Sunday, October 21, 2018

Who-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

I was brought back to a song by Margaret Becker from my early college days. It's a powerful thought...


Who

Who am I that He called me by name?

He who thought thoughts beyond what I can dream

He who's lead me safely moving mountains in and out of way

He neither slumber nor sleeps, He who holds you and me

Who am I Jesus?

Not knowing how, when, or why

I am humbled in this place.

In Fiddler on the Roof, one asked, "Why me?"

Not looking or asking for anything more than a break

Who are we to the King who sits on the throne, 

changing and writing history?

STOP

John 10:27-28 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me and I give eternal life to them and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my My hand." (NASB)

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Praise-Five Minute Friday from October 12th

So I wrote out last night what came to mind for last Friday's prompt and here I am finally posting. I'm ready to read what others have posted as well. What and whom do you......



Praise

Express warm approval or admiration of

I don't know how often I do that. I know when I appreciate others and what they've done, I try to let them know. Today though, I'm reminded of praising God. We are not guaranteed anything in this life. If we were to die tomorrow or next week, what will be the last words to come out of our mouths? What will I be remembered for saying?

It's easy to vent, which is really complaining. All of us do it and sometimes more than others. If we purposely looked for something and someone to praise daily, how much better we'd feel.

STOP

Philippians 2:14-15 "Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." (New Living Translation)

To see what others are praising, check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

Monday, October 8, 2018

Share- Five Minute Friday

So thankful for days like today when I can catch up at home while sipping something hot to drink, enjoying the coziness and writing for another week. It's time to............


Share

The worries or the wealth?

Which part? How much?

A vision of the future 

What might be can become 

the spark to set the forest on fire

Energy and heat

Gets people moving

And then who knows

what might be

Not just 4,000 or 6,000 pounds

Obstacles and weight removed 

Even more, let it double!

If only we share

Peer through the spy glass

Off in the distance

Let your imagination take flight

Focus the lens

Pass around for all to see

Watch the wealth spread

And the worries become lighter

Partner with Him

STOP

Acts 20:35 "In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (NASB)

To see what others have shared this past week check out www.fiveminutefriday.com


Part of my inspiration for this week comes from a children's book I read years ago. 

It's entitled "The Spy Glass: A Story of Faith" by Richard Paul Evans. 

Look it up. It is a great read!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Potential for last week's Five Minute Friday

I don't know if I have ever been this late with a prompt, but here I am the night before the new prompt is to be posted. What can I say? Life has been pretty crazy between work and different events on the weekends. Here I am though with my five minute free write and all the details that came to mind. Hope you enjoy the read.

Potential.....

Made for a purpose

With a certain capacity in mind

He knows what we shall do

He knows what we can stand

Decided before hand

Every day ordained before one

Came to be

In the mind

Spoken into

Formed existence

Potential to reach

Purpose to fulfill

Each one you and me

If I don't know when?

If I don't know how?

I know I am

Day by day, step by step

God grant wisdom and insight

Fill in the lines

Shade or lighten

A mosaic of some sort

Incomplete puzzle

Full of surprises

STOP

Psalm 139:13 "For you formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother's womb." (NASB)

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Complete-A Late Five Minute Friday

It's late and I confess I did not spend too much time thinking of this one ahead. I was just really busy this weekend. I covered the pot of carrot soup simmering away on my stove to plop down and get this done. Lo and behold I realized what I was about to ..........


Complete

What a prompt to end my Five Minute Friday journal with. I'm on the last page of this notebook. It took almost three years of FMF prompts to complete this book. I'll have to go back and find my favorite. It's been some time since I've been part of this community, but in no way is my time finished here even though the pages have come to the end. It's good to complete something. It's as if a chapter has finished or one book filled with many chapters. 

After this one, I'll be beginning a new one and who knows what challenges and surprises lay ahead. Again it's good to complete something. It's a time to step back and marvel at what's been accomplished or what could have been improved.

STOP

Genesis 2:2 " By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done and He rested on the seventh day from all His work He had done." (NASB)

I'm one who prefers to write out my response to the prompt each time before putting it in my blog, so I'm off to pick a new journal for next time.

To see what others have completed or are soon to, check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Crowd-Five Minute Friday

I may have crowded a lot into my weekend, but I enjoyed the break from high stress at work. I have yet to check out other's posts about this week's prompt. Hope you enjoy the read.


Crowd...

A noun or a verb

Easy to blend into one and be passed over

Easy to gather around many others to check something out

Jesus drew many

Many would crowd or gather around,

seeking whatever they were hungry for or to do

Popular as He was then, not so much now

I can follow the crowd which requires a wide, wide path to do so

I can crowd around others for the latest thrill

I can seek to be one with the crowd or I can choose to be different, 

set apart on a much narrower course

STOP

Matthew 7:14 "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

To see what others have posted this week check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

Friday, September 7, 2018

Rain-Five Minute Friday

What a relief to have finally gotten some of this after blistering temps in the 90's! Some long for it, while others wish they could send it another way. In five minutes I just listed what came to mind. Enjoy the read.



Rain is......

cool, falling, down, down 

splashing here, there, all around

on my head and eyelashes

rose petals, blades of grass

washing cars, watering earth

rain is refreshing, pure, and clean

quenching thirst

unexpected, anytime

north or south, hills or valleys

made of hydrogen and oxygen combined

rain is a good thing

God's gift to a dry and weary land

filling rivers, healing places

God send your rain!

STOP

Leviticus 26:4 "then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit," (NASB)

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Rush-Five Minute Friday

This week's prompt is defined by Google as "dash toward someone or something in an attempt to attack or capture them or it."


In this season what are about to "rush" into?



Rush

It's the final weekend of summer and the countdown has begun. In less than forty eight hours, children will fill our schools and classrooms again. We will be off and running. It's a marathon to get through the next ten months. We all jump in and as defined by Google, we dash! We rush to get everything ready, neat and orderly with the best plans in mind. We rush, but may we, may I dash towards capturing my students' hearts with a love for learning and helping others. May I not be as a clanging cymbal and dishes rattling in the background from all sorts of needless activity. May I enter a new year rushing to love my kids and make the most of every opportunity.

STOP

Colossians 4:5-6 "Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." (NASB)

To see what others are rushing around with check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

I also wanted to share Linda Ellis' poem about making the most of our dash. You can check out her website also https://www.linda-ellis.com/the-dash-the-dash-poem-by-linda-ellis-.html



The Dash


I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars..the house...the cash.  What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you'd like to change?  For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile...remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life's actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash
?

by Linda Ellis

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Loyal-Five Minute Friday

I hope this encourages someone. I find great comfort in the action of being.....

Loyal

Loving
Others outwardly
Year after year with
Allegiance gives
Life

I've been with the same dentist for over thirty years now. Hey, if it works and nothing's broken then don't fix it. Roland Naglieri has always cared for me well and I am so thankful for his faithfulness to do so. I'm also thankful I've been able to stick with him for as long as I have. It works both ways.

Loyalty brings comfort, knowing what to expect when and from whom. It also proves steadfastness and integrity. Year after year, Roland as never steered me wrong. In fact, he's given me much to smile about and with. I'm thankful for men such as him. I'm thankful God puts that quality in people, especially men.

STOP

Proverbs 28:20 "A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished." (NASB)

To see how others have experienced this great character trait, check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Loved- a late posting for the seventeenth's Five Minute Friday

I was away on vacation and just got around to writing something for last week's prompt. How does one sum up in five minutes what it means to be loved or have deeply loved someone else?

 I thought of Victor and Gloria who welcomed my friend, Lori and I into their beautiful home with arms wide open and smiles beaming ear to ear for our respite near the beach.

Then, I thought of Lori who has been with her husband for almost 31 years and has learned to put others before herself. She is content to ask and let someone else pick an activity or get something to eat before she does. She never complains and always looks for opportunities to give.

However, the most extravagant case of love is what I listened to this morning on Chuck Swindoll's Insight for Living while driving to work. May I and others never forget how much we have been........


LOVED..

He loved enough to endure the insults, mockery, and crown of thorns. 

Crucifixion, a barbaric practice in old time Rome.

Christ suffered and did not turn away.

My dad, Guy learned to endure as well.

My half an hour showers, dirty looks and colorful words.

Moodiness at its peak around not so sweet sixteen.



A decision made.

Loved equals believed.

Whole heartedly knowing there is gold on the other side of the rainbow.

To be loved and to give to others means endure for a better future and the best for 

someone else.

STOP

John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (NASB)

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Woman for Five Minute Friday

Many have written and sung songs about the marvelous gift of a woman. Women are unique and individual. We are not the same as men and I have to say, I'm glad to be a woman.


Woman

When I think of the gift of being a woman and the women I have observed and learned much from through the years, there are some key qualities that set us apart.

ATTITUDE- We can set the tone. Everyone knows, if mama ain't happy, nobody is. We add color to everything.

HOSPITALITY-The gift of serving others and making them feel comfortable in one's home, is the meat that feeds many.

INDUSTRIOUSNESS- We sacrifice for the sake of others. Sometimes at the expense of our well being, but we love to give. We have determination that accomplishes much, even if or especially when done on our knees.


STOP 

"It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house with a contentious woman." 
(Proverbs 21:9 NASB)

"An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain....Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her saying:'Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.'" 
(Proverbs 31:10,11, 28,29 NASB)

Some of the great women authors and speakers I have learned from include Elizabeth Elliot, Ann Kimel Anderson, Ruth Bell Graham, Amy Carmichael, and Joni Eareckson Tada. Check them out! You can learn much!





I am thankful for these women as well as many who have crossed my paths and come into my life. 
The women I have observed first hand through the years who have taught me life skills and helped to shape who I am today include my grandmother, mother, a second mom(Linda), Grandma Betty, and Aunt B, along with many wonderful women I've met through work or church and have the privilege of being their friend.

Both young and old, frail and strong.

Tall, or short, thin or plump.

Graying or not.

Single, widowed, divorced, or married.

Living life debt free or indebted.

Keeping house, raising kids, working, or finding a new way.

Talking or doing and doing while talking.

Watching and listening, while sometimes deciding.

Wanting and needing, never is enough.

Worrying while comparing.

Bearing good news or bad.

Healing or hurting.

We are women and we are complex!

To see what others are doing with this week's prompt check out www.fiveminutefriday.com










Saturday, August 4, 2018

Anniversary-Five Minute Friday

I dedicate this to the man I have come to love and appreciate as my pastor, Jay Cookingham.

 Thank you for your courage and example! Happy, happy anniversary!


Anniversary....

Hopeful. Fun. Clarifying and a confidence builder. 

He (Jay) left his job of thirty years at a small company doing graphic design to jump into a full time pastorship with a congregation of no more than forty people. Putting his hope and future needs in God's great providence, he took a chance one year ago this month. Not knowing how the finances would work out nor the health insurance nor everything else that hangs like a dark cloud over many, he grabbed hold of the opportunity and hasn't looked back.


STOP

I really hate the timer! There was more I wanted to share. When I spoke with Christine, my pastor's wife, this morning she recounted, what an amazingly thrilling year it has been for their family. We celebrate this anniversary of their first year serving us and our community.

 The biggest lesson Chris said their family learned was to always "worship God as a first response no matter what the circumstances are." I have witnessed first hand while Christine has faced a recurrence of stage four melanoma, both she and Jay have not ceased to declare God's goodness and greatness.

God has faithfully provided for their needs this year as they have reaped even more opportunities to see God work and serve.

 If you would like to read more about them check out www.soulfari.blogspot.com or Jay's ministry www.strategicfathering.com

To see what others are celebrating check out www.fiveminutefriday.com






Sunday, July 29, 2018

Thirteen-Five Minute Friday

Greetings everyone! This is the first time we have had a number for our one word prompt. It stirred a lot of different emotions in me. Wondering what other's experience is with this. Here's mine.

Thirteen

It's the day I was born on. To celebrate one of my BIG birthdays several years ago, there were thirteen of us. 








It's a birthday I will always remember as it was the last one my dad was able to celebrate with me. He died the following month. It was also the day when some family members whom had not spoken in years put their differences aside to come and celebrate with me. It got them talking again until the next rift tore everything apart.


 It was the party my best friend missed because she was hospitalized due to complications during her almost sixth month of pregnancy. 

It was very bittersweet.

STOP

Ecclesiastes 9:7 " Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works" (NASB)


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Way-Five Minute Friday

Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend. To find a verse for this week's prompt, I typed in the word and scanned until something caught my eye. It's probably not the first verse any of us think of when it comes to the word "way", but one I'm sure we can all relate to at some point in our walk with God. Hope you are encouraged.

Way.....

Exodus 14:11- Then they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt ?"


My friend, Dee was leading by at least 4,000 points. I hadn't even rolled the 500 I needed to get on the board. Roll after roll, I'd get a one or a couple of fives, but then kept losing it all. She commented to me, "It's no fun if I'm here playing by myself." I just couldn't get on the board until I rolled at least 1,000 points with three pairs. I had a long way to go to catch up to her, but staying in and finishing the course meant me winning in the end by 4,000 points. 

Each time you roll the dice, you don't know what you'll get. I not only rolled a set of three pairs at least one or two more times, but also a set of triplets, yielding 2,500 points. Farkle and life are funny that way.

STOP

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Done- Five Minute Friday

I'm early today. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read the prompt for this week with all the wrestling I did over a BIG decision to be made.  I hope you can find some encouragement and relief even after something is a done deal.

Done.......

"You just gotta pull the trigger and let the chips fall where they may," my friend Matt said to me.

Easier said then done because there's no "undo" button for some of the choices we make. I hate making BIG decisions because I don't want to make the wrong one and have to live with the consequences.

Yet I think back to my younger days when I was applying for college. I was a candidate for a special HEOP grant program which meant more financial aid for college, BUT I would've needed to give up my summer after high school to attend an intensive prep program before beginning classes in the fall. I didn't want to do that and so I passed on the opportunity.

STOP

Sometimes I hate that timer! I wanted to finish the story, so here's what happened. 

After having second thoughts, I changed my mind and went for another interview with the program directors. It was too late. The door was now closed. They did not accept me into the program. I got to have my final summer before college to do what I wanted to do, but I also paid more money in the long run and had a harder time transitioning to college life in the fall. 

What encourages me though, is that God's plan for my life was still fulfilled. I was able to graduate from college and become a teacher. I chose a harder route, albeit I still arrived at my final destination.

With a BIG decision I needed to make this week, my Pastor said to me, "Whatever you decide, the kingdom of God is not going to fall because of it."

I would so prefer that God opens or closes a door to make decisions clear as crystal, but He does not always do that. Sometimes it is up to us and we just have to let the chips fall where they may because none know what the future holds. Once it's done, it's done.

Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose." (NIV)

To see what others have done with this week's prompt check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Vacation-Five Minute Friday

Ah! The word we all long for. The trip of a lifetime we yearn to take. Sometimes it means using our imagination. Each and every day, we can take a little vacation and leave our worries behind.

Vacation......



I can have it. I can find it. I can create that space and place in my mind. Recalling the view through the white netting of a hammock, tied between two palm trees on a white sandy beach with clear, turquoise waters just beyond.




Adventures in going nowhere, I can take in my mind. Five to ten minutes visualizing in Aruba on one happy island. I leave my worries for the moment behind. Perhaps when I return to reality I can at least feel more relaxed. I might see something different. I might not.

STOP


Matthew 6:28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (NIV)

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

If... Five Minute Friday

I had time to handwrite my response to this week's prompt this morning, but am just posting now.



If...........

Even if we do all the right things, life still happens

Even if, can bring hope or gloom and doom

I can have plan A, B, and C, and something totally unexpected could come in 

from left field

Even if I could see five to ten years down the road, would I really want to?

Even if I knew the exact time, manner, and day of my appointment with 

death, what would or could I change?

Even if I live another hundred years, how will those years be lived?

If this was the last day of my life, am I doing what I love and love what I am 

doing?

STOP

Today we helped celebrate my nephew's high school graduation. The food was great and it is always nice to visit with family, but one of the highlights was painting with my niece, downstairs in her artsy space. Thanks so much for sharing your time and space with me, Rebecca! Love doing that kind of stuff. It was fun!

To see what others did with the "If' prompt, check out www.fiveminutefriday.com

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ocean-Five Minute Friday

Ah! Summer is finally here and I am looking forward to my next trip to the beach. How can I sum up in five minutes what the ocean means to me?


Ocean..........




Soak it up, salt and waves


Sandy beach, suntan lotion

All over my body, down to my feet


Cool tides rushing in

Broken shells and mussels

Turned over and over within
 Can't get enough, it holds my attention

The rhythm of the currents, rushing sounds

Splishing and splashing




I can lay on a blanket taking a nap or walk the shoreline

On boardwalk or sand


It calls to me annually

I'm reminded how powerful and vast

Luke warm or icy temps in Maine 







No matter where

I'm sure to want to stay

I'd live there if I could

One day, perhaps, one day

STOP

Job 38:8-11 " Or who enclosed the sea with doors when, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band, And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors, And I said 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop'?" (NASB)

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