Letting Go…

 
 
   
 
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
 
     I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. I love the colorful trees, crisp cooler “sweater weather”, and bonfires with friends! I love pumpkin spice lattes, chili cooking in the crock pot, and cuddling up in cozy blankets.  As I scrolled through  Facebook this morning I saw a meme that seems particularly popular this fall.  It has crossed my feed may times since autumn began. It reads “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.” It caused me to stop to contemplate, “What things has Jesus invited me to let go of?” and “Have I accepted His invitations?”
 
     A quick search of the internet shows that there are at least 100 Bible Verses related to letting go. How beautiful is that? God encourages us to release anxiety (Philippians 4:6), fear (2 Timothy 1:7), bitterness, anger, (Ephesians 4:31-32), and guilt (Romans 8:1) among other things. He reminds us we don’t have to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). We can put our trust in Him. He has peace (John 14:27) and rest (Matthew 11:28-30) waiting for us.
 
     I am going to schedule some time to just sit quietly in His presence today. Won’t you join me? Let our time begin with praise. It will remind our spirits of His power and faithfulness.  Rehearse your blessings. Name his attributes. Don’t stop there. One by one let’s release to God  those things that weigh us down. Speak it in the silence or write it in a letter. Then in the stillness let us listen for God to respond to our hearts. Let us Allow Him time to give us comfort, to renew His peace as He moves the burdens and holds them for us. 
 
     Letting go is possible.  I was in church deeply immersed in God’s presence one Sunday morning. My heart was filled with gratitude as I sang praises to Him. My mind’s eye saw nothing but His glory. In that moment He spoke to my heart. He said “Breathe it out”. I exhaled. In an instant the anxiety I had long carried left me. It is not cliche to say we find our hope and healing in Him. We will find Him when we seek him with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Let us seek Him now. 
 
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14
 

Prayer:

Lord God,
 
Thank you for loving us and for offering us peace, freedom, and rest. Help us pull away from the distractions of this world and find stillness. When we find stillness we shall find you waiting there. Lord, you are mighty, loving, faithful, and are above all things. We can trust you with our cares. We release to you our anxiety, fear, hurt, and doubt. Please carry for us that which weighs us down. Speak truth, promise, and reassurance to our hearts. Help us walk with the awareness every moment of you by our sides. Build our hope and faith that we may rest confidently in you.
 
In Jesus Name,
Amen
 
 
 


2 Responses to “Letting Go…”

  1. Marivic Gallimore says:

    Thank you so much Pastor Sandee. Such an inspirational message. You’re so right, we’re in this busy World that “Letting Go” was quite a challenge. For many years, I was used to always staying busy running here and there; doing things to so many in my business and organization. In 2018, I lost my Dad and other family relatives dear to my heart. Grief is a process that’s not easy for me and I’m sure most people will agree. But it caused me to be closer to my Savior and our Lord Jesus Christ. I now have found time to pray regularly and being still by trusting all my worries to Him. His Promises are so true. He never fails and my prayers are answered in His perfect time. Thank you so much for this motivation to Let Go some things in my Life, and to give room for God’s work. One of my favorite verse, Psalm 46:10 says: “Be still and know that I am God… “. I have to remind myself to “Let God, be the God” in all of my circumstances. He knows my heart. He perfectly knows what’s best for me. What a great blessing to being a part of Three Strand Church family. Sending my love to you and Pastor Tony. May God continue to bless and protect both of you!

    • admin says:

      Marivic,

      Your words touch my heart so deeply. “Be still..” it is so foreign to our nature in this busy world but our God is so faithful to his promise to meet us in the stillness. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to grieve the loss of your father. We all grieve differently but I have found that the word “grief” though labeled as an emotion, is really a series of very complex emotions. We must walk through them all but please know that you do not have to walk through it alone. I am so glad you are part of our Three Strand Church family and I am here if I can help in any way in this journey. Thanking God for His faithfulness. Hugs and blessings to you.

      – Sandee

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