Release & Rest

Welcome my friend! It has been a bit intense around here with the constant threat of Fire in this State of Emergency…as you can imagine!

So, I’m taking us on a slight diversion away from the tension & devastation…on a relaxing walk…

Walking this morning along the waterfront of My neighborhoodin the hazy smoky air the tension of the emergency begins to dissipate.

And as I walk, I mindfully look out across the surface of the water watching the moored sailing vessels, bulky houseboats & sleek speedboats that shelter in our inlet, as they twist & turn on the wind & current…

I noticed a Mariner hoisting his anchor, getting ready to cruise out into the bay…I watched as the sailing vessel was released from its mooring, hearing the splutter of its engine bounce across the surface of the water as they headed out through the passage to set sail in larger waters…

beautiful boat daylight foggy

This prompted thoughts for reflection…on the word, Release…

As I continue walking, enjoying the cool sea breeze upon my face, greeting fellow walkers passing by, a leading question comes to mind…

What does this word Release actually mean? And what applications will it have for my life this year!

Arriving back home, somewhat exhausted but wonderfully refreshed, I begin a little research…of course with a mug of tea in hand & a healthy treat.

Shall we take a closer look at what I found for the word Release…

The dictionaries define it in the following way;

to set free; allow (something or someone) to move, act or flow freely; the action of or process of releasing or being released.

Then I took a look at the Biblical Cyclopedia & references, finding the following;

The year of Release was the year of Jubilee, it was the completeness of several sabbatical seasons. Only happening once in every fifty years [every likelihood once in an ancient’s lifetime], restoring everyone to their place of origin, releasing debt & restoring the inheritance of the land. [Summarized]

Wow! Some powerful imagery going on in the meaning, definition & ancient events of release!

I’ve been pondering this while sipping Chai tea & enjoying a handful of dried nuts & fruit…thinking over the events of this past week, the first week of 2020… already I can see Release being enacted!

Let me explain…

Those of you who have joined me over the last few posts know that we have a major crisis unfolding in our country (those who haven’t may find Australia’s burning, Update, informative).

This crisis has personally impacted my family, in the urgency of my parents having to quickly evacuate their home & get to safety through thick smoke & falling ash as roads closed behind them. As their home lay in the pathway of a very intense & out of control Firestorm.

Once they got to safety, the crisis wasn’t over, as their home, containing more then a century of family heirlooms, memorabilia & memories was still under threat.

As much prayer was prayed we watched the fire over the next few days, via Rural Fire app updates, as ground was won & lost in the battle for control. Finally the fiery beast reaching the edge of my parent’s neighborhood…we held our breath!

At this point I came to a place of total surrender & release, allowing the Spirit of God to move, act & flow freely in the situation!

Releasing all my concerns of the emergency to my Heavenly Father in faith.

Trusting that He would act mightily in the situation.

As it was bedtime, I went to bed completely assured in the knowledge that He was moving! Getting some much needed rest for this ol’ gal with Fibromyalgia.

The firefighters fought hard & long through the night to put all the menacing fiery offspring flying ahead of the main monster out & to gain control over the beast…

I awoke on my birthday to His victory! Praising God! After days of battling this beast they had been able to create a containment field at the end of my parent’s street! All the homes there were spared including my parent’s home!

The fiery beast turning its attention to the unoccupied hills beyond, turning away from the neighborhood, racing across open grassland instead.

Thank you to all of you who prayed. Our words can not express the deep gratitude for your care & concern!

However I’m acutely aware that we can not become complacent, the wider Fire crisis here in Australia is not over!

Please join me in continuing prayer for rain, while we have had fine misty rain fall in some areas, it’s not enough to put the fires out.

Until next time,


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  1. Jennifer, praise God that your parents’ home was spared. I am praying for rain and that the fires will be controlled.

    Release is a powerful word. It says to me, I am not in control…God you are. I have trouble with letting go, my first response is always to worry. Thank you sweet Jennifer for your words of encouragement.

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    1. Thank you Pam for your sweet words & prayers. ♥
      Yes, we are very grateful & glad for Dad & Mum that they have their home to go back too, especially at their time of life & stages of health.
      Release is indeed a word full of powerful lessons this year 😉

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  2. Oh Jennifer I watch the news every day and weep and pray with you. I can see that today things seem to have become much worse. May the rains come down in sheets and torrents and quench the fires.

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    1. Praying with you Elizabeth! We have days of extreme temperatures & strong winds that create tinder like conditions which are called catastrophic fire conditions…
      As I write this it is 11.35am Saturday morning the 11th January we have had a cool southerly change overnight & have some fine misty rain falling…this is a start…
      Praying for the soaking rain now…

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  3. So glad your parents’ house was spared. I am also happy that you were able to release your troubles to God. I too usually get to that point during a crisis, then wonder what took me so long to get there!

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    1. Yes, it takes quite a toll on your body & mind when crises continue over a long period of time Laurie don’t they!
      Though I had handed it to the Lord as the “states of emergency” began…
      The intensity of constant hyper vigilance was getting too much for me..releasing it in His hands for a good night’s sleep was definitely a good thing!
      The fires have been burning in various parts of our state since November, 2019…

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  4. I’m so glad your parents’ homes was spared, but will continue to pray for you all. It is hard when there’s nothing we can do, but it definitely helps if we manage to release the situation to God and entrust it to him.

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  5. Praying for you and your family and the troubling state of Australia! I think we all need to practice release at some point. Love this, “…a place of total surrender & release, allowing the Spirit of God to move, act & flow freely in the situation!” Yes! Sometimes I’m holding onto everything but Jesus. When I release the hurt, the pain, the fear, what-ifs, etc., then I’m open and free to hold onto the only One who matters. Jesus!

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  6. What a Mighty God we serve! Thank God your parents home was spared! Thanks for linking up with us at the GATHERING OF FRIENDS LINK PARTY 11

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