Stripped Away

Yesterday I had coffee (well, actually I had tea) with my dear friend Ginger at Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego. (As a side note, Kyra’s is a 100% gluten-free bakery and the treats are delicious. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.)

I gave Ginger a signed copy of my book, which she encouraged me to publish. We had a great visit and I was telling her about the culmination of my year of no fear in 2014, which began when she and I went to a writers’ conference in the spring. She said to me, “I think there’s a poem in that.” This is not the first time that very phrase from Ginger’s lips has resulted in a poem. So I’m dedicating this one to Ginger. It’s my first post of 2015 (so, no, Post-a-Day isn’t happening) as a perfect recap of what God did in 2014.

Stripped Away

One by one
You stripped away
Each old fear
That stood in my way

To becoming what
You planned for me
A child of God
Hopeful and free

“No fear” I wrote
I thought it true
So many fears
Had been quelled by You

“No fear” I wrote
Yet one remained
A truth to tell
Laden with pain

Still You were faithful
In my year of no fear
To take that last one
And make it clear

That the truth once told
Would set me free
And the bond I cherish
Will forever be

Now there is nothing
For me to fear
Not even fear itself
Can snicker or sneer

To set me adrift
From the course You’ve laid
Sharing my freedom
In never being afraid

1/13/15 update: The dVerse Poetics Prompt today is to write about a secret. Since this poem involves a secret truth that needed to be told, I decided to share it there.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


22 Responses

  1. “One by one
    You stripped away
    Each old fear
    That stood in my way

    To becoming what
    You planned for me
    A child of God
    Hopeful and free”

    Such wonderful thought weaved with so much simplicity – very well done. Thank you for making it to my prompt.

    • Thanks. I felt a little bad that I didn’t actually write something in response to your wonderful prompt, but was delighted to find that it fit so well with what I had just written. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  2. The greatest stripping i ever know.. is the strip of fear A way FOR LOVE..

    AND truly with real UNCONDITIONAL love there is NO room for fear.. in A loving heArt.. like this.. of human.. as practicing light..:)

    of love.

  3. Fear and secrets can really hold us back, weigh us down… you portrayed that so well here, and the sense of freedom when finally they are released.

  4. The opposite of fear is faith. So many times keeping a secret can make us fearful, especially if the secret involved shame, or sin. Perfect love casts out fear, however.

    • Theresa, One of my favorite verses is 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV:

      “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

      No fear is possible with Jesus! Peace, Linda

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