when it is time to let go

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“Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:2-3)

It never fails to surprise, the light that comes with the spring sunshine. This sunshine that shines through to our souls and makes hearts sing. This sunshine that brings life, and transforms the world from dark into a world of light and greenness. Yet, this light that finds its way through the cracks in our hearts — also finds those fears in the dusty corners of our souls and the fragile pieces we have left in the dark.

It never fails to surprise, how the light pierces through to this broken heart that won’t mend. Finds these locked up pieces of deep hurt, with edges sharp enough to cut through souls — ours and others’. Aching memories or words that cut too deep. Shame that we carry, regret that weighs us down, or promises broken too many times. Whether it is what we have done or what was done to us — these tend to call for attention when we let go of the winter of our hearts and move unto spring and choosing new life.

That is the thing, though. Every time, we have to choose to see when it is time to let go — of the winter, of our hurts, of our shame, of our past. Every time, we have to choose to come to the One who makes all things new, who gives us a new heart. We can hold on to the promise that Jesus makes us new. The old is gone and all things have become new.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I know, sometimes it is the hardest thing to let go. In our moments of weakness and hardships, it can be difficult to lift our eyes and put our hope on the better future we are promised. But here is the thing we can be certain of: that when we call upon the Lord, He will answer. When we seek Him with our whole hearts, He will answer.

So no matter how hard it is to let go. No matter how difficult it is to let that light shine into our hearts and trust that better days are ahead. We can trust that He will hear when we pray. That He will answer when we are on our knees and beg for something more, something different. His scarred hands will hold us up, and He will carry us through.

“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me” (Psalm 55:17-18a)

When we come to Him — broken and beaten, wounded and fragile — we can rest sure in the assurance that He will hear our voice and if He hears our voice, we know He will answer. Sometimes the situations and circumstances do not change and we remain in that battle. But even then we know, He has redeemed our soul in peace.

Maybe this time, we can draw a map to home with these scars on our broken hearts.

Linking up: Coffee for Your Heart, Tell His Story, Word Filled Wednesday, Coffee and Conversation, Works for Me Wednesday, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Everyday Jesus, Growing in Grace, Fellowship Friday, Faith Filled Friday, Grace & Truth, Titus 2 Tuesday, Woman to Woman

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33 thoughts on “when it is time to let go

  1. Sharon

    This was so encouraging to me. Thank you for your inspired words, and for speaking once again of the peace we have in the One who binds up broken hearts.

    GOD BLESS.

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement, Sharon! I’m so glad you were able to find encouragement here, too. The Lord certainly is good to us, speaking of the comfort and peace we have in Him, in so many ways. Blessings to you!

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  2. Sandra

    Yes Ronja, when we come to Him He indeed will hear and answer. Nice to come meet you from the Word Filled Wednesday link up today.

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    1. Ronja

      What a wonderful hope that is to hold on to, knowing that He will hear and answer! Thank you so much for your visit, Sandra. God bless you!

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    1. Ronja

      Valerie, you are so right. It is only by letting go of the safety and the comfort of this moment and whatever we are holding on to, that God can grow us into whatever He has planned for us. It really is so difficult to let go at times, but He is so good to us and faithful to carry us through. I’m so thankful that He forgives the moments I doubt His ability to complete the work He has started, choosing the comfort of this moment instead of His purposes and plans.. Thank you so much for your visit, Valerie! Blessings!

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  3. Thank for this! I needed a gentle reminder to remember the blessings over the pain. To remember the love and let go of the rest. Tender words that touched my heart this morning.

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    1. Ronja

      You are not the only one needing that reminder, Deb. It’s unfortunately always easier to focus on the pain and the hardships, instead of seeing our circumstances like God sees them. You are in my prayers. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Deb! God bless you!

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  4. Always a blessing to sit in your grace, Ronja. Drawing a map, directing us to the place of healing and hope, the virtual spring for every lonely winter solace, is a wise directive. There is something about the light that shines with spring mornings, isn’t there? There is a breaking of the ice cold shelter we cocoon around our hearts that allows us to feel the tendrils of warm that the sun is sending our way, the green of life finds its way to the top of the cracked parched places our shell wears and peeks through… hope emerges with the promise of life. Yet, there is something about the solitary places winter allows us to go, even the brittle places… He is working in them as well. The numbing winter allows us to feel more of the sun’s rays, perhaps? The tingling awake feeling we get when we are alerted to the light that is shining in the eyes of our hearts reminds me I am still pushing forward.
    Bless you,
    Dawn

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    1. Ronja

      Dawn, it is always such a blessing to have you here. Your beautiful words always speak grace and hope into my heart! :)

      But yes, I think we need the winter to feel more of the sun’s rays and to appreciate them better. It is such a gentle light, after all, this spring sunshine. Bright enough to let see that He is working in the hard places and broken pieces of our hearts; yet gentle enough to weave hope into our souls instead of despair and keeping us wanting more.

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  5. I am never surprised by the beauty of your words. I really appreciate this post. Just yesterday I heard the song “Falling Apart” By We are Human and it seems to go with this theme. Maybe the Lord is trying to tell me something… Hmmmm… Thanks, friend.

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    1. Ronja

      Sharita, you are so, so sweet! Yes, there is a lot of the same theme behind this post and the song. I loved the line it had, that it’s “magical and tragic all the ways we break our hearts” because it is so true. It’s never easy to live in this fallen world and around broken people just like we are. But the way the Lord works in everything and especially in our hardships and trials, is something so very beautiful. Thank you so much for stopping by, friend. God bless you!

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    1. Ronja

      I’m so glad there was something for your heart here today, Leah. Praise the Lord! :) Thank you so much for your visit, Leah. Blessings to you!

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much, Sharon. I’m so glad you were able to find something here to encourage and further your walk with God! :) Blessings!

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  6. Most of my last year has been learning to let go and rest in God. I’ve written about it a great deal on my blog. This is a beautiful reminder of not just letting go but letting God in. Wish you the best! Visiting from #fellowshipfriday

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    1. Ronja

      That is so true, Hope. It’s all about not just letting go but letting God in, trusting that He will complete what He has started in us. He is so good to us, isn’t He! Thank you so much for your visit, Hope! God bless you!

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    1. Ronja

      Debbie, I’m right there with you, so incredibly thankful that He is so patient with us and keeps wooing us until we let Him in. So thankful for this grace that He keeps pouring out on us. I’m so glad you stopped by here today, Debbie! God bless you!

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  7. Ronja, I found you again! (It’s been a long time since I visited you blog. Saw you at Meredith’s.) God’s been speaking to me the last 6 months or so about letting go, on many levels, so your title caught my attention. We have to let go or the old, let go of the hurt, let go of control to make room for the God who makes all things new! So hard, but so life-giving!

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    1. Ronja

      Betsy, I’m so glad you found your way here again! :) You are so right, it is so hard for us — or at least, for me — to let go of so many things. But at the same time, it sure is life-giving and the Lord blesses us with good and perfect gifts. I’m still on my way of learning how to let go of my past and my hurts but God is so good to walk with us through these kinds of things. What a blessing it is to have you stop by here, Betsy! God bless you!

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  8. What a beautiful post. Spring is so precious to me, and that verse fits perfectly. All things are new…
    Thank you for linking up with Grace & Truth! God bless!

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