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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her newest releases My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. Dawn,
    I just had to smile when I read the beginning of your post, and I said out loud, “Me too”. Silly us. So many times I have pridefully thought, God’s plan could use a little tweak just about here or there. What I am learning, more and more, is that more often than not, God needs me to simply get out of the way so that He can work. Not, that He can’t ever work through us or use us to accomplish His sovereign will, but I do believe I get in the way more than I help sometimes. All I have to do is look at His word and just how many times the Lord says things like, “be still” and “wait”. More than my help, He wants me to abide in Him and wait expectantly for what He is about to do. Wonderful post to start my day!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, I love this! You finished my thoughts for me: He commands us to be still and wait—expectantly!—not to get in the way.

  2. I love this. Stop trying to fix, serve, love and forgive. So simple and yet so profound. These 4 steps are going up on my wall. Thank you!

  3. Dawn,

    Thank-you,

    This post is a good reminder. I know I have enough of my own flaws that I don’t need to try and be the fixer of others’. And so often when something is not right, people’s initial reaction is, “Why isn’t someone do something about it?” When what we need to do is remember to leave it with God, because he’s already got it covered.

    Penny

  4. Dawn, I so appreciate your words here. Yes, I’m an SUV-driving, trying-to-mother-well mom as well. I try to politely give God some pointers on how to direct my steps. Yes, then I come back to the reality—and the restful place—of remembering GOD’S plans are always best for me. Yes, they may be similar to what I’m hoping for, but on a different timeline. His timeline is always best too.

    I am amazed that He allows us to help Him with some things in life. I often have to come back to remembering what His role is and what my role is in each aspect of my life. And then stick to my roles. 🙂

    Loved your four points. All are ones I can work on. And this? “Err on the side of grace and mercy, ever-thankful that God grants them to us.” Such a great encouragement. Thank you, Dawn!

  5. Dawn,

    Loved the title of this blog! God certainly doesn’t need our help, but we tend to want to fix things. My biggest problem is wanting something fixed or changed NOW–not when He’s ready! Just love the pointers.
    I always serve and never expect anything in return. I must remember that God continually loves me even when I’m not lovable. In that I must love and forgive easily as God does.

    Like Bev Said God wants us to be still and wait–hard for an impatient person like me, but I’m working on it!
    Err on the side of grace and mercy, ever-thankful that God grants them to us.
    Great encouragement!! God Bless 🙂

  6. Thanks for giving us a few steps we can concentrate on when we start to get ahead of God. Waiting can be hard, but God’s timing is perfect because He knows in the waiting there is preparation and refinement we can’t get to any other way.