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#65 Control and Choices -

Before I start talking about control and choices, I want to give you a link to upcoming support group meetings. (link) Many are virtual.

How much control do I have in my life? Where and when do I have control? Where and when do I not have control?

We can’t control a lot of what life hands us. Disease or health? Actually, we have some control over prevention in some instances. But with acoustic neuromas, we don’t know what causes them, so prevention is not a possibility. No control there.

We have a choice of treatments, and sometimes no treatment is required for a small tumor that isn’t causing symptoms. Choices of surgery and radiation involve research. Most of the time, a diagnosis dictates a certain kind of treatment. An acoustic neuroma is different. Depending on size we might have to have surgery, but there again, type of surgery and where? If radiation, again we face choices of type and where.     

We can control our actions and reactions to what is happening in our lives. We can pray about what is troubling us, knowing God hears us. Do you believe that? Do you trust God to hear you? He does, you know.

I’m thinking of the current COVID pandemic. Lots of questions surround it. Again we can control our actions and reactions and make decisions to help us avoid the virus. Activities? Masks? Vaccinations? Gatherings? School? Some of these decisions aren’t easy.

No matter what the choice, it helps me to remember that God has a plan for my life and no matter what, he is with me. I can be thankful for that. I can pray, especially when I don’t have all the answers and feel like life is spinning out of control.

Attitude is a choice. We can have (some) control over our emotions.

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Readers: In what area of your life do you wish you had more control?

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Dear Jesus, You know I like to be in control of things. It’s so hard when I realize I’m not in control. I don’t know what this tumor might do. I don’t know what my future holds. I do know you will be with me no matter what. You have been with me, you are with me now, and you won’t leave me. Thank you. Amen.

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27:10


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