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Five Minute Fridays – Hero

Five Minute Fridays – Hero

hero

Well I sure only have 5 minutes today. Running out to pick up grandson in a few minutes.

The word “hero” means:

a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities; a person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

My hero has to be Jesus. He is the One who instills in us the desire to be more than we can be on our own.

I can name many human heros – those whom I would look up to. When I look at them I see that they are selfless, kind, and loving. I see them doing things that require more than a regular strength.

I found this song by Kirk Franklin called Hero and I love this verse:

Now I can see you I’m no longer ashamed
Your power I feel see our lives have exchanged
Every wrong is erased, Jesus
You are my hero you came and you saved the day

One of the best examples of a human hero to me is Mother Teresa. To me she shows us someone who did not think of herself but always looked for out for the other person. In poor conditions she never complained but pressed on as Paul calls us to do.

Time is up. Five minutes goes quickly. On Monday February 10 I will be joining the Blog Hop again and our topic happens to be “hero”. I hope to expand on my thinking for that post.

Here is the Hero by Kirk Franklin.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeuGjja8p50[/youtube]

Blessings to everyone,

Janis

Tweetable:

You are my Hero, Jesus. You have come to save every day. (click to tweet)

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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.

What is Taste and See? And Free?

What is Taste and See? And Free?

Taste and See - volume 2

Taste and See and Free is an opportunity to get a free book of Christian authors’ books that you can decide whether you want to purchase them.

Just as we used to do in a bookstore – glance through the books and see if we want to buy them – this is your online chance to look through books before you buy.

Late last year I joined a group called John 3:16 Network, run by Lorilyn Roberts. On Twitter the hashtag is #john316books.

At the end of the year I was privileged to enter Tadeo Turtle, my children’s book for ages 2-7, into the second volume of Taste and See – a compilation of over 30 authors and their books. You get to have a taste and see of the book before you buy it.

There are links to each of the author’s books in the Taste and See volume.

You can download the book for free here:

Click here to download in .pdf format

Click here to download in Kindle format

Click here to download in Nook format

Please enjoy this wonderful look at Christian authors and their books.

If you want to purchase Tadeo Turtle directly from me – click on Paypal and it will allow you to choose either Paypal or credit card. Otherwise to to Buy Tadeo Turtle for further option.

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Today is Five-Minute Friday and the word is SEE. Linking to Lisa-Jo. Hope all of you will be able to Taste and See some wonderful Christian authors.

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAYS – Fall

Five Minute Fridays – Five Easy Steps to Prevent Falls

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing that came to mind – falling down. When you reach senior age there arises a greater chance of having falls. These falls can be serious. Many of my friends have had broken arms, legs, and hips.

What can we do as seniors to prevent falls? Here are some of my own suggestions.

1. Walk: The more walking, the better balanced and strengthened you become. Walk with your head upright – not looking down. Many are prone to bend over and check the sidewalk but that changes your balance and you are apt to fall. So stand tall, walk upright and check what is ahead of you.

2. Balance: Stand on one leg. Can you do this? I couldn’t do it very well about 4 years ago. I decided to take tap dance lessons – I can say my balance is much better. Try standing using the kitchen counter for balance – lift your legs up one at a time. Find exercise classes in your area and join in the fun of strengthening and learning balance. I also found the Wii exercise helpful (now I have no time).

3. Get Rid of Clutter: Look around your home. Do you have clear pathways or lots of stuff hindering your path? Get rid of clutter. Get rid of lose rugs which are the cause of many falls.

4. Be Wise, Use Conveniences: Hold hand rails going up and down the stairs. We are not as young as we used to be. Don’t be vain. Use the rails. If you are on a step ladder don’t reach. Put rails in the washroom if you have trouble getting up from a sitting position.

5. Make Sure You Can See:  Turn on the lights. Good lighting helps your eyes too.

So as you continue today remember this Scripture because we also don’t want to fall down spiritually.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11, KJV).

Time’s up. What ideas do you have to prevent falls?

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 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.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Brave

Five Minute Friday – Brave

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

BRAVE

Jan Cox

Janis Cox – age 6

As a young girl my shyness kept me from trying new things. I didn’t put my hand up in class; I hated speaking in front of the class; terror struck in my heart when I had to go somewhere new or on my own.

My Dad, who was a Captain in WWII, always encouraged me; never put me down for my shyness; and told me to be strong and brave.

Gradually over the years I developed a better sense of daring. I started to teach school and felt capable and prepared to be a good teacher. I encouraged my students to relax with one another and have respect for one another. They blossomed.

I married and had children. They helped me to be braver – especially with spiders, bees and snakes. Of course, when they fell or got sick I had to be brave as well.

But true bravery did not happen until later in my life when I met Jesus fully and since that time nothing has stood in my way of trying something new. I do say in my bio that I won’t bungee jump and that is true but I do meet new people, try new activities and go new places by myself.

And I stand up for Jesus – no fear of telling people what I believe and what He has done in my life.

This has only happened since the fear has fled and been replaced by a new sense of God in me.

Nothing can separate me from God – No thing.
So how can I be afraid of anything? I can’t. (tweet this)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

I guess that is bravery. Brave because I have Jesus.

Time is up. What do you think of when you hear the word “BRAVE”?

Have a great weekend,

Blessings,

Janis

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

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word BRAVE?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here 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.

 

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAYS – Jump

Five Minute Fridays  – Jump

double dutch

Click on picture – found on Wikipedia

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

JUMP

When I think of JUMP I think of double dutch (the double skipping rope game). To be able to conquer the doubles ropes required perfect timing and then to jump while in the ropes required focus and control.

At the age of 10 I had grown to almost my 5 foot 10 inch height. My feet felt extremely far away and my arms always knocked things over. Graceful I was not. And I had a slender frame – skinny.

To master double dutch became a passion and I worked at it until it was accomplished.

All my life this passion to JUMP in has pushed me further. When I don’t know something or think I can’t do it – I jump in anyway because I have learned three important things:

I belong to Jesus:

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29, NIV).

Jesus is my strength:

“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

I no longer have to fear, so have peace:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Now where will I jump next? I love this video of my church in Arizona who are ALL IN. I have shown this before but I really like it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5BBv57STAQ[/youtube]

Is there anything you feel God is calling you to jump into? What is holding you back?

JUMP

 

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

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word JUMP?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here 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.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAYS – Here

Five Minute Fridays – HERE

We live in two worlds – Arizona and Haliburton. When we arrive in each locale we state, “We are here”.

Green Trees

Arizona

 

Haliburton

I can tell you I am here. We are home – back in Ontario, Canada. On the way home we had a lovely time at with our grandchildren; we were able to pop in and see our daughter and new baby, as well as a surprise visit from another grandchild.

We had no problem getting the water started in our home. We have a pump and drain all our lines in the fall. Thank You, Lord. Everything has gone very well – except the weather.

Yes, we have the rain, snow, sleet, ice and wind. A welcome home gift. But we did get out to walk our little Snowball around the driveway and down to our mailbox.

But we are home and I know that I like living here (when I am here). And I like living in Arizona (when I am there). Do you know what I mean?

If you can be content wherever you are, that’s a good thing. And to live in the moment, not thinking of the past or worrying about tomorrow.

“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, NIV).

Here we are. And it is lovely.

I love the passage in Esther:

” And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, NIV)?

I believe I am here because God wants me here – and I plan to keep watching and looking where He is working and following Him.

Glad to be back blogging again too.

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

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word HERE?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here 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.

 

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Broken

Five Minute Friday – Broken

A Broken Spirit

This entire week has been reminding me of what I was like before I surrendered to Jesus.

I wrote a post on Wednesday about Transformed – a poem I had written during my walk, remembering how I felt – broken. My word was Empty. It means the same. Unfulfilled. The same.

Broken means to come without any preconceived notion of being fixed.
I can’t do this on my own. I need a Saviour. (Tweet this)

And He came – into my life, filling all the nooks and crannies. Helping me dump all the fears, worries, self-consciousness. Making me whole.

He continues to mend me, and prepare me for my eventual meeting of Him. Sometimes being broken hurts, a lot. Sometimes the glue doesn’t hold and it needs mending.

Broken is what I am. I won’t be completely fixed until Heaven. But during the mending stage I am learning, growing and getting closer and closer in my relationship with God.

The first song I heard that spoke into my heart and started to mend my soul was Hungry (Falling on my Knees).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLz36m8Mw2g[/youtube]

Thinking much today about what God did for me. Broken for me. Body and Blood. For us. He did all of this for us. Let’s accept it and surrender.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word BROKEN?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here 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.

FIVE- MINUTE FRIDAY – Dive

Five-Minute Friday – Dive

Linking in again to Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Fridays. With the word “dive” I take 5 minutes to write – no editing. GO


High Dive Public Domain Archival Stock Footage by PublicDomainFootage

 

When my kids were small I decided to take swimming lessons. I knew how to swim but wanted to improve my strokes and learn to dive. One lesson we were asked to climb  the HIGH – and I mean high – diving board. At that time in my life I had a real fear of heights so just climbing that ladder was an act of will. All the way up the ladder I kept saying to myself, “You’re crazy, you’re crazy”. But I reached the top and then crept, ever so slowly to the edge of the platform. I looked down…

down…

down…

That was a long way down. We had all decided that this was only going to be a jump from the high platform, not a dive. I stood there. Really all I wanted to do was retrace my steps back down the ladder. Only problem – there were people behind me. So I jumped!

All

the

way

down. I went – into the water, and then back up again. Whew! I did it. Would I do it again? NEVER – EVER. Exhilarating as the fall felt, the landing in the water was painful.

What did I learn?

1. I can do things that don’t seem possible.

2. I should always try something at least once.

3. The fear of doing something is worse than the actual experience.

Time’s up.

Question: When have you “dove” into something – it doesn’t have to be water. How did it feel? Would you do it again?

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MY OWN FIVE-MINUTE FRIDAY

My Own Five-Minute Friday

ADVENT – Peace

HOPE

 

 

 

 

 

PEACE

Since Lisa Jo is taking off December I decided to continue to write for five minutes on Fridays.

For December I chose the word Advent. Last week was HOPE.

This week is PEACE.

I had a peaceful week. I contacted the flu. That made for easy days. Sleeping, resting, reading. I liked it. But I am now ready to get back to work. Fully rested.

The peace I enjoy the most is my morning time with God. After morning prayers I spend 15 – 30 minutes just “resting” in His Presence. I have learned to shut out the clatter in my brain and find Him. It is a discipline and takes practice. When I can’t do this I realize there is something blocking me. I have to figure out what that is. It might be things on my mind that I have to release to the Lord. It might be stuff I think I need to do (this happens frequently). Or just nervous tension and excitement.

Focussing on Jesus really helps. I repeat – Come, Jesus, Come. I wait and I breathe. If thoughts creep in, I repeat those words.

I am enjoying Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The words speak right into my heart and soul.

Words from this morning’s reading:

“Rest in Me, My child, forgetting about the worries of the world.”

God sent Jesus to show us peace – peace in God. 

“Focus on Me – Immanuel – and let My living Presence envelop you in Peace.”

Heading toward Christmas, let us remember to seek Him, the One who brought us Peace.

How do you find His Peace?

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THANK YOU GOD – Five-Minute Fridays

Thank You God – Five-Minute Fridays

Okay – I am late – It is Saturday morning here in Arizona. Here is my 5 minutes on the words “Thank you”. Linking in with Lisa-Jo and Five-Minute Fridays.

Counting the Gifts of God

I have been counting the gifts of God since I finished reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts in February 2011. (I read it 4 times and used it as a book study in a women’s group too). I am nearing the 2000th gift.

I will continue this spiritual discipline as it makes me conscious of all that God has bestowed upon me. It makes me aware of my world, the people, places and things that make it up. And it brings me closer to God.

Ann’s subtitle is “A Dare to LIVE FULLY right where you are”.

Saying “thank You” to God has become part of my daily life as I practice this discipline.

It takes practice.

It takes work.

Five minute is not long enough to talk on “thank You, to God”.

Thank you, Ann for your words:

“I want to be in God and God to be in me, to exchange love and blessing and caresses … this moment is a divine interchange” (One Thousand Gifts, page 217 – emphasis is mine).

Thank You, God:

I am living fully with my hands wide open.

Are you counting the gifts of God? If not, why not?

The word JOY is used throughout Ann’s book.

“Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped . God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy” (One Thousand Gifts, page 57).

The words from I’m Counting on God are just beautiful.

Here are the lyrics. Read them slowly – let them sink in.

Counting on God

VERSE 1
I’m in a fight not physical
And I’m in a war
But not with this world
You are the light that’s beautiful
And I want more
I want all that’s Yours

PRE-CHORUS
Joy unspeakable that won’t go away
And just enough strength
To live for today
So I never have to worry
What tomorrow will bring
‘Cause my faith is on solid rock
I am counting on God

CHORUS
I am counting on
I am counting on God

BRIDGE
The miracle of Christ in me
Is the mystery that sets me free
I’m nothing like I used to be
Open up your eyes you’ll see

Jared Anderson
© 2007 Vertical Worship Songs

Here is the Desperation Band singing I’m Counting on God – I have put this in my posts before but if you haven’t heard it please listen.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13yY9sXFKB8]

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