Thursday, June 27, 2013

Five Minute Friday: In Between

Five Minute FridayAnd this is what I’ve been doing for five months now, though some Thursday/Fridays it seems like I’ve been doing it for SO much longer. And sometimes it feels like I just started. Connect with a bunch of amazing, faith-filled women through Lisa-Jo’s site. Wait for the prompt at midnight (or nine pm for the lucky west coasters who don’t have to wait up as late). Write for five minutes flat. Don’t over think. Don’t over edit. Post it. Link it. Share it. Visit the writer ahead of you – share the encouragement, share the love. Come back and do it again next week.

This Week: In Between

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If you don’t live in the present and relish each and every moment, you can lose so much of your life in between. And you won’t even realize it. For a while, I drifted without purpose and found myself in the between times in so many areas: between boyfriends, between semesters at school, deciding between majors and what direction my life needed to head towards, between jobs, between apartments. None of those times of being in between seemed really serious.

And then my desert journey began. Like most of my between times I didn’t define it immediately. I was taking a break from a bad work situation and wasn’t in a terrible hurry to get into another one. In my mind, I wasn’t between anything. I was just done. But life doesn’t have a pause button – you can’t just freeze time and take a break – things are still moving and happening around you - and before I realized it, I was well and truly between. Except this time, it seemed like the stakes were higher.

This time, my in between was a crossroads – choosing to continue forward and meander like I had been; hoping to get it right (maybe); or making a deliberate choice with my direction and moving ahead with purpose. In making my choice to be purposeful, I chose to let that three year “in between time” become a healing and teaching time – a time when God hid me away from the world for a while; allowed me to learn and grow; revealed so much of Himself to me through great books and teachers and solid study in His word.

Sometimes the in between can feel like an indefinite hovering – a great suspension of momentum where nothing is happening and everything and everyone is moving past you.

This is the time that you need to release control, rest in His arms, and relinquish control.

Hard? Oh yes – I’m a total control freak – I know what I’m asking of you. But sometimes these in between times are incubating times. Where God is growing you, nurturing you, and preparing you. Because He’s got something really amazing planned for your life, and He wants you to be ready when He lifts the curtain and reveals His plans. I’ll leave you with this:

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.
Psalm 37: 3-8
 
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20 comments :

  1. I need to trust, to get out of this slump with grace and love, to give it all back to God. Thank you <3

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  2. Incubating times...I love that. So much truth.

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  3. Great thoughts...so true that there is value in those in between times. Blessings and happy Friday to you! :)

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  4. Ahhh, I'm a control freak too! It's so hard to not be. Thanks for the reminder =)

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  5. "The great suspicion of momentum." Such perfect words to describe where I feel I am at the moment.

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  6. To sweetly rest in His arms instead of striving for things of this world - oh, to be able to do that daily.

    Happy Friday and thanks for a beautiful post!

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  7. So good... I too love the Incubating times... I love this! So glad you jumped in and have been meeting up with us - with me... for Five Minute Fridays! Love you, friend!

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  8. Such truth in your words! "But sometimes these in between times are incubating times. Where God is growing you, nurturing you, and preparing you. Because He’s got something really amazing planned for your life..." <-- loved this the most!

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  9. I usually disguise my control freak ways by convincing myself that I'm doing it all FOR God. See God, I'm helping... Yeah, He never buys it either. To rest and trust is a hard place to be. Love what you've shared. Living in preparation times, incubating as well.

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  10. Hi Fellow Control Freak! Yes, I really want to 'let go', and so I need the grace to help me do that. Thank you for your sharing the grace moments you have to inspire me :)

    Peace in Christ,
    Ceil

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  11. Oh wow, I too love the "incubating times". I think of how God holds us, in the grip of His grace, that He is our stronghold, and never lets us go. Although I may be whining and resisting, all the while He is preparing me for the next part of my journey. Have a blessed weekend.

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  12. Release control, let go, trust God. These are where our growth happens. This is where He wants us always. Great words, my friend.

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  13. Life does not have a pause button...indeed!! Live in the present! It always amazes me how quickly we can fall into the 'in between' phases of life (its truly a season of its own) neglecting our purpose that we are called to do; live now, live fully, and serve. Happy Friday ~Jenny

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  14. I really like your take on this - that the in between is a vital part of our growing and turning and becoming His work of art. Nice job sister!

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  15. YES! (says the fellow control freak) I love the idea of in between as an incubation period, where He's getting us ready for the next phase. Great post!

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  16. Good words! "This is the time that you need to release control, rest in His arms, and relinquish control." Yes...this is what I need, to relinquish control! Release, let go and trust Him! Blessings.

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  17. "incubating times"?!?!?! I never thought of my in between times in that way but I love the thought.

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  18. It was the title of your blog on the icon on Lisa Jo's FMF that grabbed my attention and am I glad it did. I love your post. Thank you. I'm glad I participated this week b/c I read your post. I needed that. In some ways, it echos what I was saying (and not saying I guess). And, that verse, I read it all the time.

    Thanks again! Jenn

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  19. Wow, you are so fast!
    These words are truly inspired, so much wisdom and grace.
    And you are so quotable!
    Please don't stop writing and sharing yourself so honestly - it's a beautiful thing.

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