Friday, July 13, 2018

Done- Five Minute Friday

I'm early today. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read the prompt for this week with all the wrestling I did over a BIG decision to be made.  I hope you can find some encouragement and relief even after something is a done deal.

Done.......

"You just gotta pull the trigger and let the chips fall where they may," my friend Matt said to me.

Easier said then done because there's no "undo" button for some of the choices we make. I hate making BIG decisions because I don't want to make the wrong one and have to live with the consequences.

Yet I think back to my younger days when I was applying for college. I was a candidate for a special HEOP grant program which meant more financial aid for college, BUT I would've needed to give up my summer after high school to attend an intensive prep program before beginning classes in the fall. I didn't want to do that and so I passed on the opportunity.

STOP

Sometimes I hate that timer! I wanted to finish the story, so here's what happened. 

After having second thoughts, I changed my mind and went for another interview with the program directors. It was too late. The door was now closed. They did not accept me into the program. I got to have my final summer before college to do what I wanted to do, but I also paid more money in the long run and had a harder time transitioning to college life in the fall. 

What encourages me though, is that God's plan for my life was still fulfilled. I was able to graduate from college and become a teacher. I chose a harder route, albeit I still arrived at my final destination.

With a BIG decision I needed to make this week, my Pastor said to me, "Whatever you decide, the kingdom of God is not going to fall because of it."

I would so prefer that God opens or closes a door to make decisions clear as crystal, but He does not always do that. Sometimes it is up to us and we just have to let the chips fall where they may because none know what the future holds. Once it's done, it's done.

Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose." (NIV)

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Vacation-Five Minute Friday

Ah! The word we all long for. The trip of a lifetime we yearn to take. Sometimes it means using our imagination. Each and every day, we can take a little vacation and leave our worries behind.

Vacation......



I can have it. I can find it. I can create that space and place in my mind. Recalling the view through the white netting of a hammock, tied between two palm trees on a white sandy beach with clear, turquoise waters just beyond.




Adventures in going nowhere, I can take in my mind. Five to ten minutes visualizing in Aruba on one happy island. I leave my worries for the moment behind. Perhaps when I return to reality I can at least feel more relaxed. I might see something different. I might not.

STOP


Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (NIV)

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

If... Five Minute Friday

I had time to handwrite my response to this week's prompt this morning, but am just posting now.



If...........

Even if we do all the right things, life still happens

Even if, can bring hope or gloom and doom

I can have plan A, B, and C, and something totally unexpected could come in 

from left field

Even if I could see five to ten years down the road, would I really want to?

Even if I knew the exact time, manner, and day of my appointment with 

death, what would or could I change?

Even if I live another hundred years, how will those years be lived?

If this was the last day of my life, am I doing what I love and love what I am 

doing?

STOP

Today we helped celebrate my nephew's high school graduation. The food was great and it is always nice to visit with family, but one of the highlights was painting with my niece, downstairs in her artsy space. Thanks so much for sharing your time and space with me, Rebecca! Love doing that kind of stuff. It was fun!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ocean-Five Minute Friday

Ah! Summer is finally here and I am looking forward to my next trip to the beach. How can I sum up in five minutes what the ocean means to me?


Ocean..........




Soak it up, salt and waves


Sandy beach, suntan lotion

All over my body, down to my feet


Cool tides rushing in

Broken shells and mussels

Turned over and over within
 Can't get enough, it holds my attention

The rhythm of the currents, rushing sounds

Splishing and splashing




I can lay on a blanket taking a nap or walk the shoreline

On boardwalk or sand


It calls to me annually

I'm reminded how powerful and vast

Luke warm or icy temps in Maine 







No matter where

I'm sure to want to stay

I'd live there if I could

One day, perhaps, one day

STOP

Job 38:8-11 " Or who enclosed the sea with doors when, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band, And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors, And I said 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop'?" (NASB)

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Restore-Five Minute Friday

Needed time to think on this one. I hope someone is encouraged to be one who repairs and restores.

Restore........

Do you need a fresh perspective? Perhaps a magic spyglass can help. Richard Paul Evans wrote about a king whose kingdom was in total disarray. Once a traveler showed up and invited him to peer through his spyglass. The king saw a vivid picture of how things could be. A vision was just the beginning. It ignited a fire that spread throughout the land, inspiring all inhabitants to make it a reality. They got to work and the land was transformed and restored to its former glory.

We all long for Eden. Well, at least, I know I do. Before the fall, I can't even imagine the beauty and freshness that existed.

STOP

Isaiah 58:12 "Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Walls, Restorer of Streets with dwellings." (NASB)

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