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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Friday, November 10, 2017

Silence- Five Minute Friday

This week's prompt surprised me. It is gift we rarely find in our culture of constant noise.  I hope all are encouraged to work harder to find the time to cherish this gift. We all need it.

silence........

the absence of sound
hard to find
perhaps in the wee hours of the night
or before dawn
something somewhere is always buzzing, 
humming, zooming, ticking

my thoughts can be so loud sometimes
they'll swirl inside my head like glitter in a jar
I can't always get them to settle, but when I do
ah! the energy settles, the silence seeps in
peace can come

if only I could silence more in my head
deadlines, schedules, hurts, and ho hums
dump, settle in silence
sift through the nuggets worth keeping
away with the nonsense

gift of silence, secure, surround 

STOP

1 Kings 19:12-13 "And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (NIV)

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To help you unplug more check out Pico Iyer's book and a Ted Talk on, "The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere"





Saturday, November 4, 2017

Need- Five Minute Friday

I wrote this one out in my journal last night, but am just getting to posting it now. This week was easy! No mulling over needed. A few of my needs were met in community last night.

need....

I needed that! It hit the spot. 

Seeing most of my students' families come together, 
sharing food from their countries was AWESOME! 

No feuds. No terrorism. 

Just coming together to break bread. 
Sharing a space and moment in time. 

Children laughing and playing. 
Learning the beauty of community. 
Seeing a slice of heaven. 

Five or six countries were represented. 
Different ages, different tongues, different faces. 
One mind. Share. Eat. Relax. Enjoy.

Children lead us.
Leave our struggles and differences on the side.
Come together. 
Don't give up coming together.

We need it.

STOP

Psalm 133:1 "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity." (NIV)

Revelation 7:9 "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." (NIV)

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Overcome-Five Minute Friday's prompt

Ah, yes, here I am again on Sunday. Too tired to post on Friday and needing more time to think. This week's prompt is........

overcome

Google defines it as: succeed in dealing with a problem or difficulty; defeat of an opponent or prevail

John 16:33 "But take heart, I have overcome the world." (NIV)

I can't take the credit. When I think of the BIG problems in my life, I didn't succeed in dealing with them. I couldn't. The only way I made it through was because of the opportunities made available to me by God.

When my parents divorced and I needed a new place to go, Christian neighbors stepped in and said, "You can stay here as long as you need to."

When I needed money to go to college, I did some work study, but again, others provided through scholarships, grants, loans, and a sizable donation from my church.

When I needed to get a Masters within five years to keep my certification, a friend came by and told me about a special grant program. I got my Masters in one year for free.

STOP

James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (NIV)

Philippians 4:19 "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." 

After writing this I later recalled an interview with Fred Rogers about looking for the helpers. I know God has been faithful to send them to me through the years and with that gracious provision, we are all helped! Hope you enjoy the video.


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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Discover-Five Minute Friday

I began thinking of this late last night and what I have discovered in over four decades on the planet. There have been so many tokens and lessons through the years, but this morning I felt more inclined to write about my singleness.


discover

Discover is defined as finding something or someone unexpectedly in the course of a search.

In my search of "Mr. Right" through the years I have found myself single for a really long time.

I discovered that I have developed deeper friendships with some for over twenty years that some marrieds don't even enjoy with their spouses or others.

I discovered some I know would become widows in their thirties or forties and I would be reminded of my relationship with God to be the only one without a good-bye forever.

I discovered in my late twenties I couldn't make a guy like or fall in love with me. When someone doesn't it really is OK! There are other people who do like me and love to have me around.

I discovered years after the ones I hoped would work out and didn't, that it was really God's protection. I would've been miserable as we were so not a good match. Being single is far better than being in a miserable marriage.

STOP

Ran out of time, but wanted to add............

I've discovered from watching and listening to others that both marriage and singleness are hard, just in different ways. God told us we would have trouble in this world. Sometimes when you're married there is even more drama to deal with. I am reminded to ask myself, "What and how much do I want to deal with?".

I also discovered that in not having children of my own to read stories to at night and tuck into bed or bake cookies with and build snowmen on cold, winter days, that I am so thankful for the children in my class every year. We have baked banana bread and pizza. We always read lots of stories together. When snow arrives, we go out to the playground to develop our vocabulary and sequencing skills used in building snowmen.

A few have remarked to me over the years, "You're so lucky you don't have kids." or "You smart lady, you!", but I do not see myself as either of those. I have carried a hole in my heart for decades now which causes me to be more appreciative of the students I so enjoy. Hopefully, they know how much they are valued and loved.

Finally, I've discovered that the moments of loneliness have been tolerable. It's not the end of the world, but I know what it's like to eat alone day after day after day. I reach out more now to people who have experienced the same. I always look forward to sharing meals with some very dear and lovely ladies I know whenever I can.

Perhaps a "Mr. Right" will still come along. Perhaps not. All I know is I get to choose how I will live today. God is the one I come back to day after day.

Matthew 28:20 "Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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