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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