Category Archives: mercy

Abba’s Visit

I am joining with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:
Doubt
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Abba’s Visit

The little girl daily wondered, “Am I safe? Will everything really be okay?”

She kept being told things were okay but it didn’t feel okay. Would she be safe? She couldn’t stop thinking about this. She was scared and having a very hard time not being scared. No matter what they told her, she had a hard time feeling safe.

Little girl thought and thought about it, “If only I can please mama a little bit more. Maybe then everything would be okay. Yes, that’s it. If I can please mama perfectly, things will be okay.”

The little girl tried and tried to do everything right. It still didn’t seem to work. The storm never seemed to end, until one day.

Little girl was playing a game when mama came up to her in a rage. Mama’s hand was raised. Her right hand was above her head about to come down on the little girl.

Then Abba stepped in, right behind mama and pulled her arm back before it descended on little girl. Abba came just in time and stopped mama in her tracks. That was an amazing day for mama and for little girl.

Mama didn’t know what had happened that day but she never hit little girl again after that. She’d get angry sometimes but she would step back and be able to stop herself from entering the storm of rage that had been her standard response for so many years.

Little girl saw Abba step in that day. Mama just knew something had changed. Something had changed in every way for little girl and mama. Mama began to love little girl and care for her in a way she hadn’t before.

Little girl had hoped in Abba for years. Abba finally came to them. Little girl’s prayers to Abba were answered in just a moment.

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You Win

I am joining with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:
Open
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You open the floodgates of heaven
and You deluge my heart with light

You set Your desire upon me
You awaken this muted heart
You breathe and life comes forth
and all aligns

Your desire calls me to come near
I consider what the cost may be

Then I realize once again
Your mercy has stacked the deck
There’s no consideration
That can stand
against Your desire
and Your mercy
for me

You win again

You are more real than anything
Being caught up in Your mercy
causes my heart to stand in wonder
at Your great goodness
that I do not deserve
and I never could earn

The cost of love is everything
for You
and nothing for me
All I must bring
is my complete surrender
to the goodness of who You are

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You welcome me

I am joining with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:

Welcome

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Stressed out, broken, crying
You welcome me

Joyful, filled with hope, remembering the good
You welcome me

Ugly-hearted, angry, sad
You welcome me

Grateful, believing the best, waiting for You
You welcome me
You beckon me in
You desire me

Happy or sad
Joyful or depressed
Hope-filled or hopeless
You welcome me
You draw me and call me
You ask me to come near

You see and know the depths of me
No one else may ever comprehend my ways
but You do
You comprehend all my ways
You know my heart at its very core
You know my desire for You
You know I long to please You
even when I don’t know how
and I fail
and I forget Your goodness towards me

You see the best,
the real me within awaiting formation into Your image

You breathe hope into me
in my darkest hour
and You deliver me
into that which You formed and fashioned me for

I can add nothing to Your great love for me
and I have nothing apart from Your goodness

Thank You
for welcoming me
and reminding me
who I am because of who You are
again and again and again

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