Friday, January 25, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Again

I don't ask this question of myself much --

Would you do it again?

Because, depending on the day, I may or may not know what my mind would say.  And sometimes, just sometimes, my mind can trump the heart and lead me down a road of logic that just leads to despair.

Because if I said "no."  If I said "no," I would rob myself of the infinite joy that I have, or at least have access to every single day.  If I said "no," I'd just be trading it for another kind of pain.  If I said "no," I'm sure I still would have found myself just as desperate, just as lost, just as hopeless as I mired in some other tragic hard.

Saying "no" isn't an option.  Til death do us part, sickness and in health, richer or poorer (and we have known "poorer" in many senses of the word, haven't we), every day we say "yes."  Sometimes out of duty, but most of the time from the heart.

The heart that seems to get stronger after forced through the flame.  The heart that seems to operate in the overflow when we finally fall into bed and let the grace of the day overtake us.  Saying "yes" daily doesn't mean perfection.  It doesn't mean that we've overcome it all.  But it does mean this:

We do take heart because He has overcome the world.

And this world includes all the heartache, despair, and brokeness we've been through, babe.

I take heart.  And I'd say "yes" all over again.

(Y'all, have you ever started a 5 Minute Friday and it took a completely different direction than you thought it would?  Totally happened to me today!)

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

A note from Jen:
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  1. Lovely...again! : ) Yes, sometimes when I start a FMF, my direction shifts from where I thought it would. It's freeing, though, isn't it!?

    1. For sure! And today, the shift totally blessed my husband!

  2. Beautiful honesty, Jen. "The heart that seems to get stronger after forced through the flame." So true

  3. Jen, beautiful and there is an echoing between our writes...mine too about my husband though when I read it again it speaks to other love, the love from my heavenly Father too. Your words speak to me, as we have known the fire and the flames too. And this is our 25th year of marriage. I know your husband cherishes this write, friend. Thanks again for your help earlier this week.

  4. This was so encouraging, and amazing! Thank you!


  5. Oh, I love that pivotal pull: He has overcome...Praise that truth which reminds us Yes is possible again and again- forever YES! Happy Friday, Jen. Loved this!

  6. I can so track with you on this one! This poetic quote: "just as hopeless as I mired in some other tragic hard" — so beautiful, such truth! I have asked myself this question, when the going got extra tough, but my conclusion is the same. I am committed. I cannot even fathom not living this life because of all the amazing things God has done with and through it. Thanks for your honesty!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

  7. Oh, yes - I would say Yes to the Father every time. St. Augustine said that the only difference between the Christian and the Pagan - is not the challenges because they both face the same challenges - the only difference is Him - and that makes all the difference!!! With you there!

  8. Dave never asked me to marry him; he just said, "want to leave Richmond?" I said, "yes, if that means we're getting married." He said, "okay" and, pretty much, that was it. I'd say yes to marrying Dave again, not sure if I'll ever say yes to anyone else.
    As to saying yes to Abba, I'd say yes again and, this time, not stray between the years.


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