Claiming My Voice ~ Five Minute Friday

Sometimes, I just want to write
Without worrying if it’s right or not.

Would you believe I’ve found a place that offers me that kind of grace?
Over at Lisa-Jo’s.

So I will join others and write unabashedly
for five minutes time.
Without editing or backtracking
On one word alone:


It feels like a rash you can’t reach. You itch and squirm and beg for release…relief from the weight of it all.

I spent years trying to deny that it held any validity. No, it was too big. It wasn’t meant for me.

But I couldn’t shake it. My excuses ran dry. And one day, I couldn’t ignore it any longer.

So I told Him I would accept the gift He had been trying to give me all along.

And today I claim it.

This is my story. My song.

I pray you hear it loud and clear. That praise rings vibrant. Can you hear the harmony? Do you see who sings the melody?

I’m His. and He’s mine. Everything worth anything within me comes from Him. And when my heart is quiet, you will hear it whisper:

May my words speak Your name. Not mine.
May my writing be so that the author is forgotten,
But what is remembered is You.
For it’s all about You. Let it remain so.

I am but a vessel.
Your handiwork.
Nothing more than a piece of clay.
Nothing less than a masterpiece.

Only You know the plan for my life. Let that be enough.

And when people stop by, may they see who made me.
May Your style resonate so that my face is forgotten.
For all they see is You.

I cannot think of a greater legacy
Than that which leaves Your fingerprints
On everything I’ve left behind.

Lord, make me unknown.
Known only to You.
And while You’re at it,
Can You make me okay with that, too?


NOTE: I wrote that prayer and have had it memorized for awhile now. I wasn’t able to type it all out in the five minutes allowed. If you’d like to see all of it, you may find it here.

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How about you? What story has He given you? What’s your song? I’d love to hear.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,


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27 thoughts on “Claiming My Voice ~ Five Minute Friday

  1. Missed having you here, live and in person last night! But thank you for surrendering to God’s leading to use your voice, because it blesses and encourages so!

  2. What a beautiful prayer! I especially like the last line – make me ok with it…
    You’re a beautiful display of His love! Keep doing what you’re doing!

  3. Oh, He shines through you, Nikki!

    I was reminded early this morning to etch His Word deep into my heart so when I so desperately want to be heard my voice will radiate Christ. You expressed this thought so very well.

    Happy Friday, Nikki! May your weekend be extremely blessed!

  4. I see you and hear you my sweet friend and LOVE the song He has given you! Standing with you and praying this prayer for both of us. Let it be Him in all things. Let it be His light that shines through us. Let His glory be magnified in all we do. Empty us of everything else Lord. Keep our eyes on You and everything you have for us. Let us not be distracted by the little where there is so much of You. We love you Lord.

  5. Wow! Just Wow… you’ve done it again! “I cannot think of a greater legacy
    Than that which leaves Your fingerprints On everything I’ve left behind” – my hearts desire right there in someone elses’ words! Thank you! (Now I am off to click to read the whole prayer! So beautiful!)

  6. Hi Nikki!

    Funny how we work hard to accept a gift at God has already been given to us, as though this voice is new. It’s like we’re working to be okay with the parameters that He sets, as opposed to our own comforts.

    Loved your prayer! Beautiful!

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