My 5 Minute Fridays

Stretch Me Lord!

August 17, 2012

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

TODAY’S PROMPT:  STRETCH

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When my feet hit the floor each morning, one of the first things I like to do is stretch. There is something about expanding my muscles that allows me to feel prepared to begin each day. When I stretch, my aches and pains seem to disappear.  I stand, feet firmly planted on the ground.  Lifting my arms up to the heavens, I inhale deeply, and midway through the stretch, I exhale loudly as my voice responds to the stretch.

God has a way of stretching me.  Like a rubber band, I feel stretched at times. He calls me to exercise muscles that I’ve never used before.  At first, I shrink back, comfortable to be left in the place where I’ve already been.  But He continues to call me up, and out, and forward.  I want to stretch you beyond your abilities.  I want you to reach farther, to touch heaven.”

Although the stretch is often painful, He promises that I will never be broken, never be torn beyond repair.  The stretch enlarges my heart and opens me wide to receive all that He has prepared for me.

Stretch me Lord!  I am willing.

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.   (Isaiah 54:2 NIV)

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37 Comments

  • Reply BethFerrell August 17, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Amen Barbie! He definitely has a way of stretching us. He knows how easily we would stay in that comfortable position. Have a blessed Friday!

    • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Oh yes, and He loves us too much to leave us comfortable! Have a beautiful weekend.

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown August 17, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I second Beth’s amen! I love what you said here: “Although the stretch is often painful, He promises that I will never be
    broken, never be torn beyond repair. The stretch enlarges my heart and
    opens me wide to receive all that He has prepared for me.” I’m right there with you, Barbie!
    Have a wonderful Friday, my friend!

    • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you Stefanie!

      • Reply StefanieYoungBrown August 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        You’re welcome, Barbie!

  • Reply Nikki August 17, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Oh, amen! We are so kindred. Let’s wear these stretchmarks of living proudly. for they display the beauty of His power in our weakness…

    what a wonderful write, friend! Oh what God can do through you. Even five minutes at a time!

    • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      You had me laughing at the word “stretchmarks”. That could have made a great 5 Minute Friday! You are a gem. Love you!

  • Reply Stacie August 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

    You have a beautiful space here. Beautiful words as well.

  • Reply Meg August 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    So true, Barbie! I know I’ve certainly experienced plenty of stretching in my short lifetime, and I’m sure there’s much more to come!

  • Reply Christian SuperMom August 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Amen to that, Barbie! I love the feeling of stretching when I’m doing it myself. But when God stretches me, it often feels uncomfortable. It’s so good to know His stretching has an equally healthy purpose as my own – actually sometimes an even better purpose. Happy Friday!

    • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      So true Rosann! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply Pam August 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I like that… to touch heaven. Lovely! Echoes in my heart… – Pam, http://wordglow.wordpress.com

    • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you Pam. Loved that you stopped by today.

  • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for stopping by today Meg.

  • Reply Barbie August 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you so much Stacie!

  • Reply Lea August 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Yours is the 3rd entry I’ve read on “stretch” and they have all been such a blessing. Stretching means growth and I’ve definitely had my fair share in recent months. But, he remains faithful through it all. Blessings for a great weekend!

  • Reply Debbie Petras August 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I hear you Barbie! He does stretch us and it can at times be a bit painful. But it’s so good for us.

    blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Reply Barbie August 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

      It’s all worth it, isn’t it Debbie?

  • Reply Wendy Douglas August 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    “The stretch enlarges my heart …” So love this Barbie! So blessed by your words friend! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply Barbie August 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thank you Wendy. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Reply Jacqui August 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I like this, Barbie! “He calls me to exercise muscles I’ve never used before.” So very true. If we are to grow, we must step out of our comfort zones…we must use those muscles we’ve never used. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Reply Barbie August 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by Jacqui!

  • Reply Barbie August 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I think sometimes He’s closest during those times. Have a beautiful weekend!

  • Reply Kim August 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

    It does hurt to stretch sometimes but He knows what is for the best!

  • Reply Dawn St Amand Paoletta August 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I am kind of thinking of you sweet , in your jammies, stretching…starting your day reaching for Him. Sweet share Barbie!

    • Reply Barbie August 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks my friend.

  • Reply Barbie August 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Yes He does! Thankful you stopped by!

  • Reply soulstops August 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Yes, He does stretch us beyond our abilities so we rely on His abilities…wonderful write…wishing you a blessed Sunday, Barbie :)

    • Reply Barbie August 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      So true Dolly. Have a blessed week.

  • Reply Ro elliott August 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    great post…yes He does stretch…but never to break our hearts…just break down those things that keep us from living free…blessings as we stretch in Him~

    • Reply Barbie August 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      He is always so loving and gentle. His desire is that we be completely free! Thank you Ro elliott!

  • Reply Jennifer_StudioJRU August 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love this Barbie!

    • Reply Barbie August 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thank you my friend.

  • Reply Eileen Knowles August 20, 2012 at 2:53 am

    What a beautiful 5 minutes! I love that picture and the verse!

    • Reply Barbie August 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thank you Eileen. I can’t take credit for the picture, but i believe it suits the post perfectly. Have a beautiful week.

  • Reply charis August 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    barbie, this is where i am right now… such a stretching time on so many many levels and fronts. thanks for the encouragement.

    • Reply Barbie August 28, 2012 at 12:15 am

      I pray for you often Charis. Trusting that the Lord is perfecting that which concerns you!

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