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. 

speak.......

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.

STOP

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........


place.....

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.

STOP

Philosophy of Alica Waters-Edible Schoolyard Academy

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Try-A Late Five Minute Friday

Try.......

"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. 

EMPOWERING!

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.

STOP



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.

Inspire........

Inhale
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.

STOP

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.


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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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

worth?


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.

STOP

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.......

Expect?

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.

STOP

"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 www.fiveminutefriday.com
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)

future......

"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.

STOP


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.

visit......

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."

STOP

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.

STOP

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.



mom

Moments

Of

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.

To learn more about Amy Carmichael check out www.amycarmichael.org

STOP

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Should- Five Minute Friday on Sunday

Another busy weekend, but the thoughts have been simmering since I read this week's prompt on Friday. This is what I came up with for this week.

should......

Shoulda, woulda, coulda

Should've done this before that

They always ask what we would do different next time

Part of that reflection on professional practice, you know

Yes, hind sight is always twenty twenty

How many times have I realized too late 

one thing would've been better than another

Or I should've never said that and now it's too late

I can't undo or unsay anything

What's done is done and said is said

Yet on a more encouraging note

Something from a song I heard yesterday

"Never would've made it without you,"

Except, I would change it slightly

"Never should've made it."

If I look back on my life

I know without God's grace,

I never would've made it thus far

Man's standards and stats say,

I should not have

Only God's grace keeps us and gets us through

STOP

I Corinthians 15:10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain;" (NASB)

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

More-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

I must admit, I did not put a lot of thought into this and wasn't really sure what to say. Random thoughts came to mind. I hope you find some nugget worth taking away. Thanks for taking the time to read.



more........

Less is more

a few details here and there

go a long way

words saved and savored

at the right time

like that little piece of chocolate

to satisfy one's craving


May I use more caution

say less and impact more

God grant me wisdom

to choose my words more carefully


Only God's word remains

but mine can create ripples in a pond

bob up and down quite a ways


More, may I glean

more in less time

and choose carefully

STOP

Proverbs 25:11 "Like golden apples in silver settings, so is a word spoken at the right time." (NOG)

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sing-Five Minute Friday

I wasn't sure what to post for this one, but as I turned my iPhone off and began to listen, it came. I hope you enjoy the read.


sing....

I hear them in the morning

I hear them now as the sun begins to set

They tweet and chirp, chirp and tweet

Hidden from view, but anything but silent


Does it matter who's who?

The chorus is cheering, lively and upbeat

They have much to tell of and sing

Warmth envelopes the Earth, grass is green

Daffodils popped up and out to greet you and me

They sing and sing and sing for free

Silence will not come

STOP

Psalm 148:5 "Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created."

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Empty-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

It's the last day of spring break for me. As always, it goes oh so fast. As many are celebrating the empty tomb and the power of resurrection life today, I had some other thoughts.  Bear with me as I share memories of a trip I took almost twenty years ago.



empty.......

Vacant or unoccupied. Have you been to the Dead Sea? I have and I really floated on top.

It's rich in minerals and great for skin conditions like psoriasis, but nothing lives in it. My eyes stung so badly when the water splashed upon my face. 

It's called the DeadSea because it's dead or empty of any plant or animal life.

There is no outlet for the water to flow into and empty itself into. So, it sits. Nothing lives in it, but we can keep afloat on top.


I think of my peace plant, too big for its home now. Leaves are starting to die. It's time to 

split it up and give some away.


STOP

Philippians 2:6-7 "who, although He existed in the form of God , did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant and being made in the likeness of men"


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Enough- Five Minute Friday on Friday

I read the prompt late last night and felt inspired as I was cooking dinner tonight. The weekend is here, vacation has begun and Easter is on the way. Spring has sprung and the flowers are blooming. I hope you are encouraged or challenged.

enough....

Is it enough to live in America, enjoy good health, have an education and a good job?

Or is it enough to have rich intimacy and relationships?

What is enough?


Enough of that, no more.

How about, "Enough! I've had it!"

The passive aggressive child who infuriates?

Or the martyr complex in people you know?


I've stewed over this and that.

I've cried when a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and a healthy body just

don't feel enough in the silence at home.

I remembered in a little over a week, it will be Easter, when Jesus said "It is 

finished!"

God declared it was enough.

STOP

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst." (NASB)

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