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Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live beautifully strong and courageous so that they experience God’s great adventure of faith and purpose for their lives. She’s the proud empty-nest mom of three and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

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  1. Thank you for this needed reminder to trust God. I’ve been a “fixer” my entire life, but now am dealing with health issues that don’t have a “fix”. This morning I see my Father God gently taking my face in His hands, loving looking into my eyes, and saying, “Joanne, I got this. I will help you, I will strengthen you to endure the pain. Trust me. You are mine, and I love you more than you can imagine, today and throughout eternity. Let go of your grip on the pain, and place your hands in mine. I am with you always!”

    • What a beautiful picture that you’ve shared with us, Joanne. I love the imagery of God taking your face in His hands. That’s so good – and it’s so true that He can be trusted to love and care for you. Thank you for sharing this with us today!

  2. Barb, what an encouraging, transparent testimony to our Awesome God! Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

  3. Oh, Barb, I love everything about this post. You have shared a part of your story that resonated with this Mama’s heart…my sons are grown and I have grandkids now, too… but the tendency to want to fix all the things…still rears its ugly (and heavy) head. You have reminded me of the simple truth — He is God, He is able, and He is sovereign. He doesn’t need my instructions or my help. He just asks me to give it to Him, and trust. Thank you.

  4. I have been praying for God to intervene in a relationship for the last five months now. After a disappointing Thanksgiving that left me feeling, as my best friend put it, a little salty, I sat down with my journal and poured out my soul to God. I said, God, you are the only one who can change him. I stopped praying for the relationship and started praying for the person. When I did that, clarity followed. And then compassion. By surrendering the one I love to God, I freed myself from being responsible for fixing something I cannot fix. I still have hope and faith that God can turn this around.

    • Thank you for sharing your comment, Angela. I can relate to your comment in many ways – and I want to celebrate your choice to let go and trust God. I pray that God uses your comment to encourage other women who need to take that courageous step of surrender as well.

  5. Thank you for your transparent testimony. It’s a great reminder for us to trust God. Even when we can’t see it, He is always working.

  6. Barb my family is so broken many years , my adult kids are far from god and me i feel alone in my prayers, holidays are tough, i dont know what happened

    • Sweet Maria, if we were sitting next to each other right now, I’d give you a big hug. Dear friend, you aren’t alone when it comes to feeling the heaviness and heartache of the holidays. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted, so He is near to you right now. I’m glad that you stopped by today and I pray that God speaks His love, encouragement and presence over you.

  7. I can totally relate to today’s Devotion. I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 yrs old. I’d even served in ministries in some way, since my mid-Teens. But 20+ yrs ago, I rapidly became physically Disabled, & could no longer work.

    It was a time transition, of me needing to surrender repeatedly to God. He brought to the surface some things, that happened to me as a toddler, that had impacted me psychologically. I was able to get emotional healing as I surrendered that damage to God.

    And even though I am still physically Disabled, God has continued to provide for me. I’m able to spend more time in Scriptures, & in prayer, than I did before becoming Disabled.

    • Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony of your life and difficult story. May God bless you for your continued faithfulness and decision to surrender.

  8. Barb, I love this. This is where I’m at, and where God has brought me to. “If its gonna get done, God’s gonna do it”. After many attempts at “fixing” health issues (and making things worse) and dragging God along to bless the path I was trying to forge, he made it abundantly clear (amidst my restless squirming and striving and researching) that I was on the wrong path. I don’t know what He has in store for me but I’m surrendered to His will, His plan. I’m listening for His voice because I know he directs my way. What peace there is in knowing we are in His hands. <3

  9. Barb,

    Women are naturally fixers. We feel we have to solve all of life’s problems for everyone. Sometimes we just need to surrender our problems to God & let Him handle them. David says it best in Psalm 5522 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. God can & will handle ALL our trials & tribulations. We just need to learn to cast them to Him & let go.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. I was 41 and four months pregnant and looking every minute of my 41 years. I was having terrible morning sickness and barely hanging on. My company announced they were closing our offices. I was so afraid of trying to find another job in my condition. I sat in the announcement meeting and praying God, I can’t look for a job like this. You are going to have to take care of it. The next day, my dear friend from High School called without knowing my situation and offered me a job. I about fell on the floor. It is one thing to believe, it is another when God actually picks up the pieces and deals with the situation for you. I was and am so grateful. I had a happy rest of my pregnancy and am still at the company. God knew what was ahead and arranged things then that would take care of my family for the next 22 years.

    When my mother died after I took care of her here at home in hospice, I knew that God was in control. And yet, six months later when my dog died unexpectedly from cancer at 5 years old – the sweet dog that had comforted my mother through hospice and had “protected her” when she had nightmares and visions as she was nearing death – I shook my fist at the heavens and in anger kept asking Really? My dog? You took my dog? Oh I was so hurt and so mad. I still don’t understand that loss. But I am at peace now that God knew what He was doing.

    All this to say – God loves us. He wants what is best for us. When things don’t turn out the way we think they should – God is still there with us. Surrender brings peace. It is the hardest thing to do for those of us who are competent and capable and are fixers by nature. We think we know God’s mind. I am trying to put into practice surrender in all things. Not just the big stuff that I think I can’t fix alone – but in all things. Thank you for letting me know I am not alone. God bless you and your sweet baby !!!!!