When I first decided to stay home with my son, people said I needed to do something more with my time than just take care of my husband and family.
Attempting to please others, I decided to start back up a business venture I was in years ago.
I was great at it and could do it with my eyes closed. It seemed like the logical thing to do. This had to be God, right?
I am not sure if I asked God or even prayed about it, I think I just did it. Everything seemed to fall into place “perfectly” so this is what God wanted me to do, right?
As of late, I realized that I did not have time for the business venture. Certain circumstances in my home require more of my time than I initially thought. Also, there are some things I know God wants me doing that I don’t have time for because of trying to keep the business going.
One night God told me I needed to finish my obligation with my last client and shut down the business.
What will people say? I will look like a failure. Surely, God does not want me to look like a fool, right?
I once heard it said, “A good thing is NOT always a God thing”. The business venture was a “good” thing, but since God did not lead me to do it, it wasn’t a “God” thing.
I think because God loves me, He graced me through this venture and my clients did not suffer. However, after a lot debate within myself, I have finally decided to let it go!
At this point, it does not matter to me if people don’t understand or if they think I failed. Ultimately…..
“What God knows about me is more important than what others think about me.” Orebela Gbenga
I am learning to Let Go of what others think and Let God have his way in my life. For me, this is true freedom – living for Him and not others.
If you are holding on to something or someone and you know you need to let go, I encourage you to do so.
You never know what blessing is on the other side of you letting go. It could be a better relationship, a better job, peace, joy, stability, etc.
“If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” Paulo Coelho
I encourage you to:
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Message Bible
It’s sometimes easier said than done, but LET GO and LET GOD have his way!
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14 thoughts on “Learning to Let Go!”
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Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by!
I love when you say “Just because it is a good thing doesn’t mean it is a God thing”. That is so true! Often times the God things are very hard and don’t fall into place as perfectly as we would like them to. However, they are falling into place just the way God wants them to. Great post, I wish you much encouragement in your new season of life.
Thank you so much for the encouragement! This is actually a post I wrote sometime back, but I am still living it. I got caught back up last year and took on some “good” things, but I regained my focus and just want to live the life God planned for me. Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by!
Just checking in and saying hello 🙂 Hope you’re doing well. You were on my mind today!
Thank you so much for checking on me. That means a lot to me. I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to follow the blogs, like yours, that I love or post anything. In my post about “Learning To Let Go” I spoke about letting go of a business I started. Next week, I am actually doing the last event I committed to prior to making the decision to let it go. This is what has been consuming most of my time. It is so funny that you wrote me today because I am posting something today about the healing power of kindness. You checking on me is an example of that. It’s good to know that you are missed and people think of you. I appreciate it so much. I look forward to getting back into the swing of things after I finish my last event next week. I hope your beautiful girls are doing great! Take care.
I do remember that! Glad you’re finally at that point (last event). Can’t imagine how freeing that must be for you. I’ve been so busy myself that it’s become that much harder to visit much of the blogs I follow. Most of what I am able to do is keep up with my weekly writing; but even that might be slashed down, to allow me to finish my book. I LOVE what you wrote about on Kindness!! Took so many deep breaths while reading it. My heart was moved by the tenderness and thoughtfulness you extended toward the waitress…. God bless you for that !
In HIM Always,
This is always a difficult experience for children and parents. Very good blog. Hugs, Barbara
I apologize for the delay in my response. Things have been really busy on my end. Thank your for the kind words and for visiting my blog. I appreciate it! Hugs back to you =-)
“I am learning to Let Go of what others think and Let God have his way in my life. For me, this is true freedom – living for Him and not others.” Love this.
There really is so much freedom in letting go of people’s opinions of us and focusing only on what God thinks. In the end that’s what will really matter. I’m glad He’s taught you to let go and let Him lead you the way He wants you to go!
Yes Anna, I am glad as well! It has been a long time coming. My mother was a people pleaser and as a teen I vowed to never be like her, and yet I found my self in that same place. I thank God he didn’t leave me in that place. I am certain I will be tempted at times to go back, but I purpose to keep moving forward in this new found freedom and peace that I am walking in. Thanks for your comments!
Good for you K, and God’s very best to you in the new chapter/season. I feel excited for you because I know what it’s like to be on overload and what liberty when you can hear God say; you can let go of “that”. Enjoy the much needed rest! As no soldier fighting on the front line of God’s army should be spread thin and exhausted 🙂
As always Marlene, thank you for the encouragement! A weight has definitely been lifted off my shoulders and it feels good!