31 Days: Embrace

*Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. This October, I am taking part in a series based on this called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes”, in which we commit to writing from the prompt as usual, but everyday rather than just on a Friday. Read more here.



Sometimes prayer flows easily. In times of trial, we cry out seemingly without ceasing, begging God to be with us. In times of great joy, sometimes we remember to praise, to be grateful for all He has blessed us with.

Sometimes prayer is tough. In the everyday, the majority of our lives that can be light or dark but is rarely dramatic or romantic. In those times, we get lost in the mundane. We are buried in piles of laundry, stuck in routine, adrift in a sea of sameness.

It is so easy to put prayer off. To promise ourselves it will happen, we just need to do this, to do that, to get on top of everything. Sometimes we forget entirely. If it is not already in the routine, then we move through the day on autopilot without even thinking of it.

31 Days - EmbraceBut always, He waits. He sits with open arms, ready for us. Because prayer is more than just talking, listening, repeating, discerning.

Prayer is God’s outstretched arms pulling us deeper into His love. Prayer is allowing ourselves to be loved, allowing the divine to enter our mundanity.

Prayer is an embrace. An embrace we need daily, to sustain us, to encourage us, to breathe life into our everyday.

So I sit at His feet and allow it to wash over me. Love. Kindness. Rest. Energy. Life. All of it found in His constant, all-encompassing, loving embrace.


31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes


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