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Those are the thoughts we have to dwell on, that we are special to God, that He has not turned away from us. He says He’ll never leave us or forsake us. We can say, "I let go of this material stuff because I know that You’re pleased with me. I know I’m doing my best, and I believe that You won’t let me and my family down."

When He’s talking to you, you can hear Him, "Peace." In the midst of peace, that’s where you’ll find God. Peace is power.

Obviously we’re not saying give all your responsibilities to God. We’re saying give your worries to God. Yes, you have responsibility. You’ve got to get up in the morning. You’ve got to keep after it. And sometimes you send a--like Joel says, "Dig your heels in." But when you release these things to God and trust Him, that’s when you can begin to receive His peace and begin to give this direction for your life.

What made you want to write this book?

I think that if we have good relationships and we learn how to love the people in our life and value ourselves that we not only honor God, but we can honor other people. You can pass that on to other people. Our life ripples out, and it has influence. That’s why it’s important that we’re at our best and that we’re influencing others for the good.

We have to have hope. We cannot fall into despair and think that God’s not in control. We've got to understand He's in control no matter who's the president. He hasn’t left us. He’s got a good plan. That’s why it’s so important that we focus on the plan that he’s got for our lives, because He’ll make a way. He promises He'll make a way.

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