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Five Minute Friday: Graceful

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.

Graceful

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Growing up I always admired dancers and synchronized swimmers.  They moved with such grace and ease.  To be graceful was something that I always had to work at.  As a child, I had moments of clumsiness.  I could trip over my own two feet, or walk into walls when I wasn’t looking.  As a teen, I roller skated competitively, and learned how to glide across the skating floor with fluidity of movement.  A few years ago, I led a praise dance team at church.  Although I had no formal training, I relied on the Holy Spirit for the graceful movement to be applied to the dance.

God desires that my walk with Him be filled with graceful movement — light on my feet, always moving toward Him, moving at the sound of His voice.  The Lord and I, moving together as one, flowing effortless across this dance floor called life.  But when I choose to step outside of His will, or move away from the sound of His voice, my steps become rushed, hard, bulky.  My graceful and effortless movements soon replace themselves with the pounding and stomping of my own two feet as I rush hurriedly through life.  I long for graceful movement once again.

I desire to yield, so that once again my steps would be graceful, full of grace.  I don’t want to strive to move here or there.  I only want to move at the sound of His voice. For when I do, I become light on my feet, my steps once again flowing freely in complete unison with the One leads me.

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Sheena @ An Imperfect Life
    September 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Barbie, I loved your take on today’s prompt. It reminded me of a post I read on Sally Clarkson’s blog titled “Dancing with my Father”. Thank you for the sweet reminder to live our lives in step with our Savior. Blessings!

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

      There is no better way to dance but with Him! Thanks for stopping over Sheena!

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    Stacy
    September 7, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Yes, the only way we can move together as one, flowing effortless, is when we let him lead. I love this picture! How I want to move at the sound of His voice.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Me too! I am so far away from the effortless movement these days, or so it seems. So thankful for His grace.

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    Richelle Wright
    September 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

    that’s the neat thing about dancing – its beautiful, fluid, looking effortless – when we submit ourselves to follow the leader and not have our own way.

    as a dancer myself, i truly appreciated your perspective on today’s word.

    blessings!

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Richelle! I appreciated your visit!

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    StefanieYoungBrown
    September 7, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I love your take on “graceful”. Yes, we should move instinctively and in synch with Him. Beautiful analogy:)

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Stefanie. Have a blessed weekend!

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    Dawn Paoletta
    September 7, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Yay! You wrote! What beautiful words…
    God desires that my walk with Him be filled with graceful movement — light on my feet, always moving toward Him, moving at the sound of His voice. The Lord and I, moving together as one, flowing effortless across this dance floor called life. LOVE THIS! One day at a time, my friend! lovely post. I am off to Lisa Jo’s.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thank you so much for the encouragement Dawn. I truly appreciate you! Have a beautiful week.

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    Mary Bonner
    September 7, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Barbie…beautiful, lovely words on graceful! “choose to step outside his will…” Oh, when we make that choice life is much less graceful.

    This is lovely Barbie!

    Mary
    http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thanks so much Mary!

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    Sylvia Robertson
    September 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Amen. Always that tension, caused by the pull of other things that are not God, pulling us away from Him, making us hasty, hard, and heavy on our feet. The desire to yield is the first step back to the grace-full dance with Him. Beautiful.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Sylvia!

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    Debbie Petras
    September 7, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Simply beautiful Barbie! I love your description of your daily dance with the Lord. How important to yield to Him alone.

    blessings and love,
    Debbie

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Praying you have a blessed weekend my friend.

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    TereasaM
    September 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You are such a beautiful woman.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Oh friend, I’ve missed you! I feel frazzled and out of step these days. Thank you for coming to visit. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Michele-Lyn
    September 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Do you know, dancing is one of my most favorite ways to worship God? It is also my most intimate way. When I was 17 years old, God asked me to save all my dancing for Him. Which meant I was never to dance on stage. Here I am, the same number of years later and when no one is home and it’s just God and I… we dance.

    I love this. It is so special to me 🙂 Love you, Barbie.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Those are the best times, dancing in the arms of The Father, when no one else is watching. Have a beautiful weekend my friend.

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    Nikki
    September 8, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Oh yes…I’m loving this. Fluidity finds me when I keep my eyes on Him…and you helped remind me of that, friend. Thank you so much.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Thank you for Nikki! Have a grace-filled weekend!

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    Jamie
    September 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Only to move at the sound of His voice – yes! I want that too. So thankful for grace. Loved your words here.

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Jamie!

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    Rachel
    September 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Beautiful picture of becoming graceful through yielding to Him! Enjoyed reading and looking forward to following your blog! =)

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel for stopping by to read and for the follow. Where do you blog at? I want to make sure I stop by if I haven’t already.

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    soulstops
    September 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    oh, the grace when we yield, as you pointed so wonderfully…wishing you a blessed weekend, Barbie 🙂

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      Barbie
      September 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Dolly!

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