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Embrace: Five Minute Friday

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.

Here goes:

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.

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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.

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Iridescent flowers by Janis Cox

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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Weak: Five Minute Friday

Weak: Five Minute Friday

Only five minutes to write about my thoughts on the word of the week – which is weak. I set the timer and start writing.

There had been many times that I felt, “I just can’t do” something. That’s when I used to lean on God. I have changed.

Now I lean on Him every minute of the day, because I know I am weak without Him. (tweet this)

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I found it amazing when I went on my mission trips to Poland how I could keep going when normally I would have given in and taken a nap.  I found out there was something about walking with God on a mission trip that makes Him all the closer.

Nowadays I think my reasoning goes like this. In most areas I am weak with out God. So why even try to do anything without enlisting His help first. Then I know no matter what I do it will be done well.

I know He likes this – our doing things together. As I set out to paint a picture, read a scripture or write a post I ask Him for help. Then my inspiration and my hands work together without any stress.

In other words I like being weak. I like having Jesus as my partner.(click to tweet)

Jesus said:

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message).”

Once again I am reminded of Allen Arnold’s new book, The Story of With. That’s the way I think our lives are meant to be – with God, then we will never be weak.

Time’s up. It’s your turn. You can write for five minutes and join us at Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Fridays or you can go over and read many wonderful posts on the word WEAK.

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Linking up today also with:

Grace and Truth Linky @ Arabah Joy

#DanceWithJesus Friday @ SusanBMead.com

Faith & Friends Friday @ Counting My Blessings

Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

Breathe: Five Minute Fridays

I can’t believe one week has gone by so quickly. Breathe. Janis. Breathe. That’s what I always tell others when they say they are stressed, angry, frustrated or just plain tired. Breathe.

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Why do I use that word to help them and me? Because that is what can bring God into the situation. By stopping to listen, to quieten our hearts and spirits, God speaks and we can listen.

Breathe.

I’m doing it right now. I know I am supposed to “write for 5 minutes” but when I am not typing I can stop and breathe in His Spirit. Ask Him for inspiration. Let Him bring about a restoration.

I have a plate at home that always reminds me to stop and take a breath. It says, “Stop and smell the roses.”. I think we forget to do this – all the time. We get on a roll, we keep going and doing and going and doing. Until sometimes we just stop because we have come to the end of our strength. You can read all about how God stopped me in my tracks and forced me to take a breath so I could listen to Him.

breatheThat’s a good thing though – coming to the end of our own strength. I am reading The Story of With by Allen Arnold. I heard him at a writers’ conference last weekend. He talks about trying to do everything in his own strength and how that will eventually implode and even explode. Instead he suggests we need to live in the land of With – With God. In that land we can slow down, inhale God and we can find joy and peace.

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Scripture talks about quietening our souls. We can do that by focusing on our breathing and nothing else. As we take in breaths,  in and out, we know we are creatures created by God. He is breathing right there with us.

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4, NIV).

When we stop and breathe – we refocus on God. (Tweet this)

We can hear His Voice, feel His presence, learn His wisdom.

Life is breath. So breathe.

 

Here is a great song by Jonny Diaz called “Breathe”.

Five minutes are up. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the word “breathe”? click on the icon below and try your hand at writing for five minutes.

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