“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”  Proverbs 11:24

Ever try to hold onto something so hard that it crumbles?

We women are meant to release.

We give birth.  We open ourselves up in vulnerability to receive the love of our husbands, and then we birth new life, opening, releasing, sending forth.

Don’t resist this opening, this giving, this scattering, this releasing.

Don’t close yourself up. like a peony that refuses to unfurl.  Open up your tender blooms.  Stretch outUnfurl. Face the sun.  Yes, the winds will buffet.  The brilliance of the sun you desire in time will fade your beauty.  But even in that is regeneration – a casting forth into the future, a multiplication — a sumptuous scattering of seasonal resurgence.  And, yes it is hard to watch it fly away on the wind of the unknown future.

God, in my childish weakness, help me to release with gladness the old things, in order to grasp  the riches of your gift to me.  Why do I hang on so tightly to the old things, ‘oh wretched man that I am?  The things I want to do, I don’t.  The things I don’t want to do, I do’. (Romans 7:15) What value is there in it?  Why does it seem so hard to let go? Why does the flesh resist and groan with dread over this victory, this blessing?

Today’s Marriage Tip:   Learn to let go.  What you scatter and release will take root and grow, producing a bountiful harvest that will refresh and sustain you. . . later.

Need help with letting go?  Follow Jesus’ example, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46),” is what He said before He let it go.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Let it go.  Let it be gone with the wind.  Let the wind scatter your seed to good soil, where it will take root and grow.  You will enjoy the blooming beauty and the bountiful harvest!