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Friday, September 21, 2012

Wide Open


Linking up with Lisa-Jo today for Five Minute Friday.  Here are her rules:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Five Minute Friday

OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on:  Wide

My arms, my eyes, my heart.

I want to keep them all wide.  I want them to take in and not push away; be open and receptive, not shunning.

I feel the anger rise and the clenching begins.  The jaw tightens, the eyes narrow, the fists and pulled in elbows.  Then the heart pulls its hood over its head to go to a corner and sulk because it has been injured – again.

Then I stop and see myself, not in a mirror – I don’t dare walk past for a physical glimpse – but with my mind, and soul, and spirit.  Then it comes, the realization that Who Am I to take offense at such a small slight?  Was a response that extreme necessary?  Then I can open again.  

It begins with the mouth to ask forgiveness and then I go to the arms of the forgivers and they are opened wide for me.  Then I return to where I was and start again.  Wide open to love.

Stop.

27 comments:

  1. This is almost an iconic reminder to me. Thank you for your words of grace and open wideness!

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    1. Thank you. So glad you stopped by this morning.

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  2. Oh, looking at the mirror of my soul. Sometimes that makes me cringe. Always seeking to be back in the wide open arms of love. Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday! :)


    PS...My comments are acting funny on my blog. I received all your lovely comments, but I could not respond to them, and they don't show up on my page. Not sure what's going on; however, I wanted to say thank you for them! I wish I was going to Allume, but alas, I am not. One day though. One day. :)

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    1. I cringe more often than I like to admit. So thankful for forgiveness and big love. So glad you came by. So inspired by your post today to stay thirsty. Hope you can read the comment. :)

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  3. Who am I? Such a great question to ask and one that I need to remember. Thank you, Amy! Love you!

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    1. I need to paint it on all my walls and mirrors! Love you, too!!

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  4. Wide open to LOVE!! Thought provoking post regarding self awareness. Thank you!

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    1. That's high praise from you, Ms. Lizzie! Thanks!

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  5. Loved this Amy! It's easy to close our hearts especially after hurts but there is healing in opening them wide again. Thank you for your beautiful words and opening your heart wide to share!((hugs)), Rachel

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    1. Aw, thank you. I sometimes cringe a little when I see what I've written through this.

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  6. Amy, thank you for being so real! This is such a relatable post; one that definitely resonates with me. It makes me so much more thankful for forgiveness when I blow it big time! (not that I want to blow it!!) And when we receive that wide open grace, how much it changes us...making it easier to extend that same grace to others. Thank you so much for sharing! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you. I seem to have a quite a bit of experience blowing it big time to write from.

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  7. It begins with the mouth to ask forgiveness and then I go to the arms of the forgivers and they are opened wide for me. Love this!!! Be blessed:)

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  8. Such a hard place to begin sometimes, asking forgiveness. But oh, the great joy of being forgiven and knowing peace and love that follows. Thanks for your real and your shared 5 minutes today, friend.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. It always bring a smile to see your name.

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  9. "My arms, my eyes, my heart.
    I want to keep them all wide."

    Me too, Amy...me too...so hard to stay open when hurts come in. Your words describe it so very bravely...

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    1. I just love a good pity party, too, sometimes. Self-control is not always my strongest trait.

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  10. nice post thanks for sharing...blessings

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  11. So love this Amy! Flinging my arms and heart open wide with you friend. Blessings!

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    1. Oh, thank you! Hope you have a better week ahead.

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  12. Amy, I feel like a you just described me...well, the taking offense at a small slight part. What a beautiful picture of forgiveness you have given to us. Indeed it is wide! I love this! Thank you. ~Brenda

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    1. Thank you for coming by and leaving such gracious words!

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  13. It's so hard but you're so wise here. Turning this line into my prayer today: "I want them to take in and not push away; be open and receptive, not shunning".
    Thanks Amy...learning with you!

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    1. Thank you, but I think if I had wisdom I wouldn't be able to write about some of these interactions. I still have much to learn myself. (Maybe two heads would come in handy - HA!)

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