7/3/2008 8:15:08 AM
I've heard that we need to turn our lives over to God. Huh? What does that mean? Does it mean me just say, "Ok, God, you take over now. I'm not doing anything anymore. You do all the work!" Is that it? I hope not, because that doesn't make any sense to me. I don't know how or what to turn over to God. Anyone have any ideas?


Trust in God    
"NO! He won't do all the work! Of course you have to do your part! You're giving God your sins by repenting.

It's more like putting your trust/faith in God.

" Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.""
posted at 15:19:12 on July 3, 2008 by toes_23
Acting as if    
"I have a LOT of experience learning this. It is not something that is easy to articulate either, but it really does come down to starting off each day ( one at a time) in honest communication with Heavenly Father. Telling Him everything in my heart and head. Even if I know I shouldn't ask, but just telling Him what is going on inside. Then making sure between all the things I am grateful for and my ramblings, I end with asking what HE needs me to do about this situation or whatever.

My entire purpose for coming into the 12 steps was b/c I finally lost of control of the very things I thought I was trying to control and able to control. So even on days where I am completely lost, I use the steps.. recognize I can no longer do this with out the Lord and then pray pray pray for His guidance. Then taking that one step into the darkness.

I understand what your questions are and am having a hard time trying to articulate it. But it's more about being on your knees long enough for the spirit to teach me what I do need to let go of and what I do need to take care of and what I do still need to turn over and then when I get up, I find that I am able to start understanding how I do turn it all over. There is a LOT of work involved, it's not as easy as it sounds but its really about acting as if, until the light is finally turned on.

good luck!"
posted at 16:24:04 on August 13, 2008 by Spastic12

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"Just as the landfill requires dedicated work and attention, laboriously applying layer after layer of fill to reclaim the low-lying ground, our lives also require the same vigilance, continually applying layer after layer of the healing gift of repentance.…Our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, feel sorrow when we choose to remain in sin, when the gift of repentance made possible through the Atonement can clean, reclaim, and sanctify our lives. When we gratefully accept and use this precious gift, we can enjoy the beauty and usefulness of our lives... "

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