Faith, Five Minute Friday

Vivid

January 20, 2012

It’s frighteningly early here, four-thirty a.m. and cold. Thirteen degrees. Winter has catapulted herself in here at long last and she is baring her white teeth this morning, snow, and freezing rain in the forecast. Winter is not my favorite friend. She is cold, and I am most intolerant to her these days. Transitional seasons, those are my favorites, Fall, Spring… those are what make me happy.

But I know the need for the hard seasons, the long hot of summer and the bitter cold of winter too. I get it, I just don’t care for them.

Anyway.

It’s Friday. Thank the Lord, it is. And now it’s time to write for five minutes and not bother if it’s all just right. Write it, link-it, and encourage other brave souls who play along. Ready then?

The prompt this week, is Vivid.

GO.

Dreams wash over me throughout the night and they come in such vivid color and emotion sometimes, that I might wake myself with my own laughter, or my own tears. When they come happy, it is of course, more tolerable than when they burn in my mind dark and angry, or almost worse, confusing and ripe with symbolism. My dreams in sleep, and waking, are vivid. Always very strong and rich, which is both a blessing and a curse as I see it. I don’t know what it’s like to really live in between, in shadows and in muted tones.

Sometimes I think I’d prefer it.

But then, that isn’t my personality either. And that’s not how I view God. His love, His grace, bold and vivid as the sun. Burning white-hot in my life, illuminating hopes and starting fires of eagerness and passion to know Him better. The God I know is bold and fierce, His glory vivid and real in my own redeemed life.

And while the strength of it makes me weary sometimes, the dreams that come so obvious and blinding, so achingly difficult and scary, He is there always in the middle of it, in ways I cannot miss Him, His hands there…

STOP.

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  • Reply dailydwelling January 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Yes, He and His fierce love are vivid and bold. I am so thankful that He is ever present and always available when I need Him.

    • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Indeed. His presence is such a gift 😉

  • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    love this, Kris.  counting on the boldness and vividness of God in my life this year.  absolutely.  
    and freezing right along with you!  i’m ready for spring already!!!
    have a great weekend,
    steph

    • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Yes, I am trying nont to wish this slow moving winter away, but I do love the spring…. I have no doubt that God will show Himself bold and vivid in your life, my friend.

  • Reply Eileen January 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “His love, His grace, bold and vivid as the sun. Burning white-hot in my
    life, illuminating hopes and starting fires of eagerness and passion to
    know Him better.”  Love this!

  • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Yes, His hands are in it. Always. I am so glad for that, and for the bold dreams you dream out loud here! They are inspiring!

    • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      😉 Always makes me smile when you stop by and share a word, Hilary. Your writter-heart is vivid and beautiful!

  • Reply Denise J. Hughes January 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    “The God I know is bold and fierce, His glory vivid and real in my own redeemed life.” I love this. So often think of God as this big gentle giant, full of soft grace. But His grace is bold and vivid and oh-so-real. I love the portrait of God you have painted with these vivid words. Beautiful.

    • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Bless you, Denise, you are such an encourager! He is such a beautiful God!

  • Reply Jana January 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

    How I love your heart today, sweet friend!  Yes, your personality shines vividly, your love for Him lighting up the skies with it’s boldness.  This is perfect: “The God I know is bold and fierce, His glory vivid and real in my own redeemed life.”  Yes!  
    Thank you for once again blessing us with your beautiful prose.  I love you much, sister!

    • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Ahh, Jana. You encourage me more than I deserve. Maybe I should see if my Sweet Mr. can find a job in the DFW area and come and be your neighbor. 😉 

      Of course the chances of this are slim-to-none, so I shall remain ever thankful that you are my sister through phone, internet, and above all, through our shared heavenly Father. Love you always.

      • Reply Jana January 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        If I thought it possible, I’d find your Sweet Mr. a job myself.  Love you too.  XOXO

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand January 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    “He is there always in the middle of it, in ways I cannot miss Him, His hands there…” Yes, yes, yes. Thankful He is so.

  • Reply Kristi January 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Your line: “The God I know is bold and fierce, His glory vivid and real in my own redeemed life.” YES and YOU illuminate it so brightly. Love you, sweet friend!

    • Reply Anonymous January 22, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Hey there,Kristi. God bless you, friend. Praying you are enjoying your weekend!

  • Reply Diane Ronzino January 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I love your line: “The God I know is bold and fierce, His glory vivid and real in my own redeemed life.” Beautiful!!!

    • Reply Anonymous January 22, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Thanks, Diane. He is such a glorious God. Praying you are enjoying your weekend 😉

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