Saturday, January 13, 2018

Simplify-Five Minute Friday

I wrote this late, last night and just kind of let my mind wander here and there with our new word for the week. This is actually a weekend when I booked a lot of different activities, but have discovered some plans fell through at the last minute. You know what? I don't even mind because it gives me some much needed down time. All of us need to..............


simplify

Haste makes waste

The force and fury of a tornado usually lasts ten minutes or less

Destruction lies everywhere it traveled before it pestered out

Slow and steady wins the race

I and all else remain intact

Focus for less is more

A few is better than the chaos of too much

Basics are essential

Outside the U.S. many are rich in relationships,

but poorer in wealth

What must I have?

What must I do?

Buy something new?

Out with the old.

I don't need more than you.

STOP

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Motivate in 2018-Five Minute Friday

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome back to my blog and a new season of Five Minute Friday. Our first prompt for this year is.........


motivate

Lamentations 3:21 "This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope."(NASB)

I've been recalling a lot to mind the past two weeks. Now as I think about what motivates me or provides me with a motive to do something, it all comes down to needs.

When my father passed away over ten years ago there were so many unexpected expenses that went with that.The credit card would've once again been used. Yet when my brother and I went to order the flowers for the casket from my friend's flower shop, she wouldn't charge me. It was her gift to me and God's. (James 1:17). I never forgot that.

Years later, when my new spiritual dad passed away, I was able to pay for the flowers that time. 

Kindness is always to be paid forward.

STOP

2 Corinthians 1:4 "who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (NASB)

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Different-Five Minute Friday

This is the last post of 2017 for Five Minute Friday! Hard to believe. I'm wondering if anyone has had any favorites from this year. The prompt is always a surprise to me, but this one even more so for the season we are in. It brought me to reflecting on different choices I made this year. Hope you enjoy the read.

Virginia Beach sunrise
different......

Remember the Life cereal commercials with Mikey? Mikey tried it and Mikey liked it. Every year I try something new and different. This year I skipped the Jersey Shore and headed for Virginia Beach and later Wells Beach, ME instead. Two very new and different places for me, but just enough to wet my appetite for more new places. I even bought new luggage which was marked down seventy percent off. 

Portland Headlight, ME



I haven't picked a new place for the summer yet, but it will be a great adventure I'm sure to explore even more.

If you haven't tried a new place in awhile, go for it. Even if it's a nearby place to hike.

STOP

"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert." (NASB)

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Only-Five Minute Friday

Agh!! If only I had more than five minutes for this one. My fingers do not write or type fast enough. I am going to add on though at the end because otherwise you will be left wondering.

only........

One remaining
Nearing the end
Light ahead
Yearning for it

My senior year of college I decided to become an orientation leader for incoming freshmen. I wanted to give back by befriending the newbies and helping them transition to college life. As part of a unity building activity amongst us, our leader asked us to write one thing down that we would ask God for. It was the only thing I could think of that meant the most, seeing my brother, George again.

Due to our parents divorcing and other extenuating circumstances, George and I were separated at a young age.

STOP-timer went off

So, I wrote it out, folded up the piece of paper and tossed it into the bowl. Each of us then took turns picking out a different piece of paper. We were to pray for that person's request.

Later that year, my birth mother and I started communicating again. George had been living with her, while I was with a new family. She sent me a picture of the two of them for Christmas. By the end of my senior year they were both there at my college graduation.

George and I still have a lot of catching up to do for the years lost, but I was thrilled to be there for his wedding and look forward to more celebrating with him!


Matthew 7:11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him." (NASB)

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Near- Five Minute Friday

A busy weekend, but relaxing also. As I post this we are nearing the end of another calendar year. Everyday we are one step closer to death. I haven't thought much of it in the past, but I do think more of it now. Yet it is not what is foremost in my thoughts. Here is what came to mind for this week's prompt.

near.......

Not far off
Excited one should be
Approaching is our
Redemption

My sister is near reaching her goal of losing almost one hundred pounds.

My mom's home will be insulated in the near future.

I will get to experience another vacation in the near future.

We all long and look forward to projects being finished, goals being met, and a time to kick back and relax.

I still long for the warmth of just having someone special or even a furry friend near me.

Not far off. How comforting that familiar presence can be.

I also thought of the verse in Luke 21:28 "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

STOP

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