Are there times when you hold on to things you shouldn't -- both physically and emotionally? In this post, find encouragement to let go of what you don't need anymore.

Do You Know When to Send?

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We gather things in this country. Knick knacks, opportunities, and memories. We hold them to ourselves, put them on the shelves and, when someone asks us to get rid of them, we cling to them instead.

At least I do.

Someone else could use those things sitting in my basement. But what if I need them?

And it’s not just stuff. That’s just the physical manifestation of my inability to send things away, but there is emotional stuff too.

When I knew in my heart that I wanted to write, it felt almost impossible to send my day job off to someone else who needed it.

When hurtful memories replay themselves in my mind, I struggle to send them to the foot of the cross and let them go.

When anxiety or fear claw for my attention, I struggle to know how to send it away.

But these are things that are no longer for me. It’s time to send them away.

That can be hard. But when we send them away, the space they leave can be so liberating.

If you’ve ever deep-cleaned a closet then you know EXACTLY what I mean. It’s not fun. You’ve procrastinated doing it for weeks or even months. But when it’s finally done it feels. so. good!

The release leaves space — emotionally and physically — and it can make our hearts soar with freedom!

So what do you think, friends? Is there something in your life that you shouldn’t be holding onto anymore? Are you ready to send it away?

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7 responses on “Do You Know When to Send?

  1. Gayl

    “That can be hard. But when we send them away, the space they leave can be so liberating.” Yes, this is so true! And when we do send them away, we sometimes wonder what took us so long. There is definitely freedom and a peace that comes. Enjoyed your post!

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Yes! Isn’t it so funny how we cling to all the things we don’t need? Especially when there is so much joy on the other side. But, of course, hindsight is 20/20. Thanks for joining us here, Gayl! Loved your comment!

  2. Sara

    “When hurtful memories replay themselves in my mind, I struggle to send them to the foot of the cross” wow this is so my heart. I try so hard to leave the memories and the pain at the foot of the cross only to pick them up and take them home with me. How i wish i didn’t.

  3. Genuflected Post author

    I know what you mean, Sara. But with our persistent will to do it, combined with God’s grace, some day we will get this all figured out, right? I sure hope so, because there’s just so much joy to be had if we do! Thanks for your comment Sara. So grateful you joined us here at Genuflected!

  4. Carmen Horne

    Ahhh Jenni, First it is great to see you on FMF! I loved your analogy of cleaning out my closet because….I desperately need to do this. As I thought of that and the feelings during and after such a task, you are right, it is like a weight lifted. I continue to search my heart, my soul for things I need to “send” away. God’s good to reveal them one at a time. He’s still working on me…

  5. Genuflected Post author

    Aren’t we all just works in progress, Carmen? But the artist helping us turn into a masterpiece has so much skill! Thanks for stopping by Genuflected. I always look forward to reading what you have to say!

  6. Lynne

    I have been “sending” things away these past two months as I deep clean my apartment, because I have felt that God is preparing me for a new season and that I need to let go of the “leaves” from the old one (Lysa Terkeurst’s metaphor, not mine!) The hardest things to sent away are related to my (faulty) idea that “I can do it all if I try really, really hard”. The “good” opportunities that take time away from the “great” ones, the “nice” ideas that take time away from the “amazing” ones, the self-reliance I feel when I hang on to things “just in case” vs letting go and trusting God! But what you said is so true; “The release leaves space – emotionally and physically — and it can make our hearts soar with freedom!” I’ve actually been dragging my feet as I near the end of this project, but your post and reminded me that I need to finish, “send” the last bit of stuff away, and embrace the liberating space. Thank you so much!!!

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