We’re often quite willing to say things like…
“God is in control!”
“I know that’s out of my control…”
“I know I can’t control this.”
But then, after saying these things, we live like we’re the ones in control, not God. We behave as though it’s all up to us to make things turn out right! We act like Control Girls.
These cards are meant to help build a bridge between what we say we believe and the way we actually live.
It’s nearly impossible to stop rising panic, anxiety, or anger in the heat of the moment. We have to back up and retrain our hearts beforehand to respond correctly to the things we’d like to control. We have to go into the day with truth freshly renewed in my mind, having meditated on truths which help settle our hearts. Things like:
- God is in control.
- He sees me.
- He is good.
- God will not abandon me.
Then, when we face situations which would ordinarily send us into a Control Girl tailspin our hearts more readily fly to the truth.
Tips For Using The Meditations
Here are some ideas for using the meditations included in Control Girl:
- Read the card aloud, slowly, looking for one thing you’ve never noticed before.
- Consider this truth from God’s perspective. What does he want you to know about Him today?
- Think about whether your life has demonstrated this truth in the past 24 hours.
- Anticipate how this truth might inform your speech, actions, and reactions today.
- Choose one phrase to memorize and take with you into the rest of today. Make a plan to repeat this phrase several times today.
- Picture yourself responding to something as though this was true. Pray that it might be so.
Chapter Meditation Charts
We’ve compiled each chapter’s meditations into one handy chart for you. You may print these out and distribute as you like. Individuals might like to use the charts to meditate or review, and leaders can use the charts for that week’s discussion in group.
These meditation cards can be printed as 4 x 6 cards or photos. The Sampler Pack also has an 8.5 x 11 option that you can print and cut.
Each of these Control Girl Meditation Cards coordinates with a lesson from, Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible. You can use the cards without the book, and you can work through the book without the cards, but they do compliment each other nicely.
The “Sampler Pack” is a set of Shannon’s favorite meditation cards taken from various lessons in the book. The other sets follow the book, and are arranged according to chapter.
To get to the cards (and also the charts for each chapter), either use the drop down menu below, or the following links:
A Note from Shannon
Dear Recovering Control Girl:
Thanks again for your commitment to truth. I hope that these cards are an encouragement to you in your journey from Control Girl to Jesus Girl. If they are helpful, I’d love to hear your story. Feel free to use the form below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings to you! 🙂