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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Letting Go


I've had multiple conversations lately with people who are going through some stressing times.  Nothing too tragic or life altering, just situations where they are unsure where to go and what to do. 

From today's reading of my Solo Devotional I posted this on Twitter and Facebook:
We will never complete by our own efforts what was begun by God. Let go, & let God do it. 
And I added this in my comments:
One thing I have learned over the years is that when I am trying to run and control it all, I end up stressed & frazzled and I delay the end result. But when I release the control, I have peace and I get to experience God's powerful love for me when He moves the mountains I would never even be able to climb. I have not perfectly mastered letting go... but I'm better at it then I was. :)
Trying not to get too consumed with the what if's in life is easier said than done.  But know this, whatever you are facing today, God will never let you walk this road alone.  Jesus died so you could live in peace free from all fear and anxiety.
The Bible instructs us to be transformed by the renewing your mind (Romans 12:2). So when those thoughts of fear and even death come in your mind, exchange them for God's life-giving truth.

Here are just some of the truths you can use to transform your mind and thoughts today:

Matt 6:25-27 & 34 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matt 11:28-30 Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.

Luke 12:25-28  Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can't even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don't fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.  He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

And here is my prayer for you today...
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 

Much love and many prayers for you today,

1 comment:

Pat Johns said...

Thanks for those wonderful scriptures today Tina.

I know them all so well but so grateful to be reminded of them once again...

Love you...