WHEN YOU GIVE GOD YOUR “ANYTHING”
This post may contain affiliate links. Purchasing through them supports this site.
What happens when you give God anything? Three years ago I was living in a state of excess and denial. I was also trying to keep up with my friends and what they had, though at the time I would never have admitted that.
GIVE GOD YOUR ANYTHING
One of my friends let me borrow a book called “Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul” by Jennie Allen. It was a life changing book. The basic summary is that her and her husband laid in bed and prayed, giving God their “anything”. In other words, they would do anything He wanted them to. Typically, I don’t finish books like that. I feel like really most books could’ve been summed up in a few pages but they wanted a book deal, so they just kept on writing. This book, however, I devoured. I could totally relate to the author.
So, what did I do? I laid in bed and prayed. I gave God my “anything”. I told my husband about the book and my prayer and he also prayed the same thing. I thought maybe I would feel something, but I didn’t. In fact, for quite a while I didn’t feel anything at all, even though I prayed the prayer several times, admitting that a big part of me was scared to death to give God my “anything”. And, to be honest, I was hurt. I was hurt that even though I opened myself up and was willing to pray that, God wasn’t directing me. I was so hurt and felt like, “God doesn’t want my anything”. Boy was I wrong.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Then, something happened. Looking back I realize now that it was the first step. But, at the time I just felt like I had to let go. And, it’s something so silly.
But…I think maybe you can relate. I have curly hair. Not beautiful ringlet curls. Not even amazing wild curls. No, my curls are kind of more like unpredictable frizz that’s kind of just there. Usually my curly hair just looks messy. So, what have I done since the eighth grade? Straightened my hair. Every. Single. Day. Even with newborns (and I had three amazing kiddos under the age of 3 at one point). Even on rainy days. My hair dictated what I wore. If a jacket didn’t have a hood, I didn’t buy it. If it was a rainy day and 80 degrees out, I would wear a light hoodie to cover my hair (come on- I didn’t have free hands for an umbrella. 3 kids under the age of three, remember?). What was the first thing God asked me to let go of? Straightening my hair.
It may seem trivial to you, or you might get it– but I had to let go of my hair. For one entire year I no longer straightened my hair. I simply put gel in it right out of the shower and let it air dry. Did it look good? No, not really. Did it change me? Yes, yes it did. I realized that even without perfect hair (in my eyes), people still liked me. I had the same friends. Baby steps. I was learning to let go.
ON TO BIGGER THINGS
And then, something even bigger happened. My husband and I felt like we should sell our house and use the equity from our house to buy another one for cash. We figured we had around $40,000 to play with. Who can buy an actual house with only $40,000?!!! Well, we sold our house in three months with no where to go and we trusted that God would provide a house within our budget. Guess what- we found a foreclosure for $34,000. We were mortgage free! That sounds so good and looks so good on paper. I am laughing out loud right now. In reality, it was hard. Like, the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. The house was paid for, yes. But, every single paycheck went to repairs and updates for an entire year. Not to mention we went from 2,600 square feet to 900 with four kids.
So, where I’m at now is that through the past three years, though they’ve been kind of been difficult, there’s been so much beauty in them also. I’ve learned to trust God so much. I’ve also learned to trust Him in areas that are hard for me to let go of- like our finances. Some days are better then others. But, even when I have doubt that it’s going to be ok, I’ve learned to tell God about it and specifically tell Him I need help with more faith in that area.
So, as you can see, giving your “anything” to God can really take you on a path you never thought you’d go on. I’d like to encourage you to give your “anything” to God, even if you aren’t honestly ready. Then, ask God to help you be ready. It’s okay if you’re honest.
If you’re ready to give God your anything and are curious about the book “Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul”, by Jennie Allen, you can purchase it here.