There comes a time in life where you have to say enough is enough. You get tired of being mad. You get tired of being sad. You get tired of dwelling on those negative things. You just get fed up. You really just become so over the lies, the self-doubt and the fear.
But you know what Queen, there comes a time where you have to allow things to be. And, yes I mean let them go. Give them to God and leave it exactly there. Don't go back for it. Move forward and see what God has laid out in front of you.
About a few weeks ago, I was in my quite time and I came across...
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
All I could think was how it was time to let go of some things. How it was time that I actually get what I was hungry for. It was time to make a shift in my life. If I wanted God to shift some things around in my life, I had to make space. Space for opportunity, peace, joy, love and wisdom.
You have to be willing to let things go so that you can live your best life. You have to let burdens be without you holding on to them. You have to allow the past to stay in the past. You have to learn to accept the lesson as an opportunity to grow. It may mean that you have to do a full purge of your life. It may hurt to let some friends go. It may hurt to have honest and real talks with yourself.
But the reward of a uncomfortable changing season, is the new chapter you are opening. That was where I was presently. And to be honest, I felt lost for a while. I felt another "why me" feeling arising. But I had to ask myself, were we going to go to that feeling again? Was that question helping me to grow? What is God wanting from me at this moment in my life?
All I could come to was that there were some much needed changes arising for where God was calling me to and I had to adjust or get left behind. And, seriously if God calls you Queen, you staying behind? No, I did not think so....So, I had to get myself right.
Here are some beginning steps that I took:
1. Evaluate where you are. - I had to first get real with who I am and where I was in life. I had to see the reality. I had to accept where I was. I did that through consistent journaling each day,, mostly in the morning when I wake up.
2. Let go of the past. - This one is never easy but it is much needed to see what is in front of you. Slowly but surely through therapy, daily quiet time and prayer, I am pushing through letting go of the past so that I can heal. I want all that God has for me. And, holding grudges from the past is not going to help push me further along. So, if moving forward is what I need to do, I will do it.
3. Purge.- This is a lengthy process but it is best done over time. You have to let go of the things that are worthless to your journey with God. That may mean all of your books, journals and other items you thought would help you but is really collecting dust. Let the clutter go, Queen. You can not think clearly with a cluttered mind, body, spirit or ENVIRONMENT. Making a plan of how I would do it, helped me to slowly get things cleared out around my schedule.
4. Show up in quiet time with God each day. - You have to set aside time for God each day. I am telling you from personal experience, it will change your life. That 30 min to an hour makes a difference in your overall attitude. You need to talk with God before you enter the world each day. I am talking about intimate talks, prayer, time in the Word.
It is still a work in progress, but the Lord is working on each and every part of me. The journey is so indescribable but it is worth every moment. I would not trade this experience. Being in the presence of God, is so beautiful. I learned that I had to let things go not only physically but mentally and emotionally to move forward.
So, whatever it takes, do what you have to do to make the room for God in your life. It is a beautiful experience to live a life surrendered and i would never tell you anything different. take these beginning steps and start on your journey of letting go and making space for God.
Toni D. Simmons