“B” Released

"B" Released

“B” Released

 The Three “B’s” of Letting Go

Yesterday a friend and I released our balloons, buried our losses and burned our lists on the shores of Lake Michigan. We watched, listened to and witnessed each other’s releases…unforgettable and freeing!

BALLOON … represents anything we attempt to “controlor hold onto.  Releasing the balloon symbolizes a letting go of that control, trusting God to lift you in the process.

Matthew 6:24 says, “You cannot serve two masters, for you will love the one and hate the other.” Who or what you try to control ends up controlling you!  What are you hanging on to, trying to control? Who or what does God want you to release… your life, your child, your future, your reputation?

“B” Released:  Write on a helium balloon the names, words and phrases that represent who or what you are relinquishing control over to God. Let go of the balloon, praying a prayer of surrender.

BURIAL … is a symbol of loss, death and grieving. What dreams for you or for others have died? What expectations for yourself or others are you clinging to? Ask God to show you what you need to release.

Philippians 3:13-14 says, “I focus all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past, and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on …” Without a burial, a letting go, the healing process of grieving cannot move forward.

B” Released:  Dig a hole and bury something symbolizing each loss. As you drop these items in the hole, verbalize your release or death to;  “I die to….”  “I bury this hurt, expectation, etc….”

BURN … a list of things you feel others “owe you. Living with a mental list of your right to “paybacks” will imprison and chain you.

Colossians 2:13-14 says, “God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.” Jesus canceled your debt, and He destroyed the list of what you owed Him.

B” Released:  Make a list of specific people and what you think they owe you. Burn the list, symbolizing your release of that debt. The ashes cannot be pieced together, the words have vanished! It is finished!

(Experiences cement decisions. Select one or all.  Do personally or as a group)

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1 Comment
  1. Loved this blog. Even though I have done this several times I’m amazed how many new things I get to BBB. Thanks for such a great reminder of how to hold onto the release (old and new)

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