Friday, February 17, 2017

Weak- Five Minute Friday

I haven't done an acrostic in awhile, so I thought of one for today. I hope you enjoy the read and find some nugget of truth worth taking away.


Worried and trying to

Eat the whole elephant 

At one time

Kills our joy and any chance of overcoming 

We get weak in the knees when we look at a whole problem and all the what ifs at once. It wears us down and can immobilize us. My dad used to say, "You're trying to eat the whole elephant at once. You have to take it one bite at a time."

When I have followed that advice, it has helped. 

One day at a time, step by step, the grace is there.

It's not there for the next twenty or thirty years or steps ahead. I want it to be, but it's not.

When I recently went back to the gym after not working out for so long, I was weaker. Yet little by little, I get stronger each time.

STOP

"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 (NASB)

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Safe-Five Minute Friday

What in the world will I post for this one? What a word to be faced with early in the morning. Our world is anything but a safe place to live, in spite of numerous efforts to make it so. Here is what flowed this morning.

safe

better safe than sorry

don't take a chance

don't go out, better safe at home

yet this world is not our home

what would we do different if.. 

we lived with that premise 

ithe forefront of our minds daily?

what would I do different?

I like my plan A

I like smooth sailing

It's less chaotic, but.....

it doesn't stretch me as much

I don't get the thrill of giving 

one hundred and ten percent

only to wait and see how 

it turns out in the end

The NE Patriots weren't safe 

for the first half or so

They made it back home though

STOP

"Aslan is a lion-the Lion, the great Lion."

"Ooh," said Susan. I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.".....


"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver... "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."

CS Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Breathe-A Late Five Minute Friday

I finally had some time to breathe with a delay this morning. Bad weather is coming, so they say. The weekend was jam packed with writing workshops on Saturday to a SUPER Super Bowl Sunday. I still can't get over that game! Wow! So here I am after mulling over this week's prompt for more than a few days. 


breathe

no breath, no life

no space, no circulation

no air, no exchange

one for the other

trees take the air we breathe out

we take oxygen in

space and wind make way

holes in my compost bin

let air in, gases out

wood stoves turn fans

fire breathes, heat travels

breathe means to move, to grow

breathe means life is vibrant

breathe we must

space, air, move, grow

breathe in, breathe out

STOP

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Control-Five Minute Friday

I've let this one marinate a bit over the weekend. I just wasn't sure what I should write and which direction I should take. I remembered Janet Jackson's hit from 1986 "Control" and thought how it is an illusion to believe we can make all our dreams come true. We can't control the cards we are dealt in life. We can do our best and we can control our attitude, but even that requires some discipline. There's plenty we just cannot control. Yet we can control ourselves.

I can stay in bed and hide under the covers or

I can push them off and face the day

I can drag myself to splash water on my face or

I can bounce with a spring in my step all the way

I can soak up the silence in the morning or

I can blast the morning news

I can find my way with the attitude I choose

Control, now I've got a whole lot

Control, I smile or I frown

Control, look, listen, watch

Anticipate and be ready

Control, I can throw in the towel if I want

Cards are dealt

How will I play?

Round and round they go now

STOP

Proverbs 8:34-36 "Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. 'For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. 'But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death.'" (NASB)

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Refine-Five Minute Friday

I had all kinds of images come to me this morning for this week's prompt. Before I share though, I want to thank the people who have been a mirror in my own life. They are friends and family members who have been bold enough to be honest with me about the not so nice stuff and still love me unconditionally. My late dad, Guy, and my mom, Linda, endured so much when I first went to live with them at the age of fifteen. They were gentle, but they were honest and did set boundaries. The friends I've had for close to twenty years or more are honest. We've had some tough conversations through the years, but I know I am a better person now because of them.  I thank God for the people in my life.

Proverbs 27:6 "Wounds from a  friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."


REFINE

Nobody really likes it.

It's more uncomfortable to some than others.

Having a bright light with a mirror held up shows everything;

especially if it's one of those cosmetic mirrors that magnifies

every little detail on your skin.


Or what about the co-worker or roommate that hears and sees

what you say and do on a regular basis?

They can see those things, too.

Iron sharpens iron.

They can hold up the mirror or echo back what we say.

And then we can see.

We may love what we see or we may see those zits or

stubborn hairs needing some attention.

What will we do?

STOP

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