Five Minute Friday – PERMISSION

Have you ever had a friend in whose presence you always felt you had to be careful to not offend them? Did you feel you were “walking on eggshells” around them? I have felt that way also.

On the other side of the spectrum, I love to be around friends who like me for who I am and who give me “permission” to be real. To be myself. (With respect, of course.)

That is the kind of friend I want to be. That is the kind of wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, that I want to be. I want to accept you for who you are, not who I wish you were.

God is like that. In the book of Psalms David cried out to God and questioned God and even became quite angry with God because of situations in his life. Yet, God loved him. God forgave him, and God accepted him.

We can have that kind of relationship with God as well, no matter what we have done, what we have said, or how we have treated God.

He gives us permission to pour out our hearts to Him. To tell Him how we feel. Let’s do it respectfully, but let’s be real and honest with God, even when things are difficult. He can take it, and He will not stop loving us.

He is our example of how we should treat each other – with love and forgiveness.

We have permission to be real and honest, and we should grant that same permission to others.

Thanks be to God.

(This post was written for the website www.fiveminutefriday.com and it was literally written in 5 minutes. Some minor editing was done, as well as extra time to find the illustrations. Feel free to check out the website for other writers’ interpretations of “PERMISSION”.)

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I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

32 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – PERMISSION

  1. “We have permission to be real and honest, and we should grant that same permission to others.” Yes, and I pray I offer this to each person I encounter.

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  2. Yes, so true. Lots of times (like this morning), prayer time was “poor little me” time. He already knew how I felt but I told Him and afterward, I didn’t feel the same as before. It seems from your post that other people do that. Well, Job did it, and God still loved him.

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  3. This is GOOOOD stuff!!  Thanks for sharing. | parkinsonscare posted: “Have you ever had a friend in whose presence you always felt you had to be careful to not offend them? Did you feel you were “walking on eggshells” around them? I have felt that way also.On the other side of the spectrum, I love to be around friends ” | |

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  4. It is amazing as children, we try to fit the mold of what the world thinks and as we age, we find out that we like ourselves as we are … warts and all. I told my students to first be their own friend first. At the end of the day, that is who you will be with and will you want to be proud of that person. I, personally, wished I would have been told this early in my life. I really like me and know that God knows me even better than I do and still loves me. I am blessed. Thank you for your Friday thoughts. We are blessed to have you in our lives too.

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  5. Some say that I can give offence
    to everyone I meet
    though I speak with good intents…
    but still, it’s quite a feat.
    “Did you like the fresh-brew coffee?
    Could you taste the hint of fudge?”
    The unbidden words roll off me,
    “Reminds of crankcase sludge.”
    Then, “Did you like my worship song?
    Did I sound like Turner, Tina?”
    “Well, my friend, don’t get me wrong,
    but you sing like a hyena.”
    And my last life-word (place bets on that!)
    answers “Does this make me look fat?”

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  6. Excellent, Cheryl! I’ve noticed over the years that people who are easily offended are difficult to be around in the sense of being able to be myself. I’m so thankful that God truly knows me and lets me be ME, always being quick to forgive when ME isn’t so nice. I love your thoughts on “permission.” Blessings!

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  7. You and I think a lot alike in this journey of Parkinson’s. Lately I’ve been feeling put upon with this odd disease. And then I look for words to inspire or at least to take me elsewhere for awhile. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that I am the only one who can do it. Thanks for your writing about your journey.

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    1. And I am comforted to know you are walking with me, even though we have never met. It helps to know someone else feels similarly. Thanks for reading and commenting. It really helps me.

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  8. Truly, with Christ is the only time I feel I can “really” be me. I long for a friend (here below) – the reasons are all on me. However, I am so grateful for such a friend as Jesus!!

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    1. Jennifer, thanks for reading and commenting. I will pray that you find a friend here who accepts you for who you are. In the meantime, Jesus Christ is the BEST! Hugs to you virtually!

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