What a conundrum.
How do I go about letting go of something that is enmeshed in my identity? Something that is so entrenched in my psyche that if I let it go I might also lose me?
Sheila Walsh asked a capacity crowd of women at North Pointe on September 24th to take a risk. “It’s time to have an unedited conversation with God.” Let go of what troubles you the most.
She told her sisters that where your scars are, there is your authority. God has met you in those painful moments and walked you through. Your suffering has a shelf life. God is bigger than the broken pieces in your life.
God understands your frailty and offers his grace. Grace and karma are opposites.
Karma says, “You got what you deserved.”
Grace says, “God gives you more than you deserve or can imagine.”
Leave What You Let Go
Sheila asked each woman to write down on a piece of paper what she needed to let go. Have an unedited conversation with God. Then leave what you let go with God.
Initially, one pioneer made her way from her seat and walked to the front. She came bearing a piece of paper containing her list. She had her conversation with God and let go of her paper. Then, dozens and dozens and dozens of other women followed her example.
Many with tears laid down their lists, paused to pray. Some had others pray with them before resolutely returning to their seats.
Let It Go
So often wounds of childhood echo into our adult lives.
It’s true that children are the best recorders of information but the worst interpreters of that information.
Letting go of the hurtful is not easy. It is worth the effort.
What have you let go?
Don’t let it back in when it begs to come home. You’re never going back, the past is in the past.
APPLICATION: Shine the brightest light in the darkest places. What do you need to let go? Were you with Sheila on September 24th? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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