Don’t hide your light

 Sometimes a word appears in due season. A word meant to be shared.

Flowing freely as it invades the mind with inspiration.

A touch and gift of grace.

Such is the word I’m sharing today as I join in with the liberating, free-form creative writing exercise which is five minute friday.

START:

“Friends,

I want you to know these things:

God hasn’t hidden Himself from you.

Creation breathes His Presence.

The Word made flesh made His mark on the cross.

Nailed Himself indelibly to mankind.

Paved a pathway of freedom for you and me.

Abides closer than our next breath

And is only a prayer away.

God intends us to live within the riches of His forgiveness and grace.

To break out of our stony heart’s carapace.

To live and love and give.

Your life matters.

Your words matter.

Your voice needs to be heard.

Don’t hide your light. Allow it to shine glory-bright.

Write out your story to His praise and glory.

Pour out your pain and shame.

Because in the opening you will begin to be

set free as you share your frail humanity.

Let the breathings of your heart and the bleeding of your pen

become the unravelling of Hope to lift and encourage, reveal

and help other wounded souls to heal

on their journey to becoming whole”

STOP.





On a day when pain is all pervasive and my mind fogged with M.E fatigue, I am thankful for the surprising gift of words to weave.

And if God can inspire this dim and faltering wick, then He will do the same for you too.

You can write. You can shine for Jesus. Just where you are.

The prayer below is free for you to pin and share. 

 

8 thoughts on “Don’t hide your light”

  1. Your words are beautiful, especially about writing our story, even if it means "the bleeding of your pen" as you wrote above. I've often encouraged writers, as well, to "Dip your pen in blood and write the pain away."

    I felt like I've sat in your presence today and felt my own heart soothed with delicious words, better than tea or coffee. Thank you!

    1. Hi Susan. It's amazing how cathartic writing out our story can be, isn't it? The pain may still remain at a deep level but at least the wound gets lanced and some of the sting is taken away.
      Thank you for stopping by and encouraging me in the process! Blessings on your life and writing 🙂

    1. Hi Rachel. I'm glad those simple words were a means of encouragement and reminder for you of God's continual presence with us. Thanks for visiting! Bless you. 🙂

  2. Oh Joy, so beautifully written, cathartic, for both reader, and (I suspect) writer.

    "Let the breathings of your heart and the bleeding of your pen

    become the unravelling of Hope to lift and encourage, reveal

    and help other wounded souls to heal

    on their journey to becoming whole"

    These are fabulous words Joy…. they'd make a great sharing/encouraging (pinnable) quote – using one of your creative image works as a background, perhaps 🙂

    Thank you for sharing, Kimmie x

    1. Hi Kimmie. Thanks very much for your sweet encouragement and kind suggestion. As you may have seen, I took your advice to heart and made a pinnable quote image to put here! Bless you for the thought and for stopping by. 🙂 x

  3. Amen! It's so hard to come out of hiding and share our pain. We don't always know how people will react, so it's a risk. But I completely agree that we can't heal until we open the wound. I read something once along these lines: Sweeping your pain under the rug just makes a bigger lump to trip over.

    1. "Sweeping your pain under the rug just makes a bigger lump to trip over" – Oh how true, Melissa! We may swallow it down and often try to pretend it doesn't exist, but pain (of whatever kind) will always find a way to rise to the surface and shout out its need to be dealt with. And we can work through painful things by God's grace. Not only does He bring healing to us, He also equips us to help others in their healing journey. Thanks for visiting! Bless you. 🙂

Your words matter. I'd love to hear from you.