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Using the prompt “decide” from Five-Minute Fridays

Watercolour by Janis Cox

Five Minute Friday — this week’s word is “decide”. Join FMF by following this link.

If you want to kick-start your writing, use a prompt.

This morning, I had to decide whether to write my FMF post first or meditate with a scripture. I used the Reflect app from Apple to meditate on a scripture which was 1 Samuel 17:45–47

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

When I heard those highlighted words, “for the battle is the Lord’s”,  I could be at peace with all the thoughts and worries on my mind. I needed to find peace this morning. The decision to meditate on His Word helped me find that peace.

Janis Cox — Acronym for peace

As I let go of all my earthly concerns, I remembered that God is in charge.

He is the God of the impossible.

I read this today, too.

Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6, NIV)

And that reminded me of one of the first blogs I created, “He Cares for You.”

God is only a breath prayer away.

And today, as well, I read 

Ron Mahler’s post about how God cares for us. This blog post has been short-listed in the Word Guild Awards.

My Encounter With A Wounded Bird Reminded Me Of Something
I had forgotten the extent to which God is sovereign

What a great decision I made today to go with scripture meditation. Try out the Reflect app and tell me how you like it. I also like the Lectio Divina mediations it has.

May I pray for you and me?

Heavenly Father, may we always remember to talk to you. If we made the BIG decision to follow You, help us remain in close contact, and remember that You are the God of the impossible. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

And to finish off this post on the word “decide,” I wrote a haiku.

I have to decide
To put God first and to pray
Then peace will follow.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, NIV)


If you want more prompts, please check out 28 Days of Writers’ Prompts.

Janis is a writer, illustrator, and publisher. She has over ten books in print, from children’s, devotionals, colouring books, and Bible studies. Check out her Book Page on her website.

Creativity Spiritual Catalyst. Author/Illustrator. Christ Follower. FB group for reading the Bible.

This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt “Decide”.



  1. Your blog posts have become a source of solace and strength for me during challenging times, offering hope, encouragement, and support when I need it most.

  2. What a blessing that the battle belongs to the Lord, Janis, and we can trust in Him for deliverance from our enemies.

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