Friday, February 9, 2018

Privilege-Five Minute Friday

I just finished watching a five minute video demonstrating what privilege looks like when people are running a race. It really puts everything into perspective. Privilege is defined by google as"a special right, advantage, or immunity granted."


Privilege

Perspective is everything. I enjoy and have been blessed with many privileges.

I am an American.

I am educated.

I am healthy.

I am adopted by two wonderful people who were married 45 years.

I am a believer of God and able to worship freely.

I am employed.

I am a teacher able to inspire and empower young minds.

I am many things I could not become on my own account.

God has given freely and given much.

I do not understand.

STOP

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (NIV)

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Agree- Five Minute Friday on Sunday

What a busy weekend! This week's prompt took me back to a friendship I developed years ago.

Amos 3:3 "Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" (NASB)

agree...

Don't get married, unless you can agree upon some pretty important points. 

Make sure you agree to talk about those important points.

If you don't, how can or will your marriage last?

I took a lot of time building a friendship with an older gentleman years ago. My prayer was we would come to a place of mutual agreement either to seal the deal for something long term or part ways. We did not agree upon the issue of children. He was adamant he didn't want them, but I did. I was not going to change him or his mind. 

We agreed to disagree and parted amicably. I am so thankful we talked about the important issues first.

STOP

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Surrender- Five Minute Friday

I went round and round in my head with this week's prompt while driving home from work and then set the timer for five after getting home.


surrender...

I tried to think of times I had to do this and as a result, God really blessed above and beyond. A few instances came to mind, but then I remembered others.

My pastor from many years ago had prayed about a concern and need I brought to him. He sought God's will and by mid week left a voicemail on sharing how God spoke to him and how he would change the service. I was so blessed because of his willingness to listen and change.

Then I remembered my new mom and dad. They wanted to throw their hands up so many times. They didn't and again I was blessed.

Surrender isn't about us giving up so we can gain. It's always others centered.

STOP

John 10:10 "...I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (NIV)

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Intentional- Five Minute Friday

I wasn't sure where to go with the prompt this week, but my sister, Jeneen was visiting from out of town and I had an opportunity to interview her about the journey she has been on for almost a year now. The more we talked, the more I realized her story is a perfect example of what can happen when someone is...........


intentional

"You're worth it. You can do it. Go for it. Live your dreams. If you want something, go get it. Worth every second to invest in yourself. You deserve it," she encouraged.

My sister made a decision last year to try a new program for weight loss. She's struggled with her weight since she was 13 and always felt "ick".

She called. She tried it and she had to follow through. She had to change her thinking, replacing negative statements about herself with positive. She had to change her food choices and stick to the routine of specific meals and drops. She had to check in with a coach each week. She had to do it and keep doing it.




She's lost 92 pounds since last February!

STOP

Jeneen is so much happier with herself and is already starting to set new goals. She plans to start training to run a half marathon. I am proud of her, as are all of us. She has decided to never be fat again and has already started to inspire others along the same journey. If you are interested, the program is www.breakthroughm2.com

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Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."(NIV)


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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