It’s Friday folks. Time for another 5 minutes of writing wild and free. No second-guessing, no back-tracking, or other hyphenated words that stop us from being bold. Just write.
Today’s word: Tender
Softness and joy
Love and freedom
Living life with your care
Hope and tenderness I receive from you
Eternal giver of life and hope
Tenderness from you
Lord help me to be free to touch others
With the same tenderness I receive
Holding up hands with joy
You gave your life away
So I could give mine away
And do the same as you
Do for each one that calls you
Father, brother, friend
And for those that don’t know you yet
Be with me now
Let us share this moment of tenderness
Full and free
A life received and given away
Meet me in the moments of tenderness
Posted in Beauty, five minute friday, Grace, Joy, Love, Passion, Peace, Tenderness
Tagged brother, father, friend, tenderness, touch
Let’s dispense with a few facts about myself:
1. I have very strong opinions about many things.
2. I am not afraid to say what I think in most situations,
3. I will always tell you the truth as lovingly as I can will being true to points 1 and 2.
That being said, I am declaring today that I express my Christianity in a quieter way than I often express my opinions. And I am going to stop apologizing for myself to God, and to others about this quietness. It’s not that I feel shy about my Christianity, it’s quite the opposite. I feel bold and free in my walk with God. It’s just that I choose to be quiet about it for the sake of others. That is, until the time is ripe for honest discussion. In 1 Kings 19 God told Elijah to go to the mountain because He was going to pass by. Then the following happens:
“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.”
I believe sometimes God shakes the earth to get our attention. But I also believe that He mostly calls to us gently and lovingly, wooing us like a lover.
I want you to to know genuinely know me and what I’m like. I want you to trust that I am a woman of her word. So, that when I talk about my faith with you, you will know that I am being honest and true. That what I have to say is real and flows from the deep places of my heart. I want you to know that you are not just a notch on my belt that ups my score in heaven.
I see no advantage to being in your face about Jesus, unless we have that kind of relationship. I don’t have anything to prove to myself or to others about my walk. I keep no tally of those I’ve convinced to follow Christ. I’d much rather sit in stillness with you and let the gentleness of God convince you of your need for God’s love, than to say a thousand of the “right” things that do more harm than good. I’d rather water the garden of your heart with tenderness and care than to stab at it with hoes and pickaxes.
Even if that means someone else gets to witness the moment you meet God face to face.
I am content to sit and wait in quiet prayer in hopes that an opportunity will arise to express why I need God, and why you do too. I am content to let God do the wooing in His time and in His way.
So, all you quieter expressions faith out there, feel no shame in your quiet ways. Just be ready to say what needs to be said at the right time. And it will all be alright.
Posted in Faith, Obedience, Patience, Peace, Tenderness, Truth
Tagged cloak, earthquake, earthquakes, Elijah, Faith, gentle whisper, lover, quiet, quietness, strong opinions, ups, walk with god, wooing
Ah, that’s better. It’s been a while. Sorry little blog. I didn’t mean to let you gather so much dust. I am much less distracted now and wish to renew our friendship. Will you forgive me? You will? Oh, thanks!
What better way to celebrate my reentry to the blogdom than to do a Five Minute Friday?
Let’s write bold and free for five non-stop minutes shall we? Excuse me while I get out my timer…
God makes everything brighter and more vivid. Everything shines to my eyes when God is involved in the details. Sometimes I stand like a child, awed by the sun, blinking back tears at the sheer joy of it all. How could I not? God’s love can be so overwhelming at times, flowing into every nook and cranny of my soul, making everything cleaner, brighter, more vivid. When God makes something more vivid, I can see minute details I never noticed before. A bead of dew here, a friends smile wrinkles there, a word well-spoken right in front of me. How can I not notice the glorious and grand details of His design when my vision is clearer, when life is more vivid than usual? My heart is beats in tune with the details of His plan when they are known to me and I see the brightness of His glory shining for my unfettered eyes.
Thanks for being here!
You too little blog!
Posted in Beauty, Faith, five minute friday, Gifts, Grace, Growth, Joy, Passion, Peace, Tenderness, Truth
Tagged clear vision, details, glory, God, noticing, shining, vivid
It’s easy to forget in the deepest, darkest moments how connected I am. Connected to my immediate family, my church family, all the I have touched, and all the people I will touch. Pain can be overwhelming and convince you that you are alone, that going on with life is hopeless, it might as well end now before more suffering occurs. But if I take a moment to reflect on how severing those connections would hurt those I am connected to, the pain of leaving is great enough to keep me here. Connections are what is keeping me here fighting my way through the muck, the mire, the agony, the hopelessness and despair. Life is so hard all on it’s own. Life is harder when one is forced to deal with pain inflicted by other people who were bigger and stronger. The strongest connection of all keeps a small ray of light shining ever present in the darkness, in the deepest pain, the lowest despair. That connection calls me to take another step, no matter how much it hurts, even if I think my legs are broken, or my muscles torn. A single ray of light offering me hope. “Stay connected”, He says, “don’t give up.”
Posted in Captivity, death, Faith, Grace, Growth, My own worst enemy, Obstacles, Overcoming, Peace, Suicide
Tagged connection, contemplating death, dark, deep, don't give up, hope, hopelessness, single ray of light, thoughts
I am trying something new here. I am giving myself a one-word prompt and will just write until I am done writing. Sort of like the Gypsy Mama’s 5 minute friday, except I will place no time limit on myself. But, I will not try to think to hard about what to say and will just write.
Good for me.
At least, not as bad as sugar.
God thinks it’s great enough to say “A land flowing with milk AND honey.”
Honey is part of the promised land.
Sweet. Good for me. Fulfilling a promise given a long time ago.
Only God is better.
Pure love given to me as a promise of plenty and peace.
Golden and pure like the sunrise in the East. Bringing promises of peace and plenty.
Jesus’ love for me that lead to a final sacrifice.
Undeserved by me.
Being with the Father IS the promised land.
Pure and sweet. Golden like the streets of Heaven (so I hear).
A promise to be with the father forever.
Honey from the promised land of peace and plenty.
May I rest in your Glory today Father.
May I feast on your honey. Sweet. Pure. Golden. Delicious.
Posted in Blood of the Lamb, Grace, Love, Peace, Promises
Tagged delicious, father, glory, God, golden, goodness, heaven, honey, Jesus, sweet
If you have been following this at all, you know the drill about what I am doing. If not, click here.
I was lying in bed thinking about my wedding day. I had asked the Lord for a perfect day, and I got one. My husband-to-be insisted that our ceremony take place outdoors in a place special to him. Questions about the weather came up “What if it rains?” was the biggest one of all. I fussed about this for awhile. Then I prayed and asked the Lord for a perfect day. He told me it would be perfect. This was several months before our April wedding, so I had to take this on faith. My groom also took this on faith. People would ask me about wedding plans, I would tell them and the inevitable question would come “What if it rains?”. I would say, “I already know the weather report, it’s gonna be sunny, 70 and a little bit breezy.” There were many times over the months till our wedding day that I wondered if I had heard wrong, and what would I do if it did rain? Yet, something inside of stubbornly clung to the weather report for that day. The eve of my wedding was fraught with anxiety about all sorts of things, but not the weather. It might have crossed my mind a couple of times, but I fretted more about a good night’s sleep and who was coming to the wedding than I did about the weather. The morning of the wedding the sky was clear and bright blue. As the sun rose in the sky, the temperature rose to about 70 degrees and there was a little breeze gusting gently around the waiting guests. It was a perfect day.