share: God’s unconditional love encourages us to share and trust

share - God's unconditional love encourages us to share and trust

Love wore many faces for me as a child. Not all of them welcome or healthy. I didn’t experience unconditional, fully accepting and embracing love until I invited Christ into my heart in my late teens.

Even though I was, and still am, very willing to share the wondrous things God has done for me, I’ve found that opening up about a painful past and sharing my wounded, imperfect self with others has proved challenging over the years.  But we all need safe places to vent and people we trust to share ourselves with.

Now I am in a better place than in my wary childhood days. A spacious place because I have been redeemed by grace. And as I’ve found courage enough to write and spill my story instead of hiding away, I give God the glory for opening up wider avenues of confidence and trust, of love and faith. Those “you too?” moments mean so much and are well worth the vulnerability we choose to expose to others by sharing our hearts.

“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” – Psalm 18:19

To share or not to share

she kept her heart locked tight
unwilling to open up
one person had an invite
flooded it with his love

a slow warming, thawing
as icy layers began to melt
he continued to pour more in
unafraid of her tumult

dirty corners were cleansed
cobwebbed thoughts expunged
she didn’t have to make amends
he took the mess upon himself

to share or not to share
a daily life dilemma
wanting to disappear
the silent death of her

he breathed a purer air
he spoke a new language
mercy and grace appeared
as he took away her anguish
© joylenton

share - to share or not to share poem (C)joylenton

I’m delighted to be sharing my five minute poem with the wonderful wordsmiths in the five-minute-friday community.  This week’s prompt is: “share”. You are warmly invited to join in and read the great posts being shared. 🙂

16 thoughts on “share: God’s unconditional love encourages us to share and trust

    • Dear Laurie, this is a topic I hesitate to revisit, having covered (uncovered?) so much over the last few years. But these were the words God laid on my heart to spill today. In the willing listening and sharing we never know just who might need to read them. Bless you for reading and for the kind encouragement. It means a lot. Sending love and hugs. xo 💜

  1. Beautiful poem. It’s hard to share our stories. But there can be a gift in sharing those stories even when those stories are hard to share. Redemption can and will happen. I’m over in the 40 spot this week.

    • Amen! We are enriched and encouraged by hearing one another’s stories and sharing our joys and sorrows. Bless you for being here, Tara. I hope to hop over and read your post before next week, if fatigue doesn’t waylay me again! xo 😊❤

    • Oh me, too, Becky! It’s one of my favourite verses. Because it gives shape to our suffering and hope for beyond it too. Nothing is ever wasted in God’s economy. xo 💜

  2. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for being willing to share your heart. Your “you too?” along with my own “you too?” in response to your stories have been such blessings and encouragement to me. I am sure that reading your book was so vital to my own eyes looking up to see where God was dwelling within the pages of the shifting seasons of my life. I pray that the Lord will give us the grace to keep pressing deeper into Him, opening our hearts to share as He prompts us. Love, hugs and blessings to you my dear friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, one of the loveliest thing about being willing to be vulnerable and opening up to others is the comfort, solidarity and support it brings, as well as sisterly friendship and love. You came into my life just when God knew I needed someone to share a close, empathetic link with my words and the message I hoped to convey. If every writer needs an ideal reader then I have found mine in you! As well as a lovely praying friend who lightens up my life in so many ways and inspires me in my walk of faith. Amen to your prayer! Love, blessings and hugs to you too! xoxo

  3. So so thankful for you and your courageous example. The light of His love burns brightly in you. The poem is powerful. This speaks to my heart so much:

    wanting to disappear
    the silent death of her

    he breathed a purer air
    he spoke a new language

    • Oh, Anna, any courage I possess is all God-given. I still tremble and falter before pressing publish when I have something deeply personal to share. The willingness comes quickly but the hesitation is still there! It warms my heart to hear those words have resonated with you, dear friend. Knowing some of your story makes it easier to see why they do. May God continue to give you the necessary courage and strength to follow His leading and guiding into pastures new, and a willingness to embrace the fresh opportunities that are waiting for you. xo 💟

  4. Oh, Joy, this is beautiful! As God enables us to share our stories, He encourages others through us. I absolutely love your poem!!!! What great work He has done for each of us!

    • Indeed He does, Gayl! The encouragement works both ways, because we receive it too in blessing others. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m pleased you like the poem! Blessings and love to you, dear friend. xo 💜

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