The word for Friday at 5 Minute Fridays was embrace. I couldn’t put together 5 minutes to write since Friday. Now I have those 5 minutes and I will try.
When I saw the word embrace my first thought was a hug. I love hugging – my family and close friends. I’m not as keen on hugging strangers but it’s getting easier. There is something better about a hug than a hand shake. And probably less germs too.
But then I thought of the word embrace to reach out, grasp and make it my own. That has happened this past year. Before I did things but never really put my whole heart and soul into it. This year I doing that.
When I start my day, I ask God to show me people, events or even news items that He wants me to deal with. Sometimes it is in prayer. Sometimes a word. Sometimes an email.
As I go about doing my “stuff” I try to focus on what I am doing – not let my mind wander in all those other directions that it tends to do.
Focus – embrace. I think they go together.
This year I hired a coach. I needed to learn to focus on certain things. We talk about that. We pray about that. Then I get down to business.
Two books have made an impact on my focus. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins and The Story of With by Allen Arnold. Both say to me that God can inspire me and can lead me where He wants me to go.
I have been embracing my art, both watercolour and writing, – the gifts God has given me. I have been practising to make them better. I joined #ScribblePicnic to help with my art inspiration. I said yes to Brenda Poulos to do the illustrations for her new book coming out soon. I published a Bible study that has only been available in PDF.
So I embrace all of life – all that God is offering me.
I want to embrace my Saviour with my heart, mind, spirit and soul and in that way embrace the life He has given me. (tweet this)
Time’s up. Your turn. What do you think of when you hear the word “embrace”.
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Janis, this is a wonderful way to live: “So I embrace all of life – all that God is offering me.” And it’s something so few of us can do well on a daily basis. I’m glad you were inspired by Jeff Goin’s inspirational book. It speaks to all ages and stages of life. We can learn to embrace where we are at and all God is teaching us as we grow into all we are becoming by God’s grace, and learn to open our arms wide to new experiences. Great post! Bless you. 🙂 x
It’s something that you need to train yourself to do. Wake up and say – Lord what can I do today to glorify You? And yes embrace each day “where we are at” and shine our light for all to see.
Blessings dear friend,
I get stalled at the waking up before midday part! Joking aside, this is great advice. Thanks, Janis. Bless you, dear friend. 🙂 xo