1. To retire from; give up or abandon.
  2. To put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended).
  3. To let go; surrender.
  4. 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.)

4 thoughts on “relinquish

  1. YoYoYoder

    Why yes, in answer to your question, newborns DO in fact stir up my maternal longings! Stew and I have already decided when we would like to try and have children, but ultimately that’s God’s decision. I am super-excited though!!!! (not yet–and I can’t tell you when, either. It’s a surprise)

  2. hcole86

    Thanks for that, it was great to come to work today (Monday) and start my week by reading those words. I’ll remember them for whenever someone/thing annoys or angers me this week…..

    Glad the teeth are getting whiter!

  3. YoYoYoder

    I think I know why you were upset. My response?

    “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat…So then, each of us will give an account OF HIMSELF to God.” (Romans 14:10, 12)

    Our job as Christians is to “accurately handle the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 3:15). What does Jesus command us to do in His Word of Truth? “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). What is this gospel (literally translated “good news”?) “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:9,10,13)

    I know I have done this. I will give an account of myself to God on judgment day. I would rather spend my time arguing the case for Christ and share the good news rather than debate whether someone is truly a Christian. If you believe and confess, you are saved. If you don’t, you aren’t. “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4).

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