am such a failure to the Lord. I fall into the same sin repeatedly and can not seem to grasp The depth of His love for me. It’s easier to believe it for others. I’d love a copy of this book.

  279. Great devotional! When I read 2Cor5:17, I would swear it said The old has gone, the new is BETTER! Why do I think I know what’s best – better than God does? Why do I doubt His love for me? I would love to read this book and then give to my daughter-in-law to read. Blessings to you and thank you so much for using the gifts God has given you for encouraging and sharing with others! ♡

  280. Cynthia H. says:

    A fresh start is always what made the new school year so amazing. Having devotional time each morning gives me that same feeling of expectation and wonder. I’d like to learn how to sustain that expectation no matter what the day brings. Learn I don’t need the “feeling” but rather realize the source. Then after I’ve read the book donate to our church Library for others to “Make it Happen”.

  281. Helena Wiebe says:

    Loved today’s devotional:) I would love the book. I would share this book with my teenage daughter and u know we’d both enjoy it:)

  282. Great devotional! Thank you.
    I would love a copy of this book.

  283. A great reminder and encouraging devotional. Would love to have this new book for me personally and I am looking for new ideas for books for women’s small group discussions.

  284. Sumar Simmons says:

    Writing this post because the 1st thought I had was, why bother…..I wanted to overcome it 🙂 Have an awesome day xoxo

  285. Michelle Axton Kelly says:

    Thank you for the wonderful inspiration! I covered my journal this morning with so many of yous encouraging quotes. I am struggling with letting go of my mishaps and seeing them as growhy opportunities. Today I will live in the trugh that God loves me and I will be changed by Him, not by any new vow or plan I create. I hope to win your book!

  286. Hi!
    I enjoyed your devotional this morning. I would like a free copy of your book! Why? The words in your post ring true for all of us who believe, but I feel especially drawn to them these days. I have felt that I’ve been at a crossroads of sorts for the past few years with my career. I’ve been pulled to search for service work with nonprofits, and have been looking for a meaningful, rewarding job that blesses others as well as me. This has been a long, stressful process. The upsides are many, I’m sure, but one of the most important ones is that I am reminded daily that I am not in control, and that seeking God’s guidance and peace will lead me to the right one. I have truly longed for that new start you describe, and pray that God will continue to use me and send the right things my way. Thank you for sharing your inspirations with me today.

  287. Debbie Herbst says:

    I was praying about our marriage and believe this is part of God’s gracious answer to me. Also, considering applying for a different job as an older-person-who-should-probably-just-stay-put. The point is my attitude about Christ. If I am His, then my “job” is to surrender, not try to figure it all out and worry about the outcome.
    Great insight today. Thank you.

  288. Thank you, Lara, for this devotion. I have a control issue, and I do find myself getting overwhelmed. Then what happens? Feelings of failure and hopelessness set in. I need to remember who I am in Christ and daily surrender to Him. “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:8. I would love to own this book.

  289. Would love to read this then share it with friends! At 59, God ever so gently continues to loosen my grip on wanting to control; recently dealt with an issue of being a peacemaker all through my life – not that it was a bad thing but He revealed my motivation had been to make my life easier! Ouch! Now, when I think of putting on ‘the sandals of the gospel of peace’, it’s ‘other’ focused rather than ‘me’ focused. Thanks so much for sharing!

  290. Amina Nichols says:

    I soooo need this book! For the past 2 years I have been struggling significantly with identity and purpose. I feel a divine discomfort in the way my life is going and I want to change, but I just don’t know how. I want to go forth in the plans that God has already ordained for me, but without a 100% certainty about who I am and what exactly it is I’m supposed to be doing, it is extremely hard for me to move. I pray for guidance, I pray for courage, I pray for boldness, I just feel like maybe God is giving me the answers, but I’m missing it. I don’t know anyone else like me. My friends are extremely ambitious. They know what they want and they go after it. It seems that God speaks to them clearly and immediately, but for me, I feel like He’s speaking, but I don’t hear a thing. Even when I steal away for intimate quiet times with Him, I hear Him about a lot of things, but I just need to know my identity and purpose in particular. I also asked him for something specific for me. I know what the Bible says about identity and I want to believe that about myself, but I also want God to speak to me in a fine-tuned, specialized way so I that I can internalize what He’s really telling me. I need a personal revelation and I need to know how others have overcome. I need to know how to get some answers to God. Maybe I need to ask the right questions. I want to move, I want to act with purpose, I want to act with intention, but I’m so unsure, I’m so afraid.

  291. Kathy Pitt says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion. Truly God does bring newness to us throughout each day. I would love to be selected to receive a book. It looks like just what I need to read.

  292. Gretchen Scoleri says:

    I would love to start a new business and think this book would be extremely helpful

  293. I can’t wait to read this book! I am at a place where I want to deepen my relationship with God and love immersing myself in books like these because the focus is on God and letting him lead my life. I really need to learn to fully trust in him and let go of my anxiety and worries in life. I just can’t get enough of the Lord, and am constantly yearning for more. I want him to be my focus in everything I do, everything I read, and every conversation I have!

  294. I’m one of those you wrote your book for, and I would love a copy. God is SO working on me, and my need for control, in this season of my life. My kids are getting a front row seat to what God is doing….and I am thankful for His patience with me. I came from an extremely controlling household. My mom won the trophy for best controller. Everyday God speaks to my heart in a new way, over another new circumstance, telling me to open my hands, stop doubting and start trusting HIM. Thank you for a WONDERFUL message!

  295. I love receiving the newsletter from Proverbs 31 ministries, it always brings so much encouragement to my morning. In some way we all have something relateable to one article or another,and this morning’s caught my attention. I would love to win this book. Regardless of whether I do or not it’s going on my “to read list”.
    I’ve discovered other books through Proverbs 31 ministries suggestion that have wonderful godly advice and encouragement,and know I would enjoy reading ,Make it Happen.God knows what we need,His timing is perfect. He knows what’s on our hearts and if it’s meant to be it will.

  296. Caren Nelson says:

    What a fabulous devotion this morning! I am looking forward to reading your book, as I can see my self in your writing. I belive God does use our mistakes and missteps as learning, changing rebirthing opportunities. If only I woukd take the time to do the same! Love having these electronic reminders, email: life’s speed bumps, to slow me down each morning, and refocus my outlook on, well, everything! Gid bless!

  297. What a blessing! The devotional was right on time. As a teen mama- I need to be reminded daily that I have a fresh start. Praise God for the fresh start.

  298. The devotional today really spoke to my heart. Thank you! I would love the opportunity to read Lara’s book.

  299. Delilah Davis says:

    I would love to receive a copy of your book am currently in the process of turning my life around . I want to be able to have a fresh start my life has been surrounded by so much negative things and am tired I have six children and I want them to know who is God.

  300. Your devotion spoke to my heart. Thank you – I would appreciate a copy of this book.

  301. I’m mother of a one and three year old. The Lord has also been teaching me to let go of control. I broke my hand last week and the Lord is even using that to teach me to let go. I can’t obsess over the laundry and the dishes, and I’m calling on others for help with dinner, etc which is something I woulf NEVER do. This book would definitely help me learn to let go and let God do what He has planned

  302. Amber Obechina says:

    I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW! Thank you for a beautiful message that spoke to my heart. If I dont spend time with God in the morning, my day just doesnt make sense! I am in a place now of uncertainty as my husband lost his job and we may have to move again. My kids are getting older and don’t need me (as Much). I want to feel relevant and important in this life. I can’t wait to get this book! Please tell me more!

  303. Thank you for this devotional. I would love to receive a copy of this book.

  304. Our 21 year old son committed a felony a year ago. I want to share with him the fresh start that is available to him from our loving, grace-filled God. Thank You, Jesus!

  305. Especially today I need this reminder. As a newly retired teacher, every area of my life has changed. Some days I think I have it all together and know where I am headed and what am supposed to be doing. Other days, like today. I feel lost-overwhelmed-confused. I am so grateful that God is in control; He is doing a new thing (Is. 43:18-19); His plans are for good (Jer. 29:11) and that all of this is working together for my good (Rom 8:28) and His Glory!!! So, I will keep running this race that He has set out for me and strive to walk in Hus way as I minister to women.

  306. I really need a copy of this book! I have been separated since June of last year; I feel like such a failure; my husband kicked me out; I had breast cancer in 2010 and a healthy beautiful baby girl in 2011 (she was 11 lbs 2.8 oz) an awesome blessing from GOD after being married for 18 years with no success of a child – before my daughter turned 3 years old my husband starting cheating with his ex-girlfriend from 28 years ago; he left us 16 out of 21 nights to go spend the night with her 9 miles down the road and come home in the morning to change clothes and go to work; I cried, I begged, i pleaded for him to not leave us; he did anyway; not only me but my daughter is suffering; she will be 4 in May; she says things like daddy loves me mommy but he don’t love you; i always wanted a family of my own and it has been so hard to have; i want God to be in control of my life! my husband has been extremely hateful, ruthless, mean and selfish! i want revenge for the both of them; but most of all i want to be strong in God and be the best mother i can be for my girl; he has done things i can’t seem to get over or out of my mind; i have had many, many, many sleepless nights, my emotions are a wreck; i just wanted to be loved like everybody else and he left me instead; He let the girlfriend move in our home of 21 years back in November; they went to Tennessee the week before Christmas together; i remember asking to go there in our years of marriage and he wouldn’t; he has done things with her he wouldn’t do with his wife and daughter; he wouldn’t even go have breakfast on a Saturday morning and go to the park; he is happy seeing his daughter 6 hours one week & about 48 the next – he has her every other weekend; he don’t want me back; he wants his cake and eat it too; and if the day comes that he wants “me” back that would be so unfair for him to do what he has wanted for almost a year and then want to save his family; i will be forever broken by his actions and choices; I would so love our marriage to be saved thru God but i just don’t know if i can EVER forgive him for what he has done to our family; he abandoned us for HER; he forced me out and told me he never loved me, shouldn’t have married me 21 years ago, has always loved her and they will be together and i might as well accept; he has called the law on me just trying to get our stuff out of the home; i am deeply crushed, heartbroken, feeling unloved and unwanted and my heart aches every day for our miracle Girl – i thank God for her every day – I want to be confident in myself and start fresh! thanks for your time 😉 and have a good day!

  307. I had to release my marriage to God and its one of the hardest things vs I’ve ever done. I am still with husband, and that is a miracle but our marriage is in need of so much help, per things are not as they should be. I find myself waning to change my husband or circumstances, and protect my children from all that is happening but I have no control over anyone or things God is the only one who can work out the mess. So, I’m slowly learning to ask God to work on me and to have myself be in right standing with Him. I also know prayer is the only way. I’m sorry to say that sometimes my prayer life has been lacking but lately God is showing me Himself. I’m learning to see God in the small things, and see that He is answering prayer which shows me He’s there, so I must trust Him for my marriage mess as well. If I won the book I’d read it and then share it with others.

  308. Elizabeth says:

    Lord, help me surrender my anger to you. This anger is ugly, unproductive, and takes me in directions I don’t really want to go. It sneaks up on me, comes out of no where, attacks me, and leaves me sorry and ashamed of myself. Jesus, you are my protection. Empty me of all that is of me and fill me with you, oh great God! In His name. Amen.

  309. God’s timing is always perfect! This devotion struck a chord with me in so many ways. I feel like I am in a place where I need to start over from always being people pleasing and perfectionistic into the woman God wants me to be. Thank you for your devotion and for writing a book that can bless so many others.

  310. I need to let go of control and be closer to God! Thank you for your post.

  311. I can totally relate to this and often struggle with always wanting to be in control! I’m reminded of how desperately I need to hand over the reigns to the One Who Reigns!!! I’d love to win a copy of this book! 🙂

  312. Stephanie says:

    I have recently made major changes in my life and have made the choice to live a more God driven life bc He has truly blessed my life since I made the commitment. I want to pay it forward and I would give it to my daughter who is just starting a new life adventure.

  313. I would love a copy of this book. I tend to be a perfectionist, but when things don’t go my way I feel like I take it out on myself and my family. I need to let go and let God take control!

  314. Thank you for this devotion. It was so encouraging and very timely!

  315. These said a lot to me and said it hard! Many things going on in my life – some huge (watching a parent getting ready to leave us) and some small but still things! Praying God will be done in all.

  316. I would like a copy of your new book to share with my daughter, who has 2 toddlers, a new little baby, and a 21-year-old sister-in-law living in her house with the family. She has been very discouraged the past few months, and I am hoping the book would encourager her to surrender each day to the Lord.

  317. My “word” for this year is Fearless – which of course brings it’s own fear and trembling along with it couched in excitement as well. I would LOVE a copy!

  318. After last year’s heartache of a miscarriage. And many failed attempts following that left me confused and without hope… by the Grace of God, my husband and I are at the point where we are releasing the chains of fear and doubt and we are ready to try again! This devotion has been so encouraging to me Lara ❤

  319. My family and I recently relocated to a new state. I lived my entire 42 years life in one area, and I’ve bern thrown into a place that seems so foreign. I have not made any really close connections yet, and I am desperate to find another woman to relate to. Just before I read today’s devotion I prayed for God to show me how to make a new friend. Today’s piece really spoke to me. “This too shall pass.” I had forgotten it, but my mother used to say that phrase to us when things were tough. It was a great reminder. I may be struggling and feeling lonely, but He is here as He’s always been, and He goes before me. I need to find my peace in knowing what I’ve always known. Thanks for the reminder! Your book sounds like it’s exactly the encouragement I’ve been looking for! I’m going to check it out.

  320. April McMichael says:

    This devotional spoke to my heart so much today. It is a new start each day…His mercies are new every morning, thank God! I would love to have a copy of rhis to share with my daughters.

  321. lori sensenig says:

    This devotional was for me!! Having a serious phobia of germs and sickness and 3 preschoolers have made me a prisoner in my own house! It’s awful and I know it’s Satan causing me to b a control freak..I did find a friend that shares my phobia and we could help each other with this book!!

  322. Carol Love says:

    I would send it to my Granddaughter Mickie. She is stuck. She got her degree and has not found a position to use it and has messed up her life with partying and drinking and co-habiting with men. So sad to see such a beautiful girl wasting the talents and life that God has given her.

  323. I would love a copy of this book. I’ve been living in fear and letting my past hold me back for several years. With recently reconnecting with the Word am trying to surrender completely to God every day.

  324. I too need this reminder. I find it much easier to follow through on resolutions like walking because I can set concrete goals. How do I set a goal to grow closer to God? As much as I want to, it often only comes through my failures and trials.

  325. Lisa Rath says:

    Thank you for today’s devotion….in the midst of a rough patch in my marriage THIS was exactly what I needed to hear today! You have no idea how much it has blessed me this morning to read this and to be encouraged that this too shall pass and that this is creating growth. Thank you! I would love to win the book it sounds wonderful and exactly what I need in my life right now. God bless!

  326. Chenita Witherspoon says:

    This could not have come at more more amazing time…BUT GOD. I have been struggling with a drinking addiction for years and just when I thought I have conquered it…I didn’t. I felt so ashamed like I have lost the battle for good. I felt like I had disappointed GOD. I didn’t go to church Sunday and that only made me feel worst. I didn’t give up though, I started my morning study time with GOD again and I continued to pray. The more I prayed the more GOD bought people and things in my life to help boost me up. This morning I woke up to the daily devotional from you guys and it continued to give me a boost.It is just what I needed and confirmation that GOD answers prayers. I would love a copy of this book because I truly believe that GOD has given me a new start!

  327. Amen… Fear to FAITH!!!… I enjoy reading your inspirations everyday. Thank you!

  328. thank you for your words of encouragement today! I believe God used them to speak to me right where I am at and when I needed to hear them. Lots of stuff going on in life right now and I like to “try” to control the details of life and this post was such a blessing today. Thank you again! Would love a copy of your book!!

  329. It is amazing how God works. I had a conversation with someone just last night about letting go and surrendering so that I can move forward with my life. It was thought-provoking and overwhelming because it would require focus for me to change. Today’s devotion reminded me that it won’t happen in my own strength, but through God’s grace as I surrendered it all to him…daily…and often times moment by moment. Wow…thanks. This was an awesome devotional for me this morning!

  330. Heather Phillips says:

    Thank you for the encouragement this am! I needed this message right now… I am struggling with feelings of failure and confusion about what Gods purpose and plan for me is. I am really seeking Him right now and trusting Him to lead me in my next step! I would love to have a copy of your book, it would be timely right now! Thank you again for sharing your heart with us!

  331. The book sounds amazing! I would love a copy to read and to share! The devotional today was inspiring! Thank you!

  332. I need this book to guide me in prayer for some family and friends who are having struggles… Numbers 6:24-26

  333. I would love to read this book because I need to leave fear behind; fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of not being good enough. And I need to take a leap of faith and fully trust in the sufficiency of Christ. I am in the process of moving forward and leaving the old behind! And it feels so good! 🙂 So much hope!

  334. Thank you for the message this morning, I am struggling with issues of a new start and trying to get on track, this reading and scripture helped me so much this morning, more things each day are relating to me getting on track .. I would truly love to have this book, it would help me on my new start on life

  335. Christy Phegley says:


  336. This book would mean so much to me. My mother is currently battling cancer and while sometimes I want to be able to control her health as well as issues in my own life I need to learn to let go and let God. 🙂

  337. Thank you so much for your message today! I would love a copy of your book. So many times I feel like my control is keeping me from hearing God’s words for me! Any help from you in the words of your book would be a step forward in letting go of that control and would be a blessing!

  338. Zoila Ochoa says:

    I love reading these daily devotionals that inspire me to be a better person. I’m so grateful to have finally found God and to have chosen to follow his ways.

  339. Kim Roberts says:

    This is so true and powerful at every stage in life…not just overwhelmed moms. As a senior citizen, I still see His teaching me to let go of old patterns, hasty reactions, plunging into the traps of the evil one and surrendering daily to Him. The surrender can be painful, because i have lived with the old ways so long, they are ME. God calls us to die to self and live by His grace. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

  340. Thank you so much for sharing this! I was just saying the other day how much I would love a copy of your book as I work through the Power Sheets. I think it would help and inspire! 🙂

  341. Dianne Bullard says:

    Wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you! I feel that a new start is what I need right now in my life, this devotion was right on time. God is good! I would share this book with one of my friends at church.

  342. Sounds like an awesome book!!! I would love to win a copy to further this season of taking control of my life as a single mother and creating a peaceful household for my daughter and me.

  343. Jan. 1st always gives me a feeling of new beginnings, but I love that every day is a new beginning with Christ. No matter what I did or said, what I did or didn’t do, His mercies are new every morning! This book would certainly help with my daily discovery of those truths God’s word provides!

  344. I was in search this morning of some encouraging words and inspiration when I fell upon this site and this daily message! I’m overwhelmed at just how much it touched me. It’s exactly what I need! It’s actually an answered prayer, I’m sure of it! I’d love a copy of the book. I’m looking forward to a New Year and a New Me!!!

  345. I am almost 41 and have dealt with depression most of my life. I am always telling myself that I’ll never be good enough…God will never forgive me….etc. etc. etc.. This new Year I have decided I am going to change and I have started reading the bible and doing more devotions. This is a new year for me. And I know that by the Grace of God I can do it!

  346. Laura – what a great message! I am somewhat of a “control freak” and it is a daily choice to trust that God is in control. My focus for 2015 is spending time with god every morning and turning over my day to Him. Thank you for the message. I would love a copy of your book.

  347. Thank you for your ministry! It seems every morning God uses this blog to help us with our struggles to open our eyes and ears to ultimately find Him! Joy joy!
    Maybe the book is what I need to drop the weight for good! To God be the glory!
    Thank you! God’s blessings on this ministry.

  348. What an awesome reminder and just right on time for me! Letting go has been a struggle, but I have many reminders posted all around. I rely on scripture, reminders from friends, ad then I get devotionals, just like this one, that hit home! Thank you for the reminder; I would LOVE to win a book. Blessings …

  349. Wow that was completely on target for me today. Thank you!! Love the analogy of the seed coat – what a great visual reminder in every day life.

  350. Jenn Raabe says:

    I love the encouragement of the devotional piece to surrender our will and control and to look at obstacles as moments to draw closer to God – to lean in and get direction and strength from Him. I would love to read Lara’s entire book as these few words were so uplifting and freeing.

  351. Would love a copy of this book. Thank you for the devotion today and the book giveaway.

  352. I would like to read this book because I often feel stuck. I feel bogged down by fear and all the things that I haven’t done. I know that God still loves me, I know He is in control, I know He uses all things, I know He has forgiven me, and I know that He sees me with no shame. Yet sometimes it is still difficult to receive all of this. I left fear keep me where I am instead of learning to fly. I want to be free of my fear, but I’m having a difficult time leaving fear at the altar. It sounds like this book could be helpful in showing me how.

  353. I’m currently unemployed. I feel useless. I can’t release the anxiety. I can’t rise above the depression. My mind never stops. I’m 4 years behind on my taxes. I only see the worst. No way out. I’m constantly scared of “what might” happen. I know in my heart that God is bigger then all this. Why can’t I just have joy?

  354. I often feel like God is wanting me to do more, but I am the classic “chicken”. It’s much easier to give excuses. But I don’t want to give excuses anymore. I would love a copy of this book.

  355. I feel like a fresh start is just what my husband and I need right now. We would really love to win a copy of this book. Thank you!

  356. I like to have everything under control, which seems pretty impossible with 2 small children at home. I need to learn to let go and let God!

  357. I would love to get my hands on this book for myself. As a mom of two small children, and a wife, going through a season where I am trying to make so many things happen with my own might and effort (especially with reaching out to friends and extended family members, and being involved in a few ministries where I attend church), I have felt quite the struggle, feeling very overwhelmed, and just honestly like I’m not doing good enough. I know exactly who that “Madame” is! But, God has been revealing to me in small ways that I need to just stop trying to do it on my own. This devotional was very helpful today, but I would definitely love to get a copy of that book – thank you for sharing! God bless! 🙂

  358. Thank you for these beautiful words of truth! Just what I needed to read! Would love to have a copy of this book for myself! Feel like I need a change of perspective regarding things going on in my life!

  359. This was a great devotion today. I would love to read this book. I have been struggling with fear for several years now would really like to let it go & live freely! Along with God’s help, I think this book would really speak to me.
    Thank you!

  360. Cecele D. says:

    As always this post was on time. As a mother of a nine year old I feel like I am failing as a mother and realize that I need to let go of somethings in order for him to grow and learn his way. Just last week we went through yet another tumultuous ordeal with homework and behavior and many days I feel like I can’t do it especially since I am parenting alone (in the natural). Overwhelmed is an understatement and I thought the older he became the easier it would get but it seems to the opposite. I have to remember to speak positively and not negatively when navigating these rocking waters which I am still learning to do on a more consistent basis. Thank you for this post and for a book that could help me on this journey!

  361. Jan Watson says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book! I dearly love The Lord for 60 plus years, but I so need to start over. Lots of disappointing things have left me starting over with nothing but my faithful Lord. That’s all I need!! Yet, how your words of wisdom will give me a bright attitude adjustment. Thank you for today’s devotional!

  362. I have had deep heartache since both of my parents passed away, within 5 months of each other, in 2014. This devotional gives me a new found strength, knowing this too shall pass and a fresh start is ahead for me. Thank you for this. I would love a copy of this book. Thank you.

  363. This devotion was just what I needed today. I’m sure the book is as inspiring and I would love a copy.

  364. betty perez says:

    I been trying to let go the betrayal of my ex husband infidelity in the past and by God’s grace I believe and have faith in a fresh new start. Its been a huge struggle but I surrender to the Lord daily to help me forgive and let go.

  365. Thank you so much! This is exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you for allowing God to use you as His instrument of getting through to others. Have a very blessed day.

  366. I would LOVE to read this book. I am not going to leave my whole story I will just say that I really need to read this, I need the inspiration!

  367. Oh, do I need this book. It’s been a long few weeks of trying to make a decision that has the weight of the world on my shoulders. Let go and let GOD! Thank you for the opportunity to win one! I hope!

  368. Patsy Prisock says:

    My very good friend is in a Behavioral Center for attempted suicide. I would love to give this book to her if I win it. She needs hope and encouragement as she is facing prison time. Hoping for a copy!!
    Thank you !

  369. Thank you for the devotional. It really spoke to my heart. My life as been imprisoned with the events and life of our oldest son as he left home in a very violent way. Every day I am having to reach out and hold God ‘s hand. It is such an encouragement to be reminded that God has made us new and each morning is a new day with God who loves us and has good things planned for us, through our relationship with him. There are a few mothers like me that are also struggling with a teenager or young adult and I was thinking of using this book to draw us together to study God’s word and encourage one another in our life circumstances.

  370. I love reading all of Laura’s blogs and can hardly wait to read the new book! I’d LOVE to win a copy so that I can read it and then donate it to our church library so that bunches and bunches of ladies can read it too. Thanks for writing today’s devo!

  371. I am facing some life decisions and changes within the coming year and I truly want to let go of my control and comfort and rely fully on God. Yet, it is easier said than done so I need all the encouragement, reminders, and resources I can find. I want God to make my life full of His purpose.

  372. KRISTI BROWN says:

    I would love to win this both. I work in a very negative office and need daily encouragement to remember not to allow what they say or think or how they act spoil my good moods. I try to incorporate God into every thing I do within the office and it has definitely lighten the worry but we can always use more.

  373. Michele H says:

    Great devotional that made me realize ( have recently ) to let go of the old me n go for a new me w Jesus as my guide n confidant…what better person to help me to achieve my goal…would luv to have a copy of the book as think it will also guide me… They say ‘ 2 heads better then 1’ but how can I not become new w 3!!!
    Blessings to all…

  374. As a mother to five children, control is something that is slowly ruining me. When things don’t go as planned or my way, I cave to irritability and everyone around me suffers. I pray daily for the release of my control and in hopes of God taking the reigns instead. I have a lot of road ahead of me, but I have started the journey.

  375. This book sounds like just what my 2015 is going to be about walking in my purpose that God has for my life. I know that He has given me a ministry to enrich womens lives and to help them to become all that God has created them to be. I know that I have to step out in faith and follow His steps for my life and not be in fear of what the outcome but know that He has it all worked out. My one word for 2015 is Reflection of where I have come from and where God is getting ready to take me.

  376. Jan Watson says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book! I dearly love The Lord for 60 plus years, but I so need to start over in my studies. Lots of disappointing things have left me starting over with nothing, but my faithful Lord. That’s all I need!! He is my hope, my joy, my peace, my strength, & the keeper of my overcoming spirit. Yet, how your words of wisdom will give me a bright attitude adjustment. Thank you for today’s devotional!

  377. I have 4 kids, my husband is in ministry so our home and family is always under scrutiny, we home school because my son has Asperser’s which my daughter hates, and so much more. All of these things mean I am bombarded with things all day, every day and I have a hard time accepting it all and surrendering to God’s plan. I need books like this.

  378. If Lisa and Pauline, who are looking for jobs would contact me, I would love to talk with them regarding an opportunity.

  379. Helloo What a great devotional I need a fresh start In areas of my life I believe this book would open my eyes And help me and give me guidness I feel so stuck right now Where I live nothing working and feel new start is what i need I would love to move out of state Find employment And place of my own I need to be productive and get my life back Seem like nothing changing And ready for a change I’m putting in god hands This book seems like a great one for me Thank you Carolyn

  380. My husband and I are currently going through fertility treatments after not being able to conceive for 5 years. Fear, hopelessness and control of this situation consume me daily, and it makes me feel far from God. The one thing I want the most hasn’t happened and I live daily with the fear it never will- to be pregnant and have a baby- a family. But I know when I am close to God, when I talk to God and pray, I feel more peace. I know I am not in control, but I have a lot more work to do to surrender, to give up all control to God. This book can help me a great deal to work on surrendering and give me more hope and peace in the process. Thank you.

    Malia Gerard

  381. Thank you for your post. I love the title to your book! I need a fresh perspective and this sounds like one!

  382. Jodie McGuire says:

    There are a million reasons I need a fresh start! My One Word this year is BETTER, which means I’ve got a lot of fresh starts to make! I would love love to win this book!! Thank you!

  383. I can relate to your comment about how your need for control was holding life back. As I read it a light went on for me. I love those kinds of moments! As a mom to 4 wonderful kids control has been a issue for me. Afraid that if I don’t keep order all chaos will break loose. I need to let go for sure. Thank you 🙂

  384. scarlett allen says:

    I have been really dwelling on God’s purpose for my life for a few years now, since a divorce, but I think I have a fear of really letting go and saying yes to God. I feel like I’m never enough and like I need something awe-inspiring to tell me where to be and what to do. Searching…

  385. I have a cousin who desperately needs to read this book. She is crippled with fear and anxiety and feels she has nothing to offer.

  386. Randelle S. says:

    This devotional resonated with me. Thank God for you allowing yourself and your words to be used by Him!
    My prayer is your prayer, and I would love to get my hands on that book!

  387. I would love to gift this book to my best friend, Savannah. I’ve already read the book and cherish the words Lara poured out. I’m actually re-reading it for a second time now, even slower than the first time I went through it. I would love to see more women realizing what they are capable of doing with God. Because we all have special gifts and were created to use them.

  388. I would love to win this book for my big sister. She has had so many challenges and feels so beat down most of the time. She has raised several children that are not her own since the time she was 18, during this time she had a brain tumor but she kept going. She is a cancer survivor and still raising other family members children. Our mom went home to be with the Lord a few years ago, she was my sisters biggest supporter, it has been hard on her but she continues to try and pull it together but continues to struggle to get there. There are times she feels alone and lost. I see bouts of depression in her but I continue to pray and God is always faithful to bring her through those times. I know God has a purpose and a plan for her and she is trying so desperatly to not allow lifes circumstances to beat her down. I know this would help her in her quest to get a fresh start.

  389. After more than a few failures in the past several years in work, family issues and ministry, there have been a few biggies that affected me to the point of giving up. I have all but stopped following the nudging of the Holy Spirit in areas where I recognize His call. Perhaps this book will help me realign my focus and surrender again. How many new starts can someone have? I really am thinking I have used up the allotment for me. But this devotional gave me an inkling of hope today, it drew me to consider that maybe God would give me one more try. Thank you for the grace written in it. Bless you today.

  390. I would like a copy of your book for my son. He has struggled with addiction and has been to prison. It is hard for a controlling mom to admit to what feels like a failure even when it is not my failure. He is out of prison and is trying to get his life together but struggles with where to get started and how he feels about himself. I think this book would give him the tools he needs to move forward and be successful. He has such a great testimony to share but doesn’t realize how powerful it would be if he shared it. I think that shame is holdling him back which Christ doesn’t want us to hold on to. The sad part is that there are so many in this same situation from wonderful Christian homes. They go out into the world, like the prodigals son, looking for something that can’t satisfy them and are lost. This is a ministry ripe for Christ’s love. Your devotional hit really close to home. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  391. I would like a copy of your book, ‘Make It Happen’. I have felt a gentle but persistent ‘tug’ to leave my career. As the main source of income, provider of medical insurance and a job that I REALLY really enjoy, this makes absolutely no logical since to me. I know His ways are beyond what we can ever fathom. This is going on two years of struggling with this matter and I guess I am looking for the “big” sign to fall from the sky and tell me what the answer is. Prayers appreciated. Thanks

  392. ARACELI sHAW says:

    Dear Lara:
    I will love to have this copy for myself, I need to have the courage to face GOD’s will for me and trust completely in his commands, that I love.
    Thank you for this quiet time, you have encourage me to keep pushing forward.

  393. Ali Russell says:

    I’m looking forward to filling my toolbox of skills with advice and reminders of how to stay motivated and keep my head up during rough times. As a medical student who is about to start residency, I am excited to fill my toolbox with these skills as I start what will be the most exciting, challenging, and exhausting years of my life. I think Laura’s book will help to set me up for success in the coming years, both emotionally and spiritually. I’d be so grateful and forever appreciative.

  394. It’s time to start taking actions on my devotional…tired and weary of trying to control things out if my control. Time to realize that EVERYDAY is an opportunity to try things again. With GOD I am ready for “the new beginnings” asking for the guidance to take the right steps into this new direction…your books would be a blessing – ask and you shall receive – I recognize and confess , I need help…

  395. In a few short minutes a say, these devotionals make a world of difference…

  396. Lara,
    I would like a copy of your book because I have felt like God has called into ministry in some capacity. Yet I feel I’m in a holding pattern, and have been for years. I have always felt that He wanted me to write/speak about how He has worked in my life. I finally feel like God is beginning to give me direction. So I’m continuing to pray, read and seek Him. I think your book would be a great resource for me.

  397. I am so tired. I want peace to fall over my family once again. My hope is to find the courage to surrender myself to whatever purpose god has in store for me. I feel that I have so much love and compassion to give, but seem to be falling short of achievement each time. I need god to take over and set me on the right path to a more personal relation with him. I pray that I can make the right choices and better notice what he wants me to do.

  398. Hello This devotional was great I feel Like i have been out of work for so long I have been doing care giving But i have so many other skills and work experience That could be use I know my timing Is not god timing But i would like to find stability back in my life And believe a new start be the answer I feel so lost Ready for a fresh start and take that leap of faith Keep praying to god asking what directions he wants me to go Thank you Carolyn

  399. What a great devotion! Thank you! I wold love a copy of this book…I have 4 kids…8 yr old girl, 5 yr old boy and 8 month old twins…and went back to work when they were 4 and 1/2 months old. I just knew having the twins would force me to lose my need for perfection but I am still struggling with everything lining up just perfectly. It at times turns me into a horrible wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and co-worker. Im so exhausted from trying to keep up with this busy life. I have been stuggling with quiting work…my heart is so heavy about it and I cant fine a clear answer after praying endlessly. I feel like this book with help bring some of these struggles into focus. Thank you again for this devotion this is just what I needed today.

  400. Todays devotion is awesome and just what i needed I have already tried to start some new things and it ‘s just now working out and i was feeling kind of bad about it, I won’t give up i’ll just try again. Love you Laura and thanks again.

  401. I start each day with your devotions, each one is so personal. Working daily to become what God wants for me. Would very much would like to receive book just for guidance in this daily walk. Satan tries to enter my head each day, I do not want the stinkin thinkin (as Dan Cathey says)

  402. Cindy Crossen-Schmidt says:

    I want to help others know truth.

  403. Thank you for this devotion; I needed to hear this reminder that HE is in control not me. I have been unemployed since April of last year, unemployment has ran out and I have been relying on my father who is retired to support me. I have recently moved across country due to the area having more work in my field..no call backs for interviews yet. I’m staying in a long term motel and funds are running low. It has been scary to say the least. I have been doing my best to release it all to Him, but it is hard to do. I know I am not the only person struggling with control and lack of employment and a home to live.
    I want to say to all of you struggling to find work that you are not alone. Be expecting His favor and grace at every turn. We are human and having normalcy and control is normal for us to want. How we deal with these times when things are uncertain helps us grow closer to Him if we allow it. Hang in there and know you all are in my prayers.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.
    God Bless,

  404. Lena Wagers says:

    Im a mother of four amazing kids that God blessed me with literally. My womb was closed due to a life of sin and drugs and death that I had put their. But as I sat in the chapel of a halfway house i had been sent to as good behaivior. I realized God had never left me, his seeds had been sown in me as a child. I was the one who climbed from his hand down into the pleasures of earthly things. Two ministers taught me of his forgiveness and to live is to read his word everyday . As the old saying goes “we are what we eat.” This goes for what you put in your mind as well. I was healed by praying on Gods scripture of Hanna and her closed womb. She wasnt a sinner like me , yet her heart was sorrowful like mine. Broken is what we were and oh how thankful I am to be broken , so The Master could see me and fix me. Yet 12 years and half a dozen miracles later Im still looking for his guidance. He delivered me from death many times , most recently from my husband and my four kids father. Who for almost 20 years beat,raped , and tortured us and I mean US! Brooks was this mans name and he sits in a jail cell as I type awaiting a trial for the crimes against our 17 year old daughter. Trying to teach her theirs a reason for your pain, isnt easy to say the least. Shes been in and out of institutions in the past year dealing with running from the pain instead of letting God have it. But she beleives shes not worthy thats why HE LET IT HAPPEN ! I cant tell her why it happened only that God isnt to blame and neither is she. I loved your devotion because God has delvered us from THE HOLLER OF HELL is what we call it now . Where we lived in his grandmothers home where we lost everything and came out with the clothes on our backs. To now living in a mansion as my 9 year old daughter calls it. We are a liveing miracle but in daily grind it doesnt feel that way. I need to know what we or ME can do to WALK IN THE LIFE hes given me . I cant afford your book right now but I would love to have a copy . More than anything prayers from your team of Warriors to break through this wall of chains of the past thats hounting me still. I dread this trial but greet the day gladly of the closure.
    Sincerly Lena Wagers

  405. Janet Trenda says:

    Beautiful Truth- at any age. Thank you for this encouragement regarding the power of surrender!

  406. Jan Hunnicutt says:

    Today’s devotional really hit home. I’m going through a new beginning and feel a bit overwhelmed by this sudden life change. I do understand that trials in our lives build character and perseverance though. My husband has left me with 2 children to raise, I haven’t applied for a job in 32 years as I’ve been home raising children for the last 14. I’m afraid I won’t be able to get a job to support us and at the same time I’m excited about the future. I’m trying to keep my focus on Jesus to give me wisdom, guide and direct me into the next step of this journey.

  407. I would love to read the book because I’m tired of the way I have allowed things to go. I’m going to have a fresh start for me and my family! My nisbamd and I were talking along these lines last night!

  408. My 10 year old daughter and I read Jesus Calling for kids this morning and it too talked about God being in control!! He opened the door for me to go to an awesome gym for free for the 1st 45 days. I started yesterday and I am very sore but I know He provided this for me to get healthy. I desperately need to learn to live on purpose and this book sounds great!

  409. Thank you so much Lara! You’re message was just what my heart needed to hear this morning. I woke up an emotional, overwhelmed mess. I hit these days every so often and thats when I need to be reminded that God is always in control and has a plan for me. Would love to win a copy of your book! Thanks again.

  410. I am looking forward to possibly receiving a copy of this book. I am sure I have fears that I am not even aware of. I’d like to gain insight from this resource and then share it with others.

  411. I would love a copy of this book for myself,I am a self proclaimed control freak! I find myself in the same rut over and over. I try to control every.little. thing. Then God steps in with a stressful situation or small catastrophe to shake me up and get me to realize that He is in control, not me.

  412. Sherry Ryan says:

    Loved this post and could definitely use the book. I’ve struggled with life change for several years now. I lost my job after 31 years after they decided to close our office. I’ve been looking for another job for 14 months now. In losing a job I also lost contact with all the people I spent a lifetime with. At the same time we have had to change churches, also losing many close friends. My youngest daughter got married and moved out. Add to that health issues that complicate everything. Life does not resemble what it used to. I need to see change as a positive instead of only seeing the loss.

  413. I love her words in her prayer ” I am so grateful You’re in control so I don’t have to be!”. I find myself every day trying to stay in control. Would so love this book! Thanks for all the devotions…I love reading all of them!

  414. Thank you for these words of encouragement today! I would love to have a copy of your book. I am in the middle of a transitional phase in my life and I think your book would be a great tool to help me navigate this journey. I am entering the “empty nest” phase of my life and have been prayerfully thinking about leaving my secular job to begin counseling women who are facing an unwanted pregnancy. It’s a very exciting and scary time for me, but I am filled with excitement of being able to share my broken past and how much God has blessed my life by putting those broken pieces together for HIS glory! This journey is going to require me to take a leap of faith and to let go of the control issues that I have and I think your book would be a wonderful resource! Thank you!!

  415. I have had a rough few years and know I need to let go of control, yet not even sure what that looks like because I feel everything in my life is absolutely out of control. Yikes, help.

  416. I would love a copy of this book to read as my husband and I both begin new businesses of our own.

  417. The perfect thing for me to read today. 2 things come to mind: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.

  418. I love all the comments on here of so many women who can relate with the struggle of control and needing to be set free, so many women who have not lost hope in the Lord but continue to persevere and look to their heavenly Father. This is a battle for me as well – especially in the realm of control. I would love a copy of your book as I am making a huge transition next month – new marriage, new state, new job! Thank you for the wonderful devo this morning!

  419. What leap of surrender can you take today? Fill in the blank: God I need a new start! Help me to let go of my addiction to shopping and the use of credit cards; that i do not have to be in control of all things surrender responsibilities to my husband let him assist me; recognize that i am where i am because i did not listen to God instead i listened to people and took their advice knowing in my heart that God did not approve. I am a sinner and a coward and must face the fact that i can make a new me through God and listening to his word on a daily basis. I want to be free of anxiety and fear as these vices prevent me from growing in faith and into the person that God wants me to be…. letting go is not easy its actually scary.

  420. I would love to read this book. I try to control so much around me and often end up feeling resentful and let down when things don’t go according to MY plans. I also struggle with taking chances out of fear (of not having control). I hope this book will be able to help me let go and let GOD. Control can be crippling at times. This devotional has opened my eyes to the idea that I do not have to be stuck where I am, I can be new…I can change.

  421. Instead of New Years resolutions, I write down a theme for the new year that I sense God showing me. This year, my theme is I Surrender All. I think this book would go along with that perfectly as I learn to trust God more and finally surrender everything to Him. And as with all my books, I will pass it along to my cousin to enjoy as well 🙂

  422. Ashley Dunlap says:

    I always fear as a mother of 6 that I’m going to loose myself. That one day everyone will grow up and be gone and my job will be over. Then who will I be? What will I do? The doctor this morning really spoke to me. Particularly the part that said help me find my worth and identity only in You, not in my accomplishments.

  423. I think this book sounds right up my alley. God has been nudging me to start a new project and in order to do that I have to let go and let God. I need a purpose in my life and since God has obviously been listening….and answering its time I paid attention. 🙂

  424. Pam DeMarrais says:

    What a great devotional! I need to be inspired to walk more closely in faith to enable my self to grow.

  425. Love this devotion! And I would love a copy of that book. Letting go of control and giving it all to God is something I’m striving for but still struggling with.

  426. Would love a copy of your new book. Looking for a new start in life and need help.

  427. I would love to read this book – I am trying to follow my heart and take a leap of faith to go after my dreams and this sounds like a great book! Thank you 🙂

  428. I would read it for myself and share it with my mom and daughter. Sometimes we don’t even take the first step towards a goal, and I think this book would really help with that.

  429. Anna Rogers says:

    It’s amazing that this is the topic today. I woke up this morning thinking that if only I could have a fresh start I could do ok. I don’t know how to get one. I have so much baggage holding me back: bills, job, chaos all around. I just don’t know where to start. I do believe God has a plan, but I’m even afraid my mess is hindering that. I’m afraid of the future, I get so caught up in trying to figure out a place to start nothing gets started.

  430. I’m loving reading the comments. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in feeling some of the feelings we do. Like others I definitely need to loosen the reigns and let Him be in control. We can’t do it all and that’s ok! I’m trying to figure out what things to pick and choose that are worth my precious time and will glorify God.

  431. I would love a copy of this book. I am always trying to be in control of my life. I need to learn to surrender more to God

  432. Yes!

  433. Thank you for such a pinpoint devotion today. I am always struggling with my self worth. I am always trying to
    do new things, make new things only to be disappointed with people’s reactions. I am looking for my worth in their eyes. Likewise, my failures which have been many, also shape my worth. This devotion reminded me my worth does not lie in my accomplishments or in my failures, but in Christ. Thanks. Would love to win your book.

  434. Once again this mornings reading seems to be written just for me! And although I know it has not– it is of great value to me to be reminded of our lack control. That the stepping stones have been laid to start anew, even when we may not want to. My husband unexpectedly passed away 3 months ago and I am now a single mother of two- 7 & 10. Facing changes and a future thats is unknown and at times can feel very overwhelming. Im talking to God more than ever these days, asking for direction and continually reminding myself he has a big plan and that I need to surrender my worries to that. Life will unfold as he sees fit, a fresh start is already underway and with his great grace we will make it through this difficult season we’re in.

  435. I would love to have a copy of this book.
    I have been a control freak all my life. It wasn’t until my divorce last year that I realized how obsessive I was. I have been trying so hard to get my life back on track with God. I have always believed God was First, Family Second, and Career was Third. I taught that to my students in Nursing School. Prayer and reading my daily devotions have been my Saving Grace. Living by the Fruits of the Spirit and Letting Go of the Controls of My Life are my 2015 Resolutions with God. I have finally gotten a peace, I never knew by doing this. Thank You for your time.

  436. Amazing words today, if only I could learn to be so faithful and trust in Him!!! I’d love to be blessed with a copy of your book- thank you so much!!

  437. I was blessed and encouraged by today’s devotional. I’d like to read Lara’s book Make It Happen because I confess that sometimes I feel like I’m held captive by my fears. Too afraid to take a risk or get out of my comfort zone…but I know I need to in order to grow and to trust that God will take care of me and use me for His good purpose.

  438. This devotion spoke the exact truth to my heart. Since Christmas, many things in my life have seem to fall apart and I felt as though I lost everything I had worked hard for in an instant. All that I was thankful for….my health, my job, my finances and my boyfriend. I was very angry with God and felt I had hit my lowest. I even turned my back on Him. This was as recent as last week. Reading this devotion was so comforting and I see now and believe that I need to stop trying to control everything and let God do His work within me and for me. Being that I’m broke and jobless, I could really use this book in my life and I know I’d benefit from it’s message. Today, I surrender my misfortunes to God. Thank you for this devotion.

  439. I would love a copy of this book. I need to let go of control and LET GOD be in control…

  440. So this devotional came to me today as an answer prepared for me by Jesus to a prayer. Thank you for writing this and sharing this!
    I would love to explore more and look forward to reading this book!

  441. Jennifer S says:

    I’m in the midst of trusting God to make the impossible possible like I believe He said He would.

  442. Too many times I try to take control of everything although I know God is in control. I surrender everything to Him and if I don’t see results fast enough, there I go again trying to do everything on my own. I declare this year will be different! I will rest in His grace and let Him handle everything. I am ready to make it happen, I want to live on purpose!!! I would love to have a copy of your book so that I can get started on living! 🙂

  443. My one word for this year is New. I would love to read your book, as I can feel God moving me into new territory. It would be such an encouragement!!

  444. “This to shall pass” is something I always have to remind myself. Because life comes at us sometimes full force and we’re just not quite really for what it has to offer.

  445. Sharla Nelson says:

    I am 28, living with my parents working odd jobs, but I’m feeling in a rut for many years in my young adult life!!! I really don’t know what I want to do. I do know I want to let go and let GOD take control of my life. But should I continue going to college and getting my degree in something or should I not. I really need a fresh perspective in life!! I think I would really benefit in this book and then loan my book to my friends after I read it!!

  446. For the last few months God has lead me to the devotional I need each day, this one was very timely. After 35 1/2 years of marriage, I am going through a divorce, not of my choosing. God has and is working on me to “let go”, “rest in”, and “trust”. During my marriage I was encouraged to be a perfectionist so letting go is very difficult for me even though I know in my heart God is Sovereign. During this awful process I have discovered that I unknowingly surrendered my personality, desires, and ministry so that I could help further my husband’s ministry. So now SURRENDER has taken a totally new meaning with me – – I am walking a path I never imagined and learning to daily totally rely on God, I am asking God to speak to me about who I am and what He desires for me to be and do for my future so I can take back what I unintentionally let satan still from me. I do not believe me reading today’s Proverbs 31 devotion was a coincidence but an invitation by my Father to surrender my pride and ask for this book to help me in my journey.

  447. Sonja Shaw says:

    This hit home today-I’m grateful for a fresh start everyday, a great reminder to release control

  448. Cara Williams says:

    As the mother of a six month old baby girl with health problems, its been difficult for me to learn how to surrender. Thank you for reminding me to let go of my trying to control it all, and allow the God of the Universe to do His will in my life, and my baby girl’s.

  449. Laura richardson says:

    This is so true and really hit home.

  450. I would love to have a copy of this book. My word for the year is “more”. I want more of Him, and less of all the things you mentioned in your devotional that we continually fight to get. Your book would sure be a help and inspiration.

  451. Recovering (ahem.. I use that term loosely…very loosely) control freak here! God has shown me time and time again that only when I let go is He able to do what HE DESIRES for my heart … and it is oh, so much greater than the things that I cling to in fear of – what?! Always enjoy a read that encourages me in the Word and reminds me I’m not alone on this crazy journey! Thanks for blessing me with this devotion this morning. 🙂

  452. Cynthia Booth says:

    This is a wonderful post and I’m positive the book will be a blessing to anyone who reads it. God Bless!

  453. Nancy Beck says:

    I would love a copy of this book. This devotional spoke to me today. I have been struggling letting go of past mistakes my son has made and trusting that God has everything in control. I need to give up control and know that God has it all under control.

  454. Jes Sprouse says:

    I need to stop my controlling ways, in my life and all relationships, be on my knees and give control to God. He knows me well, I need to trust.

  455. I would love a copy of this book to help let go of so many things. There is always so many things we seem to fear and to let go would be what we need to draw closer to God and become what He wants us to be. I so badly want to do that; to be that. I want to live freely instead of under the weight of fear and expectation that I place upon myself. I would also love a copy of this book to give to a friend who is going through so much right now – the pending circumstance of losing her job, multiple health issues that the doctors can’t determine their source in order to know how to help, having to care for her ailing mother. I am at a loss as to how to help her and I would love to encourage her today and I believe this book would help her let go and trust that God has her in the palm of His hand and He has a plan – even when her entire world is crashing down around her. Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging devotional. I love the realness that you bring.

  456. I retired from 30 years of teaching and have looked so forward to having my own schedule. Well instead of enjoying my time, I find that I need something to do. I feel God wants me to use my time to help others and spread His word. The problem is I just can’t come up with how to do this. I feel this book will help me to be able to move forward and understand what the Lord’s plans are for me! This new journey in my life is exciting,, I just need to be guided and away I will go!!!!!

  457. I really need a copy of this book. I am struggling with being a mom of three kids 7,6,5 and not being overwhelmed. I get really down on myself because I do not feel as thoughbI am the mom I should be. I feel as though I always have to be in control and I get so stressed and frustrated its really hard. I absolutely need a fresh start!! First time reading this devotion and love it and will do it daily.

  458. Amazing devotional today! I can relate all to well with these issues! I love a copy of the book to dig in deeper!

  459. This devotion was just what I needed. I’m so thankful that God is in control and cares about me so much that He continues to use devotions such as this one as gifts to show me His everlasting love and grace in my life. He is in control and still active in my life. I’ve been struggling to take a leap of faith and let go of my fear. Past disappointments/mistakes/failure have caused me to become paralyzed in fear to try again. Thank you for letting God speak through you and this devotion to those struggles. I feel that your book could further speak to me on the truth of His grace and might and power that can be found when I surrender all—pain, disappointments, mistakes, failures, fears, needs, dreams, hopes—to Him. He is faithful to His promises and the best is yet to come!

  460. Erin Lyman says:

    As I transition from one period of my life into the next I find the feelings to be quite overwhelming, in that I don’t know what is in store for me next, but should I bother worrying about it? I am the proud mother of 4 boys and our youngest will graduate high school this spring. I feel as though I’m being forced into retirement and wondering what my life path holds…? This book sounds like a good help in possibly learning how to just learn to listen to the presence of God in my life and let Him help me on my new journey.

  461. Today’s devotional was very comforting. I’ve been working hard at letting go of fear and taking steps of faith to find my purpose, trusting God is holding my hand even when I stumble. I would love to read your book.

  462. I really enjoyed today’s devotional. I’d love to read this book! Thank you!

  463. Shamiya Babb says:

    I have enjoyed the Devotion and I can 100% relate to this, I am such a control freak and the only way I feel like my day would go right or I will feel content is to make sure every single thing has to be done and if not I have to make sure it is done by a certain day and time and it works for me but lately I have been loosing control and I can’t seem to get a grip on it anymore and it throws me off completely. I don’t really like to ask for help because I would rather just get it done and have it done right….I am interested in winning a copy because I need something to give me that extra push and thrive again and to gain some self-control and to just let me know it’s ok to not have total control and that everything will be just fine!!!!!!!!!! The Devotion really touch home for me and I have been looking for that extra something to make me feel whole again although God is my #1 and with him all things are possible, reading material helps me alot. Love it!! Thanks

  464. Mary Jo Minzy says:

    Of a dysfunctional relationship I just ended and have a relationship with you Jesus

  465. Cindy Samples says:

    I have struggled with control issues my whole life! It’s so scary to let go…even into the arms of a loving God! What am I missing?

  466. I know in my head that God’s love for me does not depend on my circumstances. But I allow fear to keep me from truly grasping that. Like everyday fears for my children and finding it difficult to get a job because I’m afraid I’m not good enough for that particular one. I know to live in fear like this does not allow me to reach others or even show my children how walking with Jesus looks like. I don’t want to live like this anymore I want a renewed mind and sense of strength in Him. I know I’m probably not alone in some of my feelings. We all need encouragement.

  467. Lara is always such an inspiration. Thank you Lord for this devotion and the immaculate timing.

  468. WOW!!! I have been praying for God to give fresh start and then I read your devotional for today. I have struggled for the last four years with not growing. I stopped growing. I feel staginant. A place I do not to like being in. I need to surrender all to God. There are areas I still am holding onto and letting them go has been very challenging. I have to admit that God has been working on me to release control. I have a tendency to release control and pick the problem back up again. I really would like to continue on my journey by having some assistance reading your book as a guide to assist me with getting back on track and being inspired to continue to fight the good fight of faith. As I am typing I am listening to KSBJ and the song “Day One” is playing. So, I guess this is a confirmation this is Day One of the rest of my life. I just need to follow, surrender and listen to God intensely.

  469. I would love to win this book. Too many times I let failure define myself, and I let it defeat me. It wasn’t until today when I read this devotion that I realized I can turn those defeating (or quitting) moments into triumph. I would love to learn more about how to turn my missteps into achievements.

  470. Brenda Manning says:

    It is amazing how God speaks to us to reassure us of His calling on our lives. Lately I’ve been in a stagnant place in my life. My service for Him in my family was in vain, in my marriage as well. I was feeling so lost, I was feeling my joy was fading and I would never be joyful again, I was feeling the Light in me would soon go out. I couldn’t move my feet to go forward from this place I was stuck in. I was feeling hopeless. My marriage is dying. I began to read the Communication part of Kay Arthur’s book, A Marriage Without Regrets and God began a work in my heart, that was just last night. I began to confess and surrender to Him as tears after tears flowed from within me. I asked God for a fresh start last night and now I just need the courage to confess and share all I need to with my husband, I’m afraid. I realized last night that I do have Someone Who will love me when I fail over and over again, when I make mistakes, when the worst of me comes out, He won’t give up on me or walk out on me because I’ve become difficult to deal with. He understands that “we all stumble in many ways.” This devotion today was a reassurance that God has me on the right path. Thank you for Proverbs 31 Ministries, God uses you to speak to right where I am and where I need encouragement.

  471. Rebecca Ines says:

    This post sparked particular interest in your book. I am taking note and journaling the experience of starting anew in the middle of my life. I have since lost a lot to gain a life more fulfilled. I left a dysfunctional and extremely stressful job situation, in the midst of discovering three tumors by my reproductive area and major dental work to be done, just to regain my peace and health. The home I had previously lived in, owned by a friend’s family, had been foreclosed and I ended up on my Mom’s couch. Although I wake with a sore back every morning, I am blessed to have the comfort of my Mother and a warm shower again (at the former house, the water heater had been out for nearly 2 years!)
    I am eager to start anew, pursue my stalled acting and writing career, and walk forward. I am learning to let go of the results and enjoy the work and progress in motion and be surprised by the blessings that come out of nowhere, that I did not earn or achieve, for my survival.
    I would be so happy to receive a copy of your book to keep a clear eye on the Lord in the midst of my journey.
    Thank you.

  472. I do need a new perspective from God, reaching a goal or should I say a plan He has set before me for 3 years now! That is the reason I would like your book!

  473. This post spoke to me, I need to give up all control and simply rely on God’s strength, not my own! His grace is sufficient! I need to start fresh with God, everyday! God can make my mess a message and this test my testimony! I love reading about others stories and learning from them, I think this book would help me with some of the issues I’ve been dealing with…. what is impossible with man is possible with God! 🙂

  474. I came across your site while reading my daily devotion with Joyce Meyer, then onto to biblestudytools.com, then that is how I found you. I am constantly reading God’s word for daily motivation to know that whatever I need, God’s got it. Since September of 2014 I have been on a journey to seek God daily and get outside of myself (let self go) and focus on him daily, constantly praying without ceasing and asking him to keep me in his will. I have seen God work in my life. He has come in and moved supernaturally in many ways. I thank God for people like you who I can relate to. I have come so far in just a short period of time, because I have and I’m still learning to trust God. I keep scriptures of encouragement on my desk at work to remind me throughout the day to trust God and stay in His will. I’m looking forward to receiving your devotionals, because today this one was on time and I needed that. I’m looking forward to reading your book. Thank you and keep on doing God’s will.

  475. Donna Debo says:

    I would love to win this book to share with a group of Moms I lead at our church. They are all sweet young Moms trying to follow God’s ways and not the world’s ways. This book looks like it would be perfect for them!

  476. Sabrina Puckett says:

    Thank you Laura! If ever there was a day I needed to hear this message, it was definitely today! I know I could surely benefit from reading this book. I would love to be lucky enough to win a copy. Thank you!

  477. Julie Landreth says:

    I would love to be entered for a free copy of Lara’s new book. This post resonated with me. I truly believe God used it to specifically speak to me and my current struggles. I was just saying to my husband how this verse talks about being new in Christ and how I don’t feel new. And this post opened up a whole new meaning of how feeling new is about asking his help to see my failures and mistakes as opportunities. I have just lost sight and the prayer at the end again was written just for me to pray. Thank you for letting God use you to speak to me and I am sure many others!

  478. As a wife and mother I need a fresh start almost every day. I feel so overwhelmed at the responsibilities of life right now. Thank you for this devotion today – I really needed to hear this.

  479. I feel like I’m not doing what I’ve been put on this earth to do, but I don’t know what that is. I need direction.

  480. Hi there, in reading those few lines I remember the days after my first pregnancy, when I was crying daily. Likely postpartum blues. How did I pull myself out of that? Do not remember where the strength came from, but I distinctly felt something made me stop and look at myself and decide. “The baby is growing fine, in spite of all your undertainties and worries. And how much did all this crying help?” I talked to myself, or likely it was God finally coming through all my clutter of doubts and fears. I was very much alone, ignorant, in a new country where I knew nobody. My husband just as ignorant as me about bring up children. I can see why it was so scary, but we made it through and thanks to God, we had five children and now we have four grandchildren. God is so faithful and if you just trust Him it is a great thing to look back and see. We thoght we were staying in one place, but no, we progressed and learned much, because children are a gift from God and through them God is bringing us up.

  481. Sharon Boethin says:

    I have loved these devotionals since I began subscribing and today’s really rang a bell since I lost my job last week. I feel lost and am not sure how to go about getting past what happened so I can start looking for a new job. I would really, really like to receive a copy of this book – I think it would help me change my attitude, help me lose the fear, worry and feeling of lack od control that seems to be governing my mind right now. Please choose me as one of your recipients. Thank you for writing this for all of us. As I was finishing this reply, I realized that this was from Proverbs 31 Ministries; I try to listen to your messages on KSBJ in Houston and have always enjoyed them. God bless you.

  482. Sally Carpenter says:

    I would love to receive a copy of your book! Your post really resonated with me today, in that, I try to be in control of everything so I get the best outcome and know I did everything possible to help people and myself. It does get tiring and often frustrating when I don’t get the outcome that I think should happen. I am working on “letting go and letting God!”

  483. Hi there! This devotional was awesome to me in so many ways. I would keep this book for myself. I started this year in a new state. I got laid off from what I thought was my dream job in the midst of my boyfriend and I finally saving for our wedding which we are planning for 2016. That tore my heart as to why it would happen. As I look for new jobs I find myself more encouraged then ever as to the hope I am able to have in christ. I do have my moments where worry and fear of my future overtakes me but, I can honestly say I am more encouraged than what I thought. I do not want to worry about if I will find a new awesome job, or if my wedding date will still be on track or if I will get a job with the amount of money I desire to make. I want to be still knowing he knows every desire and need in my life. I want to continue this year being still and not shaken. I find being calm even helps me in my relationship because I am able to encourage others to trust in the great plans. I would love something that would help me and encourage me more in this. I am a testimony of what it is to see a life changed through the power of books.

  484. 4 days ago I lost my job that I love after 11 years! Time for my faith to take a flying leap and see where it lands. Although I don’t know what my future holds, I do know the one who holds my future in the palm of His hands. Your book would give me encouragement for my next adventure.

  485. The word of my year was supposed to be Real, however “overwhelmed” seems to be the better descriptive. This book would be a blessing.

  486. Jana Lee Miskovsky says:

    I want to make life happen by learning to take the next leap of faith, to explore new qualities about myself and not to be afraid. Lord help me to let go of my anxiety. Help me to keep my eyes open, to focus on what is important and if an opportunity arises, to take the leap of faith and walk through that door. Allow me to let go of the need to do everything myself and allow my family and friends help me. Life can be very overwhelming and I know if I follow you Lord that anything is possible.

  487. Dear Sisters, As I lie in a hospital bed and move through an 8 month recovery from what was supposed to be a simple outpatient surgery, God has allowed me to become an intercessor during this quiet season. I have read every post today and prayed for each of you. I see myself in many of the posts and God blesses and at times, hammers me, through your words. My heart rejoices with some of you and aches for others as I have been in the same painful hard spot. In my 60 years, I have faced death, loss, divorce, secondary infertility, economic struggles, and the list goes on. I have learned and seen the faithfulness of God in ways I would have missed without these circumstances. So, I thank Him for drawing me closer to Him through my inability to control most of these situations. They forced me to run to Him and there is no better place to be than to be held by Jesus. His arms never grow weary and He never gets tired of me. His mercies are new every morning. His plans for me are good-always. I am never too old, too sick, too tired, too used up for Him to use me. I must have the vision to see His way and to follow His way inspite of myself and how I think life should be (my way). I am learning trust (My word for 2015.) and to rest. He is working for my good even if I can’t see it at times. If the hospital and sickness is where He needs for me to be in this season and for this time as He works out His Purposes and His Perfect Will, then I so be it. Psalm 43:19 and James 1:2-4 are my verses for this season. Life can be very hard but God is truly good all the time. Sometimes He is the only good we can see and He is always enough. Praying in love and faith for each of you!

  488. Michelle Harris says:

    I. Need. This. Book. This devo could not have been timed anymore perfect as today begins my fresh start! I am the mom of a teenage daughter and wife of a husband who share a diagnosis of severe anxiety and depression. I am a daughter who had to say goodbye to her mom last March when Jesus took her to her heavenly home. And a daughter to a father still grieving the loss of his wife of 60 years. Since Christmas my brother has been diagnosed with stage IV neck cancer. Surgery would take away his ability to eat, speak and breathe on his own. My best friend of 40 years was diagnosed last week with cancer for the second time. This past weekend I moved in with my Dad to help him through a shoulder injury and dizzy spells which are causing him to fall. To say that Satan is trying to fill my mind with anything and everything to prevent me from my fresh start is an understatement. But God has made clear my task of a new ministry to women and today begins my fresh start of refocusing on Christ. I would love a free copy of this book because my husband lost his job when he required inpatient care and is still unable to work outside of the home. I truly believe God will speak to me through the words of this book and guide and direct my fresh start. Thank you for your consideration and God bless.

  489. My word for 2015 is RISK. “Without risk, accomplishment loses its radiance.” Setting goals while maintaining flexibility for the omniscience of our loving God can feel risky, but is the safest move possible. I would love a copy of the book as a guide on this faith-filled, leap-taking journey.

  490. Carol Brown says:

    Would love a copy of your book 🙂

  491. Krista Charles says:

    I am having a hard time letting go of my husband and fearing he will never come back home has made me fill stuck like I can’t move forward in my life if he is not with me. It is not my choice but my husband that we are seperated. I’m lost in this and feel like I’m falling apart.

  492. See above post. Please let me know how to pray for you if you need an intercessor or just a friend. jpauldebbie@earthlink. net

  493. This devotional was just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for responding to God’s call to share what He has imparted to you. My husband has recently retired and though I will never retire (stay at home mom and homemaker) I find that my days are not as filled as they once were. Our daughter has moved out to a place of her own and I find my hours filling too much with memories, regrets and worry. These are so noisy that it’s hard to “be still”. Moving on to find that new purpose God has for me in this season of life is my desire but I need to constantly fight the noise that drowns His voice in my hours. I love these devotionals written by real people who hear God’s voice and share in such a loving, public way.

  494. I would love the opportunity to read this book! Throughout my busy days, I have disconnected from Him unintentionally. I know in my heart to feel refreshed and renewed in the beginning of this new year, I must surrender it ALL to Him in order to have the peace and comfort I long for.

  495. I am just finally waking up to what I think God is calling me to do for His kingdom. It sounds like this may be a guide book just for me. Thanks for writing it.

  496. I have recently been struggling with Depression and Anxiety. It has truly been a life long process for me. I get better and grow and then have a set back. Each time I have a set back, I learn something new. In this case, I have realized that the more I compare, the unhappier I become. The more I become confrontational or angry or bitter, the more worrisome I become. And the more I become wrapped up in myself, the less I see others struggles. And as always, I need to turn to God because he is the only one who can heal me and help me to heal myself. I very much appreciate the devotionals from this website. It helps me to realize that again that I am not alone.
    Thank you for being out there!

  497. I’d love the refreshment of your book. Thank you.

  498. Ruth Reitmeyer says:

    My husband was recently called to a NALC congregation in Hill Country Texas. Moving from the suburbs and owning our home to living in the parsonage again. This year is the year of new beginnings for me. The book sounds just want I need to read this time in my life. Thank you and blessings!

  499. I myself am learning to let go and let God. Fear of the unknown and not wanting things to change is something I’m really trying to work on over coming with God’s help. Right now I’m also working on cutting down on my sugar intake. God says with Him we can do all things and I know this to be true. So, I am taking His hand and
    making the choice to not let fear get in my way. I’ll not only look forward to the future and the blessings that God has in store for me but I’ll work right along with God in achieving those things He wants me to.

    I would really like to read this new book of yours as I continue on my Journey through this life with God.

  500. I came across your website today by a dear friends referral. Thank you so much for the encouragement! This is very encouraging to me. My husband and I separated 2 days ago for a few weeks after being married for 28 years. I am working on me. I would love the opportunity to read this book. Thank you, Tracy

  501. I need a fresh start. I am 56 going to be 57 soon. My marriage has failed and I lost my home. Some of the reasons this happened was because of bad choices I made. Then I was laid off from my job and was on unemployment for 10 months. I found a new job but it has been a struggle these last 2 1/2 years. I had to take a reduction in pay but the Lord has provided for me all this time. I live alone and do not have children. My job is also a place that I find to be very abusive and it is difficult to get up and go in. I have the deep feelings of failure and hopelessness. I have tried to start a small business making jewelry and other items but it is hard to market on such a low budget. This gives me more feelings of being a failure. I remember God’s promise of giving beauty for ashes. I pray that prayer every day as I struggle with the bills, feelings of lonliness and hopelessness. It seems as though every area of my life has been a failure. I need a fresh start.

  502. Glynnis McKenzie says:

    Im just now REALLY learning how to do this in my life! God has so much in store for me if I’ll just take the leap and let go! I’m trying!!

  503. God is leading me through so much and now it’s time to let go of so many things. I’d love a copy of your book.

  504. Wow.
    I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with so many things in life lately. As a result my relationship with God has been put on the back burner, by me.
    This post was exactly what I needed today. God has answered my prayer. Thank you for allowing yourself to be vulnerable, open and wiling to share your experiences, Lara. Images of your book have been filling my Instagram feed lately. I’m sure this is not a coincidence, and I plan on reading your book as soon as I can! I plan on telling others about your testimony, and I’ll definitely be sharing my copy with others 🙂
    God bless!

  505. KELLYE R. TURNER says:

    God is so amazing and He knows what you need and when you need it. Some of my Sisters in Christ have been doing different things to get me to face my fears and of course I have been dragging my feet. But God has a way of showing you when it is time to do a new thing and so my motto has become………..” Do it Scared, but do it”
    I know God has got me and I can encourage all those around me to do their best but when it comes to myself I get fearful. I would love to read a book like yours for help and resource.

    Thanks and be blessed

  506. Joy Benton says:

    I have been going through a really tough time spiritually. I had just begun Lysa TerKeurst’s devotional which directed me here. I need freedom! Freedom from myself and from the bondage to try to be perfect in front of others while I’m coming unglued inside. I would love a copy of the new book and the knowledge that God’s Spirit has imparted into her to share with others such as myself who are struggling with the same types of issues.

  507. I have been struggling because I hadn’t made my goals for the year or decided what I was going to change or improve. I found today’s devotion to be so motivating and inspirational. As I was reading it I began to feel the weight I had imposed on myself to make these lists of things to do different or better start to lift off of me. I fall victim of determining my worth based on accomplishments or mistakes, and this was such a perfect reminder that I need to stop doing that. Knowing that every day I am made new in Christ is such a freeing realization. I am surrendering my life in every way to God.

  508. Madame Overwhelmed has me down to a tee more times than I’d like to admit! Perhaps I’m more of a control freak than I think… Thanks for sharing so much food for thought! Blessings!

  509. Having just gone through a 3 year storm with my daughter and coming out on the other side victorious through complete surrender to Christ’s control, I know He will one day use me to retell it and help someone in need. Not only would I love to read it, but can give it to another in their time of need.

  510. Thank you for sharing these words of encouragement. They are like precious pearls. I would gift the book to my soul sister who has a brain tumor & is also suffering from neuralgia and needs to be encouraged. I hope reading your book will instill hope in her heart. Thank you!

  511. “Perhaps your roadblocks aren’t roadblocks at all, but rather new beginnings in disguise” thats exactly what I needed to hear, I feel like I keep running into roadblocks. I’m so weary and I feel like the Lord is NEVER going to come through for me. Please pray for me, as I’m exhausted and I’m so sad. Saddest I’ve ever felt. I want my joy and peace back. Thanks for this devotion.

  512. I would really love a copy.. homeschooling 3 and five babies under five.. there is a ton of noise ..the post today was so timely thank you

  513. This devotional is what God has been trying to get me to understand for many many years!! Surrendering control is something that i struggle with as a believer on a daily basis. Am I being a good mommy, our health as a family, financially, and the list goes on. But I love the scripture that was used and especially what Lara said “every day we are given the opportunity to be made NEW in Christ, not by our might but by our SURRENDER.” That was huge for me!! I feel like this book would greatly help me to understand and grow in in HIS word and learn through every situation that he places in my life whether big or small.

  514. Linda Loomis says:

    God has sent this message to me thru you as another spiritual 2X4, hitting me on the side of my head. Help me to continually surrender all! Thank you!

  515. Philippians 3:13-14 are the verses The Lord pressed upon my heart at the start of this new year, along with the word “purposed”. This devotion perfectly fit my life right now. Praise The Lord, he always knows what I need, when I need it. I would love to have the book!

  516. Fighting through divorce, broken… but knowing God has NEW for me and many others facing struggles.. I’m wanting to bring my Father glory in all of this. Thank you for being a light of hope for me today!!

  517. Debbie Cupit says:

    I so needed this today. Eight months ago after less than three years of marriage to a wonderful man who loved the Lord, he went home to be with the Lord after 16 months of battling cancer. So, each day I am struggling for the “new” in each day. I have changed jobs and moved so the transition has been tough. I am also getting settled into a new church and God is really doing a good thing. I am so thankful that God’s mercies are new every day. Thank you so much for bringing this scripture and story. It has helped me to feel less “un-new”.

  518. I could really use this book for myself.
    In your devotion, God I need I fresh start! Help me let go of my inner control freak!
    Thanks your devotion really spoke to me.

  519. I really need a fresh start, begining with letting God be in control. I would love a copy of the book to help guide me on this fresh start.

  520. Oh my goodness, I would need this for my life! I have so many areas I want God to have control over. I would also like to read this and share with my husband. We are both in a season of letting go of control.

  521. I need a copy for myself! I tend to let big and small fears rule my life. A lot of the time I don’t even realize it. I’m struggling with giving control over to God and submitting to Him too. This post really spoke to me today, thank you!

  522. Sara Moore says:

    My husband and I have been married for 8 years and for 8 years I have wanted to have a baby.. clearly that hasn’t yet been in God’s plan for us, and the control freak in me just can’t let it go! I need help!

  523. Your messaged really hit home, after losing my father in November I can feel God telling me to get closer to him. I want to surrender my fear and take a leap. I hope I can win this book. Thank you!

  524. Christine says:

    On the verge of an emotional, mental and physical breakdown, I left my husband almost a week ago. I don’t want to let go of a marriage of over 35 years, but I cannot control his actions or thoughts. It also means leaving our house and daily physical contact with my children and granddaughter. Pain is intense. How will this end? Only God can change his heart. I am trusting Him with mine.


  525. Kelly Hedgecock says:

    I would like a copy for myself. Right now, I am in a place of wilderness and can see nothing but endless branches ahead. I would like to have hope that there is a path in the wilderness and that it take me to a place of peacefulness.

  526. A. Caroline says:

    I feel as though I’ve been slowly diminishing through the years and somehow lost in who I am now….all because of living in a ‘box of control’ made by someone who has verbally abused me for so many years and has made me feel unworthy of any good in life. What remaining strength I have right now is drawn solely from Christ & Christ alone because His grace is all I need..’.for His power is greatest when I am weak’. No matter how much I repeatedly try to instill this in me everyday trying to get out of this slump, I feel as though there are still many ‘shells’ that I need to peel off to expose a new confident woman of God with self-esteem & self worth. I would love to have this book to help me overcome my roadblocks & ‘peel off’ these shells and be made new in Christ.

  527. As a college student starting a new semester today, these were such needed words. The decision of following God and living a purposeful life is an everyday decision. Getting Lara’s new book would mean so much to me because it will help direct me where to go with the things that God has placed on my heart. I have career goals that I believe God has placed on my heart for a reason but I get frustrated and overwhelmed where to start to obtain these goals.
    Through Lara’s words, it will help me turn frustration into ambition. I hope that once I understand where to go, I would love to help other young ladies going through college with finding what God’s purpose has for them and knowing what to do next with that purpose.

  528. Constance says:

    God does present things when they are needed. I needed to become fully aware of the necessity to let go of someone so that I could have a new beginning. Thank you for helping me to see things as they are, not just the way I would like them to

  529. I would love a copy of this book! As a momma of a toddler my days can feel so mundane, but I try to keep the perspective that I am raising up a mighty warrior for His Kingdom! Some days are harder than others to keep this perspective. Since having my precious daughter I’ve had stomach issues basically everyday. They have gotten better, and were non-exisitant for two weeks and then back today 🙁 as I was in prayer though, I said to papa, even if I have these stomach issues the rest of my life nothing will keep me from serving and worshipping you. Many tests have been done and doctors and natural paths can’t find anything! Prayers would be appreciated! This year my hubby and I are feeling led for him to leave his corporate position and take a leap of faith toward a dream God placed within him and has been confirmed through prophetic words. Please also join me in praying for His timing, not ours so all glory and honor go to Him! For He is so worthy and faithful!!! Blessings sisters in Christ!

  530. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  531. Melinda Cooper says:

    I would love a copy of this book for myself! Currently a stay at home applying to school for my post full time mommyhood career. It scares me but it’s a leap I want to take.

  532. Would love to win a copy of Lara’s new book! Love who she is and I know this has a great book!

  533. I know that I struggle with surrending completely to God. I’m so glad that He gives me a chance everyday to get it right! I know that through his grace I will. If He sees it fit for me to read Lara Casey’s book to help me on my journey, I will gladly accept it with open arms! God bless you all!

  534. Dear Lara
    Thank you so much for sharing this devotion. I’ve really been struggling in my job and this devotion was a refreshing start to the day. I would really love a copy of your book.

  535. would really like a copy of your book for my daughter that is going thru alot of trials.
    thanks, Julie

  536. I am a mother of 4 in the last couple years I have felt as if I have lost myself both as a christian and as me. My husband and myself have both started new jobs and our income has changed a lot. We have been struggling to get back in our feet and I have been having a hatd time dealing with this. I am refocusing my life on what really matters God I know with him put first in my life and my families lives we will make it through it all. I am very interested in the book and hope I am chosen

  537. Loved this! Just what I needed to read today. Thank you, what a blessing!

  538. God, I need a new start. I’m letting go of other people’s expectations. I only want to work to please You!

  539. This email was sent by a good friend of mine. It came at just the right time. I am about to admit my son to a residential treatment center and I need to let go of everything I have been trying to fix. A copy of this book will find it’s way to me if it is meant to be. There is always something to be thankful for. Thank you for the great devotional!

  540. I needed this today. Would be very interested in the book. Thanks.

  541. I feel like God has really put a new project on my heart, and… I’m terrified! I would love to read Lara’s new book and get some inspiration to take the leap AND persevere through the rough patches. And then, of course, I’d pass it along to the person that crosses my path that could benefit from it as well!

  542. Cathy Hoehn says:

    As an aging Mama… my kids are now in their late teens… and as a woman of faith who continues to need to grow …I would appreciate having this book….I have made a resolve that when I want a break at work, rather than check facebook, I am going to read my Proverbs 31.org email and be encouraged with words of God rather than unfulfilled by some social media site!! And that’s how I came to this today 🙂
    many thanks for sharing your heart Lara!

  543. Jenny Bray says:

    Last 18 months have been a wild ride. Saying goodbye to my nephew who took his life in late 2013. My mum went hone to her God in April 2014. My nephew’s step dad took his life in October 2014. Christmas 2014 was not a good time for family. It was harsher than I thought , 1st year with out my best friend, my mum

  544. Thank you so much for a great reminder and one of encouragement. I work in a middle school with 6,7,and 8th graders. I so want me life to be an overflow of Christ and His love. This past year has been a rough year and one of learning, our 8 year old granddaughter has been battling cancer. God has been faithful, but it has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least with moods, words etc.being affected My time at the school that I work with has been a challenge, and each day want that day to be a fresh start and different than the last, with my words and actions. But within a short time, I find myself getting caught up in the negative talk, expressing frustrations etc. I so badly want it to be different. Not a day of feeling guilty but coming to God for help, forgiveness and direction. This book is something I need to start putting into my life and letting God do his work in my life as well. Thank goodness His love is unconditional, and He is always working in our lives.

  545. I would love to read your book. I am new to proverb31 devotions. In the last 5 yrs I have lived a fearful and worrying time. I have struggled with depression due to my oldest daughter accusing my husband (not her father) about something concerning my granddaughter. Our relationship has been a volatile one. On top of this our young daughter that struggled getting pregnant was expecting her 2nd son and at 20 weeks was told he would not survive. He lived 31 mins and then three hrs after his birth we almost lost her. To save her they removed her uterus. Fearing I will never see reconciliation with my oldest and still getting pass our loss I would love to read it and if nothing else love your prayer for my family.

  546. Rosalinda says:

    I would be honored and privileged and very blessed to win a copy of Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live On Purpose by Lara Casey. I would love this copy for myself and be most blessed because I feel like this book will do wonders in my life in the messages and revelations it holds in store for me. I have given my life fully hearted to Christ on Dec.23, 2014. And since that time have been having trouble making things happen in correspondence to God and his plan He has for me. I have and I am very much longing to make something meaningful happen within myself and my life. I have been feeling very much so that I just will never ever be enough or that I am not completely surrendering as I so humbly do want to do so and truly let go of this fear, hurt and pain that consumes my inner being and heart. I am trying to find purpose amidst all this hurt, and feelings of being alone and heartache. I just seem to lack guidance or I am just very fearful of where exactly to begin and start this progress and journey. When I read Lara Casey’s passage it truly touch my soul and moved me for just the same day I read I was going through such emotions and turbulances within on my life. I feel that this book would be such a blessing in and to my life and allow me to gain insight on truly surrendering it all to God. I want to take a leap of faith and gain my purpose through God. Please allow me the privilege to win this copy of the book. As I will intent on allowing other to read and recieve such a powerful and helpful message. Please and the m you for your time and consideration.

    Rosalinda Sauri

  547. Thank you for today’s devotion. I regularly share devotions from Proverbs 31 with the ladies who come to my REFIT cardio dance fitness classes in St Louis. The devotions are always spot on with something at least one of us is dealing with. Today I had one lady who said today’s devotion came at just the right time. She is in a weight loss journey and this week is feeling very overwhelmed by a goal she has set for herself, and she was already acting defeated because she fears that she won’t make her goal. I’m praying that she will allow God to help her on this journey rather than trying to do it all by herself. I think she could really benefit by reading your book!! Thank you!

  548. Lara – Each and every one of us struggles with this on some level, I would guess. I am a ‘baby’ christian, and have been working at this for about a year now, and I truly feel that this book would help me to overcome some of my road blocks of doubt, and help me to figure out exactly what ‘surrendering’ means! Thanks for the honesty here!

  549. StephanieA says:

    I enjoy reading the devotions each day. This particular devotion, “I Need A Fresh Start”, really hit home in some many ways. I can relate to the feelings of inadequacy and need for constant control. I’d love to win Ms. Casey’s new book ‘Make It Happen’.
    God Bless and thank you for sharing your experiences in today’s devotion.
    Stephanie A

  550. Priscilla Wyndham says:

    I can’t remember when so many comments have touched me this deeply. I believe the one that I might have the most compassion for was Janet Reid. Janet, if you read this, I can promise you I will put you on my prayer list. I truly hope you win a copy of the book. With so many things happening with your family and in your life, it is good to remember that in spite of it, “YES, GOD IS IN CONTROL.”

  551. Anna Leal says:

    I’ve spent my entire life living in fear and I desperately need a fresh start. I struggle with having to be in control and wanting to control the outcome of every situation. So much of my life has been spent trying to maintain the facade of “I have it all together.” Many opportunities have been missed because ive been to afraid to take action. I’m tired…I need to let things go and take a leap of faith and start living my life in the freedom God has given to us. I would really love a copy of this book for encouragement and inspiration.

  552. A much needed book

  553. I look forward to reading this book because I love Lara’s focus on following Jesus above all else! If I won it, I’d read it myself then pass it on… probably to my sister-in-law 🙂

  554. So timely! I have slowly been releasing my children this year. I have been homeschooling for 10 years. It was so much easier when they were littler and we had fewr children. Having a 5th baby this past year, although a super huge blessing, has really thrown a wrench into our schooling. My oldest started high school. I later put our 3rd grader in. Today I took m sixth grader in, leaving a 5 year old and a 1 year old home. I am starting new — refreshing, yet scary. By God’s grace, I am giving up that need to control and learning to trust Him with the children He has placed in my care!

  555. I don’t normally comment on these articles, but since the Holy Spirit was pretty much directly speaking to me through your words today, I figured He would want me to read your book, too 😉

    Bless you!

  556. I am amazed at your devotion as it is part of an awakening at age 59 that God is orchestrating in my life. I know God has used you in that process and would love the opportunity to read your book! Thank you for being obedient in penning this devotion today!

  557. The Lord spoke to me through you. Thank you. Today is the first day of a new beginning for me and my family. After19 years of working the same job or same type of work the Lord called me to walk away from the bondage of it, resign with no where to go, and seek Him. This journey seems impossible in man’s eyes. On paper there is no way to pay bills and provide. On top of it we have acquired great medical debt with no funds to pay the debt. It was not easy to make that decision but I know if I had not my family would miss the greatness to come It seems so strange to not work for now. We are seeking and waiting and trusting in God to provide and guide our steps. All I have is to keep my eyes on Him and trust that the best is yet to come. I would love to read your book.

  558. I am constantly in battle everyday. My mind is so full of things that I need the help of God to help me sort out good and bad. Please pray for me continually. If God does show you something about me please email me.

  559. God I need a new start! Help me to let go of fear of rejection, feeling undervalued, an unbalanced desire to please people, and any form of comparison or feeling less than.

  560. I plan to buy the Make it Happen book as soon as I finish my current read, The Best Yes, so I figured why not go ahead and enter to win a copy!? There are a couple reasons I would like to read this book. One being, I have been following Lara Casey’s journey through social media and can honestly say that intrigues me enough to want to read the book. Secondly, I am wife, business owner, ministry lead, wanting to start a family and I have journals full of so many dreams and plans. Sometimes I feel like days fly by too fast with too little accomplished. I want to live the most unafraid, adventurous, and purpose filled life. Based on what I have read about the Make it Happen book I believe there will be nuggets of wisdom to help me live just a little more on point. Hopefully with what I learn I can then turn around and help someone else who is in similar shoes.
    Much love,
    Kristen Stansell

  561. This devotional spoke directly to my heart today. I hold so tightly to the idea that I can control my circumstances and often forget that the Father uses ALL of circumstances for our good. The line “my identity is not in my successes nor my missteps” is something I will hold in my heart today.

    Thank you!

  562. Adrianna Williamson says:

    This devotional was right on time for me. I’ve been feeling like I needed to start fresh and especially experience a spiritual renewal. I stepped outside of my comfort zone this past Sunday and talked to my first lady. She gave me direction that I needed and things have simply been falling in line since I’ve been obedient to the urgings of the Holy Spirit. I just want to remain consistent throughout the entire year, not just January.


  563. Martha T. says:

    This sounds like a really helpful book!

  564. I could use some guidance toward a Fresh Start!

  565. God, I need a new start. I feel too old to begin again after my husband of 37 years divorced me. My four children are grown with their own families. My home, my husband, and my children were my main focus and I need for You to be my main focus. You have blessed me so richly and given me gifts to use for Your glory. Now, Lord, I need the “push” to use them and to start each new day with excited anticipation of what You will do. Make It Happen

  566. stacy potter says:

    Fear is holding me back . Your article was inspiring. Thank you.

  567. If I were to be the fortunate one to be chosen to receive a copy of this book (the Lord willing), I would share this with my daughter. A broken child; one who truly “needs a fresh start”. A beautiful young woman who unfortunately was not “quick to listen; slow to speak; slow to get angry” too often over the past 5 years. She has been prayed over and for by many MANY friends, family and strangers, and I have given her over to the Lord – “let go and let God”. My daily prayer, with the help of the Holy Spirit for her: Phil 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Lara: May our heavenly Father continue to bless you and keep you in your daily walk, encouraging us, the Proverbs 31 Women of Faith.

  568. This was a very good devotional I would like to have book to give to my daughter who like me. Let’s life overwelme her. Being reminded god is in control and not me is refreshing buts things back in perpestive good to know.

  569. Marissa C says:

    Hi! I would also love a copy of this book. I just ended an exhaustive four years of teaching in a public school. This book seems to be exactly what I need to step out in faith and start a new career. My husband and I lead youth ministry and would love to share what we learn from this book with our church. Grateful for this possible giveaway and will purchase the book if we don’t win. Money is tight. Thank you!

  570. donna fusiara says:

    I have been a Christian woman for most of my life attending Bible Study after Bible Study, Church Retreat after Church Retreat, searching and growing and desperately longing to be as you women of faith seem to be, without even trying. My failures from adolescence into adulthood haunt me constantly, and I realize now, I am not to be a victim any longer. Jesus died on the Cross for my sins so that I don’t have to keep punishing myself over and over and over again. Your book sounds amazing. I would love for every woman I am friends with to have a copy of it. I love Proverbs 31 and the women who write for this blog are always speaking right to me, helping me to be a better person, a Godly woman, and a person of deep love for Christ. I thank you for your contributions and your book. If I am not selected to receive a free copy, I would hope I can order one when finances are in my favor for such luxuries as books and more than this, TIME to actually sit and read them. God bless you.

  571. If love this book! I would read it and pass it on to a friend!!

  572. susan curry says:

    Control is my biggest issue!! Would love to read this book!

  573. What a wonderful message. At our Bible Study this morning, we talked about fear and control and how it takes situations out of God’s hands while we rely on our own strength. God always provides clarity for those things He really wants us to grow towards, and confirms with a repetition of words – grace in action.

  574. I would love a book – because I am making a new start next year (fingers crossed/prayers said) across the country to my new home. I will be leaving behind my grown children, my mother, and more family… I will be moving toward extended family BUT this is all going to be very new… sounds like that book would be good for all of us.

  575. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions I picked ONE WORD to focus on for this year: SURRENDER! So, this book would be a blessing!

  576. I am encouraged by this post today. I would love to win a free copy of this book! I am learning that I need to let go of trying to control my salvation by proving myself righteous to God, myself, and others. My salvation is secured and controlled by God because of His grace and not my works. It is a really hard lesson to learn because the more I see my sin, the more I feel the weight and feel hopeless. But the point is that I am hopeless… without CHRIST. But there is so much hope in Christ. Lord, I believe, help my unbelief! Thank you for the encouragement to cry out to God for a fresh start. God bless you and this ministry!

  577. This really hit home. I’ve been married to my husband for 7months and for six months we’ve been considering divorce because my husband anger issue, who constant reminds me how inadequate I am as a wife when he’s mad. Everyday I look to God and remind myself to do the Christ like thing and try again. I truly believe this too shall pass. I receive this today.

  578. I have trouble surrendering, but not with money or material things, it had been time with my children! I just recently took a job(not because of the money) that allows me less time with my children!!
    I felt God was telling me that in order to follow His will, then I couldn’t be in control of everything!
    Excited to see what God has in store, but could also use some encouragement 🙂

  579. Lauren Nelson says:

    This book sounds amazing! I would love to have a copy!

  580. I so need this book! It speaks to my heart with needing to let go.
    What leap of surrender can you take today? Fill in the blank: God I need a new start! Help me to let go of __being in control__.

  581. Ashley Elizabeth says:

    Coming through an abusive marriage and working through a divorce and court. Battling chronic illnesses because of the abuse. I need to start over and see what’s on the other side!

  582. I would really like to read that book!

  583. There have been so many heartaches in our family lately, so it’s hard for fear to not take control. Putting all my trust in HIM is all I need…

  584. Love this devotion would love to read the book.

  585. I need this book!! I am starting the new year with a huge leap of faith- opening up my own business. And already there have been days where I want to quit because of fear….and I haven’t even truly started yet!! I would love to win a copy of your book to help me release my fears as I launch out to the unknown in faith!

  586. What leap of surrender can you take today? Fill in the blank: God I need a new start! Help me to let go of my insecurity and gain confidence in the knowledge that you made me.

    I would love this book as I struggle daily with fresh new starts, I tend to carry the old with me and I need help in letting go of the past and becoming who I am meant to be fully in Christ. It would be nice to have a book to remind me of this.

  587. Mickey Drake says:

    This devotional resonates with my spirit. I fall, fail, and start again DAILY! I think the book might just be the ticket to encourage me never to give up struggling towards the goals that God has set before me in my own walk.
    I’m just selfish enough to want this book for my own use, but when I find something helps or encourages me, I also pass it along. I want to be an encourager along my own walk and journey, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  588. I would love to have a copy of this book. This devotional this morning was definitely close to my heart.

  589. Danielle Kluver says:

    I would love to gift this book to my mother. She is a strong woman, who is currently raising one grandchild age 5, and practically raising another one, who is 8 months old. I learned everything about being a mother from my own, and I am very grateful for her courage and sacrifice.

  590. Love to read!

  591. Margaret Hopkins says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I feel like I could really use it in my life right now. My son has chosen to not have anything to do with me and his Dad and it will be 3 years in May since he has been to our home.

  592. Sounds like a great book!

  593. I would love to win this book because it seems like fear is always my first reaction when any issues come up. This sounds like an awesome book!

  594. I could really use this book right now!

  595. I would love a copy of this book! It sounds like it would be a great encouragement to me in my present situation. Thanks for offering this opportunity!

  596. I would love a copy of this book! I am all about being in control and following a plan! It’s hard for me to let go and just let Him take control sometimes! I need to be in the passenger seat more in life!

  597. Always looking for a new devotional to inspire me. Thanks for the opportunity

  598. Paulette Smith says:

    I think this would be awesome to read and have time with the Lord on a daily bases.

  599. Ashley Fields says:

    Fear and complacency seem to be my enemies a lot lately. God has called me to be a Christian nature writer but I find myself wondering where and how to begin. Often the response is, “At the beginning.” At the beginning of what? Time, my story, His story? It gets overwhelming.

  600. Jo-Anne Smith says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book because I truly need a Fresh Start.

  601. This sounds amazing. I’m at a crossroads and I seriously need some guidance.

  602. I would share it with the girls I work with.

  603. I would love to read this book myself! I am one that lets fear and worry get in my way most of the time and I think this would be a great book.

  604. Tonia Hovest says:

    I need this book because I get Carrie away with what I try to control and I need to learn different ways to deal with things especially letting go and letting God have control.

  605. Catherine says:

    Love this devotional. It really touched my heart this morning. I would love to have a copy of this book so that I can begin to “Make it Happen” . Blessings!

  606. Great thought today and what I needed to hear. I definitely like to hold on to the reigns and so need to let them go. Thank you for today’s inspiration.

  607. Leigh Ann T says:

    I need a fresh start and would love a copy of the book

  608. Kimberly Kicklighter says:

    This was a very inspirational post and would like to read more in this book.

  609. I have already took the leap – I just graduated from physical therapy school and I am getting ready to begin a career as a traveling PT- but I would love encouragement and guidance for this part of my journey. Hopefully Lara’s book could do just that. Traveling by myself will be scary and challenging, but an exciting opportunity to watch God open doors. 🙂

  610. Patty Schultz says:

    I need to let go of the life I had before my back surgery and nerve damage to my legs. I need to surrender my dreams and KNOW that God has a much better plan for me. I need to let go of the anger and frustration that has overtaken my mind,body, and soul since my injury has robbed me of my ability to move like I use to. I need God’s help to do it. .

  611. Dawn Halona-Brown says:

    I am tired and know that I have to start somewhere to start over. I have always known God is there but I have been relying on my feeling and let my feelings get in the way of everything. I mess up any kind of relationship, but I am willing to give it all up to God and let go of the stuff I am carrying around. I appreciate the devotion and I know there is hope to make a change. I look forward to seeing more to look forward to.

  612. I would love to win a copy of the book!!

  613. As a working mom, I feel the need to control everything! This book would an huge inspiration for me!

  614. For the last 4 years I have been in and out of doctor’s offices and have yet to find an answer to my long list of symptoms. Only in the last month has someone begun to listen to me and take me seriously. Secondly, I have struggled with my job over the last three years. I love my role, but i struggled with the devil in the negativity in the office. Over Christmas break, the main negative factor in the office desolved and from what i can tell, we are on an uphill climb to a great working atmosphere. for 2015, I am looking for the fresh start I have been searching for in my life for 4 years. I am taking a step out in faith on both my job, my church, my family and my health. 2015 will be my year as long as God leads the way. It turn it all over to him for my fresh start. He will MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  615. I could use this book. I need a new start. I’m entering the second half of my life and have been afraid to start over. I need encouragement and help. There’s so much more to say, but it’s so hard for me to put into words. It’s time for me to do it afraid and know that God is with me; He has a plan for me. Jeremiah 29:11 and John 15:1-4.

    Thank you for your post today. I needed to hear that. 🙂

  616. Ashley Webber says:

    2015 brings some new challenges and adventures. I’d love to read the encouragement and truth shared in this book embarking on this year

  617. I’m a wife and mother to 5 children

  618. Megan Belew says:

    I would love to read this book! I’m really working on me and getting my priorities in line to be the woman God created me to be! Trying not to worry or let what others think or expect to affect me! It’s the year of getting me right for God!

  619. I would love to win your book, for myself & to pass on to friends 🙂

  620. My life spun out of control last year, and I’ve been crawling my way back to balance and peace of mind. Through that experience, God absolutely taught me that I need to let go and lean on Him for my support. I would love a copy of the book, but even if I don’t receive one, I appreciate your post. It’s recommended at the start of a new year to pick one word to focus on to reach goals and zero in on what you want your year to be about. I feel like God has been telling me the word “surrender” every time I think about choosing one word. So, that’s my word. How fitting that your post is about this.

  621. I give in to fear a lot of times. I put everyone else’s purpose ahead of mine and don’t follow my dreams.

  622. I enjoy reading anything and everything on this Proverbs 31 Ministries site. Have been looking for a new devotional that will allow me to explore my PURPOSE (that’s my one word for this year)! Thanks for your consideration and may God continue to bless you <3

  623. Amanda Rhodes says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  624. i would love a copy for myself. I need to let go of control and trust in God more

  625. Annalisa Murden Roughton says:

    I would love to have a copy for myself and share it with the people of my church who may need it as well. I feel like I am struggling to figure out my place in this world. I don’t have a support system for myself, btu I am everyone else’s support system. So having this book would be a great asset for me. Thank you for the opportunity!

  626. I would love a copy!

  627. I am held together with anxiety and fear…..

  628. Not to long ago I was going through many storms in my life trying to do things my way. At my lowest moment I stopped fighting and prayed. I am starting over and the Lord has blessed me and my family. I have tried to read all I can so I can live my life for him.

  629. Christian Wallace says:

    I need a fresh start! I need to make it happen! I’d love to read this book.

  630. To say this post hit me like a ton of bricks would be an under statement. It is the first of the year, I’m busy with work and it is consuming me.. I am keeping up all my Mom duties and just worn out. I feel so disconnected and distant…then I read this. It was a slap in the face and I feel so much peace and joy – knowing that the ONLY place I should be looking for anything is from my heavenly Father…something we all to often forget because of daily routines.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am now following you on Instagram and I would LOVE to win a copy of this book .. I imagine this is only a tiny insight to what this book will offer and I know it is something I need right now 🙂

  631. Spot on with surrendering to God! I believe this book would continue to reveal the truth about God’s word and what my identity in Him truly is.

  632. As the ‘seasoned’ journey of life is here, still not always an easy walk. Would love to share this book with my prayer warrior sisters!

  633. This devotional meant a lot to me. I find myself fearful of almost everything instead of relying on the Lord for help

  634. Would love to read.

  635. I would love to have this book. I struggle daily with letting go of control and trusting in God’s plan.

  636. Christina says:

    I am a single mom of three special needs children living on a fixed income due to my kids needs. There are so many situations in my life related to myself and my kids I feel like I need to take control of such as advocating for my kids, meeting their needs, other people’s understanding of autism, epilepsy etc…. Many times I do not have any control of things which leaves me extremely helpless. It is very difficult to try to give things to God for God to work out. I need to work on this which is where I feel this book will help me.

  637. I need a fresh start! I woke this morning to find that my car had been repo’d. Initially I was in shock, I cried and wanted to crawl back under the covers but I realized that wouldn’t change anything. I prayed to God for strength and I promised I would trust in Him. I knew His plan was better than mine. I’m looking at this setback as a way to come back and get my finances in order; downgrade to a cheaper, older car and get myself back on track. I love the Lord for the immediate peace He provides when we call out to Him…Thank you Jesus!!

  638. Cindy Cain says:

    last year was a tough year.. This year I am focusing on God more, myself and circumstances less.I am trying to fill my spirit up with God and joy.

  639. Lisa Harris says:

    This book is so what I need. All the points you list in the description, I was saying yes too. Sounds like a fabulous book. What a great blessing to get a copy.

  640. HeatherGail says:

    At the age of 31, just yesterday, I lost my best friend to liver disease just weeks before her 31st birthday. Her death is a reminder to me that life is a gift that can be taken at any moment. Her death also is a reminder to me of the importance of living life to its fullest. I want a copy of this book so that I can start fresh and be the person God wants me to be.

  641. I am about to graduate with my Masters degree and I’m wondering if I’m going through a quarter-life crisis (is that a thing?!?). I have been feeling very discouraged in my current state and keep wondering if I need a fresh start in a new state. Just feeling very lost and keep raising my hands up in the air asking God “what do I do next?”

  642. Shellney Oehlert says:

    “I try to control just about everything: naptimes, schedules and my to-do lists. When things begin getting out of control and I feel Madame Overwhelmed creeping up behind me…” this describes me exactly! I am certain I would benefit from reading this and I love recommending books to friends & family.

  643. Nothing could distract me from these words. They hit home and left me yearning for more. Our “more” should lye with Jesus! Thank you!

  644. Holly Yount says:

    Working on improving me! I want to be a better Christian, wife, mother, daughter, & nurse. I want to let go of the negative in my past & let God heal me & make me whole!!! The book sounds wonderful!!!

  645. Would love to read this!

  646. Tammy Hill says:

    I would love a copy of this for fear is a major obstacle for me. I am a worrier, doubter all the time. I want to start fresh with God and always live in the joy he provides.

  647. Courtney Dow says:

    I’d love to have this book.It looks like a great book. Thank you for your encouraging words in this devotional as well.

  648. An inspiring blog post leads me to believe the book is inspiring as well! Would love to win a copy! God bless!

  649. Heather Alexander says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I’m trying to learn that I am enough, and when I fail, I’m given a fresh start. I feel closer in my relationship with Jesus than ever after spending several months sick in the hospital and am always looking for literature that I can read for encouragement!

  650. I would love a copy of this book.

  651. Fear consumes me. This would be great to read.

  652. Kelsey Richardson says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! I’m trying to make a fresh start spiritually and I think this book could be helpful. I’m struggling in so many areas and I can use every form of encouragement.

  653. I would love for me and my best friend to read this. It sounds perfect

  654. I would love this book, because I’ve been searching for my purpose for so long & am anxious for a new start with meaning. I recently left a job I really disliked & want to do something that is rewarding. Thanks for the chance to win your book!

  655. I have a big problem letting go of past betrayals. It has happened so often by those closest to me that I have built a wall up around me and seem to not let those people in any longer and it is difficult for others to get close. I love deeply ans am very sensitive person. I care deeply and go out of my way at times to help others only to get walked all over. Now I have lost trust in most of my own family members and share little of my self with them. I have actually given up on dreams I use to have of traveling or seeing certain places even tho they are close by because I don’t want to share the experience with people who I don;t trust or think my dreams & desires are lame. I feel I can only confide in the Lord and I journal and spill my heart out to Him. I have prayed and waited patiently for over 10 years for things to change, I only grow lonelier and more miserable. I go to my Bible studies, have a great church family, in that I am blessed.

  656. Melissa Cummins says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book because I really want to make 2015 the year that I experience God in a whole new way. I have been too selfish and wasted too many years not completely surrendering to Him. I think this book would be a great tool to help me do that.

  657. As much as I want and need to make things happen in my life and the world, I’m touched by the heart wrenching stories by those who are truly overwhelmed. So if I win, give it to one of those lovely ladies.

  658. The word for my church this year is health; it is my personal word for the year. I have battled depression for a lot of years and I spent the last 8 or 9 years trying to overcome past hurts; trying to give God complete control over my life, and trying to give up things like fear, doubt,and shame. I’ve learned to use prayer, bible reading, writing; poems, journal, and my blog, and reaching out to others as ways of helping me get through low times. I have been working extra hard this year;therapy, daily repeating a prayer about striving for better health (spiritually, physically, and emotionally), and challenging myself this year to complete a list of one thousand gifts God has given me. I love to read and I am always looking for new inspirations to help me succeed in becoming a healthier me. It is always a blessing to read the God-inspired words of others. I love to share with others through my writing the inspiration I get from God, and through the books I read.

  659. I have been living in fear for so long, and I really need some help to realize God’s best for my life. I would probably pass it on to my mom and my sister after I have gone through it. Thank you!!

  660. Abigail Martin says:

    March 3rd, 2014 my husband and I found out our first child passed away at 9 weeks gestation. We were devastated but we carried on and tried again. We are currently pregnant again and due March 30th 2015 with a little boy named Aston! At 23 weeks pregnant we found out he had brain and eye abnormalities. It has been such a trying journey full of fear and the unknown but it has also been full is so much hope!!!! We know God is working here He has shown his mighty power in so many ways already!!! I would love this book to read to keep me going when the times get hard and the fear creeps in!

  661. robin Marshall says:

    I do not have a devotional for 2015 and I enjoy this one.

  662. I would love to have a copy of this book. Since my friend’s passing from leukemia in 2012, I have pursued great moments and great achievements, hoping to make the most of this life that she didn’t get to live. There have been times when I’ve felt that I was letting her down, that my life was being spent aimlessly. So this year I’m intending to live in the deep end of my faith, to love and serve and live full of purpose and intention. Not just for my friend, but for my Heavenly Father.

  663. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am constantly doubting myself due to fear. Fear of not being good enough, failing, the expectations of others. Being able to have a faith based book to help me make it happen would be a blessing!

  664. I just need to let go of fear in general and this book seems like it would help a lot!!!

  665. Leah Wipf says:

    I need a fresh start in my life. I will take a leap of faith and surrender my desire for control. Control in planning and organizing things. Not that planning and organizing need to stop, they are important, but sometimes I spend way more of my time planning for the future rather than living in the now, being in the present, living life here and now. God is the only one who knows what is in store for our life, no matter how much I plan or organize, God’s plan will have victory and be so much better than I could ever imagine. I will let go of my plans so that God’s plan can shine through.

  666. The title of the book speaks volume about my life. I have been trying to fight fear for as long as I can remember. Every time I make a decision to take a leap of faith, I lose sight of my purpose and fall back into complacency. I’m tired of living this way. I know our God is almighty and believe that I can do anything through Christ, who strengthens me. But why can’t I surrender my fear? Why can’t I live on purpose?? I have lost who I am as an individual and am struggling to find myself and be happy with me.
    God I need a new start! Help me to let go of fear of the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of humility…fear of success. I really just want to let go, and let God! <3

  667. Thank you so much for this message! This year I really really want to make some bold leaps of faith…to grow my business and really make an impact on lives and help grow God’s Kingdom. I feel that reading your book would defiantly help set me on my path;)

  668. I can’t wait to read this book! I am currently in a small women’s bible study at my church with The Best Yes and I could totally see this book as it’s follow-up study.

  669. My word for this year is trust. So I’m trying to trust by surrendering my fear. I think this book would be a great read for me in this year and is definitely a book I can relate to.

  670. Stephanie says:

    I have believed in God for most of my life however I am new to the idea of what it actually means to be a Christian. I love the daily blogs and find them motivational and helpful. I am a military spouse, mother of two girls 7 and 4 and a full time student. I can use any help I can get. 🙂

  671. Oh how I need this book

  672. I would love to win a copy of this book because so often I try to define success and happiness off of external things. External things will never lead to happiness. Only true happiness can be found in our relationship with Christ. So may days I say “I’ll start again tomorrow” and I always get side tracked. I think this would be a wonderful book for reflection and direction because I do need a fresh start.

  673. I cannot express how my outlook in faith in God has improved thanks to the women of Proverbs 31. All of you are truly inspired by God to deliver messages that every woman can relate to. I appreciate your dedication to everyone that follows you and would be blessed to receive a copy of this great book.

  674. This year has brought singleness, and I’m facing a new job and moving to a new city on my own. Starting over, with no family, is going to be difficult. I’d like to remember the opportunities I have in God’s plan bring the best.

  675. I am in dire need of a fresh start. The devil has been challenging me every day and I need all the encouragement I can get.

  676. Joy Marsh says:

    I would love to have a copy f Lara’s book. I have just retired and it is like starting over.

  677. I Need A Fresh Start,to rebuild my self confidence.

  678. Thanks Lara. I really need this. Facing some obstacles right now in regards to exercising. Have had a tough month with 3 deaths with friends during Christmas week, and another one later. Now one of our pastors has been fired due to something he did. I know God is in control, I need to remember to trust him completely. I need something.

  679. This is my theme for 2015 and I am encouraging other women in my church to embrace the same!

  680. I would love a copy of the book because I recently got a new start and I would love to have a chance to explore what that means. I would also love to share one with my sister Hope!

  681. Latisha Plaugher says:

    I struggle with feeling overwhelmed each day. I rely on the Lord to help me make it through. I could definitely use this book!

  682. Neka McCreless says:

    I would love to read more in this book if was anything like the devotional. I too fight the need to control everything around me. It has cost me friends and even family and it is just so hard not wanting to say “no di it this way, or do it that way, or I will take care of it ” I just can not and I need to b reminded daily. And I as I pray this is mostly on the top of the list. Thank you for the devotional

  683. Janet Fawns says:

    I have just started to do some emotional healing. Something I should have done 30 years ago!!!

  684. Crystal Wooten says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! God has been showing me and revealing things I need to let go of. And I’m blessed to announce that some have been marked off my list. I totally feel this year is my year. After a nearly 13 year wait Freedom is on it’s way…actually I think it’s already here.

  685. I cannot afford to buy books and I enjoy reading and improving myself. This would be a wonderful to help me improve your n myself. I would love to be able to read this book.

  686. I would love a copy of this book! I try to be in control of everything in my life, and this would be a great start to change that way of thinking! Cheers!

  687. i would love a copy of this book. My life has been a challenge since my divorce & I have been making some changes.

  688. I have a niece that is 31 and not married and she fears growing old without someone and believes God doesn’t have anyone out there for her. She has totally let this overtake her and she worries about it constantly. Of course, people are always asking does she have a significant other and that adds to her worries. I believe this book could help to loosen some of the fears that she has. Also my husband has dementia and I have been taking care of him for 5 years. I know that the book would be a comfort to me as I face each day taking care of my soul mate, which I plan to continue to take care of him till death do us part. It is scary but it is what I want to do. I would be honored to receive this book and I read it and then pass it along to my niece who needs it. Thank you.

  689. Tina L Owen says:

    I would like the book because I’m in a perfect place to receive it’s message. I think it would a good bridge from where I am to where Jesus wants to take me next. Thanks for the opportunity:)♡

  690. Robin Lender says:

    It took till I reached 60 years old to understand that I had things all wrong. God has been carrying me all these years and I didn’t realize it. I am starting doing bible studies and reading what has been suggested to me. Right now I am reading lifetime guarantee by Bill Gillham. Yours is just what I need for my journey to follow our Lord and Savior. God bless you.

  691. ‘Trying to find purpose’ really got my attention. I look forward to reading this book.

  692. Thank you, Lara for the beautiful devotion. After nine months of unemployed situation, I have found two part time jobs and one volunteer that is potential to turn to a paid job. However, I am struggling to organise for scheduling between three jobs at moment. Of course I would like to fill my week with work as much as possible. It will help my financial situation. However, always something happen. I have found that the more I try to control my working schedule, the more I face the difficulty. Yes, the situation becomes intense.

    Just yesterday, I prayed for God will organise my schedule and control over my life. I may not take all but it is fine. If one comes, I will give up another if He wills. It may make me work for all of employers joyfully.

    Thank you for reminds me that God is in control. I do not need to do.

  693. I have Conplex-PTSD and have been on a healing journey for four years. In the past 5 month my couselor, God and Hve been tackling the repressed emotional piece and the non attachment to with of my parents. I was really good at telling my 18 year horror story as a narrative, now I know how to grieve and parent my inner child.
    Today, my counselor said we have moved on to a new phase. It confirmed what God has been speaking to me about this week, a desire to re-engage into the world fully. I can do all the emotionally processing automatically now and I am ready for whatever God has for me. This book sounds fantastic and like something that would help my still a bit fearful to take this leap inner child to go for it.

  694. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    I feel this book would be very beneficial to me right now. I just had my 39th b-day. I feel like I don’t ahve a purpose being here. I have no job (disabled, due to health issues) no family of my own, no home of my own, no car, etc. All I have to my name is debt (from buying things to try and fill in the holes and things I feel are missing) And only a couple people I can really call true friends…people that really know me. I feel like I am just watching life pass me by and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I have tried to be an active participant in life, only to find my efforts fail. Idk maybe I am giving up to easily, but I feel like I am giving it everything I’ve got til I’m about to break, so I don’t get it.. I struggle daily w/major depression and sometimes it’s an effort (esp the last couple months) just to be upright. Some days it takes all my energy just to be awake and ‘up’ for the day. I don’t understand why everything must be a monumental struggle, that when I put all my effort into something it fails, why my health continues to trip me up constantly (if it’s not the depression/anxiety or other issues then it is something physical going wrong) I don’t think I was made to just exist which leads me to feel I don’t belong here because that’s basically most all I do. Maybe something in your book will help me ‘see’ hold on for better days..idk. It’s worth a shot for me, so I’m tying this comment. Thank you for the chance.