Loosen your Grip

We all know that everything comes from the Hand of God. But somehow when those blessings are passed from His Hand to ours, we hold on with a tight grip.

I have always been impressed with my husband’s ability to give to others so freely. He is the kind of man that would give the shirt off his back for a stranger. I like to think I also have a giving heart, but honestly, my grip on the things I adore doesn’t always come loose easily.

I wish I could be more like him and more like Hannah was. The Bible tells us of how Hannah had a undeniable understanding of the gift from God that her son Samuel was…

(1 Samuel 1:22) “Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, ‘After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before he Lord, and he will live there always.'”

If you are familiar with the story of Hannah, you will know that she had begged God for a child and when God answered her, she wanted to give him back to God, to serve Him all the days of his life.

I find this selfless act that Hannah did so remarkable. So often, we grip so tightly to those things that God has freely given us that we forget where it all came from in the first place.

I love how Hannah was so grateful to God that she humbly loosened her grip on the best gift she had and offered him back to the Lord. I don’t want to just give the “best” gifts back to the Lord, I want to have such a loose grip that everything I have and everything I am, I offer back up to Him.

What belongs to God that you still are holding on to? Let it go and let God do some awesome things in your life!


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3 thoughts on “Loosen your Grip

  1. Katie Sweeting

    Laurie, I often tell myself I need to hold on loosely to what God has given me. In my case it is friendships. We live in Jersey City, a very transient city. People come in to the church and we become friends. A few years later they end up moving – to North Carolina, Colorado, India! It had become so difficult for me I almost vowed to not befriend folks, but I know that’s not God’s will. Now I love them, and try to hold them loosely!

  2. Laurie

    Yes Ann, as a Pastors wife, I too have experienced the comings and Goings of dear friendships. It’s so hard to let go but God reminds me that some people are only in our life for a season.

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