Thursday, April 25, 2013

Giving Yourself Permission

God-sized Dream = A desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.

This week, Holley Gerth’s God-sized dream team is taking some time to play. To do something energizing…something enjoyable…whatever that might be.

Have you ever felt like you needed permission to do that? To let go of all that’s waiting to be done, and just enjoy something?

I don’t know if it’s a mom-thing, or a female-thing…or maybe both, in which case, it’s a double-whammy…but I need permission. Not from someone else—but from myself.

Last weekend, I gave myself permission to fully embrace my weekend at the Jumping Tandem Retreat in Ashland, Nebraska.

Permission to not worry about my family at home. (Okay, I’ll admit I needed some reminders on this one.)

Permission to relax and let everything else go.

Permission to stop making the mental task-lists, and let God pour into me.

And He did. In unbelievable and indescribable ways. Ways I don’t ever want to forget.

I gave myself permission to let go of myself and let Him be.

And maybe that’s it right there…I let go of myself.

Why is that so hard?

Maybe because as moms, we’re often the glue holding it all together. And when the glue goes away for the weekend, the logical conclusion is everything will fall apart.

But nothing fell apart last weekend. And I couldn’t be happier.

Because there is stronger glue than me—and He never fails.

God keeps me together and fills me with what I need.

And sometimes, it’s okay to let everything wait for a while…to rest and be reenergized in Him.

To let God be Who He is and believe Him when He says, “I’ve got this.”

Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Do you need to give yourself permission today? Don’t worry, God’s got this.

In Christ,


  1. Your right, Laura. Sometimes it takes getting out of our box to let God be God. He knows "multi-tasking" moms and how He sometimes hast to lure you gently away to get your attention.

  2. "there is stronger glue than me - and He never fails." What a blessed truth! Thanks for this, Laura. It WAS an amazing weekend, and I'm so glad to have met you!

  3. Keep dreaming, friend. And keep letting go. He'll catch us!

    Love you.

  4. Laura,
    Good for you. Letting it go and trusting God. Did you find the excitement, the peace and the joy you needed. I am reading Wonderstruck and praying for wonder. But I agree that conferences give us that sense of community that we crave.

  5. Thank you for your post. I relate to much of what you have written. Both as a mother and human being. It's so easy to get caught up in doing for others and forgetting to take care of myself. Lots of things have been removed from my life and although that's been painful, I have grown. I suspect that has been part of God's plan. Having fun and participating in activities and friendships that fill my soul is part of the restoration for me. Through that I realize now that I am empowered to be of greater service to others.

  6. So thankful you had such an amazing experience. It's hard for me to let go of the things on my list, to simply enjoy Him, and others. I'm trying to do better. :) Have a blessed week!

  7. Laura, I am so glad you had given yourself permission to "let go of yourself." I enjoyed the you that was letting go right there in the dining room at #JTreat. Keep letting go!


  8. 3 weeks since #jtreat and my heart is finally able to really read everyone's linkups. Thanks for your real admission that you had to let go and trust He would fill you and take care of those people and tasks you left behind. It was great to meet you and I am confident you will soar. Jump on, GSDTer!


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