Friday, February 8, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Bare

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The truth is that I feel naked, bare, exposed most every day.  I try and I try and I try to cover myself - in a good way, with prayers for protection, with the reaching out to say that I need help, but today in my quiet time, God reveals to me where I've hidden my real self.  The self that thinks she can do it all alone.  That thinks that if she asks for help that she is being dramatic or not pulled together or unbearably selfish.

Sometimes I think that I'm being authentic, but there always seems to be another layer.  Another layer tucked beneath the one recently excavated.

And sometimes, it just makes me cry.

And I cry not just for myself but for you.  Because I know if we both sat here together and really peered into each other's soul, there would be a new level of bare that neither of us knew existed.  I know there is a part of you that wants to live with no holds barred.  To live free of the trappings of this world, to pierce the darkness with light, to shun the lies of this world.

Shall we go there together?  Should we just keep our eyes on Jesus, get out of the boat, and show the world that all the things they thought not possible...actually are?


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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..


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16 comments :

  1. Beautiful! God spoke to us both the same way with this topic. I also feel like sometimes I don't know what REAL is. Excellent thoughts for today.

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  2. Don't we all think we can go at it alone ? But we aren't meant to be alone. We were made to need each other.

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  3. I'm writing along today; first time for me.

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  4. "The truth is that I feel naked, bare, exposed most every day. I try and I try and I try to cover myself - in a good way, with prayers for protection, with the reaching out to say that I need help..." So true. What a beautiful poetic way to describe vulnerability. I am glad that I stopped by today.
    Cheers,
    Shanae
    DiSemblance Blog

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  5. Beautiful!!! We do need Him, and others to come along side us. Friends are added blessings apart from the Holy spirit! I wanted to also let you know that I'm having trouble uploading my Solio Deo Gloria video. It will come up, Lordwilling, as soon as it can.

    Blessings,
    Adrienne

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  6. Oh Jen, how I wish we could sit together, face to face, as we lay our souls bare. Beautiful!

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  7. Crying with you, Jen...I wonder if that is our condition this side of heaven...this gradual unwrapping layer by layer of ourselves, even as we unwrap layer by layer how great and loving God is...the maturation/sanctification/growing up process...

    It would be lovely to chat with you in person, Jen :)

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  8. I appreciate the time you took to stop by and leave some words of encouragement.

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  9. Here's another soul who so very often thinks she can do it alone! And, therefore, I don't bare my soul often to many - if any. I'm with ya, girl.
    Hugs, Michelle

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  10. 'Looking unto Jesus . . . ' for although she thinks she can do it alone, and too often tries, she KNOWS she can't.
    Thanks, Jen for your honesty and your tears!

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  11. This speaks volumes to me. I have a very difficult time accepting compliments because in my mind I'm always thinking "if you only knew the REAL me". Thanks for sharing!!!

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  12. Just like you, Jen, my focus this week has been upon "my focus". Truly thought it was upon Him. Surprised to discover that which it was really upon. We did sit down together; my soul,now,thread bare. Thank you.

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  13. ohhhhhhhhhhh, I loved these words "Should we just keep our eyes on Jesus, get out of the boat, and show the world that all the things they thought not possible...actually are?"

    keep our eyes on Jesus and show the world who He is--you are an inspirer, girl!

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  14. It was so hard for me to learn to accept help, to let people know that I am in need. It still is, but it's becoming easier.

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  15. Fantastic. Beautifully 'bare'. :)

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    Have a nice Monday.
    Nan
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