Friday, August 9, 2019

Again-Five Minute Friday

I missed last week's as I really had no idea what to write for "Five" and I didn't find the time. Here I am again though. What do you find yourself returning to again and again?  That is our prompt for this week.

Again.....

Another summer morning. The sun popped up again. I traveled to my CSA to complete another set of work share hours. I found myself kneeling beside a soft, weedy bed, pulling up carrots again.


There can be boredom in monotony and then there is comfort in the familiar. Each day, God's mercies are new. Each day His provision is abundant. AGAIN and AGAIN He has not ceased to send rain on the earth, four full length seasons, and the sun each new day.


Yet I need reminders. We all do on how faithful God is. We still need to see His goodness in action AGAIN and AGAIN.

STOP


"This I recall to mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:21-23)


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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Middle-Five Minute Friday

I missed the posting for the week of July 19th, but I am back for this week's now that we are half way through summer. A very different prompt for this past Friday. I can't wait to read other's thoughts. here are mine on...........


Middle...

The lake was in the middle filled with turtles, frogs, and fish.

Surrounded by various blossoms, rocks, vegetation, and creeks.

I was stunned by its beauty.


Different rocks, paths, and views.

I walked slowly and breathed deeply as I peered through branches and leaves.

Steps going up, around, and down.

Brick paths leading to different worlds.

A few fountains spraying a cool mist while the sun beat down.

Not knowing how.




STOP

Genesis 1:31 "God saw all that He had made and behold it was very good." (NASB)




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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Willing- A Very Late Five Minute Friday from last week on the 12th!

Summer is flying by and I am just sitting down to post my thoughts with regards to last week's prompt. Are you willing to read and ask yourself the same questions?

Willing....

It still kind of boggles my mind that I found my lost earring over a week ago. It befuddles me, quite honestly only because I've found myself admitting more and more, "I know God CAN DO ALL things, but what is He WILLING TO DO?"

I've had my fair share of disappointments, receiving not just the "wait" answer to prayers, but flat out "NO's". No to requests for physical healing for different loved ones. No to finding another place to live this year. No to both little and big requests throughout life. When you get a few no's in a row, it's not only frustrating, but disheartening.

STOP

I ran out of time to write, but I didn't want to end it with that. Some pretty big NO's have caused me to not ask or expect as much. Yet upon venting my frustrations in prayer, new questions came to mind:

"What have I been willing and/or unwilling to do? How does God feel?"

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you."

I listened to a radio program earlier today which encouraged people to not give up on praying for different loved ones as the speaker, Eva Whittington Self prayed for her dad for 15 years to come to know the peace and love of God. At 80 years old, he finally did.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Take-Five Minute Friday

I missed last week! First one in I don't know how long. I didn't know what to write, was pretty pooped  when I did have a few minutes to myself, and so it never got done. 

I'm here today on a Friday posting. I was encouraged by an unexpected find this morning. During my quiet time, I began to question, "How do I know God still hears me?" Years have gone by with some pretty BIG unanswered prayers. I still have people in my family who are not speaking to each other and refuse to reconcile. One of them has not talked to me in quite some time and continues to ignore me in spite of the numerous times I've reached out. Today I was encouraged though.

Take....

Take it in stride. Cope. Manage or accept difficulty or the unfortunate well. 

I was bummed out. Half way through a fourth of July BBQ yesterday, I realized I lost an earring. UGH! I looked in my car and around the area I was sitting. It could have been anywhere. I looked when I got home last night. Nothing. Chances were good I wasn't going to find it anywhere. God only knows when and where I lost it. It was one of my all time favorites, worn many a time through the years. I figured I would not find it. No sense in driving myself crazy looking for it. I'd be shopping for another pair. UNTIL this morning while I was talking to a friend on the phone. I spotted it on the rug. I didn't bother to pray, but there it was. Found.

STOP

After my discovery, I thought about how the earring was something I could replace. I wasn't happy that I may not be able to find the exact same pair again, but I knew it wasn't the end of the world. I could easily go buy another pair. Yet, here it was found on my living room rug! I was willing to let it go and not search any further. 

Healing and reconciliation between people in my family is worth SO MUCH MORE than a favorite pair of earrings. If God allowed me to find a missing earring, would He not work in the hearts of people in my family of whom are so much more valuable? Would I not find reconciliation and healing in due time?

Isaiah 65:24 'It will come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking I will hear." (NASB)

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Question-A Very Late Five Minute Friday!

This is for last Friday's prompt on the 21st. I'm just in time before a new one tomorrow. What can I say except the last two weeks of school are really crazy! I've also been looking to buy a home which prompted my response to last week's encouragement.....


Question..........

Some don't know what to ask. I'm learning I need to ask a lot before making a BIG investment. I'm learning about wells, septic, roofs, and furnaces. I'm learning all that glitters is NOT gold.

QUESTION!

What a powerful tool and action. It can save us a lot of heartache and money in the end. Wisdom to guide us into and onto a path of life.

What else can I say? Everyone needs to do their homework. It's something I hope to instill in my students, what to ask and when.

Need to know!

STOP

Proverbs 3:13 " How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding." (NASB)

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