Would you like God to handle that for you?

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There are things we can totally handle on our own like making a salad for lunch or writing an email (most days, anyway).

Then there are things that feel insurmountable. They either have so many steps that we feel overwhelmed just thinking about them, or they seem so out of our control that we just don’t even know where to start.

These are bigger things such as:

  • Meeting our soul mate
  • Finding a career we’re passionate about
  • Overhauling our relationship with money
  • Finally forgiving our mother
  • Growing a business that reaches thousands of people
  • Falling in love with our body

I could go on, but I think you get my point.

When I’m faced with one of the bigger desires like the ones I just listed, I like to put it in my “God Box.” I heard of the concept of a God Box from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way.

The way I use it is as a safe place to put my worries, desires, concerns, or anything else that I’d like God or the Universe to handle for me. (I use these terms interchangeably. Use whatever term for a power greater than yourself that feels good to you.)

I had completely forgotten about this practice until I recently found the God Box I’d created before I left on The Freedom Tour in 2011.

God Box       God Box Notes

I placed the following items that I wanted God to take care of inside the box before that trip:

  • Attracting my soul mate
  • Credit card debt
  • My car for $450/month or less

I didn’t worry too much about wording them perfectly. I figured God knew what I meant.

I was delighted to remember that each and every one of those things manifested or was taken care of within a few months of my placing them in the box (with the exception of my car payment, which was $40 more than I originally desired, but it all worked out).

Did I also take action steps toward taking care of each of these items? Absolutely.

I invited Mike, my now husband, to drive across the country with me.

I decreased my spending and increased my income and self-value so that I could pay off my debt.

I asked my uncle to help me buy a car. (This is not an area of strength, so I called in support.)

Turning something over to the Universe doesn’t mean not doing anything about it anymore. It just means not worrying about it so much anymore.

It’s like this African proverb that I love to quote:

As you pray, move your feet.

Did I attract my husband and pay off my debt because I put pink sticky notes in a little wooden jewelry box that I decorated with sequins? I really don’t know.

When I started spending time with Mike I wasn’t feeling all desperate about whether or not he was my future husband. Because I knew God was helping me attract my future husband. I could simply enjoy getting to know this adorable new guy.

When I started to ramp up my business I didn’t feel pressured to make a certain amount of money within a certain amount of time because I knew God was helping me pay off my credit card debt. So I focused on adding more value where I could and increasing my self-value…and the money showed up.

I did my part. God did her part.

I felt more relaxed as soon as I handed over the things I most desired to be handled to a power greater than myself.

We’re more purposeful when we’re less worried. {Tweet it.} We’re more purposeful when we’re less worried-tweet

Putting things in my God Box reminds me that I have help and that I’m not in this alone.

As a result, the actions I take are lighter, more joyful, and more filled with ease.

Life feels better when we’re relaxed. And it works better, too. {Tweet it.} Life feels better when we’re relaxed. And it works better, too-tweet

Next time you find yourself worrying about something or obsessing about how you’re possibly going to get something done or get something handled, put it in a God Box.

You don’t have to decorate something fancy (though go for it if crafting is your thing!) – any old box will do. (Cardboard totally works!)

Hand it over to God. The help is available. It doesn’t have to be all up to you. You just have to ask.

Then you can get on your merry way enjoying the process of creating what you want way more than you would have if you’d kept doing it like it was all up to you.

 

OVER TO YOU:

What would you like some help handling in your life? Have you ever used a “God Box” yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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24 comments

  • This is such a BEAUTIFUL post! I’ve been told, growing up, that I should pray, and that I should “let go and let God.” But for some reason, this resonated way more than anything I heard growing up. I think it’s because you wrote this from a place of love and not from a podium.

    I’m going to make my own God box now. Thank you so much <3

  • bami

    Thank you for this share Kate. I am actually going through a lot currently.

    * Broken Engagement
    * New Prospects shortly after it
    * Huge Debt
    So I have been giving all to God. Lately, I have been beating myself for all the wrongs. I just got overwhelmed again. Don’t know, cause the incident keeps playing back and I am so afraid to consider new prospects. The finance, I have been consciously cutting down on my expense.
    well, think I am still finding it difficult to let go and let God.

  • Wendy

    I know you mean to be helpful, but is it possible for us to have a spiritual and personal set of goals while also acknowledging the need for social healing? The need for “moving our feet” to make this a more just world?

    Is it possible for you to include restorative justice in the “New Age” perspective?

    Thanks for considering this….

  • Sam

    Thank you Kate for this. I really needed this today. I’ve really been struggling with some stuff and nothing in life seems to be working. I was so angry at God and just fed up. But this was a good reminder of getting back to spirit. Thank you

  • Thanks for this reminder, Kate. I had heard about this before during a lecture for a course I was taking; I remember trying it a few times (and it was helpful). Then I kind of forgot about it and it dropped off. I’ve been carrying around some concerns; your post today helped me really see that. I just created a God/Universe box from a jar I have and stuck a note in it. Feeling a tad lighter already. Thank you.

  • I love this so much Kate! Some won’t even take the step to ask bc we think it’s not possible but when we even just are bold enough to ask, we take that first step to put ourselves out there for God to say “yeah sure I love you and that’s no problem …” My latest prayer to God has been ( and one I’m planning on sticking with and not going all ADD haha) is “Help me to love and care for myself as much as you (God)
    loves and cares for me” and that I give away any claim of my willpower (or ego’s claim) in that sense. I forgot about to make my God box when you mentioned it last, but I will do it right now. Thank you for this post !! I love how relaxing your words are and how deeply they resonate without the “be better” pressure. And I’m also so happy your God box was fulfilled. Yay! Xoxooxoox Kristina

  • Thanks Kate for this timely reminder. I have not made a God box and now I’m thinking I will. God is good all the time. Thank you thanks God.

  • I jjust made a god box last week! I need to put my biz in it- It’s been a labor of love but the marketing part is hard for me- I just got cold slapped for asking someone to look at my new website- she said I didn’t ask “correctly” and called my communique spam- ? Yikes! my enthusiasm was clearly not contagious. Sigh.

  • Kate, you know when you read something and your body just relaxes and it’s like ….hmm yes that’s it? That’s how I felt reading this post. I’ve diarised a ‘God Box Date’ for this coming Friday morning! Thank you x

  • This is AWESOME! I can’t wait to create my own God Box! I love to hand things over to the divine. If I can get just a few things off my to-do list, then anything leftover I hand to God and the Angels to work on for me. But the vision of creating an actual box is totally my jam.

    And if I were to put something in it right now: Thank you God and Angels for guiding my book to the appropriate agent and publisher so both it and I can shine our light in the world and serve as many people as possible. Amen :)

    Thank you! LOVE. xoxo

  • Julee

    Estranged relationship with stepson and a new career path are two things I will be putting in my God Box. This blogpost came at a perfect time. But I shouldn’t be surprised. That’s the way the Universe works!

  • Kris

    I had a God box and I forgot how powerful this can be – thank you for reminding me about possibilities!

  • Kris

    Thank you for reminding me how powerful this is

  • kirsten

    Thanks for the reminder Kate! I recently went through a really tough time and I learned about the God Box through the health coaching course I did with IIN. Saved my sanity! Whenever I had any worries at all, even the same repeating ones, I wrote it on a note and popped it in the box. Almost instant relief! I need to check out and see which ones can go and there are a few more to put in there!

  • I have NOT used a “God Box”. I’m not very religious, so much as spiritual. I trust that the universe works in amazing ways and feeling what I crave to feel at the present moment will open up opportunities to achieve that goal. :)

    I’m inspired, however, by your story and how putting these desires into a box helped you have that burning desire and you took action towards it. If I were to have a “God Box”, I’d put the following inside:
    – do meaningful work
    – Be with the one I know is the one for me
    – have a successful business
    – travel the world
    – credit card debt (I’m sure this is a common one. lol.)

    Thank you for your post. It has given me hope that things work out the way they’re supposed to be and that happiness is achievable. ;)

  • Kelli wenzel

    I really liked this one!! Going to start this today! Thank you much!!

  • I love the concept of a God Box. This sounds like a great self care activity that I would love to share with my newsletter readers! And the African proverb “As you pray, move your feet” resonates so much with me. With the current social and political climate that we’re in, it helps to be reminded that prayer without works is dead. Great post, Kate!

  • Very timely post, Kate. I started my God Box/Universe Box tonight! You actually named three things that were meaningful to me in your examples of what to put in there, so I started with those. I’m sure I will add to it as I go. It’s such a feeling of relief to know that we are always supported, and we always have help.

  • Kate: you nailed it again. I’m tweeting that out and getting me a God box! xx

  • Michelle Royle

    Such a great reminder. Several years ago on a New Year’s Eve, I created my ‘intention box’ which was better fit language fir me than God Box. It was super fun and creative. I have not actually opened it since I created it but it’s full of intentions/wants/dreams/goals. I love having it on my shelf to remind me of the importance of having choice. Btw: there is a god box app.

    Thankyou for this article Kate. I love your quote: As you pray, move your feet. Love that!

  • Thank you, I’m excited to try this. I’d like to develop more faith in the universe. Time and time again, the universe has supported me in unexpected ways ….you help me develop deeper faith

  • I love this! thank you so much. Things are feeling great and going well for me on so many levels – but it is a time of great transition. My husband of 6 years (soulmate/other half/ really excellent relationship until the last 12 months) emailed me 6 weeks ago saying he did not want to be with me any more, he had moved on, and he went and slept with another woman. He immediately realised he had made a huge mistake and is now doing everything he can to get me back – but so much damage was done in the last 12 months that it is hard for me to risk going there again . . Anyway. I will put it in the God Box. Another process I am doing – apart from a huge and slow clear-out of all my things – is this. I received many wounds over the last 12 months. I was hoping he would recognise them and mark them/ apologise for them. I kept accepting them and forgiving them because we were so great together for so long in so many ways . . but now i am making reparation myself so that i can forgive and let go. I am writing each hurt on a piece of origami paper (‘this is for sleeping with T’, ‘this is for flirting with S’, ‘this is for pulling all my things out of my studio’ etc etc) and folding each one into a paper crane or a lotus flower. I don’t know if i will burn them, or show him, or string them up and have them hanging around for a while. But i feel it is important to acknowledge each one in order to let them go. love to you xxx

  • Mai-Britt Wagnild

    Thank you for your share! Amazing. These days are really tough. our daughter is 6mounths. 6weeks ago mu husband told me that he wanted to divorce me. I so don´t want that, so I am working on it. so in my god box I am putting this wish. I wish for a happy family of us three. For the love to blossom between us yet again. For this period to be a period of growth and unity.

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