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.
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