I love to write. I’ve been writing since I could remember, but I started to write grammatically sound literature when I was in third grade. In the last 5 years, the Lord impressed it upon my heart to start a blog and inspirational page on Facebook, which is titled, Kingdom Helper. It is always an undeniable experience when God drops words into my spirit. I have come to a point in my tenure as a writer, where I don’t even want my pen to touch paper, for the purpose of those words to grace the eyes, ears and minds of others, unless I hear directly from God.

Most writers glean from their personal experiences, and even the experience of others, to create some of their best writings. 2016 has definitely been a year of personal transition for me. I went from severing broken relationships to losing my father, then taking great leaps of faith with my career. These were all very heavy decisions or situations to handle. It sparked a thought process that helped me to understand why God was allowing me to experience all of these situations in what seemed to be a short time span:. Learning the difference between giving up and letting go.

We have often heard the phrase “Never give up!!” For those of us who are go getters, it is natural for us to keep pushing, to keep striving and keep our heads above the water…we were not built to break. There is an innate ability to keep pushing, because our spirits just won’t let us quit. There comes those moments of frustration, those moments of exhaustion. Usually the physical goes before the mental, and the mental before the spiritual. We get a second wind. And a third wind. Then we have those moments when we just don’t have anymore wind, and we have to coast on God’s strength.

If you have found yourself coasting on God’s strength, congratulations on NOT giving up. It is usually in our darkest hour that we truly learn how much strength we have, but also how much more strength we can tap into, when we are connected to God. Being connected to God is imperative in not giving up. When we choose to give up on something we are usually operating in our flesh, and make the decision because we just don’t WANT to push anymore, not because we CAN’T. If you don’t want to push, that’s your sign to push ANYWAY!

Giving up is sometimes the byproduct of laziness and we must be careful as believers, that we don’t allow the enemy to convince us to give up on that which we have been assigned. We know that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, and there is danger and destruction connected to lazy or lukewarm believers.

On the flip side, if you can’t push, well, that could be a sign that it’s time to let it go. Sometimes we have to let go of things because God NEVER told us to pick them up. It takes a certain level of maturity to take a step back and look at a situation and be clear on whether God ordained it for you, or if you made the choice to take it on. There is a difference between operating in obedience to the Holy Spirit, and operating in fleshly desires.

We have to be careful with this. The closer you are to God, you will have a better ability to discern if you’re being led by your flesh, or by His Spirit. God will ultimately lead you to let go of anything that is not a part of His will for your life. These are often recognized as “dead” situations that you keep trying to rekindle, or dead weight that you keep trying to carry. You find yourself exhausted and overwhelmed because it is “too much.” Prophetess Tonya Hall of Victory Way Christian Center once said, “Peace is the highest form of prosperity.” I have come to understand that if there is no peace in a situation, it is time to LET IT GO.

I’ll close with this: The pages of your story are beautifully scripted as the Father guides and directs you. As your life plays out, page by page, be clear on whether you’re giving up or letting go. If you don’t know, prayerfully give up your concerns to the Lord, and watch and listen as he guides you towards actually letting go. For those things that you must let go of, you must then have the courage to walk away.

Peace and Blessings to you.