Thursday, November 7, 2013

Five Minute Friday - Truth

Five Minute Friday
You’ll have to forgive me. This is not the usual Five Minute Friday for me. It’s been a challenging week on a lot of fronts. The ticker tape in my brain has not shut off for days. I’ve been processing a lot. And it’s coming out here – for better or for worse. And I might be breaking a rule or two because I’m sharing one post in two link ups. I don’t know if you’re supposed to do that. But I’m really good at breaking rules, so here I go. I’m not a rebel for nothing. Breathe with me.

This Week: Truth


These last four days, my heart has been so full and tight it hurts to breathe; hurts to inhale. You’d think there’d be more freedom – more of the exhale – I’m coming off a week of wonderful. A time of connecting with women friends who feed my spirit; a long-awaited meeting with a writing friend that was amazing in the fact that it didn’t feel like a first time meeting; the opportunity to attend a conference and sit at the feet of speakers I have been longing to hear – whose words rocked me and challenged me – always pointing back to Him. So where was my exhale?

Instead, the week has felt like a trek through a mud-worn path amidst the flinging of rotten fruit. No one flinging at me per say – this is not a pity party. I am not feeling attacked. But I feel as if I am witnessing them; and my mind is scaling, and calculating, and problem solving. This is what the flip side of my creative right brain does. It crunches. It evaluates, it assesses, it strategizes.  

And what happens when two worlds collide? When the two parts of my brain slam into each other? Right spinning creative that has been praising, praying, and glorying in the revelation of God’s answers and His work here on earth fumbling mightily into the left whirling analytic that has been watching words rise and fall – many in His name – calling for one thing or another; warning against, cautioning against, advising against.

Holy God, where are you in the midst of this storm?

I couldn’t write. I couldn’t find three words to string together this week to join a friend I’ve been longing to write with for ages.

And then I did.

Give me Jesus.

All things fall away and this is all that matters. Who He is. What He said. What He did. What He is doing. Because believe me, He is still doing. Every. Single. Day. And all discussions aside, I think this is why:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.
John 3:16-21 ESV

This is the truth that I know.

You can have all this world.
Give me Jesus


How to Join
Want to know about Lisa Jo Baker, how Five Minute Friday got started, and how to participate? All the details are here. No editing or second guessing. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

Simply Beth's Three Word Wednesday is similar in that you link up and encourage one another, but you choose the three words and share your post, an image, photo, or scripture. Anything that highlights the three words you have chosen. I'm looking forward to more.

If I haven't completely frightened you off, I'd love to connect with you some more - stop on by the Three Bees Facebook Page or connect with me on Twitter @3BeesBlueBonnet. Let's continue the conversation! 


  1. I love you, friend! I am so glad you wrote... it is healing and power and grace pouring out and in and just right filling up! Breathe in... Breathe out... repeat! (He's got this!)

  2. Rebekah, you kind of wrote a bit of my heart tonight and I'm so so glad I stopped by before going to sleep. OH, that we would seek HIM alone. Ugh... GIVE ME JESUS. YES.

  3. Oh, I'm in a similar place, but for different reasons - also to the point of not even being able to write. But yes, give me Jesus! Just give me Jesus. Love this. :)

  4. Beautiful. love this. so much truth and beauty here.

    visiting from FMF.


  5. Such beautiful truth. I've had a hard couple of days, doubting myself and what it was God was calling me to do. I've cried, "Just give me Jesus" a time or two. Looking forward to reading our post over at Beth's.

  6. Beautiful truth and yes give me Jesus. ((hugs)) to you sweet friend and love you much!

  7. Oh dear friend...THANK YOU for linking this up for Three Word Wednesday. Thank you for your beautiful and honest heart. Yes, GIVE ME JESUS! He has revealed to me over and over again that He is everything and all we need. Lifting you up in prayer. I'm so excited to have you join our Three Word community! :))) Love you.

  8. This song was the first song I hear when I got in my car on Monday and it has been messing with me all week in a mighty way. Such a perfect truth not only to accept within our own hearts but also to share. In all the words we write and speak it should all lead to this simple 3 words. GIVE ME JESUS !!!!

  9. I echo your heart's truth for Give me Jesus. I understand the colliding after a mountain high back in the screaming low. Praying your processing affords you much peace in the midst of your storm.

  10. Isn't it wonderful to be able to say those three words when we just don't know what else to say? Give me Jesus. Nothing else is needed when we have him. Thanks for sharing your heart, Rebekah!

  11. Hello again, Rebekah! You know, after an amazing conference/retreat, we often feel a post-conference let down, when the spiritual and relational high suddenly comes to a whiplash inducing halt, and we have to get back to day-to-day. I wonder if that's part of what you are experiencing? It sounds more complicated than that, but I'm guessing that's contributing.

    But your truth, that's a truth to hang on to at Allume or home or anywhere you find yourself. That's Truth with a capital T. Or, should is say capital J. And this Truth will set you free indeed!

  12. First of all, I saw your title and started singing:) we actually did that song as a flash mob during my husband's sermon last Christmas Eve. Flash mob- oh yeah it can be done. Anyway, so honest. Just love your writing and have been looking forward to you joining TWW. Praying for you as this next week begins.


Thank you for the kindess of your comment. I pray your patience with the word verification. I've had such troubles with spammers lately. Thank you for grace. I look forward to reading all the comments and responding. I appreciate you!