Friday, July 21, 2017

Collect-Five Minute Friday

I read the question-"What do you collect as a writer?".  Mmm. I've collected shells and elephants through the years, also lots of cards from people, but as a writer? I had never thought about that until today, so it took a little thought and here is what I came up with.


collect....

moments become memories

they turn into a list

I've been keeping track for years now

a book filled with chapters

filled with many different signs

not without wrestling with lots of whys



tokens big and small for me

to remember, count, and share

for others to hopefully marvel at after all

it builds every year and will not cease to end

until the day I finally rest, then so will my pen

STOP

Psalm 71:15 "My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long-though I know not how to relate them all." (NIV)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Comfort-Five Minute Friday

It's raining outside and the air has cooled considerably, so many different images and experiences came to mind for comfort this morning. Perhaps with some of them you can relate. What I ran out of time to include though is the truth that comfort is never given to us for keeping to ourselves. "Go and do likewise"  (Luke 10:37, NIV) was the last thing to come to mind. There are times when each of us is in need, but then there are times we can comfort and bless others out of the abundance we have received.

May each of us think, "How can I pass it on?" The world will surely become a much better place.

comfort........

A hot cup of coffee on a cold, rainy day

A bear hug from my dad, Guy

Unexpected flowers from a friend

A nurse who shows compassion for discomfort and pain

All of these things bring comfort and refreshment to me. This morning though I was reminded of Psalm 40:1-3, being lifted out of miry clay and given a firm place to stand. 

How God used Guy and Linda, my new mom and dad to do that for me. I can never forget! Life before them was tumultuous and writhing in pain. Life after them in it became a safe haven and greenhouse for growth.

STOP

Psalm 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. he brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord." (NASB)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Play-Five Minute Friday

What a fun word to think and write on in the middle of summer. For some of us, we have a little more time to do this now. I hope you will make the time to get a little crazy with playing. How our hearts need and long to be free in this way.

play........

Purpose to
Lay aside
Anxiety and act
Youthful

Don't worry about getting dirty,

being late, or that stack of papers calling your name

Break out the checkers or dice and play

Squish mud between your fingers or

spread whipped cream on your face

Laugh at the wind on a sassy, summer day

Enjoy it

Pretend

Talk to birds and bees

Let your spirit soar and dance between trees

Kick up your heels, play catch with the tide

Write messages with your toes in sandy coastlines

With a smile

STOP

Matthew 18:3 "and said. 'Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (NASB)

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Blessing-Five Minute Friday

School is out and now is the time to sleep in late and catch up on other projects or take time to reflect. This morning's prompt was not what I expected, but then again, it never is. Perhaps He knew what I needed to shift my focus on.


blessing....

Years ago new friends encouraged me to take an inventory of my life. All positive, significant events get written on yellow post its. Painful, life changing events go on pink post its. After reflecting, you write lessons learned on green post its.

I've tried to do it every year now. As my birthday is quickly approaching, I will begin reviewing my journal for the past year to see what went well and what was unexpected. I've been doing this for years now and do you know what I've discovered?

I've always had more yellow than pink! I can say like the gospel singer, Marvin Winans, "All my good days, outweigh my bad days, so I won't complain."

STOP

Philippians 4:8 "Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things."

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Steady-Five Minute Friday

It's here! Summer vacation has begun and what a great prompt to mull over in this season of harvest. I actually had enough time to write this morning, so here is my posting for ....


steady

Can you picture an oak or an evergreen firmly planted? The evergreens stay green no matter what season it is. Psalm 1 describes trees firmly planted by the water. Their leaves never wither. 

I also love to think of Amber, the draft horse I ride. Strong, but gentle and very reliable. She doesn't spook easily, but goes where I lead her. On trails, she is great. Kids love her and they even slide off the back of her.

Steady. 

We all need that place, that center to be anchored. I think others need to see it, too. Easier said then done, but in times when everything around us is literally being shaken, we need to hold onto that which remains.

STOP

Psalm 1:3 "And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers."

Hebrews 12:27 " And this expression,'Yet once more, denotes the removing of those things, which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."


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