Sunday, October 15, 2017

Invite-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

Oh how I needed more time for this one! I was up half the night Saturday wrestling with what I could write and how I could communicate what this word means to me. 

I was brought back to life defining invites I have received through the years. We never know what someone or something can lead to unless we take a few steps down the path to explore. I remembered how each decade there have been some pretty significant invitations I've received and taken people up on over the course of my life. I ran out of time to share all of them. Again, I am thankful and I see each one as a token, wonderful blessings that I cannot deny or forget.

invite......

The First Decade-

She was warm and loved to have me stay over. My Aunt Onie let me sleep in a cushy twin bed with a pink, satin pillowcase. I'd awake to the best scrambled eggs with toast and coffee in the morning. Her home was a place of comfort and safety. I always wanted to escape there.

The Second Decade-

A new family welcomed me to stay with them as long as I needed to when my birth parents were not able to take care of me any longer. They invited me to church and my journey of faith in coming to know the great One began.

The Third Decade-

A friend stopped by my home to tell me about a special grant program at a nearby university. I checked it out and discovered ESL was my niche! I got my Masters for free in one year and have been teaching ESL ever since.

STOP

"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy winning milk without money and without cost." (Isaiah 55:1 NIV)


I didn't have time to add the other decades, but wanted to include them here and so this is after the timer rang.

The Fourth Decade-

I developed uterine fibroids that grew to be the size of a six month pregnancy. I was just a little bit uncomfortable to say the least. A friend recommended a wonderful doctor and I was given the option of an abdominal myomectomy. Never having surgery before, I felt challenged in my faith walk to go ahead with the surgery and leave the results to God. I almost backed out, but was encouraged by Hebrews 11:1 as a promise. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." I went through the surgery and my doctor came out of the OR to tell my mom, "It went so well, it makes me nervous." God did not miraculously take away my fibroids. He walked through the fire with me and I came out feeling stronger and better than ever. 

During this time I also had orthodontia performed which was very painful as well. For over three years I went through several types of wires, tightening, rubber bands, teeth removed and finally retainers. I got through and was left with a nice smile that I am happy to share and bless others with.

I am so glad I looked to God and invited Him to walk with me through those hard times.

In this Fifth Decade-

I was invited to take part in the Edible School Yard Academy at Berkeley in California. After five days there, I did not want to come home. I had tasted of farm fresh organic produce, spent time in a children's garden, and fell in love with every part of it. I was invited to not only taste and see how good real food is, but to embrace principles of sustainable agriculture and invite others to do the same.

I began to shop at a farmer's market before finally joining a local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and composting at home. I am healthier and so is my community for the waste I now reduce.

I am so thankful for the comfort, the food and the healing that have come to me  through other's love and God's grace in my own life.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Story-Five Minute Friday

story..........

We love to hear them! Sometimes they captivate us and we are taken away to a whole other world. C.S. Lewis' books did that for me this summer, along with another one called "Hold the Rein Free" by Judy Van Der Veer. All children's lit, but so very enjoyable.

How's my own story? Well, that's another story. It's been anything but predictable as I look back over the past few decades. Parts of it I love, some parts are neither here nor there, and then there are other parts down right depressing and overwhelming. Some very good lessons have been learned, but I can't see past the blasted chapter I'm in now and therefore am struggling.


STOP

Here are a few of my favorite children's stories, if you are ever so inclined:

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go-Dr. Seuss
  • CS Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia (all 7!)
  • The One and Only Ivan- KA Applegate
  • Hold the Rein Free-Judy Van Der Veer
  • Charlotte's Web-EB White
  • Black Beauty-Anna Sewell
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Depend- Five Minute Friday

It's FRIDAY!!!! I wasn't sure where to go with this week's prompt, so I am asking for some feedback this time. For all of you who stop by regularly, i'm hoping you will take time to answer the questions I pose.

depend.......

To be controlled or determined by or to rely upon

So I'm wondering for those who read my blog on a regular basis, who or what do you feel encouraged to depend upon?

My hope has been that this place would be a collection of moments and tokens determined and given by the Great One as a sign that He is reliable.

What stands out to you? What do you see Him faithfully doing in my life?

Are you encouraged to depend on Him or are you left wondering or feeling like "whatever" ?

STOP

Lamentations 3:22-23" The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness." (NASB)

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Accept-Five Minute Friday

Oh, how I wrestled with this one and how I wish I had more than just five minutes. The word was like a mirror reflection, exposing what's truly been in my heart at times.



accept......

Consent to receive

Come to recognize an explanation as valid or correct

Do I? Do I really believe God has my best interest at heart?  Do I see it as the very best?  Honestly, no because I don't like His ways all the time. His ways don't always make sense.
His ways seem harsh or careless. And yet the song, "My God knows the way through the wilderness. All I need to do is follow." comes to mind.

Betty Mitchell (January 12, 1921-June 28,2017) sang this song with her children when her husband was abducted. Betty Mitchell lost a brother and sister prior to that. Later, she found herself captured.

STOP

Reading Betty's tribute and obituary in Alliance Life magazine this month inspired me to think, when she finally met her God and Savior earlier this year what that meeting must have been like. I can't picture her giving Him any lip about the trials she had to face. I can't hear her saying, "You know, God this really sucked! What were you thinking? You could've at least let me enjoy a little more time with my husband. Why didn't You do a better job of protecting us after all we had done for You!" Somehow, I gather it just wasn't in her nature. And so I am left to choose who I will accept to be God and where He says I should follow.

To read more about Betty check out http://www.cmalliance.org/alife/in-her-own-words/

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Support-Five Minute Friday

I love this word and the reminder that sometimes we all need it. We "get by with a little help, from our friends", don't we? Ive had many support me through the years. I could probably fill the page just naming and explaining how so many have done just that in my many years; while at the same time I hope that I am doing the same. My response this week is a variety of images. I hope you are challenged to think of ways you have been supported or give support to others. It is a beautiful thing.


support......

A picture, a thousand words.

Moses' arms supported, Israel won.

Prayers of the saints rise like incense.

People strengthened and hearts changed.

Help, aid, assistance.

Playing field leveled and growth for all.

My students need those pictures!

A second language learner makes sense out of the world.

Seeing, saying and doing.

They can get it! They are lifted up.

Give all a boost and they can act.

STOP

1 Corinthians 12: 21, 26 "And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you; or again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.'....And if one member suffers, all members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." (NASB)

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