Friday, July 24, 2015

Ten a Five Minute Friday on Friday!

This week's prompt was another surprise, but a fun one.  Here are some of my thoughts on it.

Ten

Ten minute whenever you call for Chinese food

Size ten jeans fit good on me

Ten, a milestone for many, or perfect score

A decade worth of time

I lived one place for over ten years

I've been with the same job for more than it

Friendships over twenty

My, how life can change and stay the same

all in that time

Time evolving and stopping for no one


STOP

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Free-Five Minute Friday

The prompt surprised me this week especially in regards to where I am in my life now. I find myself not willing to settle for less than best. As I become more cognizant of how short life is and how quickly it flies by, I find that I need to decide what is most important. How is my time best spent and with whom?

 Steve Jobs asked himself almost daily, "If this was the last day of my life, is this where I want to be and what I want to be doing?" 

Ironic that he passed away at such a young age, but he truly lived life to the fullest. When we come to that point, recognizing our own limitations and acknowledge the inevitable boundary of our own mortality, I think it can be very freeing. So that is the background behind the poem I composed in five minutes. May it bless and challenge you to want to live more freely in your own lives.

Free

Free to say yes or no

Free to stay or go

Free to make decisions 

Decisions I can live with

No longer controlled by pleasing others

Now living with a higher standard

Not spending time in a place of unsurety

Knowing where the lines are frees me

I can stand tall knowing I am free

Free to choose and be me

Security in knowing a strong rock beneath my feet

I know what works and doesn't now

There are no strings manipulating me


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Friday, July 10, 2015

Hope- Five Minute Friday

Ok, I need to preface this by saying it took me a little longer than five minutes to write out what came to mind for "hope", this week's prompt, but I know it is a testimony of God's grace and faithfulness worth sharing. Although this is a personal experience from almost ten years ago, I often reflect upon it to remind myself how blessed I have been.

HOPE

          He couldn't guarantee me anything. All I knew is he was an excellent surgeon and highly recommended by my friend, but I still thought of backing out. For months I had tried diet changes, acupuncture, and anything else homeopathic to shrink the fibroid that was the size of a six month pregnancy. Nothing worked. So I agreed to have a myomectomy. I would wait until summer vacation, but I would do it. Until the "what if's" began to whisper louder and louder. I began to make a plan to call the doctor and tell him, "No, I just can't do it.", but then as I finished brushing my teeth I heard another saying, "We are not of those who shrink back." No time to look up the verse in Hebrews, so I grabbed my coat and bag and headed off to work.

        The next morning I picked up "Grace for the Moment," by Max Lucado to read the devotion for the day. It was the same exact verse from the morning before.

Hebrews 10:39-11:1 "But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."


          I hoped for a successful surgery that removed only my fibroid and a great recovery. God had promised what I hoped for would be and He delivered. Even my surgeon was taken aback at how well all went.



STOP

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Favorite-Last week's Five Minute Friday

Favorite. Here are a few of my favorite things.

Chickadees calling

Red cardinals darting

Nuthatches laughing

while children are marveling

Friendship and family

rejoicing together

Warm summer breezes

carrying fragrance from flowers

Riding on Amber when

she trots so smoothly

Sunrises at the ocean

Sunsets over mountains

Seeing God's hand move

bringing about changes

STOP

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dream- Five Minute Friday

Dream big

Dream little

Dream in black and white

or color

Devote

Real

Energy

All towards

Meeting your heart's desire

And what if you are still left with a dream?

When does the dream end and reality begin?

When God makes a way

He who opens that door

No man's hand can shut or close

DREAM

DREAM it and maybe God will make it

And you'll be the one to live it and show

that even your dreams can come true

DREAM it

big or small

deep and wide

Let God Build it


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fear- Five Minute Friday on Sunday

"That's a good thing!" I heard a colleague declare years ago when I relayed to her that a student asked if I was going to tell her, his teacher, about his behavior. Fear of disappointing someone, or fear of getting in trouble, can save a whole lot of people a whole lot of heartache.

We wash our hands before we eat for fear of the germs and getting sick, do we not?

Fear can be a dreadful thing, but it is a good thing when it protects. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Proverbs 9:10) Knowing there is a Creator who is loving, but also just, should instill some fear.

STOP!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

World- FMF reflection

I wasn't sure what would flow this morning and hadn't given it much thought, but lot's of images came to mind. I hope someone can relate. This week's prompt is



world

Walk in my world
See what's it like
Inhale the aromas of 
sweet friendship and love

Walk in my world
feel the rush
the experience of 
busy children all day long

Walk in my world
Taste the bitterness of 
disappointments and broken dreams
See if you can find the silver lining

Walk in my world
and listen to a Savior calling
Calling forth from the deep
Saying your name
Inviting you onward and upward

Walk in our world
In and around
Day after day
It is meaningless without
purpose, focus, and love

STOP!


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