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On Fridays… we “shhhh” the inner critic and run freely with our words – allowing ourselves to exercise our free-flowing words with a one word prompt.  We write for 5 minutes flat.  No editing, no back-tracking. Then we join together and link up and encourage each other – kind of like a Flashmob for Writers.

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I’ve been stripped bare, down to my soul

There is nothing left to hide

But that’s ok

That’s where He wants me

A blank canvas where all I have left is my heart and my soul

A place that I can only groan my confessions and my longings

A place where all that can come from me is small whispers

Whispers that say

“You are in charge”

“You are God”

“I will praise you with whatever I have left”

She got accepted to nursing school

“Click”

She got into all her summer classes

“Click, click”

Like the tumblers of a lock

The pages being turned

The plan being shown

And no longer hidden

My heart and eyes are open

I’m ready to see what is ahead

The plan that is no longer being hidden

Trusting the plan that is unfolding is not easy though

Trusting has become a difficult thing

Because while You hid Your answer from me …

I grew weary and complacent and sinful

It’s time to come out from my hiding spot

It’s time to bathe in the Son and follow You again…

 

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Friend

On Fridays… we “shhhh” the inner critic and run freely with our words.  Allowing ourselves to exercise our free-flowing words with a one word prompt from our fearless community leader Lisa Jo Baker.  Then we join together and encourage each other – kind of like a Flashmob for Writers.

www.lisajobaker.com

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Recently I added two new friends to my Facebook page … friends from middle school. One remembered me and the other had some vague familiarity of my name.

Many people who know me well know that I have friends all over the country and a few overseas. They are all a part of my life because I have lived in many places…. and in order to keep in touch with them I have used snail mail, email, then Facebook – which really expanded my capabilities of finding a few friends that I had lost touch with many decades ago.

Occasionally, I see posters saying “Keep people in your life that motivate you, love you, make you happy, etc.”  And to “Let Go” those that don’t…

Basically it encourages you to walk away from the people in your life who are negative, or who drag you down … but I believe eventually we would all be ALONE if we followed that advice.

{WE} could eventually be that negative person that someone feels led to “let go.”

I have friends of all kinds … They all have distinct personalities and opinions and their own personal soapboxes that they stand on in life… Sometimes I join them on that soapbox, other times I just read or listen to whatever they are passionate about.

Not everything they say is nice, or beneficial, but I can’t discount them as a friend simply on the merit that I think they are “negative” … each one brings a little piece of something to my life.

Honestly? A few years ago someone said something to me that was pretty negative and I was really at a loss for words. It hurt, and it hurt deep.

It also made me truly look at myself and see …

while I was pointing out the faults of others …

I had COMPLETELY lost sight of my own sinful nature.

I could have easily let that person go, but I was taught a valuable lesson that day.  An important lesson that I try to exercise daily.

A friend loves at all times

Proverbs 17:17

 

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A Simple Writing Exercise? Nooooo

Dunes and seashore

{An allegory – a symbolic representation}

{A parable – usually a short, fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle}

I shield my eyes from the sun as I admire the glistening ocean waters from the top of the dunes. The sand is hot and rough on my bare feet and as soon as my shoes come off my feet are encompassed by the weight and depth of it. No matter how I choose to walk on the dune, I feel like I’m sinking and that I might not get down to the shore. I could get exhausted by the time I get to the water’s edge.

(Is it here, at the beginning, that the difficulty is obvious…that the next step might be in the wrong direction? Is it tough-going because you’re treading into something you shouldn’t?)

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The short piece of allegory above was part of a writing exercise from December 2012.

In January 2013 I began writing down the exercise and that’s all it was…an exercise..

{It’s amazing what God can see and reveal to you before you are even ready to receive it}

I was supposed to close my eyes and think of a place and imagine all the sights, sounds, and smells of that place that held good memories.  I immediately went to my favorite place on the earth …the beach.  Specifically the beach where I spent many summers as a child.  A wonderful place that always brings back great memories.

So, I began writing about the feel, the smell, and the warmth of the beach.  Picturing perfectly in my mind’s eye a place I knew by heart, right down to the last grain of sand – every sharks purse – every seashell that I picked up and admired.

{As I wrote, I was shocked at what was happening to my perception of my written words.}

I began to see a completely different meaning that was spiritually very deep.  A mirror I guess you would say… a mirror to the deception of sin.

{How strange was that???}

So as I wrote, I paused and went back through each paragraph and noted how the vivid descriptions were like sin.  It became an allegory and I loved it.

Months later I realized I was living it out in real life and I was drowning …

because the beach led to the ocean

and the ocean led to swimming,

and swimming led to a rip current

and one human can not survive alone against a whole ocean

and I was drowning…

I stopped writing this allegory though, because I had no conclusion to the story.  I didn’t realize that it applied to me yet, but I was having difficulty coming up with an ending.

I had no solution to the drowning except for one…

The Human Chain rescue

When I realized this allegory applied to me, I was left suspended – with no conclusion, no help, no clue, and certainly no human chain to rescue me.  So, this morning, I decided that I needed to finish this allegory and to start writing this in my blog and hopefully you’ll want to hear the rest of the story…

The story is called:

A Day at the Beach, A Journey into Sin and Back

{When I publish it, I will make this title a link…}

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Life, in general, Writing

 

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Only God

starry night

People can know your story

and your struggles.

They can hold your hand,

Comfort you with words of wisdom,

Protect you from loneliness.

But only God can reach in

and make you aware

of your broken-ness

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God is the only one responsible

for giving you the hand up

and out of the darkness

of your sin, your pain, and your defeat.

Showing you your brokenness

so that He may use you FULLY

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Some days I latch on to a song that speaks to the things that weigh on my heart.

I’ll look up the lyrics,

I’ll peruse the albums,

and I’ll sample other songs by that artist.

And I’ll know – they understand

They’ve been there

They wrote about it too.

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Some days I could play Amazing Grace – My Chains Fell Off

over and over and over…

What song is speaking to your heart today?  What is God singing in your ears?

Today, for me, it’s Chris August … Starry Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-iJcn37L6U

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Life, in general

 

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Five Minute Friday – Bare

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It’s Five Minute Friday! Unscripted. Unedited. Real. Just five minutes of focused writing with our “Flashmob of Writers” and when we finish, we link up and share our love, joy, and common ground with each other. Come over and join us! http://www.lisajobaker.com

Bare

I am never completely bare.  Each and every day I carry around a myriad of shame or guilt over something I’ve done wrong.  I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last in this as it clearly started in the book of Genesis.

“The man and his wife were naked and they felt no shame.”  (Hmmm, those were nice days…I wonder how long this lasted?)

Ok, well, then they ate the fruit and ‘their eyes were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”  (I guess they were well equipped with needle and thread…)

Shame and guilt – now this all rests with us.  It’s part of our inheritance.  It’s part of the legacy of sin – handed down to us.

Redemption is ours too, and on most days I like to let God intervene and win this battle over guilt and shame.  He’s great with that… He’s great with a lot of things.

If only… I will let him.  One more wrong action, one more piece of guilt, one more piece of unnecessary shame…

Prayer, Forgiveness, Redemption.  Thank You God.  Amen!

 

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