Five Minute Friday, Forgiveness, Journey, Obedience, Worship

Wide Enough

September 21, 2012

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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  • Reply lindseyfoj September 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

    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…

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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

  • Reply Nicole Marie September 21, 2012 at 12:35 am

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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

  • Reply Alene Snodgrass September 21, 2012 at 12:44 am

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      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.

  • Reply Wendy September 21, 2012 at 12:44 am

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thank YOU Wendy! Love to you, my friend.

  • Reply Barbie September 21, 2012 at 1:54 am

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

  • Reply Alyssa Santos September 21, 2012 at 3:50 am

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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

  • Reply Tanya Marlow September 21, 2012 at 5:59 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Tanya. God bless you!

  • Reply Crystal September 21, 2012 at 6:23 am

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      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.

  • Reply Jolene Brydalski September 21, 2012 at 6:46 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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

  • Reply Jennifer(keltrinswife) September 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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

  • Reply steflayton September 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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

  • Reply Linda Stoll September 21, 2012 at 8:15 am

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

  • Reply Cassi Brightforest September 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Great Post, perfect picture too

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Bless you, sweet Cassi. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown September 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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

      • Reply StefanieYoungBrown September 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Absolutely!!

  • Reply Mindy @ New Equus September 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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

  • Reply Leigh Kay September 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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

      • Reply Leigh Kay September 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        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™‚

  • Reply Kristen Hamilton September 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Drinking deeply with you πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your encouragement, Kristen.

  • Reply Denise Oldham September 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    We are thinking alike, bless you.

  • Reply Student Mom (Jenn) September 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Awesome post. In from 5 minutes.

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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

  • Reply Diana Denis September 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy September 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      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!

  • Reply Ms. Kathleen September 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nancy Wike September 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Leigh Hudson September 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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

  • Reply soulstops September 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    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™‚

  • Reply Nikki September 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

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

  • Reply Amy Tilson September 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

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