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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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fly- Five Minute Friday

Oh, look at the time! How it has flown as I'm posting this late on a Sunday evening. I had fun with this fun remembering an old tune from old blue eyes. I hope you enjoy the read.



Fly......

Come fly with Me, up above the clouds

Come fly and see, so much all around

It's easy to focus on life smacking you in the face,

But when you rise above, you're filled with My grace

Come fly with Me, let Me show you what you don't know

Come fly, come fly, let Me lift you up and show.

It's not that hard and more than plain old luck

Come fly, come fly, soar above

I'll lift you up

STOP

Isaiah 45:3 "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, SO that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name." (NASB)

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Return-Five Minute Friday

I have returned for another week of Five Minute Friday. SO many directions I could've gone with this week's prompt, but after spending a few hours in quiet reflection, I felt inspired to consider what return should look like and mean at this point in life. I hope you are equally challenged.


Return......

Year after year, I return to the same places to work partly because it's familiar. It reminds me of the theme song from the 80's sitcom, Cheers. "You want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You want to go where everybody knows your name." (Gary Portnoy & Judy Hart-Angelo). 

All of us want to go there, but what happens if we return to the same place of testing as Israel did at Meribah and also return to the same patterns of behavior as our parents did? They grumbled against God and wished they had perished with their parents forty years earlier. Because they couldn't see any water, they concluded surely they were only brought there to die. Surely the promises of a promised land flowing with milk and honey were a bunch of bunk. Surely, there is no hope then.

STOP

Psalm 95:8-11 "Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 'When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My work. For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.Therefore I swore in My anger, Truly they shall not enter into My rest."

Joel 2:13 "And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate , Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness, And relenting of evil." (NASB)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pause-Five Minute Friday

Happy Summer everyone! I enjoyed writing for this week's prompt and hope you enjoy the read. Thank you for taking time to stop by and pause from life which can get ridiculously busy.



Pull
Away from
Unlimited distractions
Sit still in silence
Everyday

Time to think. Time to pause. How can I listen to my heart and His leading if I haven't learned to sit still in silence?

I love the bright, red plumage of the male cardinal. I love to see his splash of color dart across my yard.

Guess what? I can't always see him though. He hides in the evergreens, but I know his tweet. As soon as I hear, my body stops and my ears turn towards his boisterous call. I'm still as a statue to discern which direction his tweet is coming from.

STOP

John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;" (NASB)

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Secret- Five Minute Friday

God keeps a lot of secrets. So much is hidden from us to either protect or surprise. One of the little secrets was an anonymous gift I have never forgotten. This was just another token I least expected. To this day, the giver remains a ..........


Secret

It's still a secret. I never found out who was led to be so generous, but it doesn't really matter. I never forgot the action and to this day I remain humbled by it.

I had recently graduated from college and was living in NYC, while teaching in a private Christian school. One Sunday while I was driving to church in New City, my car began to shake, rattle, and smoke. I made it to church just in time, but the head gasket was officially blown. Two weeks and a thousand dollars later it was fixed. My credit card was maxed with no money in savings and I had lots of college loans I was only beginning to repay.

Someone gave my church a check for the amount to cover my car repairs. Someone from my church back home and to this day I still don't know who.

STOP

Thank you, my family, my friend! You were oh so kind and generous to a young girl in her twenties who had much to learn about managing money. I have never forgotten your and God's kindness since then. I look for opportunities to pay it forward, knowing we all need grace in time of need. May God continue to bless you and may your barns never cease to overflow.

Philippians 4:19" And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God be the glory forever and ever. Amen." (NASB)

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