Recently I started thinking about the lessons I’ve learned throughout my life. They’ve come in all shapes and sizes. They’ve come with both pain and joy. But some of the sweetest lessons I’ve learned have come from my own girl child.
Lessons are important. I mean, let’s face it, who wants to do the same thing over and over again with the same results? Regardless of what I’m dealing with there should always be a take away, a bit of grace, and some wisdom to help me go in a new direction. For that, I’m thankful.
One such lesson was a just a couple of months ago. I mentioned to my girl child that the time had come for me to let some things go. I gave her some specific examples of course, and I told her that while I know it’s necessary, it occasionally pains me to cut things loose.
I don’t like conflict or confrontation. And I would rather avoid certain situations or people rather than have to take them on and deal with it.
It was her next words though that brought me comfort and courage. She said, “Mom, sometimes it’s just good to BLESS & RELEASE.”
Where had all that wisdom come from? It was a proud mama moment.
LET IT GO
You see, she knows me well. She’s knows that I have tender heart and that I tend to hold onto things I no longer need. She knows my weaknesses and my strengths.
My precious girl reminded me why it’s important to throw out some of the messes in life. She said, “You no longer need to hold on to the things you can’t change. Give it to God and move on.”
That was exactly what I needed to hear; and it was exactly what I needed to shuck the heaviness. Then I would have less baggage, fewer regrets, and less of the unnecessary stuff tugging on me.
God’s word tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
So, whether I’m struggling with a situation or a person, I always pray about it. I know that His word never changes and that it’s fresh and new every morning. God wants me to seek His will and His solution; it may not be immediate, but it will be in His perfect timing.
In the meantime, it’s up to me to let it go–even if it is has me in its grip. I don’t want anything to take my heart and mind captive. I want to keep God front and center and let go of whatever it is that’s pulling on me, and give it to Him. No taking it back. Just bless and release. Then, and only then, can I experience all that He has in store for me.
Is there something you need to let go of? I’ll be praying for you.