Courage, Faith, Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday~Roar

January 6, 2012

It’s friday, that means it’s time for writing and not worrying about if it’s all right or not. It only takes five minutes, no editing, no obsessing, just setting words free. Then, link-up over at Lisa-Jo’s place, and encourage the others who do, like it was your job.

Today’s prompt,

ROAR.

Go.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

I sat in front of that wood stove and watched the fire lick and curl towards the heavens. The smoke whispering out, wrapping it’s gray around the logs in a sort of dance-like motion, reminding me of how a ribbon whips and curls when my daughter waves it in her hands as she dances. I have been dancing a smimilar dance with Abba for years. Listening to His distant roars, trying to find my voice to let my own loose-

I have dreams where evil lurks close, and in one it took the form of a lion that pursued me through a labyrinth, and I had almost forgotten that dream until I saw this word this morning, roar. And I think of all of the scriptures where my God is described as a lion, where he roars over all the earth, His creation, over which he is king.

He has set me free here to find my own roar, to find His message in between washing dishes and combing out tangles and overcoming years of self-doubt and fear that I didn’t even know existed, until I stepped up here, in this place where fire licks and smolders at the edges of this life-

In the distance, I hear his roar, I know He is watching and protecting, preventing that evil from overtaking me, and this maze of twisted days and dead ends and confused passages and backtracking, it always somehow leads me right back into His lair, where I can feel the warmth of His wild roar….

Stop.

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  • Reply Eva Trillian January 6, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Love to read
    this! God roaring to protect us! Feels right that He doesn’t always whisper!
    Blessings!

  • Reply Wild Optimist January 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Beautiful!  Always glad when I stop here, always something to rest on.  Glad we find each other here, every time 🙂

    • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Oh yes, so glad we can find eachother on fridays, such a blessed community Lisa-Jo has helped to create… Blessings, to you, this weekend. 😉

  • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    beautiful, poetic words, kris!  love the image of finding yourself safely back in his lair.  
    have a blessed weekend!
    steph

    • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks, Steph. I always love the passages of the bib;e that refer to God as a lion… such powerful imagery… God bless you, friend. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply Jennifer Camp January 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Love the reminders here of how we are each protected, fought for, sought after and adored.  I am safe.  Thank you, Kris.

    • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      We are safe in His arms, aren’t we?! What a gift…. b;essings, sweet friend.!

  • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Once again, your words flow like warm water.  I’m so thankful for his protecting hand, his watchful eye and his faithful love!

    Wonderful post, sweet friend!

    • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Stephanie! It always brings a smile to my face to see your encouragement here. You are such a sweet friend. Thank you for your kind words!!

  • Reply Jana @GraceForMyMess January 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Beautiful, Kris.  I love that verse, and how He is releasing you from self-doubt, helping you find your voice, teaching you to roar. 

    This is going to be a good year ~ I feel it in my bones. 

    Love you much!  XOXO

    • Reply Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I pray you are right aout this year, I feel it as well, it’s a weird sensation, sort of like an electricity in the air… I definitly feel *something* about this year… 😉

  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season January 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, this is so beautiful.  Being one who receives God’s love and wisdom in images, I am so inspired by your dream image and the one of God as lion.  Wow, again your writing just amazes me.  

    • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Oh christine. bless your heart. You are such a gift to me. Thank you for encouraging me always to write, to just live it out. You inspire me all of the time! Praying for you! xxoo

  • Reply Denise J. Hughes January 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

    “…this maze of twisted days and dead ends and confused passages and
    backtracking, it always somehow leads me right back into His lair…”

    This is really beautiful. I love the way you craft your words around a lasting metaphor, creating a wordscape both visible and palpable.

    • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you, Denise. You bless me with your encouragement, my friend. God bless you!

  • Reply Craig January 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Oh, the way you write, my sister! The way you compared the fire – to the ribbons – to our Lord. And your dream – to your reality – to this prompt. You KNOW I have heard those same doubts for years – they’ve chased me like a lion. But, you are so right Krissie, the Lion of Judah -that’s our lion – so I guess, like the sheep know the shepherds voice, the cubs know the lion’s voice. God bless you Krissy!

  • Reply Craig January 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Oh, the way you write, my sister! The way you compared the fire – to the
    ribbons – to our Lord. And your dream – to your reality – to this
    prompt. You KNOW I have heard those same doubts for years – they’ve
    chased me like a lion. But, you are so right Krissie, the Lion of Judah
    -that’s our lion – so I guess, like the sheep know the shepherds voice,
    the cubs know the lion’s voice. God bless you Krissie.

    • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      bless you, Craig. What an encourager you are! May we ALWAYS recognize the voice of the one true Lion, never to be dissuaded or afraid of the imposter, who prowls to destroy. God is faithful always in everything, and we know his voice and the safety of his tender care. God bless you, brother.

  • Reply Kristi January 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I think of that Natalie Grant song “Your Great Name” where it says “the enemy, he has to leave, at the sound of Your Great Name.” YES!

    He has given you a voice, dear sister and a STRONG one. He will use you in amazing ways this year-as you do dishes and untangle hair, as you write, laugh, and disciple. He has created you for such a time as this.

    Honored to know you-love you much. 🙂

    • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Oh yes, Kristi, I LOVE that song. It gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it, I particularly LOVE her accoustic version. *swoon* Beautiful.
      You encourage me so much and I am thankful always for having bumped into you at Relevant, and being able to get to know you better! God’s peace, sister-friend. xoxo

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