when it’s time to be done

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And yes, I think this is true.

Jesus, we need you.

Grab hold of our hearts and bring us to You.

We can more readily access the messages of our own hearts, and connect with Jesus’, when we practice silence, give space for our minds and hearts and imaginations to be present to God. When media blares and relationships demand and work pressures, our hearts become overwhelmed. And while silence, space with Jesus, restores us—reminding us what is true and what is not, there is another step we need to take:  We need to do more than petition the throne.

Because in our loneliness, we cry out.

In our weariness, we cry out.

In our desire for more—more love, more breakthrough, more healing, more hope, we cry out.

And in the midst of our petitioning, Jesus asks this simple question, “What are you willing to do, to get more of me?”

Are you willing to trust me with your relationships? Are you willing to walk away from what feels safe, if I ask you to? Are you willing to run toward the people I give you to love, even if it’s hard?

Are you willing to trust me with your talents? Are you willing to let me show you how I’ve made you and what is getting in the way of trusting me more?

Are you willing to let go of having the answers, let me search your heart, help you discern the reasons for your restlessness, your brooding, your hunger for more and more and more of me?

A guide for me on this journey, a man wise and disruptive in the best ways, tells me, “Give everything and everyone to Jesus.” Relinquish control. “Give Him everything as if you are done. As if I am done. As if I am . . . done.

Letting go of trying to control what we can’t, of what we shouldn’t, while contending for what is good—for more Jesus, more connection with Him—grants peace we will never find through the desire to strive and control.

Being done means the end of striving. Being done means turning our backs on fear. Being done means intimacy with Jesus. Being done means living in wide-open space where life is more than what we see and hear and feel. Being done means stepping forward into the deeper place, a place where heaven comes down, we see God’s face, feel his touch, hear his voice.

Jesus, I am done. Let us be done.

For in being done we enter the beginning. A fresh way to live in a world that rages, that overwhelms, that is more than we are designed to bear.

We are given more, now, than we can bear on our own. Being done is owning Holy Spirit’s strength in us to do what our Father desires us to do. Being done is craving the Father’s desires. It is having our desires be his.

Being done means no separation from our heart and Jesus’.  It means more joy, more light, more capacity for love. When we are done with this life of striving and control we are ready for Jesus to fill our hearts and soul so there is room for nothing else.

I want to be done.

I want to be done.

So, I seek His heart and I listen for His voice and I act. Give everything and everyone to Jesus as if you are done.

And greater intimacy with our King and Savior is here. Right now.

Let’s be done.

Name your struggle to lay down control. What grips you? How do you want to be done?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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      • Specifics now…

        Done with:
        *trying to control my children
        *hoping my husband will change
        *being the “perfect” anything….group member, friend, daughter, sister, wife
        *mental instability
        *society’s ideas of “good/successful/right”
        *being unhealthy

  • Wow! Jennifer I so needed this.
    I needed to read practical ways of being done. Relinquishing my cares,… financial, children and relationships to Jesus. After all He is the Author and Finisher of my faith.

    Blessings,
    Princess J

    • Hi, sister! Yes, He is the one we give this to. It is so good to be specific–to name each area of our life, each burden we carry. I find joy and freedom in doing this often throughout the day.

  • This is such a Beautiful plea … the message .. the Power of Insight and to Overcome any Situation with Confidence & Most Importantly … Faith in God. What you believe is in your heart and are the images God Blesses us to see. He has really Blessed you Indeed.

    Let Us Be Well Done in Jesus Name !

    • Hi, Brittany. How amazing and beautiful it is that our acts of surrender are love letters to Him! He loves and loves and loves. We are renewed in our surrender. We move into deeper union with Him. Bless you!

  • Wow! This speaks to my heart today! I woke up today feeling restless, as if I am not where God wants me and that He is about to shake things up. Never felt like this before. I have been “done” for a while now, just haven’t been leaning into Him like I know I need to. I think I feel Him calling me, I just need to be still and listen.

    • AmyJo, bless you, sister, as you lean in to hear his voice. How beautiful that we are designed to hear him and that he gives us the tools to follow him and respond!

  • I love my quiet time with my Heavenly Father. When I need to recharge I find myself listening for the silence…and I know that God is with me.
    I am becoming a woman filled with the Holy Spirit.

    • Kelly, it is beautiful how we are sustained by time with him–getting to know him more and fall more deeply in love. Yes to being filled with Holy Spirit! I pray you are filled and overflow!

  • How I have forgotten about having those quiet times and how, since losing that time, the cares of this life have overtaken me. “More love.” He’s got it all. Thank you for the reminder, my sister.

    • Hi Jen, I love that we are here together, encouraging each other to keep listening to the One who loves us, the One who is true. Bless you, His dear one. So grateful for you sharing your beautiful heart here.

  • I’m in a place by choice where, yes, I am done striving yet all the while quietly hoping/anticipating growth. I sense He still has me here for a purpose but, of course, only see with my physical eyes at this time. I anticipate the time of hindsight when I nod my head and “remember”. I nod my head now at the other times that He’s walked me through and taken me back and through when I tried a shortcut. I am done with sacrificing the moments of my life by watching the clock, spending too long trying to cover the blemishes and wrinkles of the physical, looking backwards with a sigh. I am done with thinking there’s so much TO be done in the physical that I miss the spiritual. I am done with listening too intently to the voice of others when it’s His still, small voice that I long for. Thanks, Jennifer, for your heartfelt words. ~TBG~

  • I want to be done with my relationship witj my ex husband. I want to be done with checking his social media everyday i want to be done with worrying if he’s moved on i want to be done waking up every morning thinking about him i want to be done with my past amd anything and everything that has to do with him. Can you please pray for me. I want to close this door and chapter in my life so that i can live in peace and be able to move forward. Will you please pray for me. I pray for restoration, healing, peace, happiness…