Five Minute Friday, Grace, Journey, Relevant 11

Five Minute Friday~Unexpected

November 11, 2011

It’s Friday! I’m up early, and for the next few minutes at least, the house is quiet. I’ve got just five minutes to let it all loose, these words, that swirl in me at all hours, interrupting my dishwashing and laundry doing, these words that run like a ticker-tape behind my eyes as I try to read books to my children, and comb ponytails into place- Five Minute Friday is about writing, for the pure and simple love of the craft. And oh,  how I love the craft. So if you’ve got five minutes, why not pour out some letters onto the page, let them come as they do, saucy and messy sometimes, pure and gently, just let them fall as they may and resist the urge to temper them with your critical red pen.

Joining with Lisa-Jo and many fabulous others to write this morning on the word, Unexpexcted.


It was all unexpected, the way you poured out, the way you orchestrated something that had ben planted months before, but shut down by my own lack of consideration for how you move mountains and raise the dead. How is it I forget the mighty works of your hands, and how do I forget that you want to give gifts to your children? How is it that you surprise me with the unexpected? I have a small faith. I realizes this again anad again. I keep my requests, my prayers so very small, this way of being prevents dissapointments form overtaking me, when the answers may be no- But you are such a big God. You give in sweeping ways and your grace, this unimaginable, unexpected (undeserved!) grace pours out for me again and again and agin…. and I am always stunned. Always amazed at how beautiful the works of your hands are. Unexpected like brown birds peeping inside of buildings, you show up in places I assume you won’t and I sit back and shake my head at my foolishness, at my smallness- at how I have lived stuffing you into boxes and squeezing you in between the bindings of journals, when you are a spirit, a living being who moves and hovers and stirs in and around this tiny planet.  You asked me to go, to expect you to meet me there, and for that plane ride, that is all I prayed, that you would just be there, that you would meet me in that place and give me one thing. Vision. And how you have peeled back the scales from my eyes and uncovered the film over my heart-


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  • Reply Eva November 11, 2011 at 6:46 am


  • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

    “I have a small faith.”  yes.  here, too.  i was just thinking this morning that my tasks in life right now seem much too large to handle.  perhaps it is because i’m thinking too small in my asking for help.  
    encouraging words this day, kris.  have a blessed weekend!

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Pray Big, and expect God to deliver. That’s what i am slowly learning to do. God is capable of much more than we give Him credit for, we are such fools for thinking he cannot handle these things, aren’t we? Bless you friend, praying for your large tasks to become more manageable. Philippians 4:13, sister-friend. Lean on it. 😉

  • Reply Amy Hunt November 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I love this–how He peels back the scales on our eyes and we *See*–He’s still that God today! The same God for them as He is for us!

    He’ll keep showing you *why Relevant*–just wait. There’s more to come. I can feel it.

    Your words yesterday…they were truly like honey to my soul. Sweet and noticeable. Soft and soothing. I appreciate you, my friend. And I thank God for the way our words–the ones He gives us–have brought us together. 

    Praying you rich, sweet blessings today. 

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, Amy, there is more to come.. more on the *why* and I am gathering it up like Manna, one piece at a time, as he slips it down to me… You bless me with your gentleness and genuine kindness all of the time. I pray this day especially, is rich with his goodness and joy as you REALLY celebrate how wonderfully made in Him you are.

  • Reply Ro elliott November 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

     we wrote from a similar place today…you wrote my heart as well…I was nodding my head…oh “me too”…God desires to bring great freedom…we just have to let Him…
    Blessings as He continues to meet us in the most unexpected ways…

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you, Ro. So thankful you stopped by here and left me such kind encouragement, praying His grace for you today!

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand November 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Kris. Yes, yes. God surprises me again and again with how big He is. How could I forget? Yet, I do. Thankfully, He’s a patient God who reminds us again and again!

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Oh thank you, Caroline. He is a patient God, which is wonderful ,since I am so woefully in need of His patience. He gives the best gifts! 😉

  • Reply Hilary Sherratt November 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Oh Kris! This is beautiful – beautiful even more now because I got to meet you and realize what a treasure you are and how these words are just a five minute glimpse of the journey you are on with Him. What a joy to read about that grace. Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Hilary, sweet friend, you are such a ray of light. Your face glows with Christ’s joy and he seeps through your words and your spirit. Thank you for coming by today, and I STILL treasure sitting at dinner with you, and enjoying your sweet company! Bless you, my sweet friend!!

  • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

    OH YES! He is the SO the God of surprises, dreams come true, and unexpected blessings.

    Kind of AH-MA-ZING!

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Lol, yes, indeed, Lindsey, AH-MA-ZING! He gives and gives and I rock back on my heels in shock at the abundance that flows undammed from his hands. My cup runneth over in this current season…

  • Reply Beck Gambill November 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Doing an up and down happy dance of “yes and amen” with you! I am guilty of the same thing and blessed by His faithful, unexpected response every time!

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Oh I am picturing and I, dancing like school girls to the music of His truths, yes yes and amen! He is faithful always, even in the unexpected!! 😉

  • Reply Amy November 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love this!  God is so much bigger than we can grasp that life is always full of the unexpected, isn’t it?

  • Reply Tracy November 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Kris – visiting from My daily walk – I love this, how you show that we ask so little of such a great God.  Thank you for visiting and commenting and I’m glad you did, because I now found your blog.  Have a blessed weekend 
    God bless

  • Reply Trina Holden November 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Let me guess – you are describing your journey to Relevant? Let me just say I loved this, and I can totally relate to the unexpected and deep things God is doing in the days and weeks since! He was totally there, wasn’t He? It was a blessing for me, too, to have that confirmed over and over.

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Nodding head~ yes, this is about Relevant. God was so obviously there.
      It was such a treat to meet you in person, Trina! What a wonderful spirit you have! I’m so happy you stopped by here today! 😉

  • Reply thegypsymama November 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I have that same ticker tape running through my head too – love when we get time to just let it pour out!

    • Reply Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Yes, such a release! Blessed by your visit here, Lisa-Jo! 😉

  • Reply Barbie November 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love His sudden, unexpected ways!

  • Reply Jana November 18, 2011 at 1:10 am

    How, oh how did I miss this, my kindred heart?  God must have saved this exquisite gem for me, for right now when I needed to hear it. 

    This whispers to my soul today: “I keep my requests, my prayers so very small, this way of being prevents dissapointments form overtaking me, when the answers may be no…you show up in places I assume you won’t and I sit back and shake my head at my foolishness, at my smallness- at how I have lived stuffing you into boxes…”  Yes, yes.  I needed these words and the warm, salty tears that convict in love.  He is so much more than my boxes. 

    Thank you, dear friend.  You are a treasure.  XOXO

    • Reply Anonymous November 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Jana, what can I say? You and I, we *live* like sisters who share one heart, across the miles. I look forward to that day, when we hit up Sonic together and spill our hearts in the flesh. That will be a true ‘Happy hour’. xxooo

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