Five Minute Friday – Free

by | Jul 16, 2015 | Five Minute Friday

Oh goodness, what a great Five Minute Friday it is!

When many of us write for five minutes–free write–on a one word prompt. We let the words flow with no care in the world about what the world cares about. You know… punctuation, grammar, or if it even makes sense!! We gather back together at Kate Motaung’s place to share and encourage. It’s a beautiful thing in my week.

I invite you to join in the fun… either on your own blog, in the comments below, or on a piece of paper on your kitchen table.

It’s beautifully freeing!

Speaking of that… this week’s word:

–FREE–

 

Go.

 

I’m the queen of comparison. And I always fall short.

Or so I used to be.

Things changed when I began to believe–really believe–how God sees me. After all, He created me to be me. He formed me, molded me, gave me my special quirks and personality traits. He even gave me my larger-than-I-like thighs.

Today I’m okay with all of that. Oh, I still have moments I struggle with that issue, but for the most part,

I am free to be me.

And friend, you are free to be you.

We are His children. Created in His image. For His purpose–a beautiful purpose. He loves us. He desires us to love who He created us to be.

To be comfortable in our own skin. To embrace who we are. And to embrace who the girl is next to you. To encourage her in that freedom to be who God created her to be, too.

freeThere is beauty in that right there.

Today, let’s you and I make a difference in lighting the path of this freedom. Let’s be the example for others in this journey…

Free to be who you are, and free to be who I am.

I’d love to hear from you…

Let’s celebrate our differences. Our imperfections. The part of us that sometimes drives us bonkers. We all have at least one. Share it below, and celebrate that Jesus already took care of it. See it today as a blessing. I already named mine above.

See yourself unique and special. Celebrate who you in Him are this day. And then encourage someone else to do the same.

Enjoy this from Francesca Battistelli – Free To Be Me:

 

Stop.

 

Much love to you today!

Julie

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17 Comments

  1. Bonnie fair

    Insecurity! Willingly gave it away to Him who bore it all and we see how precious we are! Lovely post, thank you!

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    • Julie Lefebure

      When we give Jesus our imperfections, He makes them into something beautiful… including insecurity! Celebrating with you today in this freedom of living out the reality of who you are! It’s a gift to journey alongside of you today, Bonnie! Have a blessed and very secure day.

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  2. Katha

    Thanks for sharing, Julie!
    It is just so easy to fall into comparisons. May we learn more and more to trust the Lord in how he sees us and then see ourselves the same way. We can be ourselves, and that’s beautiful! Happy Friday ā€“ your FMF neighbor

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    • Julie Lefebure

      It’s most definitely beautiful, Katha! Thank you for your words here. I’m encouraged! Have a blessed day and weekend ahead!

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  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    It’s funny that while we are willing to allow for eccentricities in others, we often hold ourselves to a ‘higher’ standard.

    Rather a slap in God’s face, as we are to love our neighbour as ourselves…not more, nor less. I know I was guilty of this weird kind of pride.

    Doing better now; realizing that journey’s end may be in sight does, in the words of Samuel Johnson, concentrate one’s mind wonderfully.

    Nice song, by the way. Always liked it.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      I understand that kind of pride, and it can be ugly. I’m thanking God we can let go of all of that and allow Him to change it into something beautiful. May God bless you in a very sweet and tangible way today, Andrew. Thanks for stopping over to read and share!

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  4. Betsy

    What a beautiful five minute Friday post, friend! I love it. I wrote a post, never published, months ago, called “Free to Be Me,” and I was so tempted to pull it out for five minute Friday, but I didn’t! I wrote to the prompt instead. I love how you thought of something so specific! Learning from you today.

    He’s set me free from my irksome desire to be in control! I’m free to be transformed as I let Him have control.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Oh yes, Betsy. To be in control. I’ve struggled with that most of my life. There’s such freedom in giving Jesus the wheel, isn’t there?? I’ll stop over to visit you today too. I look forward to reading your post. Bless you, my sweet friend. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. denise

    we are thinking alike, bless you dear.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      I love it when that happens! Bless you too, Denise.

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  6. Jennifer

    This song is awesome! I hadn’t heard it in awhile. Thank you Julie!
    I enjoyed your post very much too as we do need to accept who we are.
    I’m really enjoying my 30s as I learn to accept me for me and others for who they are.
    I’m a quick to judge girl…of myself and others…very critical. However, I’m also very kind. God is in there teaching me to love more gracefully and appreciate the good, bad, and ugly as opportunities for acceptance and change.
    Hope you have a good weekend as we are free to be…Jenn, FMF

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    • Jennifer

      by the way I’m 27 this week…and I realized when I clicked on my comment before I had my old URL

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    • Julie Lefebure

      I can relate, Jennifer! Sounds like you and I are a lot alike! We can be thankful God continues to mold us, teach us, grow us into who He desires us to be. Thank you for sharing and for allowing me to journey alongside of you today. Bless you for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Thankful He’s still teaching us, Debbie! Have a blessed day!

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