You Are Welcome Here

5 Oct

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and friends for Five Minute Friday.
This is where we come together writing for 5 minutes without editing or overthinking.
I love this community.

Check out what everyone’s is sharing on the word WELCOME here.

Five Minute Friday

You are welcome here.
Something deep down inside our souls longs to hear those words.
No matter how we come to the door.
Hungry for community.
Wanting so much for someone to say 
“I totally get that. You aren’t as crazy as you feel.”
We might come broken.
We might come afraid.
But we come.
Seeking. Longing.
For someone. For something.
You are welcome here.
How powerful those words are.
They say…
No matter what.
The door is open.
Arms are open.
You can be you here.
Let us love you.
Right where you are.
How you are.
Who you are.

Therefore welcome one another 
as Christ has welcomed you, 
for the glory of God.
Romans 15:7


56 Responses to “You Are Welcome Here”

  1. Lindsey V October 5, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    Oh, Wendy! This is so beautiful and true and speaks right down deep into my soul.Thank you!! Thank you!#LoveIt

  2. Elizabeth October 5, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    "You aren't as crazy as you feel."I love this. It reminds me of that quote by C.S. Lewis — “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

  3. Alia Joy @NarrowPathstoHigher Places October 5, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    I'm so glad I have other people who get me in the way that welcomes and lets me breathe and be me just as I am. This captures that.

  4. BARBIE October 5, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I am so thankful that so many have made me feel welcomed. Arms wide open to receive me despite the failures I see in myself. Beautiful writing!

  5. Christina October 5, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I love this! And I'm so thankful for Christian community which opens its arms wide. Unconditional acceptance and grace. Have a blessed day!

  6. Mary B October 5, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    This is beautiful Wendy! Truly beautiful!

  7. Lori October 5, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    "The door is open. The arms are open." Made me smile, because I know this is God's heart to me. What a comfort. Visiting from Be Not Weary, and glad I did 🙂

  8. Diana Denis October 5, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    You are right Wendy! I came broken and afraid and He welcomed me just as I was. Grateful for grace today.

  9. America's Next Top Mommy October 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    It's so true that we need each other in this walk; to inspire, support and love each other! I'm grateful for both my church community as well as my online friends who help me do just that! How great that so many followers can connect in ways we never could before!!I'm a new subscriber!! Would love it if you'd consider dropping by and following back!!Have a great weekend!

  10. Bernadette Veenstra October 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I love it! Especially poignant as we are having a house full this weekend. But, it is as much about open arms and heart as open doors. If you don't have the love, having the doors open isn't quite as nice.

  11. Pamela October 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I struggle with this. I tend to look at my house as my haven. I've been trying to do better with my heart and home. This post encourages me to keep trying.

  12. Nikki @ Simplystriving October 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Oh friend…that's all I've ever felt from you! you welcome my crazy any day and twice on Sundays so blessed by you 🙂 HUGS!

  13. Karen October 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    oh, so very sweet. I think the 'no matter what' part is so very important. At least to me. 🙂

  14. Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation October 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Thank you Wendy for making all of us feel so welcome! In your "house" and at #FMFParty! Bless you sister!

  15. dayebydaye October 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    This is lovely- just like you!!! Thank you!

  16. Tobi October 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    These lovely words just made me feel like I could sit right down on your couch and share "real" together. What a beautiful spirit you have, to have hospitality reach through a computer screen! Thank you!

  17. melody-mae October 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Just beautiful. I love these words. thank you.

  18. Anita Pillai October 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    beautiful… love the words.

  19. Nancy @ Pilgrim Wanderings October 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I've been looking for the "real" all of my life. I'm learning now that you can't have the real if you don't have Him. When I started truly looking for Him, He sent me the people I had been looking for on my own.

  20. Joan Davis October 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    I am so thankful for the welcoming arms of Christ! What a blessing it is to know that no matter what, He loves me and wants a relationship with me. Praise God!Blessings, Joan

  21. Amy Pederson October 6, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    This is beautiful. Just what each one of us needs to hear and know.

  22. MyJourneyBack October 6, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Oh sister this was beautiful! I was visiting the people that have begun to follow My Journey and see you posted a 5 min. Friday also. Your words were beautiful thanks for sharing your thoughts and thank you for visiting my blog also. I hope you are Blessed when you visit;because the Welcome mat is always there. I am making a huge effort to get back to blogging regularly so I hope you'll come often. Love your sweet heart. Your sister, Sherry

  23. A Daughter of the King October 6, 2012 at 4:37 am #


  24. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    Thank you so much sweet friend! Love & hugs to you! Blessings!

  25. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    One of my favorite quotes Elizabeth! Blessings friend!

  26. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    I am glad of that gift in my life as well Alia. God is just so good. Blessings!

  27. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Thanks so much Barbie! Oh I am thankful for every welcome as well friend. Such a gift! Blessings!

  28. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Thanks so much Christina! Yes how wonderful our family is! Blessings to you friend!

  29. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Thanks so much Mary! You are so sweet! Blessings!

  30. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    It made me think of the same thing Lori. How wonderful that His arms are always open and inviting. So loved reading your story on your blog today. Such a powerful story of grace and forgiveness. I am now following you and am looking forward to getting to know you more! Blessings!

  31. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    Me too sweet friend. Amazing grace. Love and hugs!

  32. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Yes how important community is! I too am grateful for the people God has placed in my life to walk with me both in person and online. Such a blessing. Following you now and look forward to reading more from you. Blessings!

  33. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    Thanks sister! Praying for you and your family to be especially blessed during your time together this weekend. Love and hugs!

  34. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Pamela I know that struggle as we tend to do the same thing. Praying that He gives you an opportunity to open both your heart and home to those He places in your life. Blessings friend!

  35. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    Words can't express what a blessing you are to me as well friend. I am just so thankful to Him for you. Love and hugs!

  36. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    Me too Karen. No matter what means unconditional. Powerful. Blessings!

  37. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    I am so thankful for you Mindy! You are such an encouragement to me. Blessings to you!

  38. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    You are just so sweet Becky! I loved chatting with you last night at the FMFParty! So looking forward to getting to know you more! Blessings!

  39. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    You are more than welcome to come to my couch anytime sweet friend. Would love to have you. Blessings!

  40. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Thank you so much Melody! Blessings!

  41. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Thanks so much Anita! Blessings!

  42. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    YES Nancy…that is so true! He brings the people into our lives that we need. Blessings!

  43. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Praising Him right with you Joan! He is such a good God! Blessings!

  44. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Thanks Amy! Blessings!

  45. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Thank you so much for your sweet words both here and those you shared on your blog today for FMF! Such a blessing! I am so looking forward to getting to know you more! Blessings!

  46. Wendy October 6, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Blessings to you!

  47. Denise October 6, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Bless you for speaking to my heart.

  48. Rebekah@weliveinspired October 7, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I just stopped by from 5 min. Fridays (something I am new to) and this post stood out to me the most of all of the ones I read 🙂 Actually, it's funny but your verse at the end spoke to me because it pretty much sums up how I ended my 5 min. friday this week but in words straight from the bible. For some reason I don't recall this verse from Romans, and am in awe at how God speaks to us because I wasn't aware of this verse when writing my post and yet similar words (to the bible verse)came to me. This verse you wrote just makes it even more clear. Pretty cool! I loved your version of welcome by the way. It is wonderful and is exactly the way community should be. If only we could all feel welcomed with open arms such as this-in any circumstance. I do think that is why a lot of people shy away from connecting. Feeling they may not be accepted as they are-quirks and all. I will have to follow you on here 🙂

  49. Wendy October 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Blessings to you my sweet friend!

  50. Wendy October 9, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Oh Rebekah I am so glad you visited! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I look forward to getting to know you more! Blessings!

  51. Rebekah@weliveinspired October 9, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    You are welcome! Same to you and blessing right back.

  52. Rebekah@weliveinspired October 9, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Oh-forgot to mention that I subscribed via email 🙂

  53. Terri October 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi Wendy — You are welcome here, torn and tattered, bruised and pattered, you are welcome here; disgraced and hungry, cold and cruel, messed up and dressed up, you are welcome here; frazzled and frayed, disarrayed, Let me look again; we've all sinned; Jesus is a gift; It's all about Him. Thanks for inspiring. Following you on facebook, twitter, pinterest and anyway I can; Blessings Terri Hope we can stay connected and spread His work 1000 fold a million — Deut 1:11. Just in case LOLMy blog is FB page is Twitter is Pinterest

  54. Lauren Mills @mercyINK October 11, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Beautiful, Wendy! thanks for sharing with our heart+home group :)blessings,lauren

  55. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks so much Terri! Following you now as well. Blessings!

  56. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks Lauren! Blessings friend!

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