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Dashing Devotional~ Give It To God, and Leave It There!

March 23rd, 2012 - Dashing Devotionals

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Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. ~Psalm 55:22

My sister Emily and I were on a walk the other day, and we got to talking about the things God was showing us. Emily had quite the profound revelation from the Lord…In fact, it made such an profound impact on me, that I knew I had to share it with all of you!

During her devotional time, God showed my sister Emily that we often times experience unnecessary anxiety and burdens that we were never meant to carry. He showed her that this occurs when we bring something to God through prayer, but we ultimately end up ‘taking it back’.

When we give something to God, it feels wonderful because we are essentially giving the burden, worries, and cares of that thing over to Him. We are doing what Philippians 4:6 instructs us to do which is to, “Not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” And when we do this, (present our requests to Him), we feel an overwhelming peace knowing that it is in His hands, which is what the next verse explains will happen…”And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The problem lies however, when we ‘take back’ that thing that we gave to Him in the first place. Whether it be taking back control of something we surrendered to Him, trying to take care of ourselves in an area, try to figure out our own way, when we initially asked for His direction…All of these things will cause us to take back the very thing that we gave to God.

God revealed this scenario to my sister using the following illustration…

Emily was planning her friends baby shower at the time, and she was in charge over all of the planning and delegating. She had so much on her plate with planning the shower, and working full time as a school teacher, that she suddenly found herself getting somewhat overwhelmed as the shower date drew closer. However, when she started delegating tasks to people that she knew and trusted, she suddenly felt a huge weight taken off, and that the tasks she was responsible for were manageable.

God showed her that this action of ‘delegating tasks to others’ was similar to giving things over to Him. When she gave things to Him that He promised to take care of (financial provision, protection, direction, just to name a few), then she could do her ‘part’ with ease and confidence knowing that He was taking care of His part. When she asked Him for something, or gave something over to Him, she was essentially trusting Him with that area of her life, and she didn’t need to worry about if it would ‘get done’ or not. She simply had to trust that it was taken care of, and not give it a second thought.

Then God spoke to her and said, ‘Now what if you had taken back some of those tasks that you had previously delegated to people…how would it have made you feel?’ Emily replied, ‘Burdened and overwhelmed’. God replied, ‘You see, in life, whenever you are feeling overwhelmed or burdened by something, that is essentially what is happening! Every time you give something to me, and then take it back, you are taking on more than you can handle, because you were never meant to do everything alone! You do your part, and give me what I already promised that I would take care of, and you will be able to manage you part with ease knowing that I am taking care of the rest!’

Through this revelation, God showed my sister that every time we start to feel burdened, anxious, or overwhelmed by something in our lives, it is essentially because we haven’t ‘given’ it over to Him in the first place, or if we have, we have tried to take it back into our control. This action will always lead us to feelings of heaviness, because He never designed us to take on what He has promised to care for.

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Often times, I think that we do this without even realizing it, (I know I sure do)…But the good news is, there is a simple way to overcome this!

The first and most important step in giving something to God and leaving it there, is to trust Him to take care of what He has promised to take care of. This trust can be developed in many different ways…But I have found there a few key ways that really stand out through the illustration God gave my sister.

The people that my sister delegated ‘tasks’ to for the baby shower were people that she knew, loved, and therefore trusted. She knew that they were capable of the task, and that when they said they would take care of it, that it would get done. She never had to worry or have a second thought about if they would actually do what they promised, because she trusted their word.

We can get to that same place with God by understanding how much He cares for us, and loves us. If you don’t feel like you have ever had a true revelation of His great love for you, that is certainly the first step in trusting Him. All you have to do is simply ask the Lord to reveal His great love for you…I can promise that He wants to show you even more than you want Him to!

Also, you have to know His promises to you. Take the area of finances for example, if you don’t know that He promised to provide all of your needs (Philippians 4:19) then you will never know that that is something He told you that He would do, so you won’t really know if you can hand that over to Him, and trust Him with it. Knowing His promises will help us to have a tremendous amount of peace, knowing that He promised to take care of us!

Of course, this goes without saying that there are times that there is still a part for us to play….and again, knowing the Word of God will help clarify if there is something for us to do. Take again the area of finances, as we give our finances over to Him, (by prayer and making our requests known to Him), we can rest assured that He is our provider, and will provide all of our needs. We then do our part by obeying the Word in this area, and doing what we can do, which is ‘putting our hand to something, so He can bless it’, and ‘tithing and giving’ (Numbers 18:26, Luke 6:38).

If you have found yourself burdened down, anxious, or worried about any area of your life, I believe this message is for you. God wants you to know that you were never meant to handle everything on your own, which is why you feel weighed down with the cares of this life.

If you haven’t already, pray about that thing that you are worrying about, and release it in to God, knowing that He has promised to take care of you. Ask Him to show you if there is anything you can do, and leave the rest to Him.

If you have already prayed about and given any area of your life to the Lord, but you find yourself still worrying about it, then it is most likely because you have tried to take on the care of that thing by trying to deal with it on your own. Recognize that He has promised to take care of you, guide you, and provide for you, and release it once and for all over to Him.

If you find yourself worrying about that thing again, stop right in your tracks and say, ‘No, I refuse to worry about this thing anymore, because God is taking care of it!’ He promises that if we do this, that His peace that passes all understanding will flood our mind as we put our trust in Him! (Philippians 4:7).


52 Comments

Kayla said:

Thank you for sharing this! I found your site though a recipe on Pinterest and just love the whole site! I’ve always been a worrier but I am getting better and better by remembering that God has it under control. I do still have a hard time giving things to Him and leaving them with Him but it’s something I’m always working on. Thanks again for this great devotional!

March 23rd, 2012 — 10:04am  |  Reply

Hayley said:

this is EXACTLY what I needed today, thank you so much!

March 23rd, 2012 — 10:18am  |  Reply

Illegal Blonde said:

Thank you for sharing this. I just had a similar revelation the other day and blogged about it in the form of a poem. You inspire me each day with you devotion and faith.

March 23rd, 2012 — 10:58am  |  Reply

Jenna said:

This immediately made me think of the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” It speaks exactly about what you’re saying here. “Oh what peace we often forfeit. Oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” I think we all need this reminder once in a while. Thanks!

March 23rd, 2012 — 11:27am  |  Reply

Mindy Kral said:

I am so thankful that God is using you to speak to not only me but to so many women across the country. I pray that God will bless you through this new adventure. Thank you for this devotional today! I have some worries to hand over right now!!

March 23rd, 2012 — 12:04pm  |  Reply

Lindsey A. said:

Wow…This was JUST what I needed today! Thank you so much for sharing this! :)

March 23rd, 2012 — 12:20pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

Just what I needed to hear.

March 23rd, 2012 — 12:21pm  |  Reply

Angie said:

Love this so much, thank you!

March 23rd, 2012 — 1:38pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

I think we all are guilty of taking things back that we said we gave to God and probably on a daily basis. This is such a helpful reminder! Thank you for posting!

March 23rd, 2012 — 1:45pm  |  Reply

Olya said:

Thank you so much for sharing this devotional today! As I can see, I’m not the only person who needed these words from God. Through you, He told me exactly what I have been missing in my life recently :)
May God bless you richly and inspire you to share more devotinals with those who need it in the future! :)

Ps. this song fits the devotional perfectly!
give them all to jesus- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whdd4fs3RB8&list=FLFKBec2LqfcEHvDr5gBXogw&index=1&feature=plpp_video

March 23rd, 2012 — 2:30pm  |  Reply

Nicki said:

Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone today. I’ve had a lot on my mind this year and have felt like the weight of the world is on me in terms of my job. I have been praying to God but realize that I’m not really leaving it with him. This is exactly what I needed to hear today and I thank you again so much for sharing. I need to do some things differently starting today.

March 23rd, 2012 — 3:00pm  |  Reply

Elisabeth said:

This absolutely hit home for me. Thanks for sharing! :)

March 23rd, 2012 — 3:48pm  |  Reply

Donya said:

I am a new reader of your site and absolutely love it! Today has been a difficult day and I have felt very much overwhelmed by many burdens. Thank you so much for the devotional. I feel like the Lord led me here to read it because I am a worrier and am constantly “taking back” things I have given to Him. What a wonderful reminder that He is always in control and we can rest in Him! May God continue to bless you and this wonderful ministry of yours!

March 23rd, 2012 — 5:51pm  |  Reply

Cassandra P said:

Thank you for this! I have been following your blog for a few months now and your an inspiration. Thank you for posting this. Today I felt that overwhelmed feeling, that feeling of anxiety. I prayed to God to guide me through this. While reading I just felt that you were talking right to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

March 23rd, 2012 — 6:12pm  |  Reply

Em M said:

Thank you for sharing this! I struggle with this every day and have gone through a particularly difficult year. I know He will take care of me- I need to stop trying to take it all back! Thank you so much for this reminder!!

March 23rd, 2012 — 8:09pm  |  Reply

Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement said:

I came across this post at such a perfect time in my life. It’s funny how God speaks to you in different ways. I really appreciate you sharing this, I have gotten out my bible and spent the last 10 mins with the word, focusing on the sentiment of Letting Go…

Thanks again! God Bless

March 24th, 2012 — 9:38am  |  Reply

Liz said:

I find it hard to give my problems to God in the first place! Thanks for this past Katie! I’m glad your sister let you share

March 24th, 2012 — 10:25am  |  Reply

Jana said:

I just read this morning in “Jesus Calling:”

‎”In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete… As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstances can take from you.”

March 24th, 2012 — 2:53pm  |  Reply

Ali @ Around the VeggieTable said:

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful lesson! I can definitely think of a huge issue in my life that I struggle with giving to God constantly and then taking it back by worrying about it! I’m definitely going to think of your words the next time I find myself worrying about it. Thanks :)

March 27th, 2012 — 6:43am  |  Reply

Jennifer@ ItSuxToBeFat said:

WOW Katie! What a fabulous message and reminder! God will always take our burdens and carry them for us without fail. Sometimes it is hard to remember not to take them back due to a lack of trust! I needed this reminder!

March 27th, 2012 — 10:06am  |  Reply

Loran said:

I usually check your blog every day, but I’ve been extremely busy the last couple of days so I haven’t had time. However, I really think it was because God wanted me to read your blog today! I woke up this morning feeling very overwhelmed with things that I know I’m trying to ‘take back’ from God. You’re post was perfect and a huge blessing.
I’m always so thankful when I see other people being obedient to what God is laying on their heart. Through your obedience you’ve blessed me and a ton of other people. Thanks for sharing.

March 28th, 2012 — 7:20am  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

Thanks so much Katie. I’ve been feeling really down lately because of feeling left out of a group of friends I used to be friends with and no matter how many times I’ve told myself that I shouldn’t even care about the situation I always feel sad that I’m left out. Now I know exactly what to do – hand it over to God and be done with it once and for all.

March 30th, 2012 — 11:12am  |  Reply

Ishan das said:

Dear Stephanie,

Think this over and see if it works for you.

The highest commandment that Jesus gave us is that we should love God with all of our hearts. What is not expressed often enough is that when we actually have love for God in our hearts, we automatically experience His divine reciprocation – so much so in fact, that we no longer are concerned about the things that most people are concerned about. Why? Because we are completely fulfilled by that reciprocation, as in “My cup runneth over.”

If love of God is so rewarding, then our most blessed position is to have a heart that is free of personal concerns, so that we are free to focus our loving feelings on God our eternal Father.

So, in your situation, it is not so much that you let God work out the details of your relationship with your group of “friends”. Rather, it is about taking your feelings of being rejected or left out – taking these feelings to God and handing that over to Him. “My dear Lord, I can understand that it is only when I am feeling love for You, that I can actually feel fulfilled by Your divine reciprocation. However, at present I am preoccupied with these petty social concerns. And this emotional discomfort makes it very difficult for me to cultivate my feelings of love for You. Therefore, I am coming to You and placing my aching heart before you, so that in the presence of Your love and light, these feelings will be washed out of my heart. And then I’ll be free once again to feel included in the real social circle – Your circle! Therefore I am approaching You to hand these feelings over to you, so that you can set me free to love You.”

That is about turning it over to God. It is not about success in a social life that is part of this temporal realm. It is about asking God’s help in cleansing our hearts of all concerns other than the ability to feel love for Him. Because we understand, unlike gross materialists, that a sense of loving reciprocation with God is our greatest goal and our highest possible satisfaction.

So, turning it over to God is not about having Him arrange the things of this world that will never endure the course of time. Turning it over to God is about turning over to Him all of the emotions in our hearts that are preventing us from cultivating our feelings of loving exchange with our One True Love.

If, as Jesus taught us, loving God with all of our hearts is our first and formost business, then what we need from God is that He help us remove these other petty concerns from our hearts, so that we can be free to love Him.

The way it works is like this. Feel into the pain in your heart. And while holding that awareness, allow yourself to also feel how much God loves you. It is at that point that God’s love for you will evaporate the pain in your heart. Just like turning on the light dissapates the darkness. That is the meaning of turning it over to God. He will remove our afflictions over meaningless concerns have have got us in their grip. He will set us free, so that we can give all our love to Him, and be really happy.

I sincerely hope this is helpful. I have similar challenges. We all do. But we have to remember where our real satisfaction comes from. Jesus taught us that our real friends and family are the inner circle of those who are closest to him and his message of love of God, our eternal loving Father.

April 28th, 2013 — 12:50am  | 

Sarah said:

Thanks so much for this. I stumbled onto your blog a few weeks ago, and I truly believe that I was meant to see this. I’m going to be graduating from college in a few short weeks, and job hunting has been stressful to say the least. One of the blessings from being rejected from some of my dream jobs, however, was strengthening my relationship with God by learning to trust in Him even when MY plans for me don’t line up with HIS plans for me. I still worry about my upcoming interviews, but I will try my best to give it all to God. He will put me right where He wants me! Thanks again for the wonderful reminder!

April 3rd, 2012 — 6:47pm  |  Reply

Shannon (Healthiful Balance) said:

This is EXACTLY what I needed right now! Thank you SO much!

April 25th, 2012 — 9:55am  |  Reply

Cathy said:

I stumbled upon your site by chance (or with God’s guidance) and like some of the others, it came to me at the right time. Thank you for sharing this devotional!

April 29th, 2012 — 5:02pm  |  Reply

Shelby said:

Hi Katie!
I just have to say my good friend introduced me to your blog and I absolutely love your story and your encouraging thoughts! I can relate to this so very much and I certainly have a hard time giving everything to God. I know that ultimately he is in control of every aspect of my life and it would be so much off of me if I could completely give everything over to him but it’s so difficult! It’s something I have been trying hard to work on and this devotional really inspired me to keep at it. Thank you and I hope you are doing great!

May 5th, 2012 — 4:50pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thank you SO much shelby! that means a lot to me!

May 7th, 2012 — 11:29am  | 

Charlene said:

Wow! Thank you soo much for this message, it was exactly what I needed to hear and be reminded of at this juncture. You even mentioned things that I am dealing with. I believe God led me hear to read this and follow it. Thanks for being his messanger!

May 6th, 2012 — 10:10pm  |  Reply

Wendyanne said:

Thank you for sharing this, it is something I really needed to hear. I have been disappointed by people so many times that I don’t ask anyone to do anything anymore. I know that I need to lean more on God and His promises, but am afraid I guess that He too will let me down. Even though He never has.

May 18th, 2012 — 7:37pm  |  Reply

Rosaline said:

Hello Wendyanne,

I feel the exact same way as you do. I also need to lean on and trust GOD but because when I needed help the most from people, they did not help me, I feel as if GOD might not help me either when I need him the most, but I know that he has never let me down before and I know that he will see us through whatever we are facing or going through now.

August 8th, 2014 — 2:13pm  | 

Nicole said:

Thanks so much for this! It has helped more than you know.

July 6th, 2012 — 9:55pm  |  Reply

Sarah Elizabeth said:

I just found your site through Pinterest and am so glad i did. Thank you for your testimony, this is the exact message I needed to hear today! I will be taking it to heart and following your site from now on.

July 26th, 2012 — 10:52am  |  Reply

Sheree said:

Thanks for sharing this message. I am going through some tough times and it was definitely a blessing to me. I agree with Jenna’s post that this reminds me of the hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus”. We do all carry around more grief and burdens than we should simply because we don’t give them to God and trust He will take care of us. This was my Daddy’s favorite song. I should heed these words more often.

August 21st, 2012 — 11:33am  |  Reply

M.Michelle said:

This was so needed and confirmation for me!!Thank you

May 27th, 2013 — 12:48am  |  Reply

Christos said:

Katie, I can not tell you how much I appreciate you sharing this story means. We try on a daily basis to contend with the adversities life brings us (or we create) and become so focused on the immediate remedy we forget that our emotional immune system just is not designed to handle all the load. This story, for me, is a reminder that we should not look to our self for the answers, but to Him. It also reminds me that even though, at times, we may forget about Him, He never forgets about us.

Thank You,

Christos

August 28th, 2013 — 8:03am  |  Reply

Yvonne McMillan said:

Thanks so much . My thing is I don’t know what my part is. My heart is hurting because I’m in love with a man that I don’t believe is in love with me. I get mixed messages from people. When I think I bout to make the right decision , someone says this is the man for you. I don’t feel that way . What move do I make. Do I stay or do I leave. Is it the devil tricking me or is it GOD talking to me.

September 24th, 2013 — 2:16pm  |  Reply

Yvonne McMillan said:

Thanks so much . My thing is I don’t know what my part is. My heart is hurting because I’m in love with a man that I don’t believe is in love with me. I get mixed messages from people. When I think I bout to make the right decision , someone says this is the man for you. I don’t feel that way . What move do I make. Do I stay or do I leave. Is it the devil tricking me or is it GOD talking to me. I can’t even get this messages across. It’s saying I said this before and I never been on this site. I’m so lost

September 24th, 2013 — 2:19pm  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

Thank you so much for this.

September 29th, 2013 — 2:45am  |  Reply

Ceci said:

This was such a positive read for me, I stopped in the middle of my reading, closed my eyes (filled with tears) and asked God to take my burdens and anxiety away from me as I am handing it over and refuse to take it back. I asked him to show his love for me, something I’ve never requested but at this moment I needed him to know I needed to feel it more than I ever had. I know God is great and always loving, as human as I am I try my best to love unconditionally and its always seemed to take its toll on my heart. I prayed about my situation what I needed from him and when I opened my eyes I felt this instant relief lifted off my heart. The song “Jesus take the wheel” flooded my mind and it was amazing. Thank you for sharing this, I’m sure it will touch many hearts as its touched mine.

October 26th, 2013 — 11:05pm  |  Reply

Laurie said:

I am so glad I read this. I have a concern abut my two grown daughters who are so far apart in their relationship and I am so sad about it. Also, my married daughter has 3 boys, and their father is not emotionally hands on, and the 6 yr old gets the brunt of his stress and unemployment, thru nit picking on him, being gruff and always distant. I cry, and pray…but want to badly to say something to all of these family members. I know God hears me..I know He’s God…but being human is tough. If anyone wants to email me ore respond on here..I do appreciate it. THANKYOU for this Blog..it’s a blessing.

December 29th, 2013 — 1:47am  |  Reply

Catherine said:

As tears run down my check, I read your devotional. I came seeking direction and refuge in God, and he used you to supply the answer. Thank God for you and your obedience. I received the guidance and peace I needed, by releasing and giving the cares of my heart back to God, where they rightfully belong. The overwhelming feeling you described clearly reminded me that I have picked up something, that is too heavy to bare. I choose to trust God and return the burden of my heart back to him. In exchange, he has given me peace. Thank you. Catherine

June 3rd, 2014 — 5:34pm  |  Reply

selena said:

I needed this especially the last part. There are some things that we as humans cannot control. When we constantly try and try to pick it back up we stress function ourselves out due to fear and doubt that it will ever get better. We have go learn to trust God and know that he will take care of us. He never wants to see us beaten down and discouraged. Its a process that I myself am still trying to successfully walk through. Pray for me girlfriends. I’m scared that i have fallen but i know i have to keep in faith. Although my body has failed me i know God is in control of everything.

June 12th, 2014 — 12:31pm  |  Reply

Rosaline said:

Thank you so much for this useful information. I have asked so many people how to give a problem to GOD and they never really explained it to me like you did in this blog. I am going through a financial struggle and I have been praying about my situation and I told GOD that I was going to give it to me, but I still worry about how my rent is going to get paid as days goes by. I have been having sleepless nights, but I am going to take your advice and pray all over again, but this time, I am going to give it to GOD and let him have his way with it.

August 8th, 2014 — 2:03pm  |  Reply

Rosaline said:

Hello,

Ok, could you please help me with his question. Ok, once I give my financial problem to GOD, so I still pray about it or not? I’m trying to obtain a better understanding about how to do it the right way.

August 8th, 2014 — 2:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i would encourage you to check out dave ramsey! he deals with the natural and spiritual side to doing money gods way!

August 9th, 2014 — 12:21pm  | 

Robert said:

Amen. You don’t know what this message just revealed to me.

August 18th, 2014 — 10:30pm  |  Reply

Donna said:

I too am having a problem turning things over to God. I’ve been carrying things from my past that I know are holding me back. I can’t go on like this any longer. God I’m asking you to help me. Thank you so much for sharing this.

October 1st, 2014 — 12:19am  |  Reply

Donna said:

I have been carrying thing from my childhood that I’m having a problem letting go of. I can’t go on like this any longer. GOD PLEASE HELP ME !!!!!

October 1st, 2014 — 12:23am  |  Reply

Millie said:

Such an inspiring message .

yes ‘ most of the time we tend to leave our heavy burden to God and turn back and pick the burden again from him. this weighs us down completely .

we need to learn to always do right all times ‘ and learn to leave all our burden to the almighty God’

he is the only one who can completely clear the burden away from us.

God bless us all.

October 30th, 2014 — 10:28am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much for sharing jana! i LOVE Jesus calling! beautiful!

March 25th, 2012 — 2:11am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

you are so right stephanie…and that is a horrible place to be, (been there a few times in my life), but ultimately we can have peace knowing the God of the whole universe knows us by name, and thinks about us all day long! He loves us so much, that even if the whole world rejected us, we have the King of Kings as our daddy!

March 30th, 2012 — 12:14pm  |  Reply

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