I had the honor of being on the launch team for this book and I have to be honest – it was the best launch team EVER. This book is incredible and timely. A message like this unites people and draws them closer to God in painstakingly beautiful ways. Let me explain.
In this book, author Jennifer Dukes Lee talks about the common tendency to want to control everything. From our kids to our future, from our bodies to our minds, we want to pretend that we have some semblance of control over what happens, when it happens, and how. We’ve determined that we are the masters of our own fate and that we must strive to ensure that everything goes according to our plans.
That’s not how God works. JDL reminds us that Jesus is not to just be relegated to being another box to check off on our to-do list — he is, in fact, the author of the list. She explains:
“I pray today that we will always remember that God’s plans are bigger than ours – which means that the fruit of our choices might outlive us. As we step into all that God has for us, let’s respond wholeheartedly to the command “Do whatever he tells you.” Jesus is not an item on your to-do list. He is holding the list. And when you partner with him, you will be invited to take part in the amazing work he is already doing.”
AMEN! How often do we forget this?! How often do we add Jesus to our to-do list as though he’s on the same level as mopping the floors and shopping for groceries?! I love that JDL later repeats one key part of the previous quote: “The most important work you ever do might outlive you.” Think about that for a minute. It is incredibly simple yet beautiful in its profundity. Our kids, our ministries, the lives we change and the world we build will hopefully long outlive us. That’s all so much more important than finding the best deal on eggs. And it’s all based on our relationship with Jesus.
Here are some other highlights that spoke to my heart:
“I found the Rock at my rock bottom. And it all started because I dared to utter three scary, beautiful words: “I need help.”“
“You are not a burden. You are a person.“
And my personal favorite:
When you are obedient in the wait, God will be faithful in the work. And you will be awed in the wonder.
Who is this book for? It’s for control freaks. It’s for working moms struggling to balance career and family. It’s for stay-at-home mothers who feel so alone and inadequate. It’s for women everywhere who are stressed out, burned out, and sick of living life as though they have to make time for everyone and everything except themselves. In this book, JDL walks you through the scriptures as they relate to God’s love for you, how he is waiting for you to surrender your life to him and in so doing let go of every last sin and burden that is weighing you down. In this book, JDL presents the Gospel through the lens of a weary soul crying out for relief, and the gracious, loving, generous God who steps in to say:
“Trust me, I’ll catch you.”
**Please note: there is a fabulous Bible study to accompany this book. To order the Bible Study, please CLICK HERE. There are also tons of pretty resources on JDL’s website. Be sure to check that out HERE.** God bless!