One word. Five minutes.
Its hard to try. To take that chance. No matter what is before you. Or you see something you want to attempt. Something seemingly out of reach. Seemingly not in your skill set. But Philippians says with “God all things are possible”.
If He puts those opportunities in your path, or gives you those desires then what is holding you back? Fear? Intimidation? Lack of support from others?
Even with all that, all those ‘obstacles’, God has you! God is cheering you to try. Learning an instrument? Throwing a pot? Picking up a paint brush and canvas? Or a pen and paper? God is not the author of fear or intimidation. Try that thing that God may be nudging you about. All you need to do is take that first, small step and try. Something I need on repeat in my own life.
Five Minute Friday April 8 Prompt
How do you determine when enough is enough? Whether it’s being done with the Mom guilt, enough non-boundaries that it’s time to start drawing them. Or Enough non –white space in your day, your week that you become desperate to carve some out? Or a life that isn’t what it should be, and you cry “Enough!!” And hope God hears your cry. When you finally reach the end of all the pushing and pulling on you and you are done. Does that seem selfish? I know God is there, God can fill, God can give wisdom and guidance. With God…there is never ‘enough’ of Him. God will make more than enough room in your heart and life for Him to run over.
five minute friday “purpose”
I understood as a mom of littles that I was fulfilling the purpose God had for me for that season, though it seemed and was a long season. But then the littles grew up. Still some in my house but older, teens and nearly teens. God put other desires in my Heart and opened doors. But I still feel like I am missing something. What is my purpose and how do I know when I am there?
Sometimes your purpose gets changed without you knowing it. Like the sheepfold getting a new shepherd. Places and cares for the sheep differently than they were use to. Makes it confusing to the sheep. Easily confused, no direction. Always questioning.
Some days I know that I know , that I know…what I am supposed to be doing. That nudge from God that yes,this is where I am supposed to be. Whether worship, teaching or praying. But there are often days in the ‘in-between’ times, that leaves me still wondering.
Fmf Friday prompt
Week of 9 february 2017
Ready, set, write…
There is Safety in the mundane. Comfort zones are just that…comfortable.
But mundane is not always where God wants you. He wants to stretch you, test you, rather, expand your limits. So you realize you have to rely on Him to help you.
Applies to our spiritual lives as well. Staying the same, never growing, never learning. Even reading The Word, if we don’t pray, don’t allow it to feed us, to speak to us…it becomes and stays simply a book to read.
“the fields are white unto harvest’. But if we constantly live in the mundane, the status quo, we may never know. Especially, if evangelism isn’t one of our spiritual gifts. But we must step out onto the waves, never look down, but always keeping our eyes on the Prize that is Jesus and continue. He’s there to catch us, He’s there to give us the words to speak, He’s there to sing over us, speak over us if we will listen. If we will get out of our wordly safety net and know that it’s for His glory and not our own to make that phone call, breathe that prayer, and see just what God has for us just outside that safety line.
15 February 2017
IN 5 MINUTES…
Jesus said in John 6:35 that He was the bread of life and whoever believes in Him will no longer be hungry nor will thirst. Our food/nourishment will come from The Word, His words. But does that mean that we will have no need of earthly food or nourishment? No, it just means that while in our humanness if might seem to satisfy but in reality our spirit will never be satisfied until we feast on God’s Word, the Truths in Scripture. He will sustain us. He will provide for us. Proverbs talks about God’s word being sweet like honey. But I also read Scriptures that are anything but sweet, more like bitter words, painful words. Not pleasant at all to taste.
But those words too are necessary to feed on. To read what God’s people tasted. Some of the bitter words came from their own actions.
Jesus himself only wants the best for his children. Which is exactly why we need to dig into Scripture and truly ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Psalms 121 finds David looking to the hills. Wondering if there are armies of friends or foes hiding in the hills. How often do we ask that same question? “Where does my help come from?” Looking for someone, anyone to help us out of our plight (real or imagined). But not fully knowing who is friend and who is foe? And certainly not, looking a little higher than the hills for help from the One who always is there. If we are only willing to seek, ask and trust that He will answer when He thinks the time is right. Hard lessons to learn. Trying to fix situations al alone. God is still there, but He will let us flounder (but never fail) and attempt to fix it, just waiting for us to ask for His help.
I’ve always been one of those that wanted to create a haven for my husband. But alas, perfectionism and procrastination always derailed me. And budgetary woes. Then came children. Lots of children.
Thought a house would be the answer. Even have a name for it. But still those issues of the past…
I always thought it had to be “House Beautiful” looking. Not happening. I do know listening to the perfectionist voice is not going to make my haven a reality.
Friends come over and they are blessed with friendship and God -talk and homemade coffee creamer. And that works. Someday perhaps my home will be more of a haven and restful. But for now it’s okay that others aren’t looking at the unfinished-ness , they just know they are welcome to hang out and get a shoulder, a listening ear, tissues (when needed) , encouragement and homemade coffee creamer.