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Permission to Feel: a Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt

I’m joining today with the Five Minute Friday community of writers who write for 5 minutes about a one word prompt.

Today’s writing prompt: PERMISSION

Today, I’m giving myself permission to feel

Just as David cried out to God in the cave as he hid from Saul, the king of Israel who was hell bent on killing him, I am choosing to let my heart cry out too. 

I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.

I pour out before Him my complaint; before Him I tell my trouble.

Psalms 142:1-2

David’s outcries throughout the Psalms serve as a great testimony of the kind of relationship God seeks to have with us.

One that is raw, honest, real and transparent. 

One that outpours not only the joyous moments and the biggest blessings, but the moments in life that are hard to face.

The moments in life that leave us weary and confused, winded and hurting.  

God doesn’t just want our good days. He doesn’t only want the days when we wear our masks tightly on our faces and appear to the world that we have it all together. 

He seeks something deeper from us than that. 

God wants our whole hearts, and just as David cried out honestly and brokenly, God aches for us to pour out everything to Him. 

I’m giving myself permission to feel the weight of my emotions today, because God grants me permission to bring them all to Him.

He smiles, arms tenderly reaching out, waiting to catch every tear, every frustration, every fear and every doubt. 

And today, friend, I give you permission to feel.

I give you permission to pour out your heart to God and approach Him honestly and brokenly, just as David did. 

Let’s be women of God who bravely approach our King with our whole selves, knowing full well that He will meet us just as we are and love us all the same.