Friday, August 11, 2017

Place-Five Minute Friday

For those who don't know, Five Minute Friday is an online community where many of us gather together to read and respond to the one word prompt Kate Montaug gives us weekly. We write as much as we can, unedited for five minutes flat, post it and then respond to other's writing as well.

I continue to look forward and enjoy this time each week. It has kept me writing and encouraged me in so many other ways. This week our prompt is........


place.....

I've traveled to new places this year.

I've taken new hikes.

I've seen I need new places to visit.

It keeps me enjoying life.

This morning though I thought of an action instead of a place.

I thought of how gently we can place things instead of tossing any old way.

I helped clean garlic. A first time activity for me.

We were all instructed to not dump or toss them into the big bins we could see.

It made me think of how we take great care and should.

I clipped their tops, brushed off the dirt, and placed them carefully.

STOP

Philosophy of Alica Waters-Edible Schoolyard Academy

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Try-A Late Five Minute Friday

Try.......

"Try it, you might like it."

Well, I figured I would give Virginia Beach, an eight hour drive on my own, a go. Originally, my mom, Linda was supposed to travel with me to see our old time friends, Vic and Glo. Life happened and my mom found her PTO time being eaten up with trips to OT (occupational therapy), for an injury she suffered weeks ago.

So, I decided I would still go. I had never been there or driven that far on my own, but gave it a try. 

EMPOWERING!

God's grace went with me as I had very little sleep that week, but still did it, stopping every two hours for a short break.
Selfie before going over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! (17.5 miles long)

As I am approaching another birthday and a new year, I can see I need to try more new things. Who knows where it will lead me.

STOP



2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." (NASB)


Thank you to family and friends for their prayers for safe travels and also to my good friends, Vic and Glo for a fun and relaxing vacation while showing me around their new town!


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

More inspiration


Today my mom and dad would've celebrated fifty years of marriage. I woke up this morning dreading the day ahead for my mom, Linda, thinking how difficult this must be for her with her soulmate gone. They looked forward to growing old together and all of us looked forward to celebrating that with them.

I had no idea what to say to her or how to comfort her. She misses my dad terribly. We all do. Yet my mom has a faith and a strength that can only come from God. She walked into church this morning rejoicing. During the worship service, she shared how today would've been their 50th, but with confidence she declared, "God is still good!" None understand or like how my Dad was taken at such a young age. All would love for him to still be here with us. Yet my mom chooses to rejoice in God, making known to all that He is faithful and has been in the past. She is moving forward in the grace He provides.

After the service, she intermingled with different people, smiled, hugged others and even shared how she so appreciated our pastor and his wife for their love and support through the years.

My mom, Linda is amazing and she is an inspiration!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Inspire-Five Minute Friday

Mmm. What inspires me? Had to think on that one for a bit. I'm anxious to read what others have posted this week in response to our new prompt. Here is what I came up with for this week.

Inspire........

Inhale
Let it permeate all senses
Butterflies in one's stomach
Adrenalin rushes
Urge leads to action

Could be the warmth of someone's kindness
that says. "Pay it forward."

Could be dazzling colors and textures in a garden
saying, "Listen closely, watch, and then do."

Could be soldiers who carry on day after day
no matter how challenging or monotonous

Could be the blind student who's happy and
not afraid to try anything new

Maybe it's all of these moments and glimpses
into how we can create and be the best we can be

Live. Give. Love.

STOP

Maya Angelou "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Collect-Five Minute Friday

I read the question-"What do you collect as a writer?".  Mmm. I've collected shells and elephants through the years, also lots of cards from people, but as a writer? I had never thought about that until today, so it took a little thought and here is what I came up with.


collect....

moments become memories

they turn into a list

I've been keeping track for years now

a book filled with chapters

filled with many different signs

not without wrestling with lots of whys



tokens big and small for me

to remember, count, and share

for others to hopefully marvel at after all

it builds every year and will not cease to end

until the day I finally rest, then so will my pen

STOP

Psalm 71:15 "My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long-though I know not how to relate them all." (NIV)

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