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Five Minute Friday: Grasp

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. 

Grasp

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Some days I can feel them slip through my fingers — hopes, dreams and promises yet unfulfilled that all appear so far away.  I can almost see them, feel them in my grasp; yet at times they slip through my fingers like sand.  The reality is that there are so many things that I desire to hold onto, to wrap my fingers around and hold on tightly to.  My grasp seems so small, so weak, yet I know the One who holds me in His grasp, and He gives me the strength to hold on.  I am reminded of the woman with the issue of blood.  So many dreams, so many hopes, yet so many years of shame.  But she dared to hope.  She dared to reach out to the One who could make all things new again

Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”  22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
(Matthew 9:20-22)

How much more does He desire to fulfill His promises towards me?.  They are all within my grasp.  Do I have the to faith to reach out and believe? 

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24 Comments

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    soulstops
    September 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The woman’s faith as she grasped for the fringe of Jesus’ robe always gets me…the faith to dare to hope after so many years of disappointment and pain..wow! Great post…thanks, Barbie 🙂

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Thanks Dolly! Have a great weekend.

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    katherine.blackford
    September 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Stopping by from 5-min Friday. I love the illustration of the women’s grasping Jesus robes! Her faith in reaching out and touching him as her only hope is so moving and convicting…Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by Katherine. I truly appreciate it.

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    Nikki
    September 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Oh the faith to reach out and believe…

    Loved this write. and have been thinking about that woman a lot lately…what hope! striving to be like her. to reach out and touch…

    love and hugs to you, friend!

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Thank you Nikki. Sending you a big hug today as well!

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    Wendy Douglas
    September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Such faith…both in the story of the woman and in your sweet words today. Such an encouragement to me and I am thankful. Blessings!

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Thank you Wendy. Have a blessed weekend.

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    StefanieYoungBrown
    September 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful words on faith and trust, my friend.
    Very inspirational! Looking forward to your 31 days series:))

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Thanks so much Stefanie. Pray me through the 31 days will you? I always think I bite off more than I can chew, but God, He is faithful!

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        StefanieYoungBrown
        September 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

        You’re welcome! I will pray and will remain confident He’s called you to write this series and He will provide the words, strength and stamina.

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    Dawn Paoletta
    September 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Touching… I feel with you , Barbie. Believe me. ANd that woman’s faith to reach, to risk…sweet share.

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Thanks Dawn. Praying for you today!

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    Denise Oldham
    September 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    So very encouraging.

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Thank you Denise. Praying you have a beautiful weekend.

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    Lea
    September 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks goodness He holds us in His grasp. That alone is such comfort to me at so many times. Blessings! Another good entry Barbie!

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Thanks so much Lea!

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    Beth Zimmerman
    September 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Excellent question. I wish I knew the answer. So many times I pray like the man who said, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!”

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

      So true Beth! It’s only by His grace and through His strength that I have the faith to hold on.

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    Diana Denis
    September 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    He wants to fulfill His promises to me. <–I'm grabbing onto this one idea and I'm holding it with my heart and both hands.

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:49 am

      All of His promises are YES and AMEN! Hold on my friend.

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    Jenny
    September 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    So true, thanks for the encouragement.

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      Barbie
      September 29, 2012 at 1:49 am

      Thank you for stopping by Jenny!

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    StephanieGlidden
    September 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Stopping over from FMF! Isn’t this a precious revelation —–> “My grasp seems so small, so weak, yet I know the One who holds me in His grasp, and He gives me the strength to hold on” Thank God for His strength to hold us tight, and willingness to hold on when we are trying to wiggle free!!

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