Friday, November 9, 2012

Lifting Hands in the Quiet




Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and friends for Five Minute Friday.
This is where we come together writing for 5 minutes without editing or overthinking.
I love this community.

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Five Minute Friday

It is in the quiet of the morning once I have sent the boys off to school and D off to work that I spend time with my Abba. I have my Bible out along with my journal and usually some worship music as the soundtrack for our time together. 

I begin by bowing my head and lifting my hands. 
Isn't that how it always begins...with the lifting of the hands? 
Somehow it has become my posture in praying. 
It is almost like lifting everything I am, everything I have, 
and everything I long for up to Him.
It is the way I give Him myself and my family as an offering every day.
To let go and lift.
Hands wide open.
Knowing that as I let go, He will fill them up.
Both my hands and the hands of the ones I love most.
He teaches me to surrender all as I lift my hands to Him.
In the quiet.

Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven.
Lamentations 3:41 

44 comments:

  1. Wendy, thank you for taking me into worship with you as I read this. Beautiful.
    Peace, sweet sister.
    Chelle

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    1. So sweet to worship Him with you friend. Blessings!

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  2. I love the imagery you used of lifting up our hands to give God our worries and concerns so we will then have room for Him to fill us with His blessings. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! How incredible is it that we can lift it ALL to Him?!? Blessings!

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  3. I think our body posture does a lot in demonstrating our submission, love, and reverence of God. Sometimes you just need to let go and reach out. Loved this image, friend.

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    1. Oh yes Alia...reaching out in every way to Him. Thank you so much friend. Blessings!

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  4. Posturing ourselves before the Lord in continual surrender and giving all of us back to Him! Beautiful!

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    1. Yes friend...returning all to Him that was His to give. Such sweet surrender. Blessings!

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  5. Wendy I get this picture of you lifting your stuff up to him like a small child showing her Father a boo boo or a pretty cool thing she's just found! What a sweet time for you to share with Him!

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    1. Oh it is so sweet friend. May I forever come to Him as a child. Blessings!

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  6. Wow. So true. I will lift my hands in the morning along side you.
    Blessings on you and your family.

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    1. Love that we are lifting our hands together friend. Blessings!

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  7. I love habits like this. They remind us to do the same thing. Until this year, I had the same habit or sitting down after the kids and hubby were gone for the day and praying. But now we are homeschooling and am still working to find a consistent time that works.

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    1. Laura I had a similar challenge when the boys were home for the summer. I made it a point to go into my room or outside (which was so beautiful) to have that alone time with Him. Praying that you have that time as well. Blessings!

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  8. Hi Wendy: Love this sweet reminder today. It starts with surrender. Beautiful! Have a blessed weekend, my encouraging friend! xo, lauren
    mercyinkblog.com

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren! It all begins there, doesn't it? Blessings!

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  9. When I am alone in my home and singing to my Daddy, I can't help but lift up my hands. I picture myself at His feet.

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Your love for Jesus is so contagious. xoxo

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    1. Oh Marci so love picturing you worshiping Him with lifted hands. What an incredible time we have at His feet. Blessings to you my sweet friend.

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  10. Oh my -- I'm lifting my hands right along side of you! What a beautiful picture of worship and surrender. Blessings sweet friend.

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    1. LOVE lifting hands to Him with you friend. Blessings!

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  11. This is a beautiful picture of prayer, the posture of a humble worshipper, loving her God. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks Christina! What a gift it is to be able to come to Him. Blessings!

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  12. Wendy, this was so beautiful. I could feel myself just worshipping our Savior right along with you... Laying it all at the feet of His throne... Bless you girl!

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    1. Oh Kathleen...that we can lift our hands together...what a beautiful picture. Blessings to you sweet friend.

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  13. Wendy: Met you last night at the FMFparty! I didn't make it! LOL I am at the bottom of the list today, but still found some quiet time to write it.

    Enjoyed reading your words on "quiet"…taking us into your time with God and worshipping in that stillness.

    Christy
    A Heartening Life — www.ahearteninglife.com

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    1. So loved chatting with you Christy and am so looking forward to getting to know you more! Blessings!

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  14. Just beautiful, dear friend--the heart's posture of surrender often mirrored in the worship our body longs to do, too. Love to you, today.

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. You are such an encouragement to me. Love you much. Blessings.

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  15. I love this! I love the visual of actually literally lifting your hands - giving your everything up to Him... it's that transference of yokes! I love your line "as the soundtrack for our time together." I too am a lover or music/worship and bring it in to my quiet time with the Lord! I'd love to hear some of your favorites? Right now, I am loving a ix of worship... but it's always nice to learn of new artists!

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    1. Thanks so much Karrilee! I listen to a wide variety of music as well. Some of my favs right now are Bethel Music - The Loft Sessions, All Sons & Daughters - Season 1, Enter the Worship Circle - Fourth Circle, and Chelsea Moon & the Franz Brothers - Hymn Project Volume 2. What are you listening to? Blessings!

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  16. oh I love this, I literally have chills...two days now God has been reminding me of what he does in me when I journal, but when I start with lifted, open hands...thank you for this reminder to be open to receiving His abundance!

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    1. Tammy...love how He speaks to us. I fell in love with writing in my journal during time with Him several years ago and it is so wonderful to go back and read those moments. Blessings friend!

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  17. You, my friend, are a treasure in skin! As you described your morning commune, I could see you there, arms raised to your Father, our Father. What a blessing you are as is your example you share. You're a dear!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words friend. You are such an encouragement to me. Love you much. Blessings.

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  18. Love it Wendy! I have a couple friends who are devout Catholics, and one got diagnosed with Lymphoma. She invited me to her home for a healing service. The priest came in with his little vials of holy water and oil. He blessed her with the water and then began reading a prayer of healing (which was a bunch of Bible verse... super powerful) - I glanced at her through my tears and she had her hands uplifted waiting to be anointed with oil. Then I got a different understanding of what hands uplifted might be... waiting for His anointing. :) Beautiful post! AJ

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    1. Oh AJ this story of your friend lifting her hands made me weep. I can't thank you enough for sharing it with me. Blessings.

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  19. I'm delighting in imagining this intimate moment of yours, Wendy. And am so blessed to know it is so similar to my own.

    Yes...the lifting...

    I meant what I said earlier, friend. You. Are a bright beacon of light.

    Love you, girl!

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    1. You, my sweet friend, are such a treasure. I can't even tell you what an encouragement you are to me and just how thankful I am to Him for the gift of you. Love you much. Blessings.

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  20. The lifting up of empty hands, reminding me that I can give Him nothing that He already doesn't have, but poised to receive all that He has for me.

    Lovely post, Wendy!

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    1. Oh yes Jamie...returning all that is His to give. Blessings friend.

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