Palms Up


Numerous times in the Bible we are instructed to “lift our hands” to God. Have you tried doing this with clinched fists? Let me ask you a different question, how effective can you lift up anything if your hands are not open? Try this with me, I want you to make a fist with each hand, now pick up a piece of paper, not using your fingers, just your fists, and lift it up. Now, try the exact same activity with your hands open. Which way is easier? Without a doubt, the second way is much more effective.

The very same principle can be applied to our relationship with God. What is holding you back from growing closer to God? In other words, what are you holding on to so tightly that your hands are not open to what God has for you? For me, my fears and insecurities have kept me from fully surrendered to God.

When I was younger, we were given coins for milk money at school.  I held tightly to those coins the entire bus ride.  I did not want to take the chance of losing them.  My hand would begin to cramp and hurt, but I would not let lose of those coins until I was safely at school.  When I did release the coins to the school secretary, the imprints still lingered.  It does not really matter what the object is, heavy or light, the result is the same – it is tiring. The same is true in our lives when we try to hold on to our fears, insecurities or personal agendas.  By holding on to these things, not only is it tiring, but it also is keeping us from reaching those dreams that God has for each of us. In order to accomplish this, we must not only let go of our own plans, but also step out of that comfort zone.

Fear usually is the obstacle that stands in our way. We are limited in our focus because we do not see the big picture. We must remember, “perfect love casts out fear” (I John 4:18). God’s love for us far outweighs our fear. Do not fall into the trap of letting fear rule your life. You will miss out on what God has for you.

Dear friend, God has a purpose and a plan for your life. More than that, He longs to pour out His blesses upon you. However, you and I will not be able to receive these blessings if our hands are tightly clinching the past, fears, or our own plans. We must open our hands and lay everything we have been holding onto at God’s feet. Then with our palms lifted up to Him, we are ready to say Yes to His leading. When we make that decision and step out in faith, the blessings will flow in and through our lives.

Don’t let anything hold you back from a deeper relationship with God. Lift your palms up to God today and Say Yes.


*Just a reminder, the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst, just started on Sunday. I would invite you to go to the Proverbs 31 website and register for the study today. We are only a few days into it and lives are already being changed. I know that God is going to work in a mighty way through this study and I encourage you to be a part of it.


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23 thoughts on “Palms Up

  1. I love this post! I, too, struggle with fears and insecurities that keep me from God. I am writing out all my fears and insecurities and pray that God takes them from me so I can praise Him. I’m also praying He shows me the ones I’m not aware of so I can rid myself of those, too!

  2. Insecurity and fear of not “going the distance” are holding me back. I keep going back to the fear that I don’t know the Bible very well. I can’t quote verses(though I do write them out and read them, just can’t remember what book and verse they came from, unless i look at the card). The Bible I got a couple of months ago is the first one I have ever owned. I have a long way to go and am learning something new everyday. I think I will try what Courtney is doing and write out the specific fears I have. Seeing them in my journal puts things in a different perspective.

  3. I loved how you used holding on to those coins and how they left an imprint on your hand. I have some things I need to let go of, and I love visuals! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Jamy. I loved the way you began your blog entry with the hand/fist exercise! That really hit home for me. How true it is. Thank you so much for stepping out and sharing with others!

  5. Jamy, I love the analogy you use about holding on to our milk money as children for what we hold on to and not fully surrender to God. Very thought-provoking blog!!

    Kris Danko (OBS Small Group Leader)

  6. so true…. Clinched fists do not accomplish much of anything. As I go through the study, “Saying Yes to God” I have been learning that the theme I have been feeling mostly is “letting go.” Let go of my own comfort, agenda, insecurities, self-righteousness. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Last night I wrote in my journal those things that I felt were holding me back, causing fear and intimidation in my life and keeping from a closer relationship with God. As I wrote, I felt it was too negative so on the opposite page I wrote all the reasons I do feel close to God, my gifts that are God given and deserve tending, things I feel that I am good at such as writing notes of encouragement to people. Comparing the two lists put them into perspective letting me look at myself and what’s rolling around my brain (positive and negative). It was a good writing session.

  8. It sure is tiring to hold on so tightly to fear or insecurity, getting our own way and following our own plans, or any of the vulnerabilities and weaknesses we hang onto. It takes courage to pry our fingers open and release it all to Him,but so freeing when we do so! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  9. Jamy what a beautiful, beautiful comparison. I am thinking about those fists and things I have had to give up with clenched fists and now how wide open my palms are. Love it. Debbie W. (OBS Facebook Group Leader)

  10. Amen, Jamy. I have been a textbook case of all you mentioned in years past. How freeing it is to release it to God and trust Him with the outcome. How joyous it is to truly lift our hands in praise to Him as we worship. I am moving past my fear of possibly offending others and lifting my hands and heart to Him as the Holy Spirit leads me to do so.

  11. Love the blog Jamy!! It sounded like you were telling my own story!!! I choose to be “palms up” with my arms wide open to Him. So tired of my putting up with my history when I can have HIStory as a free gift!

  12. Jamy, I LOVE this post. As I was reading it I got that feeling that one wishes would never end. When your entire being is entirely filled with something so wonderful. The Holy Spirit completely filled me as I read this. Thanks for sharing!

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