There are so many reasons why we don’t let go of things that are hurting us.
Sometimes we just need someone to give us permission. This is it – you have God’s permission to rest. So join me on this video as I talk about Knowing Your Why and How to Let Go.
Sometimes we are people pleasers and we feel guilty saying no. We want to be a blessing. We want to help out.
Sometimes it’s not possible to let go. Perhaps you have a sick family member and the burden of caring for them is 100% on you. It’s a situation you cannot escape and you want to do it well for God’s glory.
But you are tired.
Do not feel guilty for feeling tired. You are doing a good job. God sees you and is pleased. But even in that situation – you must determine to figure out how to rest in it. Caregiver burnout can lead to depression, anxiety, anger and health problems. It’s time to ask for help, join a support group, and say no to other requests outside of caregiving.
Maybe you are a single mom. I hate asking for help or being needy. But sometimes you can’t be in two places at one time. If you do not have family or friends you can ask for help – be brave and ask for help at church or at the kid’s school. Give yourself permission to buy prepared food or declare a pizza night and put your feet up. You are not a robot – you can not go and go and go without consequence. Your body was created for rest and you need to rest before you hit burn out. Your kids need you to be stable – emotionally, physically and spiritually, more than they need everything done for them perfectly. So give yourself permission to rest.
Sometimes we can’t stop because we have an addiction. Addictions come in many different forms from smoking and alcohol to overeating and social media and more. The most effective way to overcome an addiction is accountability. Decide today that you will seek help and ask someone to hold you accountable as you work to break your addiction.
For some of us, it’s social media. Time flies when you are having fun and if there’s one thing we all feel like we are lacking – it’s time! Time is valuable. We must manage it well so that we will have margin left for resting. Social media can be relaxing and fun – but it also can make us angry, jealous, hurt, sad or worried. It affects us emotionally and fills our mind with information that at times is simply useless. We must be wise and give ourselves boundaries for social media.
So much of what I said above – you already know…but sometimes we need to be reminded.
As you heard in the video — today is a decision day!
Then continue to surrender again and again and again.
Last summer, I found myself really worrying about something. So I decided to put a ring, with the word “Believe” inscribed on it, on my right hand. Every time I talked about this problem or worried about it, I moved the ring to my other hand. At first, I was moving that ring back and forth all day long. But slowly, I began to move it less and less and eventually I stopped needing to even wear the ring.
We must be intentional.
We must practice self-control.
Self-control is using your inner brakes. When I moved my ring back and forth, it was like I was pumping my breaks – slowing myself down. It was also a reminder to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help my mind not go into overdrive. Another thing that helped me (which we will talk about in week 3) is music. Playing music has helped me to redirect my thoughts. So get that music going friends!
You got this!!!
You are equipped.
You have the knowledge you need.
Now it’s time to be wise and apply the knowledge you are learning.
Release and Let. GO.
After watching this video, share with us – what is your why or what practical steps are you taking to let go?
Walk with the King,