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Five Minute Friday: {Unexpected}

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Today I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama for the 5 Minute Friday.  This is where we write for just 5 minutes, without worrying about perfection.  No heavy editing, no backtracking.  Just words freely flowing out of my heart into yours.

Today’s Prompt:  Unexpected

Ready….Set….Go!

I expected it to come, when I was very young.  And it did.  It would flood my heart with waves of warmth and peace, but then leave all too soon.  Where did it go?  What did I do?  Will it ever return?  I tried hard to fill the voids in my own heart.  I put up walls and vowed I would never let it in again.

As a young woman, it lured me in.  It was unexpected, yet I welcomed it with open arms.  Only this time it was dark, self-seeking, harmful and hurtful.  Yet I yielded.  I thought I had to hold on tightly, now that I found it again, or it would leave me abandoned, never to feel again.  But no matter how tightly I held, it left me.  This time, leaving me broken, bruised and tarnished.  Was I not good enough?  Did I not do enough?  And again, I vowed to protect my heart from this depth of pain.

But then, the unexpected happened.  It returned, yet in a way I had never encountered before.  It flooded my heart, mind and soul with a presence I had never felt before.  So strong.  So peaceful.  So comforting.   Would it stay?  Or was I to be left abandoned again?

This unexpected, overwhelming love was brought to me by the Man Christ Jesus.  He restored my heart in unexpected ways.  He promises to never leave me alone.  He will always be with me, no matter what I do.  Because of Him, I am learning to expect the good things that the unexpected bring.

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.  I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.   (Psalm 23:6-Message)

Stop.

*I am always amazed at what comes out of my heart on these writing exercises.  So much deep stuff revealed in just 5 minutes.


Would you like to join us?  Here’s how:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenn
    November 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Wow!  You said it, that is an amazing amount of depth for 5 minutes!  Thank you for sharing your heart with us today, and for popping over to my blog to comment too.  Thank you!

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      Barbie
      November 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you Jenn!  I appreciate your visit here today!

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    Amy W
    November 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      November 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Amy!

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    Jenifer
    November 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Such a lovely post about the unexpected love we receive from Him and how He takes us into unexpected places.

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    Janelle Spring
    November 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for your heartfelt words!

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      Barbie
      November 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Janelle!

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    Lisa
    November 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Beautifully written, Barbie.  We can expect the unexpected from our Big God. 

    • Reply
      Barbie
      November 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Sometimes the unexpected gifts that He gives are the best!

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    Shelley Swanson
    November 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Beautifully stated. I loved and been had deceived., prior to yielding my self to the Lord and His plan. I was ready to live for the Lord and remain single for the rest of my life when God hand delivered a man that fears the Lord and loves the Lord. thank you for sharing.

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      Barbie
      November 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I am so thankful I am learning to open my heart again to the love of others, and especially HIS love!  Thank you for stopping by!

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    Amy
    November 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Oh, that was beautiful!  So glad I got to read it.

    And thank you for stopping by my blog, too.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      November 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks for visiting here Amy!

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    Barbie
    November 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I am so thankful for His love!

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    Anonymous
    November 13, 2011 at 4:23 am

    That was wonderful Barbie!  You totally captured my attention.  Beautiful!  

    • Reply
      Barbie
      November 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you my friend.  These writing exercise surprise me sometimes!

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