Are you finding yourself in a place learning to let go, surrender and trust in God?
I wanted my 6-year old daughter to get some spelling practice in. Giving her my felt letter board, she came up with something that I didn’t expect. She wrote,
“God can do things that you can’t”
Language Arts can get kind of tiring for a child in grade 1 whose learning phonics, spelling and reading all at the same time. And it’s the time of year where a break is necessary after Christmas and before the normal schedule begins. As much as I believed I was giving my daughter a unique way to practice spelling, I believe it was an idea conceived in the heart of God.
Being that my daughter wanted to give my felt letter board some attention, she pondered only for a moment on what it should say. When suddenly, she looked up at me with a confident face.
She said, ‘Mommy, I want to write, “God can do things that you can’t.”‘
Honestly, the words she used were simple yet profound. My 6-year old heard Holy Spirit and spoke a prophetic word that was alive.
Literally choking back the tears, I helped her find the letters (among so many to search through), while she practiced her language arts.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV)
This past year has been tough for me. Things took place in our lives that were out of our control.
I am a perfectionist and a high-achiever. I recognize that God created me with these gifts of excellence, which gives me my uniqueness. But, the only thing about these characteristics is that if you don’t harness them, they can control you. And I discovered that I let these qualities become harmful in my ability to let go and trust in God.
Based on what we’ve come out of and the healing process that continues, the prophetic word as said perfectly through my daughter, has become the anthem of my heart. And the beginning of healing.
Each day and each moment is a process of surrender…again and again and again.
I feel so eager for the Lord’s healing where all fractures in me that are not of God are removed and stripped away.
The Lord has shown me that I need to RELAX.
After a challenging year where things did not turn out how I thought, I sensed Holy Spirit saying it’s time to relax, rest and surrender to Him. We are actively pursuing Him (which is our rest in Him), but not inundating ourselves with all the tasks and things that keep us busy. There are so many good things in life that opportunity is at our door-step, but not all of them are the right things. Good things can turn into wrong things, and thus, here we are.
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)
TRUST IN GOD
Another thing that’s not easy to do, but necessary in our walk with God is to TRUST IN GOD.
God’s plan for my life is not my responsibility, nor a weight that I was ever meant to carry. He has good thoughts about me, and has the best plan for my life.
So why do I control things that will end up hurting me, and leaving me to burn out?
When I want to control a situation, it really is a lack of trust in God (get the Trust Challenge here). I find that I “help” Him with the plan He has for me. I’ve made things harder than needed for my life. And it’s so simple. God is asking me to obey Him, and by doing this, I will be doing things that are His way. Everything always turn out better when we surrender it to Holy Spirit and obey His ways.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 AMPC)
And lastly, the third word I received from Holy Spirit is, LET GO.
I need to let go of our past and let go of control. God has good plans for me. He always wants the best for His children, no matter what it may look like in our eyes at the time.
He makes all things work together for good.
My intention is not to be lazy or slothful with my life using my “letting go” as a crutch. What I do need to do, is be aware when I’m choosing control over trust.
“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 AMPC)
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I hope this word brings encouragement to you. We are likely not in the same place in life, but I’m thankful that a word from God is life-giving, alive and at work with where we’re at.
Feel free to comment and share if this word inspired you, too. And let me know what God is doing in your life. Are you able to let go and trust in God?
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Let's join together in faith, praying and declaring God's Word! See you in the challenge:)
Anchored in Jesus,