Friday, September 28, 2012


"and I pray that you being rooted and established in love,
may have power,
together with all the saints,
to grasp 
how wide
 and long 
and high
 and deep
 is the love of Christ"  
Ephesians 3:17,18

I'm a cheater.
This is my third attempt today to write from a place of freedom.
This is my third Friday to attempt five minutes of freedom.
This is the third day I have ended with nothing but white.

So this is the day I will grasp hold of His promises more tightly.
That His love is wide enough to catch me every time I fall.
That His love is long enough to draw me back from whatever corner I have fled to, whatever memory of who I fear I might be but am not.
That His love is high enough to lift me above my desire to protect myself, high enough to remind me I belong with Him.
That His love is deep enough to really know me.
That I do not go before God to hear Jesus' prosecuting justice, but His love plead for me.
I don't mind grasping while I climb as long as I cling to what I have been rooted and established in ~
the love of Christ.
Five Minute Friday
Beginning the practice of 5 minutes of freedom from trying to please you or anyone else! : )  Grateful to be joining the community at the gypsymama!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


  1. I love you, Tobi. I hope you have a great Friday!!! Funny how we're right next to you on the blog roll. Hope your moving in is going well. Miss you and your wisdom.

  2. I love you! What a blessing, God putting us side-by-side! This move has continued in the stream of "transition," and I hope the by year's end we get a rest from that theme. But He has been so kind to us. I miss you and your words, smiles, encouragement, and joy.

  3. ooh, I love those verses and they encourage me this morning! thank you for the reminder to grasp the love of Christ! I'm so glad you didn't give up after 2 attempts! :)

  4. Oh thank you, Julie Anne! As soon as I saw the word grasp my heart just landed on these verses. Then I couldn't think of anything to add to them! : ) Thanks for the encouragement and I look forward to meeting you at Allume! (I'm remembering that correctly, right?)

  5. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that gets writer's block as soon as I get the prompt! lol Great verses!

  6. Glad you cheated, Tobi! These are amazing truthful words. Not matter what, we are His! So glad we got to hang out yesterday. You are precious!

    1. Me, too! (On all accounts!) I guess it gets easier each Friday? And I'm so happy to have shared a meal and great coffee with you. You are a delight!

  7. His love is deep enough to really know me. <---So LOVE this Tobi! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to get to know you and chat with you each week. Such a sweet spirit you have. Love and hugs friend.

    1. I'm grateful there are women out there like you who know what they are doing and can give a friend a good word of encouragement! I guess this reminds us we are all so blessed. I look forward to getting to know you better. Love and hugs right back, and I'll meet you soon in PA.

  8. Thanks for such a blessing of a post.


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