Friday, February 15, 2013

Beloved: 5 Minute Friday

I'm going to confess.  I break the rules every time.  no, I don't go longer than five minutes, but I do edit.  I make sure my sentences are correct, that I've not misspelled anything.  And I'm guilty of tweaking.  You know -- adding a word, subtracting a word, reconstructing a sentence so that it will maybe hit your heart a bit stronger.

But, we've been togehter for awhile.  Maybe not all of you (thanks for visiting today if you are new), but even if we've never met before, I want you to know that I'm getting used to letting my flaws be known.

And if I show you my flaws, it means that I'm putting myself out there.  And I'm trusting you.

And isn't trust such a part of being loved.  Of being beloved.

I don't know about you, but everyone I know is flawed and I love them anyway.  Why would I expect anyone else to view me differently?

so, if we are going to be really real on these 5 minute Fridays, and hopefully every other day of the week, let's not be afraid to expose our flaws, some of which go much deeper than a few misspelled words adn missing capital letters.

God doesn't expect us to edit our lives for Him.  And we don't have to edit our lives for each otehr.  We all come imperfect.  And loving without requiring perfection is the essence of love.  Sun streaming down, warm on your face, never gonna leave you - love.

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. "Isn't trust part of being beloved?" this may sound silly but I never thought of it like that before. So simple but yet complex. Thanks for giving me a new new perspective today.

    Also, I tend to err on the side that our flaws are what truly makes us beautiful to Christ. You are a great writer!

  2. I get what you are saying because I am exactly the same way. I even edit my comments. ;)

  3. I love this!!! "God doesn't expect us to edit our lives for Him." Oh how this is so true and yet, we fall for the lie that this is necessary oh so often! Someone called me brave the other day for what I share in my posts... funny - it rarely feels brave... there is risk in being transparent - in sharing flaws... but there is beauty there too because, like you said, we are ALL flawed... LOVED this post! I am visiting from Lisa-Jo's today! So glad I did!

  4. LOVE this: "And isn't trust such a part of being loved. Of being beloved." Thanks for sharing your words. Though, I must admit that I love the freedom of Five Minute Fridays of not having to over-analyze or over-edit. =)

  5. Aw...lovely thoughts. He edits us with His love ...and sometimes I am surprised at what He thinks is OK to remain. Our perceived flaws are petals of the flower of His grace. Thanks, Jen. Love the image and heart revealed behind the words.

  6. Oh you and I are so much the same. I do the 5 minutes but do try not to make any mistakes. Well - as a writer/editor I am not supposed to make mistakes, am I? But yes I do feel beloved in this arena of Christian women (and me), accepted, and starting to be known for who I am.
    Thanks for this.

  7. Since Dave died, I don't feel so beloved. I know I'm supposed to feel beloved by God but, somehow, that's not quite the same as someone with skin on.
    And I'm the loser again.


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