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I may be failing at everything I’m trying to do, but I just cannot seem to let go. I will not let go! My daily struggles continue whether I’m hanging on to God or not. It continues because I’m hanging on tighter to my past, status, success, and not holding on tightly enough to Jesus.
I think I’m afraid to let go because it would mean I don’t have anything to focus on, other than God and my self-defined failure. If I let go, I’m giving up and that seems to have a negative feeling. Truthfully though, I’m starting to think it is in no way related to giving up, but it’s more aligned with the level of my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
So, why can I not take that step in faith?
Why am I holding on to the world so tightly?
That all changed the moment I decided to take this verse to heart and release all my worries, stress, responsibilities, doubts, and fears.
My hands have released everything I was holding on to – and what have I discovered? Now, I have two hands available to hang on to my God, my Savior, my Father in Heaven.
I WILL NOT LET GO!
And I absolutely, without a doubt, refuse to release hold of my Lord.
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.
You gotta love em…OK, maybe not. After all, they are C-H-O-R-E-S.
Why have they gotten such a bad wrap? Is it simply because they are required tasks that are not fun? (Sounds like some people’s description of work.)
And who says they cannot be fun? Where is that rule written?
I’ve never seen it. In fact, I do everything I can to make chores a joyous occasion. We crank up the music, sing and dance our way through mopping the floor, challenge ourselves against the time when picking up and putting stuff away. That doesn’t sound like something bad, does it?
Truth be told, I do hate chores!
. * I hate that I have to scrub the toilet every week. Eww, that’s just gross.
. * I hate mopping the floor (although I probably hate the waiting until its dry more).
. * I hate vacuuming (although I love the ‘vacuum lines’ when finished).
So, why do I insist on doing them if I hate them so?
Because it improves my health, physically and mentally, and my overall wellbeing. I feel good when they’re done. It’s amazing how clutter, lack of organization, and dust plays with your wellbeing. It took me a while to understand the importance my environment plays in my health. And I’m sure the same is true with you, whether you are aware or not.
Even small changes can positively affect your wellbeing.
My favorite thing is spending 5 minutes a day putting things away. (I know, it doesn’t sound like much fun – but it really makes all the difference in the world – trust me!) When I first started, I literally set a timer. I would race the timer, pick up and put away as much as I could. I’d then stop and look around, acknowledging my accomplishment (this is an important step when beginning a new habit – it reinforces the positive outcome).
Have a blessed and joyous day!
And let me know how this helps – I love to hear from you!
There are times when life can be a struggle. Times when EVERYTHING is fighting against you, holding you back, or putting you down.
While I don’t believe it’s God who’s giving us trials, He is using them to prepare us for what He has planned for us. And when things get to be too much for us, we can let that weight push us down and KNEEL. We can kneel in prayer. We know that anything we ask in Jesus Christ’s name will be given to us, so all you have to do is ask for support, discernment, direction, strength.
So, when life weighs you down, kneel in prayer. Have faith that God is right there with you. Use this difficult time as an opportunity to build a better relationship with your Father in Heaven. Talk with Him, be honestly open, and give Him open and listening ears.
Blessings to you my friends!
“I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.”
I love the openness of this verse. There are times when I feel that God is that mean parent, disciplining, taking away. And because I don’t understand His plan, I struggle with what He’s doing in my life. I struggle with trusting Him (maybe that’s due to my stubborn Norwegian/German heritage) and that He’s doing good in my life and for me.
This verse is one I pray regularly, I have highlighted in every Bible I have around the house, and have memorized. It’s that important to me.
I compare myself to my daughter as she’s learning the ‘household rules’ as she grows. She’s 10 and we’re working toward increased responsibilities, independence, and more freedoms. It’s a challenge to remember the righteous laws of the home when you’re pressured from the outside world.
I’m right there with her!
I may not be learning about avoiding drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, or other struggles of tweens, but I am learning God’s righteous laws. Sometimes I do well and move forward in maturity and trust. Other times I make mistakes and have to face the consequences of my actions/choices.
Regardless of my progress in the laws department, I will never stop praising my God with an upright heart.
Do you have an upright heart?
In order to have an upright heart, you have to be right with God. I reaffirm my faith, ask for forgiveness, forgive others, and forgive myself (sometimes the hardest part).
It can be as simple as saying a short prayer from your heart. Here’s a simple prayer to get you started:
Blessed are you above all others, and in you alone do I trust. You are my God whom I worship and praise. Forgive my sins, those I am aware of and those I may not be. Forgive me and continue to work in me to be more like you. Thank you for sending your son to die for me, to save me. Thank you for loving me that much – so much that I cannot comprehend myself. I ask for your continued hand of love, protection, and training over my life, my family (and anyone else you want to add here). Receive this worship for your glory and praise.
In your son, Jesus Christ’s name.
May God bless you, give you clarity as he works in you, and receive your praise openly. Have a blessed and joyous day!
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
“First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone.
Ask God to help and bless them all,
and tell God how thankful you are for each of them.
Pray for kings and others in power,
so we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we
worship and honor God.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2
“This is what the Lord says – the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.”
“For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”