Day #9: Prayers to Pray During Times of Change #YouandYourGirl series

Day 9 of 9 | Lord, make me self-controlled | 9 Prayers to Pray During Times of Change | #youandyourgirl series {May 2015} by Lynn Cowell

Day 9: Lord, Make Me Self-controlled


Oreos and milk.


My comfort.

My weakness.

My downfall.


In that order.


There is just something about the foods of childhood that I want to run to them, especially when adulthood has me down. They look so innocent with the flashing “2 for 1” sale tag in the cookie aisle. How can I pass up a chance to save my family money?


But once those circles of chocolate goodness enter my kitchen, the ability to leave them alone leaves me alone. Or so I feel.


Whether it is bringing home a new baby, starting a family activity or a shift in our work responsibilities, an addition to our agendas doesn’t always make for a smooth landing. That afternoon coffee, after dinner sweet or late night show seems to bring a comfort to the bumpy day of caring for everyone. It’s time to take care of me our mind whispers to our heart.

So how is the best way to take care of me?

Will the option I have in front of me bring the comfort I long for or will my inability to say no only create discomfort down the road?


Self-control, His control, is what I truly need to move me in the direction I want to go. I want to be a woman who is truly beautiful, when she is on top of her game and when she feels out of the game. The only way I can be that woman, the one who isn’t me-controlled, but Holy Spirit controlled, is for me to lean in to Him. Even when I am tired, overwhelmed or shaken. {Ok – especially when I am tired, overwhelmed and shaken.}


Jesus, this fruit of the Spirit, this last description is the hardest of all. Maybe that is why you put it at the end of the list. But just because it is last, doesn’t mean I want it any less. This season of change is pushing my buttons hard, Jesus. Help me to say “yes” to You, to Your control and “no” to being me-controlled especially in the area of _________________. Amen


Take a moment today to share with someone who loves you dearly the area you filled in the blank. My area has been my diet. I need to eat clean in order to stop the pain of inflammation in my back. So, I’ve told my husband, my kids, my mother-in-love, my Instagram. Who will you tell and ask to help hold you accountable?


If you have enjoyed praying these past 9 days for the fruit of the Spirit to be filling your life, take a minute and order Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants, a study for young woman in becoming the girl God wants. A girl overflowing with His beautiful traits of the Spirit. 


I’m making it super easy to study Magnetic this summer with the You and Your Girl Kit.  Make this the summer the two of you connect with each other and with God together!

To get the You and Your GIrl Kit, simply purchase copies of Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants for you and your girl. As soon as you send me your receipt with the purchase of 2 or more books, I’ll ship you:

* “Gorgeous is More Than a Face in the Mirror” magnets

* The Magnetic Manifestio frameable cards

* Fruit of the Spirit journal pages

* 40 Ice Breaker Questions

To make it even easier, the study guide is conveniently located in the back of Magnetic.

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As your girl lives out nine amazing characteristics—known as the fruit of the Spirit—she will not only cultivate an inner and outer beauty, but she will also hold an irresistible appeal for godly guys. Help her shift your focus from a guy to the Guy and become the magnetic young woman God created her to be.

If you have more than one daughter or you are starting a study with your girl and her friends (which is a terrific idea), just purchase a book for each. Magnetic also works as a journal, giving each participant a safe place to record her thoughts and all she is learning. Then, let me know how many you need and I’ll send enough kit supplies for everyone in your group (up to 10 of each)!

All you have to do is 2 simple steps:

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Offer good through May 27, 2015

You can read all the May You and Your Girl series here.



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