Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Learning to Let Go Explained

Many of you read the title "Learning to Let Go" and immediately get a certain song from a very popular children's movie in your head (and if you hadn't already you probably have it in there by now). I want to clarify that my blog is in no way affiliated with the classic film "Frozen," although I have watched it a number of times and have to listen to the soundtrack almost every time I'm in the car with me kids. 

I chose this title because I have spent many of my adult years trying to be in control of everything. I used to hang on so tightly to things in hopes that if everything was just right I could avoid feeling the anxiety that plagued me everyday. I did not realize at the time that in trying to control things, that I really had no control over, I was actually creating more anxiety and living a life that was no fun at all. Anxiety has been a big part of my life and not even realizing it, I had created a vicious circle that only God could put a stop to. 

Over the last 4 years God has been doing a work in me. He has been teaching me to let go and trust Him. This has not been an easy process and I have in no way mastered the art of letting go, but I'm learning and life is becoming so much more fun and filled with the freedom that only God can give. 

There are so many things in my life that I needed to let go of and I hope to write more about each of them as time goes on. I'm working on letting go of people pleasing and instead hanging on to God's opinion of me. I'm learning to let go of pursuing perfection and instead pursuing God's best for me. I'm hoping I can let go of my expectations and dreams and learn to give them to God and trust what he is doing. I'm learning to let go of my kids and put them back in his capable hands each day. I'm learning to let go of productivity and judging how successful my day was by how many things I was able to accomplish and instead put more hope in the things that have eternal significance. This list could really go on forever because there are so many things that I had no idea I was holding on to and so many things that I need to be set free from. 

How about you? Can anyone relate to this struggle? Are there things in your life that put you in this vicious circle of anxiety? Are there things that need to be let go of? Join me on my journey of learning to let go and experiencing the joy of living in God's freedom!  

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