January 23, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Visit vs. Visitation



It was SO GREAT to be back in the swing of Community... the #fmfparty crew was out in force over on Twitter and oh my stars how I love these women!  From talk of food (aka chocolate) to prayer requests, to tv shows to books, to kids and hubbys - these writers gather and support and encourage and lift up and risk real!  After an emotionally draining week - where I was lacking sleep (thank you Australian Open!) and unexpectedly dealing with some of All the Feelings - I wasn't even gonna show up! But I just can't stay away!

Oh but - first - the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is!  Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa Jo Baker.  It is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE!  The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at 10pm Thursday night (EST.)  I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!

So - here goes: Five Minute Friday - The Word Prompt is: VISIT

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We have not had any snow... so I am missing this - the snowy drives and the REASON for the bitter cold.  I am missing the snow days and 'excuses' for movie marathons and jammy days. I didn't realize how much I was missing it until this week when this unrest, sleep-deprived heaviness wrapped itself around my shoulders and left me exhausted and just wanting to zone out.  

I set myself up with a cuppa tea and a blankey, an empty house, and Netflix... but it felt too luxurious - no, really - it felt too lazy.  I should be DOING something.  Well, more accurately - what was running through my head was all the things I should just BE.  The tape was on repeat and it was not getting any quieter as Netflix played on, the cup was emptied, and I found myself slipping further down to horizontal.

All of the sudden, one scene unfolded, and an unwelcomed visit of All The Feelings rose up and spilled out of me and I could not for the life of me figure out why or where I had stuffed them and what in the world happened in the span of 30 seconds that left me so undone.  

I wanted to push it down, swallow hard... move along.  I had dealt with these things before... I thought they had been laid to rest, dead and buried, long forgotten and forgiven. 

I wanted to run, to hide, to play act that it was just me being over tired.  But instead of pushing aside this surprise visit, I bowed my heart and my head and I prayed for a Visitation. 

And oh... how He came!


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Did you see what I did there?  I will admit that I protested it... I kicked against it a bit, and I am sure there is still some work to do - but overall, I bent low and He lifted me high... He came... and when He arrives, it is not just a visit for a little while but a Visitation - for as long as we will host Him!


Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "VISIT"  
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24 comments :

  1. Oh, how we all need that Visitation every day. So glad He encouraged and lifted you up. And love how you worked snow into your visit post!! :-)

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    1. LOL - I thought you may appreciate that one!

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  2. Love this. Isn't it awesome how He meets us exactly where we are? :) I wish you could come visit me in Chicago...we have (way too much) snow, it's (way too) cold, and I have plenty of blankets and tea and coffee. (And Netflix!) Ahhh...wouldn't that be fun? Maybe someday. :) Hugs and happy Friday, sweet friend!

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    1. You know Mel - I would SO love that! ...and I have always wanted to see Chicago! For some reason - I always assumed I would love it more in the Spring or Summer though! ;)

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  3. Ohhhh how sweet - yes, we need only ask for His visitation! We don't have to make an appointment! He is waiting to answer! Precious, isn't it?!?!? AND, I have enjoyed my visit on your blog! Come to mine for a visit too! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Loni! (And now... I am off to Visit you!)

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  4. Such a relaxing picture you paint. I could melt right into that. And yet I know how the lull of the moment can take your guard down and then something catches you with that "what????" moment. Oh, these triggers. Oh, these memories. So glad that you reached out for God and His mercies instead of stuffing and hiding things away. Locking and not dealing. Sounds like His healing came down in a big way and held you close. He is tremendous in that way, yes? Love you girl!

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    1. He is faithful, yes? How He just is always here and patient in our asking for reminders... for assurances. Those Father Issues can run deep - and even with tremendous healing and moving on, those emotions can surface and we choose where to put them and what to do with them! For me? I tend to forget that it is only my Heavenly Father who can fill those needs to hear the things my heart longs to hear! Love you right back, my friend!

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  5. Thank you, my friend, for helping me to see that this is exactly what I need....a visitation from Him.

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    1. Is it not exactly what we ALL need, sweet Barbie? But oh how quickly I can forget that! Love you, friend!

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  6. Beautiful! I find myself in need of a visitation as well. But so often, I'm too busy to take the time to make the visit possible. Thanks for the reminder that quiet time should be quiet enough for God to move.

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    1. Amen Anita! We can get so busy and fall for the lie that it will take hours of quiet time - but the reality is He is right there, wherever you are - and He is WANTING to give you a Visitation! Praying you experience His Presence in the midst of your Busy, friend!

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  7. Love it! And I love how He picks the most unexpected times to visit us this way - those times when we will sit up and take notice and really listen. Beautiful.

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    1. Amen Andrea! He's just so smart, right?

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  8. His visitation...grateful with you that He meets us where we are, Karrilee

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    1. You too Dawn! (In other news - super excited for your blog makeover!!! Yay God!)

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  9. I love how He meets us no matter where we are? (thankful it isn't only in a church). He just patiently waits for us to be still and invite Him in for a visitation. There are days my live is an open invitation. Sadly there are also the days that I shut door and refuse to answer the knock. Thanks for reminding me that He desire to visit with me everyday.

    I too wish I could have a snow day but those are very rare here in the South.

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    1. Amy - yes, the lovely painful truth that it is ALWAYS always our choice, right? Love that!

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  10. Oh, Karrilee, what a beautiful idea. I've never thought of the difference between the two. But God is oh so faithful - you share this with such heart and tenderness. Such an invitation. I love you.

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    1. Girlie - you can be all nice and sweet but seriously - you made me CRY big ol tears all by myself this morning! And yet... I am Counting Down to March! Love you right back!

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  11. Karrilee, I hope you have gotten some rest, both physically and emotionally this week. I love when the Lord uncovers another layer of healing and then shows up as the Healer. Blessings to you! Love, Rachael

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    1. Rachael... yes! That is exactly what happened this week... that is exactly it! So well put! And yes... my plans this weekend are mostly to rest! You know - other than tennis (watching... not playing!) ;)

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  12. LOVE this! Reminds me of my January 1st when I got my One Word for the year. I had a similar melt down. Great, heartfelt post. There's no visit any better than a visitation from Him! Bless you!

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  13. I always appreciate your heart, my friend :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear your thoughts! Remember to: Speak Life - Be Love - Shine On!
~Karrilee~

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