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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

Connect – Five Minute Fridays

Connect – Five Minute Fridays

Today’s word for Five Minute Fridays is CONNECT.

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I read today from Psalm 145:18:

God’s there, listening for all who pray,
    for all who pray and mean it (The Message).

It is very important that we connect with God. We need that personal connection. We need to both speak and listen. (tweet this)

 

It hasn’t been easy to do this. The first time I heard about talking to God I didn’t know what to say. That’s when help came in the form of an acronym.

A.C.T.S.

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By using these words I can focus on what I am to say. For example:

Adoration: I can use a Psalm to read and then praise the Lord for being who He is.

Confession: I think over my past 24 hours. What changes might I have made if I had been truly in His Spirit.

Thanksgiving: I love this one. Thanking God for things that are happening. Seeing the world around me. Thinking about the food I eat, the clean water I drink, the clean bed I sleep in, the family that loves me. I could go on and on for this one.

Supplication: This is where I think of all those who need God’s help. I say their names. I say the problems and ask for God’s help in whatever they need.

That’s connection.
When I learn to connect with God I find peace and joy in each day. (tweet this)

But there’s more to connection that talking. There is also listening. This took me much longer to do this part and I still struggle with this part of connecting with God.

When I sat still for the first time and tried to listen to God it was difficult. But I persevered for 5 minutes. The next time became easier. But I still have interruptions, thoughts that wander and come in to my thinking that are not of the Lord. So I am working on this.Connect

It’s the first part of L.I.S.T.E.N. – Let God speak – that is the hardest for me. (tweet this)

What about you? How do you connect with God? What part do you have the most trouble with?

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Surrender – Five mInute Friday

Surrender – Five mInute Friday

I have five minutes to write about the word “surrender”. You can join too. Follow the link below.

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I have always been very forthright and always wanted to fix things or get my way. Coming to Christ changed all that. Over the past 16 years He has taught me to let go – of myself, of my feelings and of my desire to do things my way.

It has been a very slow process. Two steps forward one step back. But I am moving forward.

The peace I have found during these years has been amazing. I don’t fear anymore. That was a big hangup of mine. Fear would paralyze me. As I surrendered things to God, He showed me that He has control – not me. He would look after everything. I still hesitate to do some things but I am getting better at stepping out into new arenas.

In September I went on a book tour and visited 12 classrooms in the Calgary area. After the first one I knew I felt God’s presence and I could do this and have fun.

When I surrendered to God I became free. Free to do more than I ever believed possible. (tweet this)

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Time’s up.

Your turn to write for 5 minutes without editing.Surrender

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Whole: Five Minute Friday

Whole: Five Minute Friday

I am giving myself a “whole” five minutes to write this post. Today I am rejoining Five Minute Friday where all we do is write.

The prompt is WHOLE.

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As soon as I saw that word I thought of my testimony. In 2001 I became whole. Before that I didn’t know who I was. I lived. I enjoyed. I cared. But I had no purpose – no idea why I was here.

In that moment in 2001 when I asked Jesus to reveal Himself to me – and He did – I became whole. I knew He created the universe. I understood God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I felt renewed, energized and excited to see where God would lead me.

It has been an interesting time during those intervening years  – new friendships – real ones; creativity – in writing, in painting, in speaking and even culinary arts. New ideas. Learning and learning more of everything but especially His Word.

I know He is in charge. I know He has plans for our lives. I know He can change us. IF WE LET HIM. (tweet this)

My trust has expanded. My faith has exploded. My caring is growing.

I have learned to forgive. I have learned to open up my heart and soul.

I see more. I hear more.

I am at peace almost 100 percent of the time.

I love to be whole because now I am starting to know me and like me. I am more confident in new situations. I rely on God 24/7.

and in Christ you have been brought to fullness (Colossians 2:10, NIV).

Time is up.

Do you want to write for 5 minutes? You don’t need a blog – you can write on your Facebook page. Linking to Kate Motaung at Five Minute Friday is easy.

Blessings to everyone,

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Five Minute Friday – Why I LOVE to Abandon in Dance

Five Minute Friday – Why I LOVE to Abandon in Dance

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This is the 5 minute challenge from Five Minute Friday. Write for only 5 minutes – no editing.

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I have always loved to move to music. Being a gangling child – legs too far away from my body, and skinny, and 5 foot 10 at the age of 12 – I was very uncoordinated. As I aged my balance grew better, and my confidence increased. Now, of course, as I am even older, I don’t care what other people think. I dance when I am able to.

I dance like no one is watching (actually like only God is watching).

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In church we were told to sit still, don’t bounce, don’t move except for your mouth to sing. I realize now that was very foreign to me. I love to move – my hands, my arms and my feet. Thankfully now others realize that there are some of us that are born that way and are more accepting of movement in church.

I have always loved the passage about David dancing. That made me very joyful. And if David could dance so could I.

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14, NIV).

You see how David danced – with total abandon. That’s what I like. Just feel the music and move. 2Sam6:14 (tweet this)

About 5 years ago when we decided to winter in Arizona I noticed a sign up for tap dance. I said to myself – I would love to do that!! I joined this wonderful group, learned to tap and continue to do so 3 times a week for one and one-half hours (minus the talking). I LOVE it. My body feels stronger, my balance is great, and it is now called TAPERCIZE, as we don’t put on a show any longer. We just dance for the fun of it.

And all I do is onto the Lord. If I dance, I enjoy my life thoroughly and thank Him that I can dance.(tweet this)

Time’s up.

Do you like to dance? Join us at Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Escape for a few minutes and write. If you don’t blog, write in the comments below. I would love to hear your experience with dancing.

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Five Minute Friday – Bacon

Five Minute Friday – Bacon

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Just had to write today – so looked for the prompt – bacon – from Five Minute Friday by Kate Motaung. Haven’t done one of these five minute posts for a while. Write for 5 minutes – no editing. Just write.

Timer on: Here goes.  BACON in five minutes (just about the time it takes to microwave it!)

I love the smell of bacon. I love the taste of bacon. Canadian back bacon is especially good – very lean.

When we decided to follow the Paleo diet we knew that meats (especially grass fed, organic meats and chicken) were now allowable as well as lots of fish. Vegetables are at the top of the list. And good fats. But we even learned that organic butter from grass fed cows is okay. We don’t eat grains or sugar. Honestly it has been a fantastic way to eat. Lots of energy, clear thinking and my hubby has lost over 40 pounds since November last year. And the weight stays off.

But in the news this week we heard that the media has called “bacon” the next cancer causing food, putting it in the league with tobacco.

It reminds me of the scare when diabetics were told they couldn’t have saccharin because a mouse who ate ten tons of the stuff (exaggerating) got cancer.

I believe in all things, we need moderation.

We eat lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats, fish, eggs and good oils. We have the occasional slices of bacon. We try not to overdo anything. We try to find uncured bacon too. We don’t eat processed meats.

In God’s Word He tells us:

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand (Philippians 4:5, ESV);

Let’s be reasonable. Don’t overdo anything, whether it’s bacon,
or something else.

Let’s exercise wisdom, and moderation in everything we do.

Time’s UP!!

Your turn if you want to join in the Five Minute Friday.

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Five Minute Fridays – Visit

Five Minute Fridays – Visit

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How apropos – the word, is “visit”. I am back in Canada from my winter snowbirding in Arizona to visit my daughter and family. It is an unexpected visit – but with God we never know where He will take us. My grandson had pneumonia so I came home to help with his care as he can’t go to daycare. The pneumonia has cleared (praise the Lord) but he still has a stubborn ear infection (this is his third set of antibiotics).

What has this visit taught me?

        • God gives me energy when I need it
        • He keeps me calm and focused
        • I love being with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson
        • My husband supports me in wherever God calls me
        • I can become a Canadian again and embrace the winter – played outside with my grandson for a few minutes in the snow and cold (most of the time took putting on the winter clothes) and we made snow angels
        • playing with a new train is fun for all
        • God led me to meet a wonderful woman this morning and share my testimony

If we let God be God and follow where He leads life is beautiful, and satisfying.

Times up… 5 minutes.

To find other Five Minute Friday posts – click on Five Minute Fridays.

Don’t forget to write comments – they are an encouragement. Check out number 3 in Lisa Jo’s rules. She knows that’s one things that keeps us writing. ENCOURAGEMENT

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

Five Minute Friday – Encouragement

Five Minute Friday – Encouragement

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Life is full. I haven’t done a Five-Minute Friday very often. But I really want to get back into doing this.

It only takes 5 minutes (except for the posting, filling in tags, categories, and finding a picture) so here goes.

I am joining Lisa Jo Baker and her Five-Minute Fridays. Calling all writers – join me.

Today’s word is Encouragement.

My post today on Under the Cover of Prayer is called “Do I matter to God?”. Janet Sketchley wrote a comment which is in itself is always an encouragement.

Today she wrote:

We need that unshakable assurance that we all, as individuals and as a group, matter to God.

That’s one of the reasons I write – to provide that encouragement to others. That’s how we grow in our faith – little by little.

God writes about encouragement all through His Word. His promises are many.

God says:

 I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you (Joshua 1:5, The Message). (click to tweet)

This week I have downloaded a “daily plan” from Ann Voskamp. One of the sections says: relationship. Here is the plan from her wonderful post called A Grace Plan.

In the spot called RELATIONSHIP, I put which relationship I want to grow today. Someone I will reach out to.

And then there is the Holy Spirit nudge of encouragement. I see a woman once in a while on the bench as I drive back home in my golf cart after tap dance. I smile. But today I said, What a beautiful day! And I love your smile.” She smiled back even bigger. Small thing but big results.

What are you going to do today to encourage someone? (click to tweet)

Five minutes are up (with a break to help my hubby lay flooring). Your turn to read other posts or write your own.

To find other Five Minute Friday posts – click on Five Minute Fridays.

Don’t forget to write comments – they are an encouragement. Check out number 3 in Lisa Jo’s rules. She knows that’s one things that keeps us writing. ENCOURAGEMENT

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

 

 

Five Minute Friday – Beautiful

Five Minute Friday – Beautiful

Taking just 5 minutes before I head out to work at the Pregnancy Care Centre in our town to write on the word – beautiful.

Beautiful friends in Poland

This scripture immediately came to mind:

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15, MSG).

I have been a short-term missionary for International Messengers for 2 weeks, each of the past 4 summers. I participated in an Evangelical English Camp, where we teach English but also show the love of Christ.

The first words I saw in 2007 when I asked for an application were these from Romans 10:15:

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (NIV).

This summer I am not going on the trip (many reasons) but I know I will miss seeing the beauty of God in action. That’s what happens on a mission trip. We leave behind safety, family and regular routines – instead we go and follow where God leads. It is exciting, adventurous but very beautiful.

Indescribable – that’s what I would say in how people learn to trust in Jesus. Lives are changed – both the campers and the missionaries. We will never be the same.

I will never be the same. (click to tweet this)

Time’s up.

Have you gone on a mission trip? What were your feelings?
How did you grow in your faith?

The words: I will never be the Same reminded me of this praise song-

“For All You’ve done” by Hillsong

My Saviour, Redeemer
Lifted me from the miry clay
Almighty forever
I will never be the same

‘Cause You came near
From the everlasting
To the world we live
The Father’s only Son

You lived and You died
You rose again on high
You opened the way
For the world to live again
Hallelujah
For all You’ve done

Hallelujah
For all You’ve done

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here (to Lisa Jo) and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

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Five Minute Fridays – In Between

Five Minute Fridays – In Between

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I find if I live in the present moment and do what is required for this day – which might mean working ahead – then there is no stress. It might be singing, dancing, reading or just looking at all that God is doing.

Every morning I take time to pray, to study the Word and to plan my day (sort of ).

Things get accomplished, plans do change but God is in it all and I am at peace.

The in between is NOW and I plan to live it
and live it to the full.
(Click to tweet this).

Jesus says:

 I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10, NIV).

You can read my Word of the Year – LIVE – where I talk about the joy of living.

And today on Under the Cover of Prayer, God is speaking to me about calling upon God NOW – embracing Him. Do You Have Freedom When You Pray?

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here (to Lisa Jo) and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.