Five Minute Friday, Growth, Journey Out Of Fear

Five Minute Friday~In Real Life

September 9, 2011

Because I love Five Minute Fridays, and I am committed to my Journey out of Fear, I decided to combine them today. For most writers, there’s not much scarier than having no post planned and pre-written when you have to publish something…..

No Editing, No back tracking and freaking out over sentence structure, (or lack of) just writing from the heart, off the cuff, setting words free, stepping out of fear and hitting “publish”.

Today, the prompt is, In real Life


This screen in front of me hides a multitude of sins. I don’t have to share the ugly. I don’t have to reveal the messy and dirty bits of my real life. And that’s freeing in a way.

There are lots of reasons for keeping it tucked away, some things are not meant for sharing with the wide world. There is a genuine line between sharing too much of your life with people who don’t know you, in real life.

But another reason, the reason that I have been walking through all week, is of course, fear. In real life, I have lived a holey faith. Moths had eaten holes right into the fabric of it and I didn’t even realize I was walking around in rags.

I have painted on a smile and acted strong and said the right words, hiding behind pride, saving face, living within the choke-hold of fear.

I knew it, but yet, I didn’t. 

This week, in real life, I have traveled a hundred emotional miles out of fear. Some of you have traveled with me. My feet are sore, and my heart is both aching and bursting with new hope, with new bravery found in Christ, and all those holes in my faith, the rags being replaced by the word, by the living and breathing truths I am putting on.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist Ephesians 6:14

God has revealed much to me and spoken to me through practically everyone I have run into this week, in real life. His presence with me on this journey, has been nothing short of mind-blowing. I Hoped He’d be with me, I forgot He was with me, and He has been whispering in my ears, holding my hands, leading me, all along the way…..

Stop. (*sigh*).

Joining with LIsa-Jo and others , as well as continuing on my own Journey with my friends. The Journey continues on Monday. I pray you’ll hang with me to the end… or maybe this is a new beginning….

My sisters in Christ, who are also Journeying with us:

Emily~ Journey Towards A Place Of Rest

Nicole~ A Journey Of Providence

Christine~ Journey To True Friendship

Heather~ Journey Towards a Prayerful Life

Erika~ Journey Into The Word

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  • Reply Anonymous September 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

    this is fantastic, Kris.  i think fear is one of my biggest hindrances in my walk.  i haven’t had a chance yet to tell you what a blessing it’s been to read your posts this week.  i’ve loved each and every one of them.  thanks for being real, vulnerable, and sharing your heart.  it’s been a beautiful thing to experience.
    happy friday!

    • Reply Anonymous September 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Steph~ I am humbled by your comments. Thank YOU for sharing this journey with me, and for being an encouragement on the path. Praying that you too can step away from the bonds of fear, and live a wild and free faith that God has called you to! You are a blessing! Thanks, friend. 😉

  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season September 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Living a “holey” faith.  Yes, don’t we all.  Thanks for sharing even the messy in such a beautiful way.  You are a gift to me.  xoxo

  • Reply Rambling Heather September 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Such a beautiful raw post.  I’m thrilled that Father has brought you into my life.  I have learned so much from you walking along in this journey.

  • Reply Amy Sullivan September 10, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Favorite, favorite post in the link-up. Can you hear me clapping? Plus, I love your photo of the thick tights and sweet black shoes.

    • Reply Anonymous September 10, 2011 at 2:38 am

      Amy~wow. I am humbled and blessed beyond words by your generous comment and sweet encouragement. My heart is full. Bless you, sweet sister!

  • Reply Jana September 10, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Wow.  Just wow.

    I know exactly what you mean.  I’m on my own journey out of fear: it’s fantastic, and it’s terrifying.  So much to unpack here today (as always!)  I love that you admit to a “holey faith”.  I so understand this because I’m there, too.  I’m not much of a seamstress, so I’ll be giving Him the needle and thread. 

    Thank you for the blessing your words always bring.  So thankful. 

    • Reply Anonymous September 11, 2011 at 2:21 am

      Jana~I love that you are on a journey as well and that you are turning the mending over to Him who makes all things new! Praying for you as you walk your journey, you KNOW He’s with you 😉

  • Reply Erika Dawson September 11, 2011 at 12:36 am

    “He has been whispering in my ears, holding my hands, leading me, all along the way…..” Yes, Lord! Open our ears to hear You and open our eyes to see You…that we might know You and love You and serve You even more faithfully! 

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