Do What You Can … and Let Go

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Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

Some things take a long time to sink in.

As in years.

I wrote yesterday of how I complicate my life when I fail to understand that outcomes lie with God.  Somehow I think it is all up to me to do exactly the right thing.  I place expectations on myself.

Those expectation have gotten heavier as I am able to do less and less.

I feel I "should" do this and that and the other.

I'm learning … slowly … that all I can do is what I can do.  Prayer is at the top of the list.

Then, it's up to God.

My part?  To bring these cares and concerns, these intercessions and needs.

My prayers are taking a bit of a different form.

I now see myself as bringing each request to God.

I sit quietly to see if there is something I need do:  Write an email, send a card, make a phone call - or do something that is brought to mind.

Then, it is mine to follow through (something I am not always good at) and then let go.  God will take care of the rest.

Easy to say, but hard to do.

Yet, the simple act of knowing that my part is to bring and God's part is to do helps so much.

I'm not negating the acts that I am able to do.

That can vary day by day.

Letting go is freeing.

Trusting God brings so much.

I try not to give God the answers.  I don't know what He is trying to accomplish in someone else's life.  It is presumptuous of me to assume I do know.

I know how I would like situations to resolve.

That isn't always God's way.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

But, He does expect me to bring the people and the needs before Him.

And then let go.

Father God, Thank you for the privilege of prayer.  Help us to be diligent in bringing the needs of others and of ourselves before You.  Help us to be wise enough not to dictate exactly how our petitions be answered.  Help us to fully trust in the responses You give to our prayers.  Amen and amen.

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