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Abandon: Five Minute Friday

We are given 5 minutes to write without editing on a word every week. This week’s word is ABANDON.


Sometimes I want to abandon what I am doing. I ask myself why am I doing this? This is especially true about my writing and art. Sometimes I get discouraged and feel like giving up. But then I read God’s Word and He tells me to persevere, to not give up. He speaks to me about telling others how awesome it is to give ourselves to Him.

In a way that is abandoning too.

Can we abandon ourselves to Jesus?

Can we let all our cares be given over to Him?

That’s what He asks us to do.

How are you doing in that department? Most of the time I can do it – but sometimes I know that emotions and self get in the way and make me want to take control again.

Thank You Lord for Your Word – because Your Word always brings me back to the centre – to You. You remind me again and again that You are the Lord. That you are working in and through everything.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28, NIV).

That You have all things under control. That you know my thoughts and you know when I start to falter. I love it when I know that I can trust in You completely.

By abandoning myself to Your love and care, I can relax in body and spirit. (click to tweet)

You flood my being with Your Presence. You help me heal, get strength, have wisdom and see the direction You are heading me in.

I may feel tired and frustrated sometimes but I know You will never abandon me. I read Your Word and I know what is true.

 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed ( 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NIV).

Time’s up. 5 mInutes goes fast when you are typing and thinking. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the word abandon?

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I visited my grandchildren the other day. As I watched them at play I saw the world as Jesus would have us live it – freely and with abandon. Spontaneity shone. Smiles were constant. Living in the moment was evident.

As we watched the animals in the zoo, I watched our grandchildren’s faces – intent, curious, thinking. As they played on the equipment at the playground I saw a full engagement, rampant joy.

Children excel in living – living to the full. That’s why Jesus wants us to be as little children.

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Mark 10:14 NIV)

These children had no worries, no cares of this world. They trust their parents to feed, clothe, bathe and look after them.

Can we live this life of ABANDON?

Oswald Chambers says:

“The Great word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.”

Jesus says:

“Take no thought for your life” (Matthew 6:25 KJV).

Take no thought? You have to be kidding?

But no, Jesus says we can only serve one Master – and when we learn to look to Him FIRST, then there is no confusion. God can look after us. We can live fully under Him, with abandon.

Oswald says:

“If we have received the Spirit of God He will press through and say – Now where does God come in in this relationship, in this mapped out holiday, in these new books?”

Does God come FIRST in your life? Can you live a life of abandon? Can you be His child?

I am trying. I have now started each day with Him, in prayer, reading and study. He leads; I follow. Thanks be to God.

Readings today came from Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, (May 23)

One way I do “abandon” is in my painting. You can see a sneak peek of my watercolour on this page.

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