Happy Friday, my friends. The week is wrapping up, and hopefuly, sweet rest awaits you this weekend, or adventure, or a little of both? But before all that, lets just write, five short minutes, to fling the words to the page and just let them go. No editing, no holding back, no fear.

Write, Link, encourage. That’s it.

Lisa-Jo picks the prompt- this week, the word is: Wide.

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There’s this space we live in, the closed confines of a shuttered heart, a narrow mind, trapped within it’s own noise, drowning in fear and insecurity, or there’s the big wide grace of Christ out there, available if we will choose it.

I’d been living in the narrow. Living in the fear wrapped up as caution–as security, and suffocating silently as my faith began to shrivel just a bit.

There’s a way out of this hole, and while it’s not always instantaneous, the wide grace of Christ exists in the tight truth of the Living Word.

Crawling inside there, between the pages, slipping my name in the verses and hearing it as if spoken directly to me, changes things and opens a mind and heart that have almost squeezed out the light.

We’re trying to protect ourselves behind closed doors and false faces–we can’t bare to let others in to see what a mess lurks here.

But Christ rips the veil down and the curtain, crumpled. no longer blocks the Son and His arms wrap wide around us, around our mess, around our sharp edges and He squeezes us close, unflinching even as we hide in shame, even as we beat back the resentment.

His love is big enough for us, as we are–

His arms wrap tight around the wide world and when we come, when we bow, when we crawl home.

His love pours out, a deluge of grace, wider than all the waters in the seas.

Β β€œThe great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”
?Β C.S. Lewis

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Joining Lisa-Jo and fabulous others for a five minute write. Why don’t you give it a try?

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0 thoughts on “Wide Enough

  1. Yay! Linked up RIGHT BEHIND you this week! #Fabulousness

    I love how you talked about putting your name right in the Scripture. I haven’t done that in long but what a beautiful reminder that that grace is FOR US when we hear our name…something about a name…I am taking this nugget with me tonight…meditating…

  2. Love this Kris! What I need to read right now. I too, need to put my name in scripture. I can so easily hide in the hard, especially right now with all the trials and waiting. I need to claim His promises. His light! Love ya friend!

  3. Oh my – my heart needed these precious words. I want to crawl up in his arms. I don’t want to be a scared little girl. I don’t want to live behind closed doors, but yet out in wide open spaces!!! Love this. Love you.

  4. Crawling inside there, between the pages, slipping my name in the verses and hearing it as if spoken directly to me<—LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thank you for sharing your sweet words today friend. Blessings!

  5. There’s a theme here connecting the wide, freedom we can find in Jesus’ love by getting in close, crawling into the narrow, being squeezed by grace — I like the juxtaposition. I love the grace.

  6. I struggle with living in the narrow, where it at first feels safer but quickly feels confining and there is no room left to grow or let anyone else come in. Beautiful words and reminders.

  7. His love is big enough for us – as we are.

    Thank you Kris. That is a reminder of grand truth. Oh that He is our love and attention. Where our eyes gaze to, to see if we’re noticed. For by Him, we always are – JUST as we are – with no eyes rolled in exasperation, no opinions on how we can be better, lovelier, more tolerable, more put-together…just US. Redeemed. Pure. Washed by sacrifice that no one can take away.

    Thank you for this emboldening reminder. So needed.

      1. I missed y’all too. Very much. I was closing at work and was so busy till the end that I couldn’t even check in like I wanted. But hopefully that won’t be repeated this coming week, and I can enjoy the bon fete with the rest of my dear sisters. πŸ™‚

  8. Awesome post, Kris! I think I live in the narrow a little too much myself. Ah yes, drinking deeply of God’s love! His love is deep, high, long and wide! Blessings to you, friend.

  9. Hi Kris, I’m loving that His love is a repeated theme today! These lines really should be framed;
    “But Christ rips the veil down and the curtain, crumpled. no longer blocks theSon and His arms wrap wide around us, around our mess, around our sharp edges and He squeezes us close, unflinching even as we hide in shame, even as we beat back the resentment”.

    Absolutely powerful and true!

  10. Amen. Love that C. S. Lewis quote. Speaks directly to where I am right now. It’s so hard to comprehend God’s love for us, especially when we are surrounded by so many people that let us down, change their minds, and decide they don’t want to love us after all. I’m so glad He gave us His Word so we can constantly be reminded that His love is true love.

  11. love that C.S. Lewis quote, and oh the picture of His love pouring out on us whenever we approach with humility and openness…thanks for the encouragement, Kris …wishing you and yours a blessed weekend πŸ™‚

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