Saturday, December 16, 2017

Different-Five Minute Friday

This is the last post of 2017 for Five Minute Friday! Hard to believe. I'm wondering if anyone has had any favorites from this year. The prompt is always a surprise to me, but this one even more so for the season we are in. It brought me to reflecting on different choices I made this year. Hope you enjoy the read.

Virginia Beach sunrise
different......

Remember the Life cereal commercials with Mikey? Mikey tried it and Mikey liked it. Every year I try something new and different. This year I skipped the Jersey Shore and headed for Virginia Beach and later Wells Beach, ME instead. Two very new and different places for me, but just enough to wet my appetite for more new places. I even bought new luggage which was marked down seventy percent off. 

Portland Headlight, ME



I haven't picked a new place for the summer yet, but it will be a great adventure I'm sure to explore even more.

If you haven't tried a new place in awhile, go for it. Even if it's a nearby place to hike.

STOP

"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert." (NASB)

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Only-Five Minute Friday

Agh!! If only I had more than five minutes for this one. My fingers do not write or type fast enough. I am going to add on though at the end because otherwise you will be left wondering.

only........

One remaining
Nearing the end
Light ahead
Yearning for it

My senior year of college I decided to become an orientation leader for incoming freshmen. I wanted to give back by befriending the newbies and helping them transition to college life. As part of a unity building activity amongst us, our leader asked us to write one thing down that we would ask God for. It was the only thing I could think of that meant the most, seeing my brother, George again.

Due to our parents divorcing and other extenuating circumstances, George and I were separated at a young age.

STOP-timer went off

So, I wrote it out, folded up the piece of paper and tossed it into the bowl. Each of us then took turns picking out a different piece of paper. We were to pray for that person's request.

Later that year, my birth mother and I started communicating again. George had been living with her, while I was with a new family. She sent me a picture of the two of them for Christmas. By the end of my senior year they were both there at my college graduation.

George and I still have a lot of catching up to do for the years lost, but I was thrilled to be there for his wedding and look forward to more celebrating with him!


Matthew 7:11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him." (NASB)

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Near- Five Minute Friday

A busy weekend, but relaxing also. As I post this we are nearing the end of another calendar year. Everyday we are one step closer to death. I haven't thought much of it in the past, but I do think more of it now. Yet it is not what is foremost in my thoughts. Here is what came to mind for this week's prompt.

near.......

Not far off
Excited one should be
Approaching is our
Redemption

My sister is near reaching her goal of losing almost one hundred pounds.

My mom's home will be insulated in the near future.

I will get to experience another vacation in the near future.

We all long and look forward to projects being finished, goals being met, and a time to kick back and relax.

I still long for the warmth of just having someone special or even a furry friend near me.

Not far off. How comforting that familiar presence can be.

I also thought of the verse in Luke 21:28 "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

STOP

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Familiar-Five Minute Friday

The end of thanksgiving weekend is here and I am finally settling down to post. I hope everyone had a blessed time. I wasn't sure what to post tonight as I had not given much thought to our prompt, "familiar", but came up with something. I hope you are encouraged and blessed.

familiar....

defined as "well known from long or close association"

I have not seen or heard him in weeks, possibly more than a month now

But I know him when I hear him

His boisterous high pitched tweet resonates 

I look for even a splash of his bright red, plumage

He amazes me

He reminds me of how we can and should hear our King

Spending enough time, quieting ourselves, looking and listening

His voice can carry above all others, but only if time has been spent

A wife who hears her husband chuckle, knows what's behind his laugh

A mother knows her baby

STOP

John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me." (NASB)

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Excuse-Five Minute Friday

I could go a couple of different ways with this week's prompt, but after catching up on some long overdo items, I realized what it meant for me.

excuse

/ik skyoos/- noun

a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense


What's my excuse? I threw the mail in a pile and let it set there for weeks, perhaps even a month. I finally got to it tonight.

The deadline for sending a Christmas gift to the children I sponsor through Compassion International was October 31st. It will be in the mail tomorrow.

I opened letters from my sponsored children and conviction fell as I read not once, but twice, how one of them always prays for me and that my job will go well. 

Work has been tough. I can use all the prayer I can get. I was humbled because I'm not good at praying for others on a regular basis. I know I have no excuse. Here was someone on the other side of the world doing so for me and I really needed it. God bless, Rini!

STOP

Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God every time I remember you." (NIV)

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