Saturday, January 27, 2018

Surrender- Five Minute Friday

I went round and round in my head with this week's prompt while driving home from work and then set the timer for five after getting home.


I tried to think of times I had to do this and as a result, God really blessed above and beyond. A few instances came to mind, but then I remembered others.

My pastor from many years ago had prayed about a concern and need I brought to him. He sought God's will and by mid week left a voicemail on sharing how God spoke to him and how he would change the service. I was so blessed because of his willingness to listen and change.

Then I remembered my new mom and dad. They wanted to throw their hands up so many times. They didn't and again I was blessed.

Surrender isn't about us giving up so we can gain. It's always others centered.


John 10:10 "...I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (NIV)

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Intentional- Five Minute Friday

I wasn't sure where to go with the prompt this week, but my sister, Jeneen was visiting from out of town and I had an opportunity to interview her about the journey she has been on for almost a year now. The more we talked, the more I realized her story is a perfect example of what can happen when someone is...........


"You're worth it. You can do it. Go for it. Live your dreams. If you want something, go get it. Worth every second to invest in yourself. You deserve it," she encouraged.

My sister made a decision last year to try a new program for weight loss. She's struggled with her weight since she was 13 and always felt "ick".

She called. She tried it and she had to follow through. She had to change her thinking, replacing negative statements about herself with positive. She had to change her food choices and stick to the routine of specific meals and drops. She had to check in with a coach each week. She had to do it and keep doing it.

She's lost 92 pounds since last February!


Jeneen is so much happier with herself and is already starting to set new goals. She plans to start training to run a half marathon. I am proud of her, as are all of us. She has decided to never be fat again and has already started to inspire others along the same journey. If you are interested, the program is

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Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."(NIV)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Simplify-Five Minute Friday

I wrote this late, last night and just kind of let my mind wander here and there with our new word for the week. This is actually a weekend when I booked a lot of different activities, but have discovered some plans fell through at the last minute. You know what? I don't even mind because it gives me some much needed down time. All of us need to..............


Haste makes waste

The force and fury of a tornado usually lasts ten minutes or less

Destruction lies everywhere it traveled before it pestered out

Slow and steady wins the race

I and all else remain intact

Focus for less is more

A few is better than the chaos of too much

Basics are essential

Outside the U.S. many are rich in relationships,

but poorer in wealth

What must I have?

What must I do?

Buy something new?

Out with the old.

I don't need more than you.


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Motivate in 2018-Five Minute Friday

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome back to my blog and a new season of Five Minute Friday. Our first prompt for this year is.........


Lamentations 3:21 "This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope."(NASB)

I've been recalling a lot to mind the past two weeks. Now as I think about what motivates me or provides me with a motive to do something, it all comes down to needs.

When my father passed away over ten years ago there were so many unexpected expenses that went with that.The credit card would've once again been used. Yet when my brother and I went to order the flowers for the casket from my friend's flower shop, she wouldn't charge me. It was her gift to me and God's. (James 1:17). I never forgot that.

Years later, when my new spiritual dad passed away, I was able to pay for the flowers that time. 

Kindness is always to be paid forward.


2 Corinthians 1:4 "who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (NASB)

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