Wide Enough

Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Five Minute Friday, Forgiveness, Journey, Obedience, Worship | 48 comments

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.

Go-

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.

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

Stop.

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

  • lindseyfoj

    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…

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yippee! So happy to share that space with you, to be encouraged by you, and to walk along side you, Lindsey. You bless me!

  • http://twitter.com/CreatedbyCole Nicole Marie

    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!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Put it in there, my friend. His words are for YOU! XXOo

  • http://twitter.com/AleneSnodgrass Alene Snodgrass

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Oh yes, Alene. Me too. just crawling up on Abba’s lap and letting Him hold me close. Resting in that Wide grace with you today.

  • Wendy

    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!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thank YOU Wendy! Love to you, my friend.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I love it. Wide grace. It’s perfect for what I am needing right now. Thank you!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Me too, Barbie. Me too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alyssa.santos.161 Alyssa Santos

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Alyssa. So glad you stopped by here today…

  • http://www.tanyamarlow.com/ Tanya Marlow

    Wow – so much power in these words. I’m going to rest in them a little. Thank you. Coming to you via FMF.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks for stopping by, Tanya. God bless you!

  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Me too, Crystal. It’s a process learning to come out into the wide space of His grace. That’s where the freedom is, that’s where we’re called to dwell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jolene.brydalski Jolene Brydalski

    You have such a way with words. Thanks for the encouragement today!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks for reading, Jolene. Your encouragement is a gift to me today. Bless you!

  • Jennifer(keltrinswife)

    His love is big enough–AMEN!! Thank you again for sharing your heart and be blessed:)

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      ((hugs)) thanks, Jen. So grateful to know you.

  • http://educatinglaytons.com/ steflayton

    woot! Right where I am. great photo – hadn’t heard that CS Lewis quote. Thanks.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Stef. Lewis is a master. I do love that photo… so nice to see you here!

  • http://www.creeksideministries.blogspot.com/ Linda Stoll

    That glint of sunlight making its way through the trees is priceless early this morning!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Linda. I have to agree!

  • Cassi Brightforest

    Great Post, perfect picture too

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Bless you, sweet Cassi. Thanks for stopping by.

  • StefanieYoungBrown

    Beautiful post, Kris!! His love is big enough ~ big enough to hold us, keep us, love us.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes, Stefanie! I love taht about Him, don’t you?! So wonderful!

      • StefanieYoungBrown

        Absolutely!!

  • http://www.newequus.wordpress.com/ Mindy @ New Equus

    Love this Kris! “His love is big enough for us, as we are.” I wish more people got this! :)

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      I’m still trying to own it myself. But what a blessing it is when we can believe this deep inside.

  • http://dailyrefined.blogspot.com/ Leigh Kay

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Redeemed! yes! YES! That is my anthem, my banner word. Bless you, my friend. Missed you at the #fmfparty

      • http://dailyrefined.blogspot.com/ Leigh Kay

        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. :)

  • Kristen Hamilton

    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.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Drinking deeply with you ;) Thanks for your encouragement, Kristen.

  • Denise Oldham

    We are thinking alike, bless you.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Love that! Thanks, Denise!

  • Student Mom (Jenn)

    Awesome post. In from 5 minutes.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Jenn. So nice to *meet* you here.

  • http://www.dianadenis.com/ Diana Denis

    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!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      I’m clinging hard to this today, remembering that He holds us tight, even as we struggle. Thanks Diana, for encouraging me. You are SUCH a blessing!

  • http://theemptynestexpress.com/ Ms. Kathleen

    Beautifully stated — He is there no matter what …and yes, his love is big enough, more than enough. Loved this post. Have a great day :)

  • http://pilgrimwanderings.wordpress.com/ Nancy Wike

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leigh.hudson.16 Leigh Hudson

    Rockin! …deluge of Grace…that says it all girl!

  • soulstops

    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 :)

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    Friend, you are wearing redemption well lately! I loved this…
    (and a deluge of grace is my new favorite) :)
    XOXO

  • http://www.amylearns.com/ Amy Tilson

    Simply beautiful, Kris. Your words transport me and I thank you for that gift.

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