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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 (15) and Angelee (12) 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. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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30 July 2011

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

This year has been a year of learning how to "let go". If you are wired anything like me, this is not always easy. I'm one of those people who has a big heart and feels very deeply - sometimes too deeply. I looked back over my journals and discovered once again how long my very gracious Lord Jesus has been walking around this mountain with me ;0) It's a learning curve to create the habit of "letting go" before things mount up in your heart. Just this week my eldest looked me in the eye and used my very same words to her ... "Mommy. Don't sweat the small stuff." I was so proud of her for being able to recognize and remind me that her and I are learning the same principle together. There is nothing like observing something in another persons life to help you recognize that you still have work to do in your own life. This is a very wise principle that my sister Niqui has taught me over many heart felt conversations. Oh how grateful I am for her in my life! For so long I have been plugging away with my firstborn to help her learn how to let the small stuff go and not stress so easily, yet I have been walking around with the same ailment for so long. I thank God that He uses my precious children to mould, refine and teach me so many life giving lessons. 
As I worked through and processed what was stressing me out so much yesterday, I heard His encouraging whisper to look for the blessing in amongst the disappointment. We all have our faults, because we are all on a journey to wholeness and freedom. To become engaged in offense which most often comes through misunderstanding, robs us of the blessing that was ultimately intended. It always amazes me how hard that choice to "let go" is when you feel so justified in your interpretation of events. But I can truly say, no matter the level of hurt ... there is nothing sweeter than the freedom and liberty that blows upon your heart when you finally let go. Oh the lightness! 
So here's to a stress free weekend as I let go and trust God. He is after all capable of working all things out to His glory!
Love you all xxx
Janine

5 comments:

Debra said...

Good morning you precious woman of the Lord! Your daughter is so right... 'dont sweat the small stuff', after all... isn't that what you ministered to me a while ago? (Big smile....) Have a fantastic weekend and live in our Daddy's glory and grace! Be at peace with yourself and pray for those who try to disturb that peace in your life! Love you xx

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Janine - just yesterday I was told something someone said that a year back would have had me on a roller-coaster ride of offense and hurt. I chatted to my hubby about it, told the Lord I forgive this person (she doesn't even know) and let it go. It was so freeing. You are so right though, that it is a learning curve. Get it right with the small stuff and then God asks us to do it with the big stuff. Still working on that.
God bless, you have a stress free weekend too.
Tracy

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

How awesome that your daughter was able to bring you back with such wise words! Clearly the lessons you are teaching her are sinking in!!

Susan S said...

I agree, sometimes it is so hard to let go, especially when your sense of justice has been bruised. Thankfully, God has been able to "let go" when I am the offender.

Carol F said...

So true my Queen - thank you for reminding me about this very thing again!!I love your Blog my Darling, keep it up!!
All my love, Mom xxxxx