Sunday, October 15, 2017

Invite-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

Oh how I needed more time for this one! I was up half the night Saturday wrestling with what I could write and how I could communicate what this word means to me. 

I was brought back to life defining invites I have received through the years. We never know what someone or something can lead to unless we take a few steps down the path to explore. I remembered how each decade there have been some pretty significant invitations I've received and taken people up on over the course of my life. I ran out of time to share all of them. Again, I am thankful and I see each one as a token, wonderful blessings that I cannot deny or forget.


The First Decade-

She was warm and loved to have me stay over. My Aunt Onie let me sleep in a cushy twin bed with a pink, satin pillowcase. I'd awake to the best scrambled eggs with toast and coffee in the morning. Her home was a place of comfort and safety. I always wanted to escape there.

The Second Decade-

A new family welcomed me to stay with them as long as I needed to when my birth parents were not able to take care of me any longer. They invited me to church and my journey of faith in coming to know the great One began.

The Third Decade-

A friend stopped by my home to tell me about a special grant program at a nearby university. I checked it out and discovered ESL was my niche! I got my Masters for free in one year and have been teaching ESL ever since.


"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy winning milk without money and without cost." (Isaiah 55:1 NIV)

I didn't have time to add the other decades, but wanted to include them here and so this is after the timer rang.

The Fourth Decade-

I developed uterine fibroids that grew to be the size of a six month pregnancy. I was just a little bit uncomfortable to say the least. A friend recommended a wonderful doctor and I was given the option of an abdominal myomectomy. Never having surgery before, I felt challenged in my faith walk to go ahead with the surgery and leave the results to God. I almost backed out, but was encouraged by Hebrews 11:1 as a promise. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." I went through the surgery and my doctor came out of the OR to tell my mom, "It went so well, it makes me nervous." God did not miraculously take away my fibroids. He walked through the fire with me and I came out feeling stronger and better than ever. 

During this time I also had orthodontia performed which was very painful as well. For over three years I went through several types of wires, tightening, rubber bands, teeth removed and finally retainers. I got through and was left with a nice smile that I am happy to share and bless others with.

I am so glad I looked to God and invited Him to walk with me through those hard times.

In this Fifth Decade-

I was invited to take part in the Edible School Yard Academy at Berkeley in California. After five days there, I did not want to come home. I had tasted of farm fresh organic produce, spent time in a children's garden, and fell in love with every part of it. I was invited to not only taste and see how good real food is, but to embrace principles of sustainable agriculture and invite others to do the same.

I began to shop at a farmer's market before finally joining a local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and composting at home. I am healthier and so is my community for the waste I now reduce.

I am so thankful for the comfort, the food and the healing that have come to me  through other's love and God's grace in my own life.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Story-Five Minute Friday


We love to hear them! Sometimes they captivate us and we are taken away to a whole other world. C.S. Lewis' books did that for me this summer, along with another one called "Hold the Rein Free" by Judy Van Der Veer. All children's lit, but so very enjoyable.

How's my own story? Well, that's another story. It's been anything but predictable as I look back over the past few decades. Parts of it I love, some parts are neither here nor there, and then there are other parts down right depressing and overwhelming. Some very good lessons have been learned, but I can't see past the blasted chapter I'm in now and therefore am struggling.


Here are a few of my favorite children's stories, if you are ever so inclined:

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go-Dr. Seuss
  • CS Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia (all 7!)
  • The One and Only Ivan- KA Applegate
  • Hold the Rein Free-Judy Van Der Veer
  • Charlotte's Web-EB White
  • Black Beauty-Anna Sewell
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Depend- Five Minute Friday

It's FRIDAY!!!! I wasn't sure where to go with this week's prompt, so I am asking for some feedback this time. For all of you who stop by regularly, i'm hoping you will take time to answer the questions I pose.


To be controlled or determined by or to rely upon

So I'm wondering for those who read my blog on a regular basis, who or what do you feel encouraged to depend upon?

My hope has been that this place would be a collection of moments and tokens determined and given by the Great One as a sign that He is reliable.

What stands out to you? What do you see Him faithfully doing in my life?

Are you encouraged to depend on Him or are you left wondering or feeling like "whatever" ?


Lamentations 3:22-23" The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness." (NASB)

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Accept-Five Minute Friday

Oh, how I wrestled with this one and how I wish I had more than just five minutes. The word was like a mirror reflection, exposing what's truly been in my heart at times.


Consent to receive

Come to recognize an explanation as valid or correct

Do I? Do I really believe God has my best interest at heart?  Do I see it as the very best?  Honestly, no because I don't like His ways all the time. His ways don't always make sense.
His ways seem harsh or careless. And yet the song, "My God knows the way through the wilderness. All I need to do is follow." comes to mind.

Betty Mitchell (January 12, 1921-June 28,2017) sang this song with her children when her husband was abducted. Betty Mitchell lost a brother and sister prior to that. Later, she found herself captured.


Reading Betty's tribute and obituary in Alliance Life magazine this month inspired me to think, when she finally met her God and Savior earlier this year what that meeting must have been like. I can't picture her giving Him any lip about the trials she had to face. I can't hear her saying, "You know, God this really sucked! What were you thinking? You could've at least let me enjoy a little more time with my husband. Why didn't You do a better job of protecting us after all we had done for You!" Somehow, I gather it just wasn't in her nature. And so I am left to choose who I will accept to be God and where He says I should follow.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Support-Five Minute Friday

I love this word and the reminder that sometimes we all need it. We "get by with a little help, from our friends", don't we? Ive had many support me through the years. I could probably fill the page just naming and explaining how so many have done just that in my many years; while at the same time I hope that I am doing the same. My response this week is a variety of images. I hope you are challenged to think of ways you have been supported or give support to others. It is a beautiful thing.


A picture, a thousand words.

Moses' arms supported, Israel won.

Prayers of the saints rise like incense.

People strengthened and hearts changed.

Help, aid, assistance.

Playing field leveled and growth for all.

My students need those pictures!

A second language learner makes sense out of the world.

Seeing, saying and doing.

They can get it! They are lifted up.

Give all a boost and they can act.


1 Corinthians 12: 21, 26 "And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you; or again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.'....And if one member suffers, all members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." (NASB)

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Work-A late posting for Five Minute Friday

It was my first week back to work as a teacher, so I am slowly getting into the routine again. I have been teaching almost twenty years now of which I feel so blessed to have enjoyed that much time in such a great career. Kids keep us young! It is with this mindset that the word's flowed today.


If it's fun, it doesn't feel like work

Focused, busy, creating and developing

Sharing skills with others while gaining new ones

It keeps us out of trouble

Let's us know we are needed and have a place

Yet we are humbled by how hard it is sometimes

Long hours and long faces when it's not a piece of cake

A gift we need

Otherwise, what's the alternative?

So thankful I have always had some kind of work

So thankful for the world of it-diverse as it is


Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 "I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor-it is the gift of God." (NASB)

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Neighbor-Five Minute Friday

What a word for this week in light of the recent devastation with Hurricane Harvey and the new season we find ourselves entering. How I long for days when Mr. Rogers was a friendly face who greeted us regularly.

Nobody left out
Individual counts
Greet all with
Heart and

I wish I had done that before Hurricane Irene flooded my apartment complex's parking lot. I was safe on the second floor, but the basement apartments and my SUV were not. Had I taken the time to get to know my neighbors before Irene, perhaps we could've helped each other and not suffered such losses. Perhaps, but I certainly made the effort to reach out afterwards to help in whatever way I could.

Today, I couldn't help but think of Mr. Rogers' neighborhood song,"Won't you be mine?"


Luke 10:36-37 "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?" And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same." (NASB)

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Guide-A late version of Five Minute Friday

I just returned from vacation late Saturday and am still trying to get caught up on life, so here I am posting for last Friday's prompt. So many people came to mind for this prompt. People I am so thankful I've had in my life through the years to point me in the right direction. Even more so is having the ultimate guide book which I can go back to time and time again for timeless truths. It's the oldest one in print.

Here are the thoughts that flowed for............


They know the way
They've traveled the trail before
They'll go in front leading
They'll let you lead and watch as you go

I'm so glad for those who serve as signs
Taught well by experience
They can save one a lot of wasted time

In the woods they are aware
They don't need to tread lightly
In wide open spaces they maintain direction
Internal compass developed strongly

How I wish I knew more
My grandparents are gone
I'm getting older now
Hopefully I can serve as a guide as well


1 Corinthians 11:1 "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (NIV)

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Speak- Five Minute Friday

There were so many directions I could go with this week's prompt, but when I thought of Psalm 86:17 and "a token for good", I thought of all the things which God spoke into existence and how he continues to speak. In some countries people are not allowed to worship and practice a personal faith walk without persecution. In spite of the silence that some try to enforce, governments will never be able to silence the One who is always speaking. 


There is a voice speaking.
It whispers in our sleep.
It asks us lots of questions.
It asks us what we see.

Do we dismiss the rising of the sun
and early morning dew? 
As just the way things are?
Without another thought or two?
Are we enchanted?
Or have our ears grown dull of hearing?

He is speaking lessons and showing miracles,
all throughout the world.

Some try and drown Him out.
Others scoff and mock.
They speak words of foolishness.
Their hearts quite hard.


Matthew 16:15 "He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Place-Five Minute Friday

For those who don't know, Five Minute Friday is an online community where many of us gather together to read and respond to the one word prompt Kate Montaug gives us weekly. We write as much as we can, unedited for five minutes flat, post it and then respond to other's writing as well.

I continue to look forward and enjoy this time each week. It has kept me writing and encouraged me in so many other ways. This week our prompt is........


I've traveled to new places this year.

I've taken new hikes.

I've seen I need new places to visit.

It keeps me enjoying life.

This morning though I thought of an action instead of a place.

I thought of how gently we can place things instead of tossing any old way.

I helped clean garlic. A first time activity for me.

We were all instructed to not dump or toss them into the big bins we could see.

It made me think of how we take great care and should.

I clipped their tops, brushed off the dirt, and placed them carefully.


Philosophy of Alica Waters-Edible Schoolyard Academy

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Try-A Late Five Minute Friday


"Try it, you might like it."

Well, I figured I would give Virginia Beach, an eight hour drive on my own, a go. Originally, my mom, Linda was supposed to travel with me to see our old time friends, Vic and Glo. Life happened and my mom found her PTO time being eaten up with trips to OT (occupational therapy), for an injury she suffered weeks ago.

So, I decided I would still go. I had never been there or driven that far on my own, but gave it a try. 


God's grace went with me as I had very little sleep that week, but still did it, stopping every two hours for a short break.
Selfie before going over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! (17.5 miles long)

As I am approaching another birthday and a new year, I can see I need to try more new things. Who knows where it will lead me.


2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." (NASB)

Thank you to family and friends for their prayers for safe travels and also to my good friends, Vic and Glo for a fun and relaxing vacation while showing me around their new town!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

More inspiration

Today my mom and dad would've celebrated fifty years of marriage. I woke up this morning dreading the day ahead for my mom, Linda, thinking how difficult this must be for her with her soulmate gone. They looked forward to growing old together and all of us looked forward to celebrating that with them.

I had no idea what to say to her or how to comfort her. She misses my dad terribly. We all do. Yet my mom has a faith and a strength that can only come from God. She walked into church this morning rejoicing. During the worship service, she shared how today would've been their 50th, but with confidence she declared, "God is still good!" None understand or like how my Dad was taken at such a young age. All would love for him to still be here with us. Yet my mom chooses to rejoice in God, making known to all that He is faithful and has been in the past. She is moving forward in the grace He provides.

After the service, she intermingled with different people, smiled, hugged others and even shared how she so appreciated our pastor and his wife for their love and support through the years.

My mom, Linda is amazing and she is an inspiration!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Inspire-Five Minute Friday

Mmm. What inspires me? Had to think on that one for a bit. I'm anxious to read what others have posted this week in response to our new prompt. Here is what I came up with for this week.


Let it permeate all senses
Butterflies in one's stomach
Adrenalin rushes
Urge leads to action

Could be the warmth of someone's kindness
that says. "Pay it forward."

Could be dazzling colors and textures in a garden
saying, "Listen closely, watch, and then do."

Could be soldiers who carry on day after day
no matter how challenging or monotonous

Could be the blind student who's happy and
not afraid to try anything new

Maybe it's all of these moments and glimpses
into how we can create and be the best we can be

Live. Give. Love.


Maya Angelou "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Purpose to
Lay aside
Anxiety and act

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


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


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.


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."


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 ....


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.


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.


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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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Worth-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

I kept going round and round with this week's prompt and today I finally had some time to write. Sundays are great for that. Before I jumped in with the timer, I perused quotes in google. This one jumped out at me:

"If something's hard to do, it's not worth doing."-Homer Simpson


I'm so glad the Simpsons never appealed to me. It came out when I was much younger, but I only saw a few episodes which were enough to convince me I could spend my time better elsewhere.

Friday I didn't have a lot of time. I barely got to eat lunch that day and then after school had plenty to do to clean and pack up before hitting the road to drive almost two hours for my niece's high school graduation. As I looked down at the gas tank reading, I added filling up to my list while munching on a protein bar for dinner. At one point I feared I wouldn't make it on time and entertained the thought of turning back. I'm glad I didn't listen. Just made it. Seeing her graduate and helping her to celebrate was so worth it.


Ecclesiastes 2:24 "There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God."

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Expect- Five Minute Friday

What a word for this week. I had vacation plans fall through, lost an important booklet, and am now facing a week ahead filled with ninety degree temps after being in the sixties and low seventies. I'm not even sure what to expect anymore. Is anyone out there with me? Thus, what am I left to.......


We expect to be home or somewhere each night.

We expect to see the sun the next day.

We expect loved ones to follow through and not disappoint us.

We expect a lot, both me and you.

I can't tell you what to expect.

I'm not sure what will come or go, who will disappoint, or surprise me.

But I know the One who does.

He never promised life would be easy.

He never said it would go according to plan.

He did say to expect trouble, for we'll all get our fair share.

I can't tell you what He'll do or not do.

Maybe things will go smooth and maybe not.

I'm not even sure what to expect Him to do now, but I'm sure I'll find out.


"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NASB)

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Future- Five Minute Friday

This week we are posting at a new website. Five Minute Friday is now at
So make sure you check out it to see what everyone is up to.

It took me some time to reflect on this week's prompt. I thought of a verse in Ecclesiastes first.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 "In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider God has made the one as well as the other so that man may not discover anything that will come after him." (NASB)


"You have a lot of surprises ahead," I once heard someone say.

At times the glare from the sun has been so blinding I can't see anything two feet in front of me. Other times when the moon is hidden, the blackness of night keeps me from walking ahead. I don't know what the future holds. There are no guarantees. It is hard to make a big investment and jump into something that locks me in. Unless I know the One leading me there. Then, it will fit like a great pair of jeans or shoes. 

The King can and will lead.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Visit-Five Minute Friday

I responded to this week's prompt yesterday, but only now have I had an opportunity to post. Thus I have already visited with a few different people. I hope this Memorial Day you are enjoying time with your loved ones. The time certainly does fly by. Here's what I came up with yesterday.


I always look forward to visiting with friends and/or family. I especially love sharing a meal and a game with them. Later today I'll visit with my dear friend, Ida. She's 96, but still pretty sharp. 

Next month the doctor visits begin for routine check-ups. Although I don't like being poked and prodded, I'm so thankful for their service and care.

However, there's one very special place filled with dear ones I'd love to visit and can't. In a dream I had years ago, my late Dad, Guy, described it to me. I asked him if he wanted to come back here or missed being in heaven and you guessed it. He said he missed being there. When I asked him what it was like he replied, "it's a very rich place and very bright."


Revelation 1:14-15"His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters." (NASB)

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Truth-Five Minute Friday on Sunday evening

"What is truth?", Pilate asked. (John 18:38, NASB)

In A Few Good Men Colonel Jessup told Lieutenant Kaffee he couldn't handle it after Kaffee told him he wanted it.

Some think it is relative and not absolute.

If there is no absolute truth, where does that leave us?

Kids need boundaries. if they don't have them or they are inconsistent, always subject to change, they won't feel safe.

Left to our own devices, without a common compass and manual to live by, we are lost and unable to build anything that will stand the test of time.


Jesus said to him," I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." (John 14:6)

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mom- Five Minute Friday

Happy Mom's Day weekend to everyone. Although I don't have children of my own, I do have a mom, who adopted me as a teen. She made herself available to nurture and protect me at such a critical time in my life. I cannot say enough about her and how great she is. 

Yet what came to mind this morning is for all the women who are not moms and have perhaps felt left out of all the hooplah surrounding this weekend.  Even though we may or may not birth children of our own, we can and still do birth something. As creative beings made in the image of a creative God, we birth, we feed, and we nurture.




Magnificence & miracles

That's what women become a vessel for when they engage in creation. Not just the joining of cells in our wombs to bring forth new life, precious and perfect, but anything that we allow to originate and develop deep within our minds and souls. Something at some point comes forth. 

What shall we birth and nurture?

What shall we leave behind when we are gone?

Only we can choose what we will allow and make ourselves available to.

Amy Carmichael had no children of her own, but availed herself to mother many in India. Mother Theresa did the same.

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