- To retire from; give up or abandon.
- To put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended).
- To let go; surrender.
- To cease holding physically; release: relinquish a grip.
I love that word. RELINQUISH. Mmmm…
My day was a little on the rotten side, and more than once, I started this blog, fully intending to vent about it. But I felt God telling me to spend time with Him instead. He was asking me to give up my issues to Him. To let go of them. To cease holding them. To release them.
I couldn’t seem to do it.
I kept trying. “God, please help me give this junk to You.” But I just kept holding on. So, I just kept battling it out in prayer. Struggling, struggling, struggling.
It helped to remember that “Those who anger you control you.” It helped to remember that my children are a blessing. It helped to remember that other people have gone through trials today far worse than mine. It helped to remember that praying for people who hurt/anger/disappoint you is far, far better than sulking about them. It helped to remember that I am blessed beyond measure.
On a more superficial note, it helped that Gabe noticed that my teeth are whiter after 8 days of whitening strips. It helped that I lost another pregnancy pound after three weeks of standing still/going back up the scales. It helped to remember that I have a coupon for a free drink at the Java corner at Logos bookstore to use tomorrow.
Relinquish–to cease waddling in a puddle of self-pity; to cast your burdens on the Lord; to count your blessings because they will always far outweigh the trials.
p.s. My sister Bethany has a new niece! Her name is Ivy Liora (isn’t that name to die for?) and she is simply gorgeous. Bethany has 6 nieces now–Olivia, Athaiah, Anna, Ava, Nina, and Ivy. Isn’t that crazy how much alike their names are? How DOES she keep them straight? (And 4 nephews–Stevie, Ethan, Micah and Thomas–much easier.)