Grace: Our True Voice

Leave Room for Grace

I created this picture from a photo sent to me by Dennis Rey after reading Bonnie’s post Leave Room for Grace

For this Fall: Little Slips of Letting Go

“But, a beautiful thing happens when you’re stripped bare in the loving presence of Jesus. He wraps His healing comfort around your heart and He does it by bringing out the truth of what’s happened.  He speaks the fear that you feel and says –I was there. I understand. I still love you.” Autumn Song, Faith Barista

Maybe that is the still, small voice that calls me to Be still and know. As Fall begins and I rake leaves, I wonder what old patterns, toxic thoughts, people, expectations, and beliefs I need to rake away and discard. What should go and what should rest?

What is no longer needed is shed with ease – no struggle.

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In the Fall of 2009, I wrote down on tiny slips of paper the things, the people, the toxic thoughts I would relinquish.

I burned them and placed the ashes in the flower bed where, in the spring, I planted Lantanas. One Lantana stubbornly refused to be slayed by record winters and summers. It continued to bud that spring.

And it returned and budded again just last week.

Last fall, during a rainstorm, I tossed tiny slips of paper into the foamy waves at a Malibu beach.The waves brought the slip with one person’s name on it back to the shore. That night, the person from the slip sent a message to me.

Some people, places and things we think we need to let go, but Because of Grace they are washed and returned back to our shore.

Then, as now, my prayer is to have the courage of Falling apart in God’s arms through friends and loved ones.

What must you resist releasing? It is best not to release Hope, because hope often must wait in the dark caverns of winter for a rebirth in Spring. Hope and Good always necessitate long waiting.

What are you willing to dig deep and plant again?

What are you holding on to that you are willing to release, creating breathing room for expansion and growth?

Are there more questions than leaves already fallen?

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A Prayer Prior to Letting Go:

God of Grace, please put the people and places in my life that you desire, and take out those you do not. Please guide me to know what to release, what to shed. Please show me, help me know in my spirit, if there are any “rights” I need to relinquish that may be hindering my freedom to experience Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Related Post by Jeri Taira, God’s Dream For Me, The Letting Go

 

Saturday Digest~May 21

*I really like this thought: “Break away from results oriented thinking and simply enjoy love oriented living”–Bonnie Gray Faith Barista, a new blog on my linkroll

*New Angle on Optimism…”optimism can be just as guilty of wanting things simple and in our power as the downside view. Neither is real. maybe the deal about unwavering optimism and pessimism, both those sides of ourselves, is exactly the reluctance to transform, to deeply trust and live in continuing transformation.”  To read the entire post, gently click here

*Thanks to Amanda, at Kind Over Matter for these free, printable “i like you” facebook cards

*Just in time for the end of school: Michelle Traudt writes about getting rid of anxiety.  Gentle Click Here

*It’s time to “be still and know” God’s love. “Vacuum in the joy and the glory and the beauty of this world. Look beyond all circumstance. Put your mind in neutral and rest in Him. Talk to Him. Tell Him how lonely you feel. Tell Him how much you long for the love that He alone provides, that He alone can restore and renew in your heart, soul and mind. Cry out and ask Him to rain down His love upon you so that yours may “abound more in knowledge and in all judgment”. Open the Word and read till you hear His Spirit speak to your heart. From Him you will gain insight into those things which are excellent–the way He’d have you go. He would not have you to be insincere with anyone, nor give any offense for which to account on the day of Christ’s return. He wants to fill your life with the fruits of righteousness…a natural production from a heart nourished by Christ Jesus, Himself.”  To read the entire post by Hariette Petersen, gently click here 

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