During Christmas I received a beautiful set of dishes and cups. I brought the dishes home and was excited to finally have a set that all matched, shiny and new. I opened the cupboard and stared at all the old, mismatched dishes I had to get rid of. The dishes I just threw together to make it work. And that is when God spoke to my heart.

I realized to make room for the new;
I had to get rid of the old.

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I must admit, it was a little difficult to get rid of some, and I don’t even know why. There was no sentimental value to them at all, they were just things, things that I had gathered and collected over time. That is a lot like life. We store up things that we threw together in our life to make it work and when we meet God, He has a brand new life for us, shiny and new, ready to be used.

He has a plan for our lives but to receive
His plan we have to let go of our plan,
let go of our perception of perfection.

We have to let go of past mistakes, hurts, and failures to embrace the new. Sometimes the new is hard to adjust to. Sometimes we hesitate to let go of what is behind us because of the uncertainty of what lies before us. If we let go and put everything in God’s hands, He will return it to us better every time. He will replace the fear with peace, sorrow with joy, hate with love, and hurt with forgiveness. God has the ability to turn around our circumstances when we place them in His hands and let go. If we hold on to something we should let go of we wind up getting hurt, but if we give it to God He will take away what needs to be taken and restore what needs to be restored. God is a good God, a just God, and a loving God and sometimes we need to be reminded of that before we let go, so consider this your reminder.

It’s okay to let go and let God.
You don’t have to do this thing called life alone.

God has you, He cares for you, He even cares about the smallest of things you go through.

Martin Luther once said, “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

God does not shortchange you. He does not rob you of the things you place in His hands. All that He asks is that you trust Him with what you place in His control. Don’t grab hold of what you already relinquished. If you put it in God’s hands, let it stay in God’s hands. Picking up old offenses does you no good, so leave them in the Father’s hands and He will justify you. With the new year already here, decide, once and for all, to put every aspect of yourself (your life, your family, your dreams and goals, your career) in to God’s hands and trust Him with your all, every single part of you.

Job 12:10 – In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

God knows exactly what you need AND exactly what you don’t need. Seek Him and His kingdom first and He will take care of you. Allow God to change the way you think and the way you do things. Allow Him to hold your world in His hands, everything you need is found there. His hands hold the truth, His hands hold freedom, His hands hold forgiveness, His hands hold justice, in His hands you are safe and secure, even when the world around you quakes. It’s time to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Don’t you want to be in His hands? I know I sure do, so this year I am challenging myself to do exactly that. My entire life belongs in God’s hands and so does yours. It is a beautiful thing to let go, releasing all the weight on your shoulders and placing it in God’s hands. His yolk is easy and His burden is light.

Do you have anything you’re still holding on to?
Time to let go and let God.


 

mandyMandy Fender is a wife, mother, youth pastor, and women’s pastor who loves to share the good news of Jesus Christ. When she is not writing and spinning tales, she is spending time with her family and church family. She’s a book lover, animal lover, and most importantly a Jesus lover. She lives in the great state of Texas with her family and mean-mugging bulldog Ziggy Zoo. Current books she has authored are Beautifully Broken, Pretty Little Truths, and Defier: The Girl Who Stood.

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