My Ink Dance

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You Need to Decide What to Hold Onto

Taking a good look at our hearts and laying out everything inside is the excavation work in this spring cleaning series. It’s the digging, the revealing, the heavy lifting. And now we’re asking a question:

What do I do with what’s left?

Going through my closet looks so easy as I peruse Pinterest. My feed is flooded with ideas for getting rid of things I don’t need so I’m left with only the best.

Turn hangers around!

Donate every 3rd item!

Create a capsule wardrobe!

The internet screams so many things it all just sounds like chaos and I think it’s easier to close my closet and go eat a brownie.

It can be like that with the heart stuff, too. I can get overwhelmed listening to every well-meaning theory of what’s best for me. But the bottom line is these people don’t know me. They don’t know my life, hurts, experiences, broken places.

Only one person knows us fully, and He’s there for us always.

The key to deciding what to hold onto is going to God. It’s that simple and that complicated. I will never be able to craft a 500 word post that tells every unique person out there what they need to do. But God knows. We just need to go to Him and ask.

Here’s a few questions to start with as we look at each thing we’ve uncovered in our heart:

  • Does this honor God?
  • Does it belong here right now?
  • Is this the best thing for me?
  • Was this meant for a different season in my life?
  • Do I need to let this go?

Remember, asking God isn’t a one-and-done activity. He’s not a gumball machine. He wants us in relationship with Him. He tells us to come to Him, over and over, to petition Him for answers. And the best news? He promises His peace when we do!


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

8 Replies

  1. I love this Becky! I too can get overwhelmed by all of the well meaning information out there. I had to just quit. Quit being greedy and latching on to every tid bit of “helpful info” that crosses my screen. Only God knows what I need and I had to make a conscious effort to trust Him to bring about what I needed when I needed it. Just getting rid of all of that information overload was like a spring cleaning party for my heart and mind!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Doesn’t it feel great? I admit, I sometimes feel a little guilty, but we all need to decide what God wants us holding onto in each season. So glad you’re here!

  2. Becky, this is such an encouraging post. My heart has felt burdened the last days, and you’ve helped me to lighten it. Thank you.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so grateful God used these words to ease your burden. Know you can put anything you let go of anything as long as you hold onto Him.

  3. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed by my schedule this season and feeling the need to pray over it– your questions here sound like just the thing to sit down and pose to God over my current obligations. ♥ Thanks for a very timely post Becky! (And I’ll probably never get a handle on the closet cleaning either…brownies win every time…!)

    1. Becky Hastings

      Ahhhhhhh…..brownies. Always the right answer 😉

  4. Yes, yes, YES!! Does this honor God? A great question for evaluating the heart issues. Another of my favorites is: Does my attitude glorify Him while I’m doing it? OUCH… That one sends me soul searching every time. Because sometimes I think the things that bring out the worst in me are meant to refine me and that stings. Blessings, friend!

    1. Becky Hastings

      This questions can be so hard to face, right? So grateful that He has so much GRACE!

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