Friday, November 22, 2013

FMF: Fly

At the SDG retreat last weekend, someone realized she had wings.  And the chains encircling her feet were broken and she could finally take a full deep breath, the kind that reaches into depths of her lungs.  The kind that reaches into recesses you didn't know existed.  The kind that fills you and keeps you going.  The kind you didn't really even know was missing until you've found it.

She realized she had wings, but she's still afraid to fly.  Because the truth is, life has been hard.  And not just hard, but brutal.  And it takes a long time to trust that the air He says will sustain you really will.

She realized she had wings, but I think she kept imagining being up there without her tethers, without her chains, and she couldn't help but look down.

And I understand.  Not because I've experienced her life, but because I've walked with her and I empathetically feel in the pit in my stomach and I hear the echoes of her heart and her lips...Is this really real?  Am I really designed to be free?

Am I really made to fly?

And as she spilled out these words during the testimonial time, as she pondered her deep questions and deep breaths aloud to all of us, as she looks as us quizzically asking, Is this really real? we as sisters in Christ respond...


And at that moment, I think her feet lifted from the ground.  Her wings rustled, the dust shook off.  And for a moment, I think she believed, if only a bit, she really could fly.

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..


  1. Oh, I love this post, because it reminds me of how God uses us to point our sisters to Him and to His truth. He never pushes us out of the nest without also giving us the wings to soar on. Thankful that you can continue to walk with her (and fly with her!) on this journey. Great post!

  2. So much joy in helping someone find truth and freedom. Does she have friends to continue the journey with her? It takes time.


    1. Oh yes. She is one of my very good friends and is in Bible study with us.

  3. Lovely post Jennifer :) I love how Jesus teaches us how to let go and be free in Him. I wrote about helping others to take their first flight, yesterday :)

  4. As her very good friend, I love this post. This captures it all. It will take time, but she will be flying. Birds are born with wings, but they aren't born flying. They have to grow and get stronger and learn how to use their wings and sometimes still fall at first. She will get there with support from those around her.

  5. This is a beautiful story, Jen. And, beautiful writing as well! I loved, loved this! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Great post. Im sure your friend is so thankful to have people like you who encourage her!

  7. So many times we are waiting for what has already been done. Hope your friend enjoys her flight!

  8. This gave me goosebumps...oh how present you could tell He was in that moment. Beautiful! Blessings to you.


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