Let it Go



My flu will not let go of me. I was sick Christmas Day, but would not let it hinder the festivities. I cooked a delicious meal and with the help of over-the-counter medicine, was able to enjoy the day. Bright and early the next morning, I was in the doctor’s office with a temperature of one hundred one degrees. I knew I was sick, but didn’t know I had the flu. I was sent home to rest, take the prescribed drugs, and sip chicken soup. Well, I didn’t feel like doing anything but falling into bed and taking the meds. Not even hungry, I simply fell into several days I barely remember.

Last night I hung onto a hurt I allowed to offend me an entire year ago. I didn’t sleep. I rehashed the conversation, and developed new ways of retaliating against a person I really barely know. What a waste of a good night’s sleep; what power I granted someone else over my own peace of mind; what a way to punish myself over and over again with conversations that only exist in my own head.

Dear Lord, I am exhausted with thinking about this one incident in my life; I want to let it go; I want to be freed of this mental illness that is hanging on like the flu that insists on harming my body and depleting it of health and energy; I want to be rid of this now. I surrender all of the bad thoughts and hurtful imaginings. Help me to ban them from my mind. I ask these things knowing Yours is the Power to Heal ALL ills. Amen


I Surrender All
Author: Judson W. Van De Venter (1896)
Tune: [All to Jesus I surrender] (Weeden)



All to Jesus I surrender,
All to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him,
In his presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at his feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to thee,
Fill me with thy love and power,
Let thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to his name!


Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you. ~Author Unknown


If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~Roald Dahl


If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit


Talk happiness.  The world is sad enough
Without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
Look for the places that are smooth and clear,
And speak of them to rest the weary ear
Of earth; so hurt by one continuous strain
Of mortal discontent and grief and pain…
Talk health.  The dreary, never-ending tale
Of mortal maladies is worn and stale;
You cannot charm or interest or please
By harping on that minor chord, disease.
Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Speech,” Poems of Power, 1901

2 thoughts on “Let it Go”

  1. Hi Jan! I know I don’t respond often to your blog posts…you know I am not a social media buff – I stay in my hidey -hole as Pat Wade says, but I have missed your writing! I’m hoping the flu and the other hurt are soon far away and forgotten. Hugs, Tracey

  2. Hey Sweet Tracey !! I’ve been in a hidey-hole myself … with my writing. I got too into it and it was consuming too much of my time. I am starting again and hopefully won’t be as long-winded. So good to hear from you !! I hope your Christmas was Merry and pray that your New Year will be FANTASTIC. Love and hugs, jan

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