The Detox Diaries, Five Minute Friday Edition: a Prayer for Release

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Gentle Reader,

Linking up with Lisa-Jo and the #fmfparty peeps. We’re writing about: release.

Go.

God, release me from the powerful hold of anxiety.

Or rather show me that the figurative jail cell is already open. That you’ve already released me. That I can walk out. Be free.

God, thank You for the release of gardening, for the feel of the soft petals against my skin. Thank You for the powerful scent of the roses, released into the air with each opening blossom. It surrounds me. Thank You even for the thorns, for their stinging prick, a tangible reminder of Your grace. Why it reminds me of that, I don’t know. Maybe because pain is now redeemed, in You.

God, work a miracle and release Your servants, Saeed and Meriam, from prison. That Your Name may be glorified, Your fame spread through the earth. And for them. For their families. That they may be reunited. Through them and their testimony in the midst of pain, release a powerful working of Your Spirit.

Release us, Your people, Your children, from the desire to please others. Teach us to please You. Teach us to step forth in the boldness of love, doing all that we can to share the truth with others – in humility. Because we were once there. We were once lost.

Now we are found. Released from wrath. Released from an eternity of separation. Released from the old into the new. Released into grace, into hope, into peace, into adoption.

Into Your arms.

Stop.

Grace and peace along the way.

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The Detox Diaries: Please, God, Let Me Get Home

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Gentle Reader,

The title of this post was my constant prayer on the 20-minute drive home from work today. The 20-minute drive I took two hours early. After my lunch made a sudden and unwelcome reappearance.

He did answer. I did get all the way home.

I’m finally in bed now, after some time curled in the fetal position on my bathroom floor.

Pretty sure I never want to eat again.

Taking comfort in these words:

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” – Psalm 107:19-21

Grace and peace along the way.

For all the posts in The Detox Diaries series, go here.