I cannot believe this is the last Friday of this year. I am always astounded at how the days can sometimes drip slow, a dark molasses of sticky brown pooling at life’s counter edge and yet the years whirl past so quickly, whipped up by a frenzied mixer into something sweet and thick that runs at the edges. Each one of my babies just had a birthday. From October to December, each one marked another year of life. And we have celebrated and prayed prayers of Thanksgiving, and rejoiced over a God-baby born into darkness- and it all feels a bit like a recipe that sits completed, cooling on the counter, all that work and then it’s finished. We’ll taste the memory of it from time to time, we’ll nibble at the crumbs and savor the pieces that we can hold on to and yet, the work comes again. An empty bowl sits on this counter top, waiting to be filled….
(it’s just now 5A.M. perhaps I am hungry, dreaming up life-food analogies 😉 )
And here it is, the last Five Minute Friday of the year. I jumped on this sometime in April perhaps and have loved it from the start!
By now, you likely know the rules, but if you happen to be new here, then here’s the skinny~ write for just five minutes, no editing, click publish. That’s it for the hard part. Then just share your words and affirm others by commenting on the people linked up around you. Be generous, be kind, be encouraging… we’re all baring a bit of soul here and it feels good to give so do it generously!
Today’s prompt is Open~
This is a season of growth here. Everything has been stretched and pulled and seems have bit ripped and re-sewn in effort to make this skin fit right. God’s been cracking me wide open with His ideas for me about what my following Him should look like. The journey to this very moment has been exciting and insane and long and I’ve been tired and whiny and grateful and encouraged all along the way. I prayed to be open to His plans, and you know how it goes when you ask Jehova-Jireh, to give you something, He gives and gives, the abundant fountain that pours out until I am overflowing with His mercies. There I stood at His feet with my trembling hands, cupped and open and the steady stream of gifts that has poured down has been nothing short of miraculous. Learning to live open handed, waiting for Him to fill has been a challenge to say the least. I ever realized how tight-fisted I can be until He has gently but firmly, pried my fingers from the heels of my hands, His grace nudging them back to open every time I am tempted to snap them shut. How he has graciously and generously given of Himself, through you, His fellow workers, to me, just another somebody wandering along side you…
Want to play along? Joining with Lisa-Jo and fabulous others for Five Minute Friday today.
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