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Slow: Five Minute Friday

Slow: Five Minute Friday

I am writing for 5 minutes on Friday night, while helping hubby renovate the kitchen. Joining Kate Motaung at Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is SLOW.

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It’s funny I recalled a childhood memory to my hubby today while we walked our little dog, Snowball, around the lake. I recalled walking home from school when I was quite young, thinking about things, dreaming, visualizing. When I arrived home my mom said, “Janis, you should walk smartly home. Don’t dawdle. People will thing you are dopey. Always move along, with your head up and keep going.”

That was the last day I walked slowly. Until now. Now I realize that I need the slow time to dream, to be inspired and to rest with God. That doesn’t mean I have “slowed down” continuously. Far from it. I keep thinking of things in my down time, and then have lots to do in my active time.

The book that got me thinking of living a slower, calmer lifestyle was In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré . By 2005 when I read this book I all ready spent time with God every morning. But I also realized that when I slow down I get to enjoy the beauty around me and I need an additional few pause points during the day as well.

I have a plate that says: Stop and Smell the Roses.slow

In order to be inspired we need time to hear from God. We need to slow down to hear from Him.

Elijah learned this lesson.

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, The Message).

Elijah heard God in the quiet whisper.

Are you learning to be quiet before God, to slow down, to listen to Him? (tweet this)

I have written on the subject of slow before:

Leisurely Pace

God Said Whoa!

Are you lead by the Spirit or man?

Breathe

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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).

Dance Like No One is Watching

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 Fridays – KEEP

Five MInute Fridays – KEEP

 

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Once more, it is Friday – take 5 minutes and just write. Set the timer. Go.

The word for this week is: KEEP

Keep to me means cherish. I think of what I cherish the most – God, family, friends. Then I think of what I cherish that maybe I should not cherish – my “work”, my accomplishments, my gifts.

A long time ago I was able to get rid of stuff. Stuff can occupy our minds and keep us from advancing to where God wants us to go. I still have to purge often because stuff accumulates (don’t know how but it does).

God says we have one real thing to cherish with our whole heart – that’s Him. From there our love can go out to others. I try to keep that thought in front of me whatever I am doing. I don’t always succeed. Thanks for His grace!

If we are promising to walk in His Word then we have to remember that He gives and takes away. What I have now I might not always have – that includes things, abilities, health, finances – anything really.

But truly in order to live with Jesus I need to try to KEEP:

  • myself open to Him – He is the author and perfecter of my soul. 
  • watch over where God is working so I can follow His lead.
  • watch over my lips and tongue so my speech will be filtered to following Him.
  • my thoughts pure and blameless so I am ready for when He returns.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your Word. That’s where I learn what I need to keep. Thanks for putting the Word into my heart more and more. Keep watch over me as I travel this road of life. Keep me watching, learning, and waiting until You return. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

 

Time’s up. Five minutes goes quickly doesn’t it. Joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Fridays.

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What does KEEP mean to you? Joining Kate Motaung for #FMFparty (click to tweet).

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Five Minute Friday – Jesus asks, “Are you willing to follow me?”

Five Minute Friday – Jesus asks, “Are you willing to follow Me?”

Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

Go – The word this week is “willing”.

Are you willing to follow Me?

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These first two months of this year, 2014, God has been prodding me to listen more to His Voice. I read The Circle Maker, Not a Fan, Kisses from Katie, and The Power of Persistent Prayer. Of course I also read the Bible. Right now I am reading through the New Testament for Lent with Margaret Feinberg.

Am I on the path that follows Jesus?

The question that keeps arising is, “Are you willing to follow Me?” And also I hear the repeated call, “Feed my lambs”.

My answer is a question, “How much, Lord?”

His answer, “All in”.

We started the first week of our new Bible Study on Not A Fan. Here are some take-aways from that first encounter with Jesus.

A follower gives Jesus the master key to his/her heart (soul).
I need to define this relationship I have with Jesus.
I need to ask myself where I have not allowed Jesus to enter in my life.

This week I start writing in the journal that Kyle provides for this study.

 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23, NIV).

My questions:

What does take up my cross mean?
What does deny myself really mean? – How is that possible?
How can I make each day – totally His?

STOP – I actually don’t want to stop – but I will continue to ask myself these questions; I will continue to ask God these questions; and I will try to tell you what I discover in the next 6 weeks of study.

What do you think?

Tweetables:

What does take up my cross mean?  (click to tweet)

How can I make each day totally for Jesus? (click to tweet)

Am I on the path that follows Jesus? (click to tweet)

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 Fridays – What to Choose?

Five Minute Fridays – What to Choose?

Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

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What to Choose?

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So much to choose from. God gives me such wonderful ideas. I get excited and I am off. But sometimes there are just too many things to choose.

Today my slate said (after prayer and devotionals):

        • tap dance
        • laundry
        • make cabbage rolls in slow cooker (I have to omit the sugar)
        • start making more stuffed Tadeos for the fair (and someone ordered one too)

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So needless to say I am in the middle of everything. But I stop every once in a while to pray. Because I believe connecting with God keeps me going. I believe He knows everything that is on my heart. And if He would rather me choose something else He is going to make it very clear. (But only if I am listening.)

The pause in between choices is the most important thing.

Never get so rattled with all that is before you that you can’t do anything.

Pause – pray and ask for direction. God always comes through – gives peace and productivity can continue.

Upcoming choices:

      • my first newsletter
      • expanding Under the Cover of Prayer by producing an ebook or short groups of topics together
      • One Day at a Time – will this be an ebook, softcover, devotional or Bible study?
      • two children’s books that need my artwork

But – each moment of each day is special to God. I look to Him for timing, for inspiration and for energy. And of course the best choice I ever made was choosing to follow Jesus.

Time’s up. Got to take the laundry out of the washer.

Your turn. Join us at Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridays.

Tweetables:

The best choice I ever made was choosing to follow Jesus. (tweet this)

The pause in between choices is the most important thing. (tweet this)

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 – Small

Five Minute Friday – Small

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Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

I can’t ever remember being small. As a young child growing up I heard, “oh she is so tall”. In my class photos I am in the back row centre. Whenever we lined up for height – I knew I would be first. The boys took forever to catch up.

When I finally saw the man I would marry I first saw his height (6 foot 3 inches). That made an impression on me. We danced well together. We walked well together. He was someone to look up to (by 5 inches).

No matter that my height was tall, I felt small much of the time. I had very little confidence in who I was. Extremely shy in school most report cards stated, “would like it if Janis would speak up more in class”. No – I didn’t want to say anything, even if I knew the answer. I had fears of speaking in front of a group – even a small group.

Time passed. I learned about myself. I became a little bolder. The biggest breakthrough came when I realized that I didn’t have to fear anything. I memorized this Scripture.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Thank the Lord that I heard His still small Voice –  then I knew Jesus.

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12, KJV).

Amazing result – the small in me became bigger, bolder and ready to spread His Word.

Time’s up.

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No matter that my height was tall, I felt small much of the time. (tweet this)

The small in me became bigger, bolder and ready to spread His Word. (tweet this)

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 – Write

Five-Minute Friday – Write

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What makes me want to write? Oh the sheer excitement to see the words come on the white page (or screen). To see what God is going to lead me to say. To help my thoughts grow my faith as I read and write His Word.

I always loved words. I took English as my major in university. But teachers either liked my writing or hated it. It hurt when they didn’t like my words and I took it personally. God has taught me not to do that now.

When I write now I try to write what He is teaching me. Last Friday the prompt was who is my hero – it was so easy – Jesus of course.

As I live, breathe and find joy in each moment writing becomes part of who I am. I love reading devotionals like Oswald Chambers, and Philip Yancey because those words stir my thinking about how I am living. Of course, the Bible is first and foremost where I get my inspiration.

Writing becomes my living and my living reflects in my writing.

I stumble, but He picks me up. I used to worry about what people would think and hesitated to put any words on paper for fear of failure. But Jesus showed me there is no fear because really I am writing for Him. If I trust Him He will give me the words that He wants me to say.

Thoughtless words cut like a sword.
But the tongue of wise people brings healing (Proverbs 12:18, NIRV).

I pray that my words bring LIFE. That’s why I write.

Tweetables:

Writing becomes my living and my living reflects in my writing. (tweet this)

I pray that my words bring LIFE. That’s why I write. (tweet this)

Here is one of my favourite worship songs by Hawk Nelson, Words

The chorus:

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to you

Time is up: And I like that about Five Minute Friday – just let my fingers go and then the timer goes off – I am done. No editing, reflecting – just words on the page.

Can’t wait to read the thoughts of others.

Join me as Lisa Jo is having a contest to win 3 books – link your posts.

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 Fridays – Hero

Five Minute Fridays – Hero

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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.

Blessings to everyone,

Janis

Tweetable:

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

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 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.

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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.