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stripped bare

It's Friday which means it's time to dance and sing (the daycare kids and I have a song and dance to celebrate this glorious day). Friday is also the day in which Lisa-Jo hosts Five Minute Fridays and I humbly join the party of words strung together in five short minutes by a group of fantastic writers. The rules are simple. Lisa-Jo provides the word, write for five minutes flat, no backtracking/editing/over thinking, share your link at Lisa-Jo's, and share the love by reading what others have written. It's great fun and so inspiring. Won't you join us? I promise, you will be blessed!

Today's word ~ BARE

Lord, I want to be stripped bare. 
          Strip me of myself so there is more room for you.

Strip me of my foolishness, my stubbornness, my selfishness. 
 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves 
Phil. 2:3

And to man He said, "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." 
Job 28:28

Strip me of my pride and my vain ambitions.
 ......if My People who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land 
1 Chronicles 7:14
          I bow humbly before you. Forgive me. Heal my land.
Strip of my idols, those possessions that rob me of time with you. up your treasures in heaven 
Matt. 6:19-20
You alone are God and I want to worship you.
     For you are great, and do wondrous things; you alone are God 
Psalm 86:10

Open my ears so that I may hear you. 
         The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. 
Proverbs 15:31

Open my eyes so that I may see you. my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law 
Psalm 119:18

Open my heart so that I may completely turn it over to you.

Lord, I give you all of me. 

I surrender. 

Lord, have your way in me.

Note: Verses and video were added after my timer buzzed. :)


  1. "Lord, I want to be stripped bare.
    Strip me of myself so there is more room for you.

    Strip me of my foolishness, my stubbornness, my selfishness. "

    I love this post. I have prayed a similar pray this week myself. I think sometimes I am truly my own worst enemy. If we make ourselves bare, He can fill us with His love.

  2. Stopping in from Five Minute Friday and loved your post. It was very powerful and it felt as if you wrote it just for me.

  3. I love this post. Your prayer was so transparent and a great model of how we should position our hearts before God. I'm so glad I stopped by from FMF

  4. Oh Laurie! So encouraging. I was just writing a friend this morning about my goals for 2013 - "Surrender" and "Simplify. You have summed it all up right here. I want to make this my prayer as well. Thanks for posting.

    - Cari Klein

  5. Yes! I am praying right along with you today. Have a blessed weekend.

  6. I learned last year that He takes that prayer seriously, friend. And the stripping hurts more than I imagined...

    So glad you're wanting it, too! hoping it doesn't hurt for you as much as it did me:/

    beautiful write Laurie! {HUGS}

  7. LOVED this Laurie... and this: "Strip of my idols, those possessions that rob me of time with you." Yes... that is such a good reminder that that is what all of our 'things' can do!

  8. Oh Laurie, that is such a dangerous beautiful prayer. I prayed this very thing last year and WHOA, God is faithful. It wrecked me in the most wondrous of ways. Praying for you as your prayers are answered.

  9. Nikki and Alia Joy, I've been adding, "Oh, please be gentle with me, Lord!" to my prayers. But another side of me says, "BRING IT ON! Wreak me Jesus and make me new!"

    I love that others are also on this journey and that we can learn from one another and encourage each other.

    Hugs to all of you beautiful women!


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