Friday, June 24, 2016

Rest-Five Minute Friday

It's hard to do that now. School just finished.  After the mad rush to get folders updated, report cards and assessments finished, my classroom packed up and last minute meetings; everything STOPS.

Waking up this morning I was ready to jump into making another to do list and start laying out what projects I will do when, and yet here I am reading the word "rest".

In music, the rest is the cessation of activity. It can be short or long. It is used throughout a piece. Rest. Stop.


Release

Everything that has

Sucked the life and vigor

Take your time to reflect & regain My perspective

STOP

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Lose- FMF on Monday

The weekend was crazy busy and I have three days of school left with lots still to do. Thus here I am posting on Monday evening after a long day at work.

Lose 
I misplaced an earring once

I looked and looked and finally gave up

Months later I found it in a drawer

But I had already thrown the other one away 
because I knew I wouldn't wear just one

I was reminded of the verse- 
"So do not throw away your confidence....."

Don't give up hope, BUT there is a time for everything 

When and how does someone decide not to retain?

When and how does someone decide 
"I've spent enough time here, it's time to move on." ?

I think back to dreams I had when I was younger

I even wrote when I had hoped to see them fulfilled by 

Those dates have come and gone

STOP 

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Want- Five Minute Friday

When we 

All


Need something


Tangible to take home, we are in want


James 4:1-3 "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." (NIV)


This has challenged me the past week or so, as I think about the interactions I've observed within different circles. 


We all WANT. 


We all long.

Sometimes we play nice, sometimes we don't.

I'm also reminded of Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, [a]shall not want."(NASV)


The Good Shepherd provides; not everything, not when and how we WANT it, but there is a provision.

The tangible will one day pass away.


Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, but what shall we seek after that cannot, nor will ever rust?



PEOPLE!

People who need people are the luckiest people of all.


STOP!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Haven-Five Minute Friday

A place of shelter and safety, 
away and protected from the storm 

I remember the place God provided for me 
a new home, a new family all those years ago 
close to where I was already living, 
but oh so far from the forces that wanted to destroy

I was transplanted into a different pot 
and taken inside a greenhouse 
while winter winds whistled outside 

big plants, small plants, young and old 
could grow alongside each other in this Haven of Hope




Nurtured and watered while new shoots began to grow 

STOP

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheer- five Minute Friday

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (NKJV)





I was anything but of good cheer last night. I began my first pottery class thinking it would be relaxing art therapy. I was anything but relaxed. I couldn't make anything on the wheel! I had to start over THREE TIMES!

I had no idea how much skill and patience is required for such a task. It was the first of several classes. Our goal is to make 150 soup bowls to be used in a fall fundraiser. I'm not off to a good start. At least by the end though I was able to get and keep the clay centered.

Interesting to learn the clay resists, as it wants to maintain its original shape and form, but be of good cheer. A skilled potter makes something beautiful out of it and this is just the beginning.

STOP

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Expect-Five Minute Friday

Our new prompt this week is .........Expect

Each day something 

unexpected happens

Perhaps it's a bright goldfinch or 


red cardinal

darting across the road as you're driving

to or from work

Perhaps a person you haven't seen in

quite sometime

Perhaps being reunited with family members 

you haven't seen in umpteen years because

of somebody else's feud in the family

Some are little, some are BIG things


BUT 

       then there are the expectations we have when someone

                            let's us 

down

They don't follow through,

               instead

they 

           drop

 the ball 


and everything we expected becomes

                darkened, tarnished


And we are hurt because our expectations

were

               b-r-o-k-e-n


Expect 


                                                                       the 


unexpected

STOP

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Grow-Five Minute Friday

"Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? 

With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row."

What's in my garden? 

What's in yours? 

What do we want to grow there?

I was digging up weeds the other night and pulling out long roots. I found Sammy Snail snacking away, too. Never good for anything, but perhaps what I am most challenged by is the question of, "What do I want to grow into?"

Who will I be for the rest of my life?

Do you remember Jabba the Hutts pet? He cackled and squealed with delight when others were caught by the mobster alien. He loved to gloat. It just oozed out of him. 

When I see and hear others take that stance, it is like the yucky weeds and snails in my garden. It only brings destruction to the place of beauty my garden is meant to be.

Stop!


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