Keep My Hands Open. #write31days

“Dear God,
I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?
Please help me to gradually open my hands
and to discover that I am not what I own,
but what you want to give me.” ~Henri Nouwen

So I begin the day as I ended yesterday – in the hope and prayer of hearing Your sweet sweet voice. Lord, speak to me today, guide me today. Allow the words of my mouth and the thoughts in my heart to be in line with Your word, Your love, Your grace.

I think of how easy it is to get caught up in the trappings – a nice home, a good job, even the notion of being “loved by many.” And how honestly, without a heart broken and knit together again in love, none of it matters. I think about the meaning of my own name – “true image” – and my heart aches. Oh Lord, am I at all a true image of you? Do I reflect Your face in my attitude, thoughts, deeds? Or am I no different than a ruler who boasts in his trappings and clenches his possessions and shuns his neighbors and takes advantage of his friends and ignores the plight of the poor? I know that, walking in my own strength, I am undone.

Oh Lord, I praise You for Your amazing glory and grace, that You can take a self-centered life and transform it into a Christ-centered forever. You can create in me a heart that looks like the Father – who pours out love and grace and mercy.


Father God, please correct my vision. Please help me to see Your eternity in light of my frailty. Please use everything You have provided me to Your purpose. Help me to keep my hands open, my heart hungry for ministry. Help me to see that everything – EVERYTHING – is from You and by You and for Your glory.

Home. Husband. Son. Daughter. Family. Friends. Talents. Personality. Ministry. Possessions. Skills. Money. Time. Strengths. Weaknesses.

All for You. All for Your glory. All for Your purpose. All for Your majesty.

“Hands open to give can’t help but receive.” Keeping my hands (and my heart) fully open – it’s a learn and keep learning thing. Maybe you’re learning (again) too. Would you let me pray for you today? 

Last year, I shared the stories about pictures I’ve taken. This year during the month of October, I’m opening up my journal and sharing prayers. They’re not eloquent or poetic – they’re simple honest talks with God. Some prayers are joyful and some are screams. Some are said in the morning and some at night. It’s my hope the words might help someone else find the words.

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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems."   Ronne is represented by Karen Neumair at Credo Communications.

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2 thoughts on “Keep My Hands Open. #write31days”

  1. Ronne, this is beautiful and a prayer I prayed right along with you as I read it. You have chosen a wonderful way to use the #write31days. Thank you for sharing your prayer journal with us. Blessings to you!

    1. Oh, thank you Gayl. I was honestly having such second thoughts as I started going through the pages and seeing what had been written – I wondered if they would serve no one but me as I read the entries, and then put pen to paper to let the prayers live again. Even if every prayer doesn’t have meaning for every reader, I hope they will inspire folks to spend time with the Lord, speak to Him and let Him respond.

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