Let Go & Let Grow

I love being a mom. It’s hard, fun, beautiful, challenging – and so much more. One day this summer my daughter, Alex, begged to go for a bike ride down our gravel road. I complied and hopped on my bike. As she began to speed away, I shouted, “Now wait a minute! I thought this was a together kinda thing!” She was so far ahead and focused, my words were lost in her dust trail.

IMG_5311As I watched her race her older brother, and feel the wind in her hair, a feeling of pride and delight enveloped me. Her shins and elbows were bruised and battered, showing signs of playing hard, falling and getting back up – side effects of learning and growth. But now, now, she was flying. Flying away…from me.

It’s so much fun to watch my kiddos grow and learn; starting to fly on their own, and in their own way. It’s bitter sweet for a momma’s heart, but I also know that my job is to allow them to fly. But as I watched Alex ride away, my heart full of excitement, I wondered if that’s how God feels when his children “fly” with what he created them for. That moment when we see the freedom and wonder laid out before us.

Part of the desire in my mom-heart is for my kids to surpass me and do remarkable things! Just like Alex surpassing me on that bike ride, I want her to go farther and higher than I could ever imagine. I believe that we are designed to grow from glory to glory.

One lesson that God is teaching me right now is about surrender and letting go. The bigger the ‘thing’, the more I have to let go. We must let go, in order to let grow. When I hold on so tightly, it’s impossible for real growth to occur. Things get stunted.

God created this thing called man, it was a pretty big deal. But then, he had to let go (free will) in order to let us grow – no matter what form it took. In God’s perfectness, he also had a plan for relationship to occur amongst the bumps and bruises of growth. (Jesus)

When something big is taking place, it can be hard to let go and release control – surrendering to the growth and transformation. Surrendering to the unknown. Raising a child is kind of a big thing, but I must let go in order for them to transform and grow into capable adults. Honestly, I can’t and don’t want to control everything. Just like the Father, I must let go and allow them to find their own way.

I’m working on letting go and surrendering something thats kinda big (not kid-rearing), and I’m wondering if you have something to let go of too. Something where the desired result is growth, glory to glory, nothing stunted or held back. Released to the fullest potential of what God has intended and created. I’m challenging myself to make a conscious decision to remove my hands, so that God’s wonder and glory-filled ones might be revealed. Are you up for the challenge, too? I desire to let go, so that I can grow and see God’s glory.

 

“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:16 (ESV)

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Beauty in the Brokenness

This summer seems to have flown by. Just the other day during some prayer time I spoke to the Lord, “Well, August has come and gone. Help me to take this new month with thanksgiving as a fresh season.” And though we enjoy a new month, there’s a piece of me that takes some time to reflect.

One of the things that I’ve had rolling in my thoughts is a picture I took this summer while visiting Florida. It was during a time where I stole away for the afternoon to have some alone time, a peace-filled gift from God. I played in the water, picked up several shells for my kids, and scooped up sand.

As I sat and watched the waves, I looked over to a patch of sand that consisted of larger, pieces of broken shells. I thought to myself, “There are so few shells out here today. These are all broken!” But then a whisper in my soul, “There is beauty in the brokenness,” lyrics from a worship song, ‘Joy’ from Housefires II.

My experience of that little patch of beach turned from disappointment to one of beauty and wonder. Wonder at that fact that for miles, God had taken what seemed broken, and created beauty. He does that very thing for us.

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When things seem dark, broken and confusing – we can choose to trust Him with the broken pieces. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, ESV) His ways are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:11)

He is the star breather and creator of the universe! I am whole and complete, but I’m also asking God to make something beautiful from broken pieces around me. He is well able! And I’m excited, because whatever the Creator comes up with will be beautiful. Can you trust Him with the broken pieces?