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This week, it’s my privilege to welcome Shannon Popkin as a guest blogger. Shannon is the author of Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible, which releases Friday, January 27th!




Here’s Shannon Popkin with this week’s Five Minute Friday post on the prompt:





Control. The desire for it wells up from somewhere very deep inside of me. I crave it. I feel compelled to lunge for it; to do whatever it takes to have it. I feel an urgency to take control, wondering what might happen if I don’t!

And so I go for it. I leap for it. I run for it. I grasp it as tightly as I can and clutch it with all my might.

Then without comment, control slips through my fingers like a mirage. It flutters like a leaf, blown upward into heaven.

I see now that it was all a tease. I never did have a grasp on that blasted control.

This makes me angry and frustrated. I shout at it to get right back here, and jab my finger at the ground in front of me. Then I whimper like a child because I need it so badly. But control is not mine to be had. It doesn’t belong in my hands. It belongs in God’s.

I look up to search His face, wondering why He has taken the control I so deeply long for. Is He taunting me? Is He Indifferent and aloof? Does he even see me all the way down here, beneath his throne?

I wave my hands frantically, to let him know that I need Him to send it back down. I’m ready to hold on more tightly, now. I won’t let go this time.

There’s movement. He sees me! He’s stooping low. For a moment, I’m terrified, and then I see kindness in His eyes. He whispers something into my soul and I lean forward to hear it. You were not designed to carry the burden of control. Won’t you let me carry it for you?

And then He shows me His hands. His massive, wise, holy hands. They are good, God hands.

And at first glance I didn’t notice, but now I do! He’s holding something, there. Are they threads? They’re translucent yet as strong as steel.

I look closer and see a trillion plotlines being woven together in such complexity and beauty, such that I’ve never laid eyes on. His strong fingers are twisting and tying and looping the details together—details of people who are known and loved by Him—in intricate patterns so that each thread moves the story along toward a conclusion that fills my heart with such joy I can hardly breathe.

I can’t see the ending; I can’t see the full pattern. But I just know that it is good.

“It is very good,” I hear Him say.

But when I turn my eyes back to His face, He is gone. Hidden from sight. Just like that.

It was only a glimpse, but it was enough.

I am settled now, at peace with what I can’t see and what I don’t know. I no longer feel the angst in my soul, pressing me to take and keep and have control.

He’s in control, so I don’t have to be.




Author and speaker Shannon Popkin loves to blend her gifts for storytelling and humor with her passion for God’s Word. Shannon is the author of Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible, and is a contributing blogger at TrueWoman.com.

Shannon is happy to be sharing life with Ken, who makes her laugh every single day. Together, they live the fast-paced life of parenting three teens. For more information and companion resources for Control Girl, including a downloadable discussion guide for leaders, go to ControlGirl.com.  Shannon would love to connect with you at shannonpopkin.com, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.




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33 thoughts on “five minute friday :: control {a guest post}

  1. Fun to see you here Shannon! I hope you had a wonderful time at your book launch party tonight. 🙂 And thank you for hosting Shannon tonight Kate and cheering on your memoir- can’t wait!

    • Hey, Katie! Yes, it was fun but I’m dragging today! LOL And yes, thank you Kate for letting me post here. I, too, am anxious to hear more about your memoire. Discovery House, rigtht?

  2. Your piece was beautiful tonight,Kate.I am so glad God is on control and not us. He is perfect and all-knowing. He is I AM! God bless you for letting us be a part of a wonderful community here.

    PS: Can’t wait to read Craving Connections one day!

  3. Shannon, I think you might have gotten into my head. I don’t know what it is in me that thinks I can handle control. Your beautiful visual of Jesus being the perfect one to handle control, and the gentle way He asks if He can carry it…loved it.

    It’s only when we open wide our hands and hold control out to God that we can really walk in peace.

    Congratulations on the release of your book!

  4. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on control. Go. […]

  5. There is such beauty in your writing voice, Shannon! Thank you for sharing this post and the gentle reminder that our Heavenly father has “good, God hands”. Congratulations on the book!

  6. Thank you for your words Shannon. They were very encouraging. I liked the threads. My friend and I were having a girl’s coffee date and were discussing how God weaves our story with others and how it all shows His story and love.
    You also wrote: “But control is not mine to be had. It doesn’t belong in my hands. It belongs in God’s.”
    I need to keep this in mind. 🙂 Thanks!

  7. […] 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 5. ———————— Kate Motaung hosts a word prompt every Friday.   She gives us a word and a whole whack of people write for about five minutes.  A free write on a Single Word Prompt and it’s fascinating to see where it takes people and how they approach it.    THEN the most amazing thing happens, people take the time to read what each other wrote and be an encouragement to each other.   It’s great!   It’s no small wonder that we keep coming back.  Won’t you join us?   Today the word is CONTROL. […]

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