Five Minute Friday – Bare

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Linking up with Lisa Jo again this week to participate in Five Minute Friday. I love this because it is just a commitment of five minutes of unedited writing….we can all do that can’t we?? So if you haven’t started this series yet…today’s the day! :)

Today’s word is BARE – ready, set go –

This goes against what is most comfortable for me…in all honesty I wear a mask much easier than I bare my “real” heart.

You see I have always struggled with the need to be perfect. Or at least the need to make you believe that things are perfect in my life….that I have it all together.

I want you to think that my children are perfect angels, or to think that I always have a countenance of peace and joy. But the truth is, like everyone, I struggle at all of it! 🙂

There are Sunday mornings when Dominic and I are not getting along on the way to church…yet I put on my smile like all is well with the world.

There are morning that I get frustrated and short with my kids….and then apologize as we are driving to school so they won’t have a bad day….

It is the “ugly” truth of who I can be sometimes….and it is difficult to bare that here…be real and transparent and hope for grace.

But God doesn’t call us to be perfect people…..He wants us to be perfect IN Him.

Why do I forget that? Why do I think that you all expect me to be perfect because I write about God here in this space?

I am working through this refining process…learning who God really is to me. Learning that my own worst enemy is me…and that I keep myself at a distance from God’s graces because I place these impossible standards on myself.

But God wants us to approach Him in our barest form….open to being changed and molded into His likeness.

“Take me and mold me, use me, fill me

I give my life to the Potter’s hand Call me,

You guide me, lead me, walk beside me

I give my life to the Potter’s hand”

This is my prayer today…that I be open and transparent and willing to be “seen” by the One who can shape me into the woman He desires me to be.

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3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Bare

  1. kamici

    I have thought that same thing about needing to be perfect…and how can I write if I am not getting this “Christian” thing right… What a great reminder! Others don’t need up to be perfect and neither does He. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Amy Corley

    Kristin, thank you for sharing so honestly here today. We give one another a gift when we are real with each other. And the beauty and truth about the gospel is that He meets us there, in the place of our bare reality, and He covers us. God bless you today!!

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  3. Amy P Boyd
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    I think we all want to put on the appearance of perfection but the we compare our inside to other women’s outside and that just causes us to feel more inadequate. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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