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One of the hardest roles I have in my life is being a mother. It’s one of the most enjoyable and most painful things in my life.
Learning to let go and let God has been a huge area of growth for me in the last year or so. Sure, I give it to God with day-to-day things but when it comes to my kids I have found that it’s much harder to do that.
I’m using my kids as an example here because it’s easier to give it to God when there’s very little emotional attachment. If you have kids then you will understand the bond you have with your kids.
As Christians, we are to trust God because He is in control of our lives…He has a plan for us (Phil 1:6). I believe that and I’m so thankful that the Holy Spirit has equipped me with trusting the Lord in that area.
Over the past year, my kids have gone through a lot of changes. They have been wounded by the church, they have been experimenting with sin, and they are trying to find their way.
I know the Way and I have trained them their whole lives to know the Way (Prov 22:6). The question is…Do they want to go the right way?
This is where the “Let Go and Let God” part comes in. I’m a very involved parent and thankfully, I have a great relationship with my kids. They are very open with me. I don’t know everything they do but that’s ok because they are growing up.
I know this is a good thing but it is scary at the same time. I’ve been praying about this for several months and I’m hearing God say “I’ve Got This”. And you know what? He does have it and I need to trust Him.
I’m writing this article because I know I’m not alone in this struggle. It may be your kids, marriage, family, or even the consequences you are living with. No matter what it is…God is in control and we need to give it to God.
What Does it Mean to Give it to God?
The Bible tells us in Exodus 14:14 that God will fight our battles. We are to be still and allow Him to work out His plan. If you truly believe God is in control then you can rest in Him knowing that He works all things for your good (Romans 8:28).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
How to Let Go and Let God
The first thing you need to recognize is that anytime you have a struggle, the enemy is all over it. He knows our weaknesses and throws those darts our way when we are weak. He wants us to believe that God can’t help us.
This is when fear, worry, and anxiety start getting a hold of you. You start doubting God and can fall into sin. It’s important to remember that God is in control and you can let go and give it to Him. He goes before us and will never forsake us.
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV
My goal here is to help you let it go and trust God’s plan in your situation. Here are the things that have helped me let go and let God in all areas of my life.
Give it to God in Prayer
Prayer is the very first thing you should do in every situation. Communicate with God and let Him know what’s going on. Ask in prayer for your desired results. Ask Him to help you let go and let Him handle it. Thank Him for everything He has done and praise Him in every situation.
I spend a lot of time here. I try to spend every spare moment I have in prayer. The beauty of this is prayer can be done anywhere. I find myself in prayer when I’m doing chores around the house and taking a shower. Basically whenever I’m alone.
In order for me to let go and let God handle something, I need to spill my heart to Him. I need Him to remind me that He wants the best for me and whatever happens He will be there to comfort me.
It’s important for us to remember that the plans we have for ourselves are not always good. The Lord knows the best for us and we need to be able to accept that.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV
Take Your Thoughts Captive
This should be done immediately. I don’t want to put it above prayer because sometimes I don’t recognize my thoughts until I’m in prayer about it.
We shouldn’t be thinking on bad thoughts. Sometimes I think the worst first and that’s contrary to what the Bible teaches.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 ESV
It’s normal for bad thoughts to come to your mind but when they do, you need to take those thoughts captive and line them up with the Word of God.
Get in God’s Word
The Bible has everything we need to get through life. It’s filled with real life examples of situations and consequences. It’s living which means it will speak to you wherever you are.
There are multiple ways to surround yourself with God’s Word. In addition to studying the Bible, you can take printable Bible verses on the go, you can download Christian wallpaper for your phone, and you can even do Bible studies on free Bible study apps.
God’s Word is readily available and can help keep you focused on giving it to God. There are so many things that can distract us every minute but we can arm ourselves with different tools to keep God’s Word close.
Learning to memorize scripture doesn’t have to be hard. A lot of people are discouraged by it because they think it’s hard to commit things to memory.
I have been so blessed by memorizing scripture. It has helped me in so many situations. If I’m not in a place where I can get to God’s Word immediately, I have the scripture in my mind to battle.
I focus on memorizing scripture in the areas I know I’m struggling in. It’s usually a trust or control issue for me. Then I commit those verses to memory.
This has helped me let go and let God because His Word comes alive in me and I receive immediate comfort from it.
Have Faith in God’s Plan
Things don’t always go the way I want them to. I have plenty of situations where I thought I knew the way but God had other plans. The best part is that they all worked out for my good.
“If a man love me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23 KJV
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 NKJV
God has a plan but when will that plan come to fruition? This is a struggle for me…waiting. We need to give it to God and wait on Him.
It can take hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc. before He reveals His plan. The Bible talks a lot about patience and we need to understand what that means.
Giving it to God and letting it go means we may need to wait a long time. Ultimately, we need to realize that we are not in control. If we realize this, it will help us to be more patient.
We should be filling our life with things that glorify the Lord in the meantime. Serving others and glorifying Him through our lives can keep our minds occupied during the waiting time.
It’s easy to become discouraged when we let go and let God handle our lives. Some answers may come quickly but some may not. Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged.
God is on our side. He already won the battle. He answers prayers, He heals, He comforts. Every situation I have encountered has grown me in one way or another.
We can learn and grow from giving it to God. Stay encouraged remembering that God goes before you. He will never leave you.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26: 3-4 NKJV
What Areas of My Life Should I Let Go and Let God?
The answer to this is in every area. Sometimes it’s hard to think of those areas so I’m going to highlight a few.
- Let Go and Let God in your Marriage
- Let Go and Let God with your Children
- Let Go and Let God with your Finances
- Let Go and Let God with your Future
- Let Go and Let God with your Control
All these things can turn into idols in our lives and we want to be sure to cast them down. An idol can rear its ugly head anywhere but I see it most in my life with family, finances, future, and control.
Let Go and Let God Quotes
Here are some of my favorite let go and let God quotes.
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us.” – C. S. Lewis
“It’s time to let God’s love cover all things in your life. All secrets. All hurts. All hours of evil, minutes of worry.” – Max Lucado
“Because God created you and Christ has made you acceptable, don’t worry about what other people say about you. God is with you and he is for you. God will never leave you. – Rick Warren
“The happiest people I know are the ones who have learned how to hold everything loosely and have given the worrisome, stress-filled, fearful details of their lives into God’s keeping.” – Charles R. Swindoll
“God is working on your problem. Stay calm. Stay sweet. Stay out of fear and keep on keeping on.” – Joyce Meyer
Are You Letting Go and Giving it to God?
This is a hard question that takes a lot of thinking. Take some time and analyze what you may be holding onto. I know I’m still holding onto some things myself.
I’m learning to be more intentional at recognizing if I’m not letting go. This entire process is hard but the Lord has been faithful to show me that He uses everything for good.
I was recently encouraged by my women’s Bible study group in this area. We met and confessed a lot of things we had done wrong in our lives. The highlight of that meeting was all the good that came out of those mistakes. It was a testimony to God’s goodness and how much God loves us.
We need to let go and let God because He knows what He is doing and His plan for us is far better than anything we can plan for ourselves. Give it to God, He knows exactly what you need.