Five Minute Friday

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On friday’s, we write for five short minutes without editing and gussying the page. We spill what rises to the surface and share it, bravely with others, and we encourage. We give virtual high fives and hugs and pats on the back, sometimes, we gather in prayer too, for the broken stories, the wounded stories that sneak out when we weren’t expecting.

This is Five Minute Friday, this is how we roll.

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It’s a thin place in my head sometimes, between truth and imagination.

I imagine that my words have a small reach. But then, someone I know, who I did’t know reads my words, sends me a message about something I’ve written.

Her audience is significantly more broad than my own. I use the word small to describe my blog, she uses the words, faithful and deep.

I connect with a friend who I haven’t spoken to in nearly a year. Our conversation is deep and intentional, it’s as if we’ve been communicating often over the last 11 months, even though we haven’t. She is generous with me, even though to other’s we’d appear to be practical strangers.

The relationship isn’t forced or false, it’s true. There’s a faithfulness and a depth to something we  haven’t cultivated in conventional ways.

I spend time talking with a friend as he offers to help me with areas that are not my natural gifting. I feel small asking for help, but God reminds me that this is how community works–this is how the body of Christ works.

We serve each other with our gifts and strengths because they are His, and not really ours for owning.

Through these occurrences this week, God faithfully spoke truth into my heart that I’d forgotten.

He sees it all.

The connections made at a conference 3 years ago, the tweet that began a relationship 2 years ago, the blogger I bumped into in the hallway of a hotel and asked her if she was someone else because I didn’t know who she was–even though her audience is wide–so much wider than my own.

The truth is that God doesn’t measure us the way we do. There is no big or small person in His kingdom. There is no one conventional way to connect with people.

There is only faithfulness and depth. There is only the truth and our response to it.

I’ve gained some perspective this week. I’ve been reminded to stop measuring things. To remain faithful. To stop sizing up the things of God.

There’s nothing small about His grace. There’s nothing insignificant about the way He weaves people together.

Our words and lives have a wider reach than we know.

This is what is true. 

Comments

  1. Tonya

    “There is nothing small about His grace…” Oh friend, I cannot even count how many times your words have spoken faith, healing and grace to this heart that has often come here beat up and worn out… So grateful to know you and your beautiful heart…

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  2. Barb Gonzalez Olsen

    “our words and lives have a wider reach than we know” I am a newbie to the blogging world. 10 weeks {but who’s counting} and I can see this truth already. Some of the amazing comments I get are so encouraging. If my words can encourage and inspire just one person I feel I have done something significant! I love your writing it inspires me…

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  3. Jennifer

    This is beautiful truth!”Our words and lives have a wider reach than we know.” Yes and Amen! Being obedient to the One who puts the words in our hearts causes a blending of relationships and unity. I love when you say that you’ve been reminded to stop measuring things. Me too. And ever since, God speaks to me in a whole new way.

    Lovely post, friend!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Obedience is where I land. Whatever I am doing, if it’s not aligned with what I feel God is calling me to, I am learning to walk away and go back to the things and places He has for me. it’s not always easy, but it is always worth it. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  4. Becky Daye

    Oh, Kris! I continue to be blessed by your words. Thank you for your beautiful, faithful, deep heart. I am so very thankful that our God doesn’t measure us the way that we do. And there is nothing small about His grace- AMEN!!!!

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  5. Karrilee Aggett

    ” I’ve been reminded to stop measuring things. To remain faithful. To stop sizing up the things of God. There’s nothing small about His grace. There’s nothing insignificant about the way He weaves people together. Our words and lives have a wider reach than we know.”

    So much yes! This… this I needed this week as well!

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  6. Kim@onerebelheart

    Thank God that He doesn’t measure us the way we do! In His eyes we’re all the same. Thanks for the reminder that there is no one “right” way to connect.

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  7. Amy

    “The truth is that God doesn’t measure us the way we do. There is no big or small person in His kingdom.” Just the reminder I needed today. The truth to open my eyes that I really just have and need an Audience of One. Thank you for sharing so honestly

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  8. Lisha Epperson

    Hi Kris! This was a great read for me, particularly as I make preparations to attend Allume in a few weeks. Honestly, sometimes I still wonder if I’ve earned the right to attend a conference like this. New to the game, I get lost in measuring. Thank God He doesn’t measure us…or our blogs, the way we do. I’ll keep my eyes focused on Him. Attending only to faithfulness and depth. I really needed this. Thank you so much for these powerful words.

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    1. Hey sister-friend. Such a sweet gift to see you here. Keeping your eyes focused on Him is the only way to go. You surely won’t miss anything with Him in your sights. 😉 I hope you have a great time at Allume this year!! I have enjoyed it so much the past 2 years.

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  9. Margo

    “There is nothing insignificant about the way He weaves people together”. That spoke to me, with such truth! It is all His doing, and we are hear for the blessing or to bless. Your “little blog” here….it has been a refreshing stream to my soul! I feel the same way about what I write on my blog…but then I never know what someone may need to hear. I just put it down when He brings it up…and let Him do the rest. (and try hard to not listen to the enemy whisper his words of insignificance). God’s love to you….and praying for your migraine!! I know that pain!! <3

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  10. Ashley Tolins Larkin

    Encouraged by your words tonight, Kris. “There is no one conventional way to connect with people…There is only faithfulness and depth. There is only the truth and our response to it.” Yes! As I find myself continually figuring out how to navigate this online world, that brings me such comfort. Connection, love, authenticity, encouragement — these things are not hemmed in or defined in the ways of the world…they are surprise and wonder and grace.

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  11. Lisa

    Oh my goodness! This is superb. I will be pondering this for quite a while, I’m just sure of it. I heartily agree with the bloggers description of “deep”. This is so insightful and helpful. I can’t wait to return and explore more of your words. Thanks so very much for this.

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