Joining Lisa-Jo and other amazing writers for a little bit of soul-baring, where we write for 5 short minutes, without editing, without backtracking, and then we link up and share some encouragement. Lisa-Jo chooses the prompt, and today, that word is Bare.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 NIV84
I’m living a naked season these days and yet, there’s an indescribable warmth that wraps around me, even as the chill of living bare threatens to force me into hiding.
The thing about writers is, that bare seasons are a permanent place of dwelling, if you write beyond the journal. Every act of hitting “publish” is an exposure that risks everything. There’s a cost (and a reward) for shedding the covers and baring a bit of heart–pieces of soul.
Because the writing is more than an act, or obligation, because the writing is worship and meditation, obedience is required, and so it must be. To write from any other place feels a bit like a lie–a bit disingenuous.
So lay it all out there, writers. In your own voice. In your own way.
Step out in to the cold of the world, bare and trust that whatever the temperature, He holds you firm. the Lord provides a warmth and a shield from the elements that threaten to undo you.
Not everyone will appreciate what you share.
There are some who cannot endure what you will bare.
I’m wildly uncomfortable in this current season. But He holds me firm. I trust His hand. He is my shepherd, He is my God.
In God alone is my strength.
While we’re on the subject of being bare, I might as well share this with you too~ The other day, I had an opportunity to share a bit about the book with Dan King (BibleDude.net) and Sandra Heska King (SandraHeskaking,com) And Tammy Pearlmutter (Tammygirrrl.com) If you’re interrested in seeing a bit more of my (bare) heart behind the book, you can watch that here:
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