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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna and Angelee and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. A year and a half later, our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! This blog has been a place where I have been able to journal my journey through loss, hope and choosing to live a life rich in love.

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03 January 2011

Learning how to "Let Go"

Yesterday I wrote down a few of the words that I want to live by this year. The very first words that I wrote in my diary on the the 1st of January 2011 were "let go"
How often have you heard the phrase "let go and let God". I must admit that I have often thought that to sound so vague. How exactly do you "let God". One of the things that I love about God is that He is interested in answering our questions. To let go and let God is not just this whimsical act of "whatever will be will be". It is an active step of faith. It requires trust. Trust that when we lay down our control issues and actually allow God to lead us, we will actually find the peace and abundant life that He has promised to each of us each day.
This is an area that I certainly want to grow in! I find so many moments in each day where a choice lies before me. You know those moments where misunderstandings creep in ... or differences of opinions. Sometimes it's disappointment or simply just different ways of doing things. What I am learning though is that in that moment I have a choice to make. Either I can take offense, get angry, withdraw, react etc ... or I can choose to let it go. Why is it so hard to simply let it go??? Maybe because we get so accustomed to defending ourselves.  Or the need to be right. It all feels so real in the moment, but oh how miserable it makes us after we have reacted!
I really want to choose to "let go" and laugh this year ... more than ever before. Oh what joy and healing comes when we choose to laugh through life. It impacts everyone around us!
I close with one of my favourite verses that I learned as a little girl. "For the joy of the Lord is your strength". Nehemiah 8:10
All my love xxx


Kate said...

The two easiest words to say, simpliest words to spell and no struggle trying to write them. It's all about acting on our words. I wish you good luck and I know you will be able to accomplish this. Letting Go was my focus last year and I felt really good about what I did manage to simplify from my life.


Cassandra said...

Janine, thank you for visiting my blog! Yours is beautiful. :) This post in particular hits very close to home for me as I have control issues and struggle leaving things to God. It's so hard sometimes!

EJN said...

Great post Janine. Don't you love that we can have a conversation with him? You are so right about the trusting,trusting that He will do good to and for me rather than harm. I've sung that verse a thousand times in the children's song, I wasn't aware it was in Nehemiah. Thanks - Have a great day! Jo

Succot said...

Good words! :)

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh I totally struggle with letting go and giving it to God! I can dish out that advice all day long but in the end, it is one of my most major struggles to do myself. Great goal!!