Learning to Let Go

5635199312_f4afc3c5e6_zTiny hands wildly grasp and a temper ensues.
My daughter is a spirited child that loves to explore.
She finds ways to get into everything she’s not supposed to.
When she’s found out, her fists hold tightly to whatever she has.
Grasping.

Looking at her, I can get angry.
Frustrated.
But then I realize…
She is a picture of me.

I am clinging.
To my dreams of how I think life should be.
To my desires for success.
To my longing for acceptance.
To my ideas, expectations and ways.

Grasping…
When what I need to do is
Just. Let. Go.

What do you need to release to God today?

 

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This post was inspired by Five Minute Friday and is linked to some of these link-ups.

Comments

  1. Melanie says

    “but then I realize she is a picture of me”
    How much children teach and reveal to us in our own journey.
    It was great to be at the fmf party last night and discuss our introverted/extrovertedness :)

  2. Mary Beth says

    Thomas has started throwing things in anger whenever he doesn’t get his way. Hard times in parenting! I guess it’s really only the beginning. That’s something to let go: my preconceived notions of what my child will be like. Taking his struggles as they come and helping him learn through them. I do believe my little boy and your little girl would have a fantastic time together. We however, would be exhausted after!
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    • Jenni says

      Oh, goodness, we would be so tired! But I think it would be worth it. We would just have to take them somewhere they can run around and burn off all that energy. lol

      Claire has started throwing things as well. If she has something she isn’t supposed to and I ask her to give it to me, she throws it. Maybe it’s just a stage they go through at this age…

  3. Steven Sawyer says

    Wonderful. I just held my three-day old new granddaughter yesterday. I can’t wait until I can hold her and watch her grasp for my finger with her tiny hand. Awful hard to think about letting that little hand go some day. Letting go is such a tough thing to do. Maybe it’s so tough because the blessings God shows us when we do let go are so much more awesome than if we would have held on. Thanks for posting.
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    • Jenni says

      Oh, how precious! I hope you get to hold her again soon. And, I agree… God often has wonderful things in store for us if we would just let go! Thanks for your comment, Steven.

  4. Linda Kinsman says

    Very insightful post! I went toe to toe with my little mini-me last night. She’s 9 yrs. old and knows every single button to push, so I must let go of the need to “diffuse” the situation and just listen. Let her steam over and then it will be gone as quickly as the flare up came. Kids are such great mirrors aren’t they?
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    • Jenni says

      Stephanie, it’s amazing how difficult it can be to trust God when we know that He is completely in control of everything! I think we forget that sometimes…

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