Angela, I think you're right on about there being different shades of control and faith, and I feel like everyone has their own personal definitions and shades. For example:
Originally Posted by Angela
faith to me implies a personal, interventionist god, and also in my experience there is some struggle against and "problem" with faith, even without a god
You could take out "faith" and insert "surrender" and that sentence would read the same for me. My definition of faith has a more positive connotation than my definition of surrender and it allows room for both active and passive shades of meaning, so that's what I'm currently using.
Isn't it fascinating how we can find such diverse paths to "living a life I love"?