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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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Define-Five Minute Friday

I wasn't sure what to post for this week's prompt. It took a little time, but it brought me back to my younger days when I was in high school. It also reminds me of the need to always mull things over and sort out, while moving ahead. Hope you enjoy the read and find something helpful.

define......

Know thyself

determine, decide

what is, what's not

important or not

have a picture in your mind

know what feels good, feels right


When I was looking at colleges in my senior year of high school, I visited three places. The first had a keg of beer in every yearbook candid shot. Boys could stay over in your room if we choose. Yet it had courses and programs of study that excited me. It was not the place for me. I knew I did not need or want to be in that kind of environment.

When I visited another school in Nyack, I knew that was it!

STOP

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Embrace-Five Minute Friday

It has been a fun and busy weekend so far. Thus here I am posting my Five Minute Friday on Sunday morning. I've had lots of time to mull this one over. I've seen and read some great articles which all reminded me of what and how we can embrace. I guess what it comes down to is a plaque I saw hanging in my friend's home.

How different our world would be if each of us practiced this. Whenever we meet someone new or encounter a challenging situation, if we maintained a mindset of finding something good in every person and every situation, I'm sure we would all be a lot happier and enjoy more peace. I hope you enjoy my poem for today.

embrace

Open your arms

Open your heart

Draw them or it closer

With a smile on our face

and a song in our heart

We welcome our loved ones this way

But when the unfamiliar comes

What about it?

Different faces from different places

How much and how many shall we embrace?

We all bleed red, we all need grace

We ought to welcome and reach out

to the least of these 

When circumstances change 

And things get turned upside down

Will I keep my smile or start to frown?

STOP

James 1:2 "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials." (NASV)

Matthew 25:37-40 
"Then the righteous will answer Him , saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe you? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to you?

And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even, the least of them, you did it to me." (NASV)

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Friend-Five Minute Friday on a Sunday evening

It's been a busy weekend and so here I am posting on Sunday evening. I actually had the opportunity to make some new friends this weekend at a gathering, which helped me to broaden my perspective on friendship a little more. We never know when or where we can make a new friend, but how sweet it is to share that moment. I hope you enjoy the read for this week's prompt.


friend

Someone who is not so consumed with themselves

And yet comfortable and confident in their own skin

They listen and they want to know more about you and how you're doing

They're interested, but they are also interesting

They have interests to share

Yes, they share a moment, a memory, their presence and the gift of living, with you

And they will always come back to stop, rest, and reconnect

Like spring rains that come again in April or May

You can look forward to their visitation and drink

STOP

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

A few More Thoughts....

After I had already made my Five Minute Friday post for this week's thought, I came across a trending news story from National Geographic. Rare photos were captured of a Gelada monkey in Ethiopia giving birth. It is a species that appears to be dwindling in numbers, but a photographer was able to witness first hand a new beginning. It gave me a new perspective on abandon as they give birth in seclusion.


It's rare for them to walk away

Appear to abandon their own

She's pregnant and now silent

She prefers to be alone

In seclusion something new will come forth

A mystery, hidden from all to see

No one to tell her "Now push" or "Breathe"

One may wonder how and where

When did this new creature come to be?

A sacred space, a quiet space

A holy moment of birth for a monkey

God knows, God calls, nature delivers

Newness and wonder preserved

She labored in secret

Her body twisted and twitched

Her new, little, life popped out

She cradled and cleaned

When it will happen we never know

Signs are sure to show

Abandon the normal group

Abandon for sake of delivery

Abandon for sake of of life

Let new beginnings spring forth

There is always that time


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Abandon-Five Minute Friday

I recently got a letter from Joni Eareckson Tada who wrote, "The choice is ours." She was referring to  how we handle suffering and affliction in our lives. Joni explained it will either drive us closer to God  or away from Him. Anyone who's lived can tell you it's no picnic down here. Whether you are Alexander having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day or someone who is experiencing one catastrophe after another, life can really get you down at times. So what will we do? What will I do with it?  Here are some thoughts about abandoning.

abandon....

Leave it.

Walk away.

Don't look back.

Move ahead.

Familiar or unfamiliar.

Comfortable or not.

Some leave family.

Some leave friends.

Some leave convenience.

No more comfort.

Some leave hope and faith.

What can I leave?

What should I?

Why and how?

Show me God.

I'm jumping out.

Don't leave me,

falling flat.

Abandon reason?

Abandon the norm?

Abandon the prickly forest,

the sin so entangling.

STOP

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12:1 NASB)

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Purpose- My Five Minute Friday

Hmmm. I've wrestled with this question more and more the older I get and I don't have any clear answers. The verse that comes to mind is found in Job.

Job 9:10-12 "Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number. Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him. 'Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are you doing?' " (NASB)

purpose

So many ways to define it

In a piece of PIE is the author's purpose

Persuade, Inform and Entertain

He/she did that on purpose

I know some who think that of others

When something goes wrong, 

they think another did it on purpose 

Just to hurt THEM

There are so many times I've wondered and questioned

"God, why? What's your purpose in that?"

I've spent too many moments wondering and asking

I haven't gotten any or many answers yet

In fact, I have more questions than answers now

I want to know a lot of why's, but.........

I'm not sure if I knew ALL the why's it would help

STOP

Romans 11:33-36 "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." (NASB)

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Slow- Five Minute Friday

It was easy to think of an acrostic for this one. It brought nuggets to mind for chewing on. I hope you enjoy the read.



Stop,
Look and listen
Outside your
Window and wonder about the wonders


I showed a book called "Best in Snow" to second graders this past week. I asked them, "What does the author want you to do or think?" Each page mesmerized them as it clearly depicted the finest details of ice and snow outside our windows and into the woods. The close up shots were magnificent. The children ooo'ed and ahh'ed.

Take time. Slow down and look at the beauty God has created for us. It is lavished on all throughout the world and it is free. Actually, the only think it will cost us is our time to gaze in awesome wonder. How Great Thou Art!

STOP


Friday, February 17, 2017

Weak- Five Minute Friday

I haven't done an acrostic in awhile, so I thought of one for today. I hope you enjoy the read and find some nugget of truth worth taking away.


Worried and trying to

Eat the whole elephant 

At one time

Kills our joy and any chance of overcoming 

We get weak in the knees when we look at a whole problem and all the what ifs at once. It wears us down and can immobilize us. My dad used to say, "You're trying to eat the whole elephant at once. You have to take it one bite at a time."

When I have followed that advice, it has helped. 

One day at a time, step by step, the grace is there.

It's not there for the next twenty or thirty years or steps ahead. I want it to be, but it's not.

When I recently went back to the gym after not working out for so long, I was weaker. Yet little by little, I get stronger each time.

STOP

"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 (NASB)

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