While we were in Upstate NY visiting family our daughter resolved to do something I didn't think I'd live long enough to see
She threw her "passy" in the garbage.
If you are single and/or without children, I'll warn you not to judge us because not so long ago, I was one of those people shaking my head and saying tsk tsk on the inside. What kind of parent lets a child have a passy past the early years? Well I was sure a good one would not. Then we had our daughter.
To make her passy story short, she is the child that had numerous health problems and there were times as a baby that the passy was her one security. Bad parent or not, we just could not take it away. As she got older her health improved but still she was given new things to do that were not easy.
Therapy, shots, lab work, lots of travel, appointments, things her brother never had to endure. Again, the passy was my security as much as hers. I'm not saying I'm right, I'm just saying this was our reality. Even when it was pretty much just night time, I knew she remained one of the few still holding on.
So here we are entering 2008 with a big resolution in place. She let go of the passy. Yep, when she's overtired she still asks for it. Her dad gets major kudos because he is the one who saw the process through. But she let go.
I turn and now ask youwhat is your passy? As we enter 2008 what is the one thing you are holding on for dear life that God is gently saying, "I love you enough to tell you, you have to let that go. And when you do, you'll see you never needed that in the first place. I will never leave you, lean on me."
I made a promise last year when I surrendered to write that I'd never ask you a question without asking myself first. So please, as you read this, take a minute and think about the passy in your life. What is something you know needs to go that has been your security blanket for far too long? May we let the passy in our lives go together. I wish you a favored, anointed, blessed, prosperous year of acceleration-and NO PASSY!
Here are things I'm praying about giving up in 2008:
Not trusting God in my relationships and finances. My passy is holding on tight and trying to manipulate things to work my way, leaving God out, or far behind in my thought process. It's got to go!
The Poverty Spirit. I let unbelief hold me back too much. I recommend the book "Supernatural Ways of Royalty" to help you give up that passy and embrace the royalty spirit.
Enjoy joy. I have to let go of the work, work, work attitude. I miss so much, too much.
Try new things even if it has never been done by me or those I know. I have a second personal blog that has laid dormant most of this fall that I need to pick up. It's about listing things you want to achieve and I made it a boring to do list. One of the goals was to try to be more affectionate with family because that is not natural for me. I think I achieved this with the kids but I chicken out with my husband, who comes from a very affectionate family. I talk myself out of giving him an impromptu hug or a goodbye embrace or even a flirty text because I assume he is too busy and would not appreciate the gesture. My fear of rejection has been strong enough to hold me back. That passy has to be thrown in the garbage!
Stop using gluttony to control my emotions. When I'm unsure, scared, bored I don't eat chocolate, I consume it in ways that define logic. It's like sucking on 20 passies and it's not healthy or wise. I have to get a new mindset.
Did this get your thoughts going? I hope so!
Julie Arduini, http://thesurrenderedscribe.blogspot.com/, is devoted to writing for Christ in ways that encourage and inspire. A graduate of the Christian Writer's Guild, her writing resume is on her blog's sidebar. Happily married to Tom, they have two children.
@2009 by Julie Arduini
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