FIRST – the giveaway…of course! I was so excited when I found 2 copies of Max Lucado’s “Before Amen” a few days ago. I know many of us will be doing the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study based on this book starting in November. But what am I going to do with 2 copies? Of course, why not thank so many of you amazing readers and blogging friends by giving a copy away! That way you, my friend, can join me and women all over the world as we go through this book together here in just a few short weeks! I’m excited! Are you excited?
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NOW for 5 Minute Friday! Read below how you can join me and countless other amazing bloggers every Friday for a free-writing link-up!
Our word today is LONG
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20 NLT)
As I walked along the dusty path, my mind whirled through what I could possibly say to make this situation any better. I knew I had to return home, even if I could never be accepted as part of this family anymore. How could I ever be seen as even human to them? I’m scared. I’m alone. I’m extremely vulnerable. I am the prodigal son…and I’m sure you’ve worn his sandals too.
You see, we get so caught-up in this fast-paced, self-help, quick-fix cycle that we are lost longer than what we realize. It’s like taking my dare-devil boys to the beach. As they lotion-up, I know I need extra sunblock too. Why? Because I’ll be the one standing right by the shoreline, trying to bring them closer as the waves continue to drift them away, repeatedly. A mom can only watch her babies float away so many times. I’ve been known to jump in and guide them back in the direction of our slowly leaning and faded beach umbrella.
But they have a choice. They can follow my directions and choose to listen to my voice above the waves, or be carried away by the current to a place they don’t want to be.
Sometimes, when we realize how incredibly lost we are, we risk losing something so much greater. We lose our identity. When we forget Who we belong to, we forget we can always be found.
We forget our Abba runs –
No matter how long we may feel away from Him.
No matter where you are today let Abba whisper –
My Child, you have the power to understand, as all My children should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep My love is. (Ephesians 3:18)
You are never too far away for Him to find you, as you are and walk with you the long way Home.
5 Minute Friday is a weekly challenge for bloggers to write for (you guessed it) 5 minutes on a given word. No editing. No deleting (it’s HARD!). I tied this into my “Whispers With Abba” series for October. If you would like to join me and other amazing 5 minute freewriting friends, please visit Kate’s blog and linkup!