by Aaron Potratz, LPC
Today, I want to talk to about a topic that has been close to my heart—letting go and letting God. As a Christian psychotherapist, I have witnessed the transformative power of surrendering control and placing our trust in God’s divine plan. In this blog post, we will explore how embracing this principle can bring anxiety relief and inner peace in our lives.
In the fast-paced and unpredictable world we live in, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to control every aspect of our lives. We strive to plan meticulously, predict outcomes, and maintain an iron grip on situations. However, this constant need for control can lead to immense anxiety and stress.
God’s Word reminds us time and again to trust in Him and surrender our worries and fears. As it says in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” This beautiful scripture reminds us that God has a plan for us, one that is far greater than anything we can envision.
So, how can we let go of control and embrace God’s plan for our lives?
Here are some practical steps to find anxiety relief through surrendering to God:
1. Prayer and Meditation:
Take time each day to connect with God through prayer and meditation. Surrender your anxieties and worries to Him, asking for His guidance and strength. Spend time in His presence, seeking peace and reassurance in His love.
2. Identify Areas of Control:
Reflect on areas of your life where you tend to cling to control tightly. It could be relationships, career, or even your health. Recognizing these patterns is the first step towards surrendering them to God.
3. Embrace Anxiety and Uncertainty:
Life is full of uncertainties, but as Christians, we can find comfort in knowing that God is in control. Embrace the unknown with faith, knowing that God’s plan is unfolding even in the midst of uncertainty.
4. Surrender Your Worries:
When anxious thoughts arise, pause and hand them over to God. Remind yourself that God cares deeply for you and is aware of your struggles. As it says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
5. Release the Need for Perfection:
We often strive for perfection in every aspect of life, causing unnecessary stress. Embrace the fact that God loves you just as you are, imperfections and all. Surrender the need for perfection and allow God to work through your weaknesses.
6. Seek Support and Community for Your Anxiety:
Reach out to fellow believers and find support in your church community. Share your struggles and victories with others, creating a network of encouragement and love.
7. Be Patient and Trust God’s Timing:
Sometimes, God’s plan unfolds in unexpected ways and on His own schedule. Be patient and trust that God knows what is best for you. As it says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”
Surrendering control is not a one-time event, but rather a daily practice. It requires faith, courage, and humility to let go of our desires for control and embrace God’s perfect plan. As we surrender to Him, we will experience relief, finding freedom and peace in His love.
So, I encourage you to take a step back, take a deep breath, and entrust your worries to God. Letting go and letting God is a powerful and transformative act that can bring immense relief and bring us closer to the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father. As you surrender control, may you experience the abundant blessings and peace that come from trusting in God’s plan for your life.
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About the Author
Aaron Potratz is Co-Owner of Life Discovery Counseling Services, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He supervises the counseling staff, writes occasionally for the blog, and provides trainings.