All it takes is a one word prompt and we write brave and free.
Such is the liberty of joining in for #fiveminutefriday
Or do we? Sometimes words stall in our heads and get left unexpressed. We feel blocked or broken inside.
Deep pondering and marinating are not how we operate in this creative writing endeavour.
Giving in to the moment, going with the flow and eschewing perfection is what it’s all about.
But some words stir deep, unsettle and unleash a flood rather than a drizzle.
Such was the result for me of beginning to write about this week’s prompt:’Release’.
I thought a bit, prayed, set the timer and wrote.. and wrote.. and wrote long past the limit. A poetic rambling and prayerful cry too personal to share.
Because this word hits too close to home to give an easy answer to. I’m living change, transition and release. Begging for it while I draw back scared.
Part of me craving an alteration and part of me resenting the effort it will require before lasting change can take place.
Staying the same isn’t an option once God puts His finger on an area requiring change. He will never give up wanting the very best for us.
So we yield easy, or fight our way up like drowning swimmers gasping for air. I’m fighting, and slowly learning how to surrender restfully.
This morning I didn’t set the clock or expect to participate in any writing exercise.
I woke earlier than usual and sensed a holy call to climb out of the covers. I obeyed reluctantly at first, having had a restless, wakeful night and with a body crying out desperate for sleep.
But I’m glad I obeyed. I met with God as He whispered words I needed to hear and felt prompted to share in the hope of blessing you too.
“Re-lease your life into My care. You are not your own; you were bought with the price of My redeeming Love and sacrificial blood. I paid the price to set you free so that you could learn to become fully yourself as I intended you to.
Release ~ the weight of guilt, burden of sin and shame, turmoil of anger, resentment and unforgiveness. It poisons your body and mind to hold on to such things.
Release ~ your hopes, dreams and desires so that they can be sifted and purified, right motive and purpose given, and all submitted to My will and authority.
Release ~ the past, present and future. I see the end from the beginning. I am Alpha and Omega. Trust Me to take care of it all and pave the way for you to walk steadily with Me, moment by moment.
Release ~ all that chains and tethers you to earth. My desire is to make beauty from the ashes, bring hope out of despair and joy from adversity. Let loose all that prevents you from living freely in body and in mind.
Hand over all that you are, have been and will be. You are no surprise to Me. I know you inside out, and will provide the best way for you to grow strong, be fruitful and live compassionately to impact the lives of others for good.
As you release you will find true freedom because I take it all and give back to you only those things that fit who you are and prepare you for My purpose, all that brings joy, peace, rest and ease because you trust in Me.
Letting go takes courage and faith, but it will bring you so much more than those things you cling on to with tight clenched fists. They become stumbling blocks and strongholds preventing forward momentum.
Open your hands, release and ready yourself to receive, My child. I am waiting to give back to you.”