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Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.

Psalm 62:5

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As we drove through the scenic mountains of North Carolina, I could feel my soul begin to settle and my spirit grow quiet. It was a welcome feeling … one that was a long time coming.

We had been vacationing at Lake Lure since our children were toddlers. Now Jered and Danna are married and have children of their own. And we were about to meet all of them for a whole week of vacation together!

  1. Could. Not. Wait.

But I really needed a little time to just be still. To set aside the busy schedule I had just left behind. To reset my heart and mind on the precious lives and legacy about to arrive, yelling “Mimi” as they scampered into my arms.

Dan and I drove in comfortable silence, occasionally commenting on the beauty of the familiar mountains and rolling valleys. Sweet memories made us laugh as we spotted places we had taken our children when they were young. Now we would take our grandchildren to those same places and make new memories. Yes, it was going to be a great week.

Flowers of every color dotted the hillsides, and I commented on the beauty of the lush green ground cover. Dan said, “Honey, that is Kudzu.”

Whatever Kudzu was, I thought it was beautiful and told him so.

Dan seemed determined to burst my Kudzu bubble, “Honey, Kudzu is nasty and nothing more than a deadly weed. The plant climbs over trees or shrubs and grows so fast that it kills them … basically by suffocating them.”

I was not convinced, so I Googled Kudzu. He was right! Kudzu is a menace. According to Wikipedia, Kudzu is a serious invasive plant in the United States. It has been spreading in the southern U.S. at the rate of 150,000 acres annually. Its introduction has produced devastating environmental consequences and has earned the nickname, “The vine that ate the South.”

What? How could something so beautiful be so deadly? The Holy Spirit whispered to my weary soul, “Oh, you know how.”

And I did.

I had just spent nine months traveling at break-neck speed … speaking, writing, teaching and mentoring … all beautiful things. But my schedule had become deadly. I was so tired. So what is a girl … using the term “girl” loosely … to do?

I am 68 years old, have been diagnosed with scoliosis, and battle clinic depression every day. God works through the amazing doctors He has placed in my life and through the medications and therapies they prescribe. Over the past few years, those doctors have have helped me hone in on what works best. And every one of them is telling me to slow down. So I am.

I am slowing down to sit at His feet this year. Setting new priorities, planting and carefully tending new hedges of protection. I have recruited some people who are not afraid to look me in the eye and say, “Stop it!” I am already sensing some radical changes on the horizon.

Cutting back on my travel schedule.

Taking a year off from teaching Bible Study – just a year.

Learning to be more creative in the way I mentor women.

Staying home.

Creating margins.

Beginning a new ministry that will still allow me to interact with women across the world without packing a bag and getting on a plane.

Cutting away the Kudzu.

And so excited to plant new seeds … new dreams that the Father will grow. Not my seeds, you see. They are His alone and will not be a burden. In fact, they will be replenishing and energizing. When we work and serve within our gifting, God empowers and gives us everything we need to do what He created and calls us to do.

Yep! Taking my hands off. Letting go. Resting in Him. No ambition and absolutely no hope for worldly gain or fame. Wow! The freedom that comes from that place is startling.

How about you? Do you need to stop and just breathe?

Today is the day. Take the time to sit at His feet and ask Him … not anyone else … ask the Father what His plan is for your life. Let go of everything that does not fit that plan. Then rise to your feet and do it.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You today with a weary heart and exhausted body. I am tired. I am worn. But I am Yours. And I am ready to seek You and Your perfect plan above every plan in my life. I know I will find rest in doing what You have created me to do. I surrender my agenda to You. Lead me, Lord. I will follow.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

I challenge you to read Psalm 23 once a day for a month. Record your thoughts in your journal and see how God directs your steps. Write a prayer of surrender and commitment to Him. I am praying for you now as you read this devotion … that God will lift you up and strengthen you for the journey ahead.

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7 Responses to “Let it Go!”

  1. Marie says:

    What a timely article. I am now wrestling with the same problem. Last night I prayed for God To show me what is next in my life. There has to be more. I told him I will begin to listen for his direction. This article really hit home for me.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Thank you my dear sister in Christ for your encouraging words.Regardless of the situation,we move on.

  3. Kafi says:

    This devotion has really encouraged my heart today, a lot of confirmation regarding where I am in my life currently and where my path is leading for my future. Sitting at God’s feet, not men. For God’s leading and direction for me.

  4. Alexis says:

    To God Be The Glory I truly was blessed by today’s devotional. I have learned to let go of a lot of wounds and past hurt that I went through. I’m a witness that God can work it out.

  5. Janette says:

    Mary,
    This hit home….The Lord gave me several warnings to slow down that I ignored. I had been burning the candle at both ends for a lifetime and seemed to be testing his patience to see just how much I could get away with. I was fully aware that I needed to slow down. I will be turning 60 next month. I am still finding it hard to just REST. I was dx with Parkinsons Disease in 2012. I know the Lord is working with me on this resting thing. He is always up to something! I trust him fully to lead me in the direction that he has planned for me. In the meantime I am learning to take a day at a time. 🙏😃

  6. Aisha says:

    There are somethings i know i have to let go. Thank you Lord Jesus for other sisters in Christ.

  7. Marsha says:

    Thank you for a timely piece. I am in transition this summer. I have just graduated my last home schooled child after 24 years in the homeschooling community. I have helped start a Christian homeschool group in my area and was busy with that for the last 22years so now I am trying to be still and see what God’s plan is for the next phase of my life. Praying and believing that He has something out there for me.

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