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ARE YOU LIVING IN THE HERE? – Five-Minute Fridays

Are You Living in the Here?

The word for today is HERE. I am linking to The Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Fridays.

Here I am. Back from my mission trip to Poland. Whew.

Close-up of one of the buildings in Poland.

What did I learn?

One thing I learned was to live in the moment – the HERE. Jesus did say, I am – so I know that is exactly where He is – HERE.

When we focus on the past, even on good things, that is not the best. Certainly letting the negatives of the past lay on our hearts is NOT good for us.

When we focus on the future we are not living – we are dreaming and when we get there we have missed all the present times.

So HERE is important. Breathe it in. Celebrate it. Find the gifts that God gives us right now – this moment.

We can minister to others if we live in the HERE because the Holy Spirit leads and guides us in the present. Listen to the call of God and remember to BE.

Time is up.

What do you think about when you hear the word “here”? Join the Gypsy Mama on Fridays for Five-Minute Fridays.

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PERSPECTIVE – Five Minute Fridays

Perspective

Is it empty or full? – Perspective

How do I see things? Mmm Well I know that I see them much differently that I did ten years ago.

My spiritual growth has extended. My fear factor has been reduced. I trust more. I love more. I listen more. I give more. I enjoy more.

Why? Because I pray more and listen to God. It hasn’t been easy – to give up ME and give my concerns to God. But it has helped and been very good for me.

I get excited talking about God. I get excited writing about him. I get excited teaching about Him.

I know that my perspective on life – is different. I see this life as much smaller and my eternal life as much bigger. I see troubles as much smaller and the joy of life with God much larger.

I like reading Oswald Chambers. He puts such a wonderful slant on things that I can see the truth easier. What I read this week has become my new perspective:

“May God not find the whine in us anymore, but may He find us full of spiritual pluck and athleticism ready to face anything He brings” (May 15).

When I first thought of the word “perspective” I thought of my art work. I had a terrible time seeing corners in my painting. But through trial and error and lots of practice I am seeing them better. I think it is the same in life. The more I study and work at understanding God – the clearer the truth becomes.

Time is up. What do you think of the word PERSPECTIVE?

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

REAL – Five Minute Fridays

Real

The reality of writing this on Saturday morning is – I got busy. That’s the truth. So this morning I wrote on my little IPOD which is not an easy task. Here is what I wrote.

As I learned what Christ meant to me, my old self started to slip away. I found new friends who were interested in the real me.

One friend, Deb, led a number of Bible studies which showed me to look at myself through God’s eyes. It wasn’t pretty. But I tried hard and asked God to keep revealing the things He didn’t like. He did – and I started to change.

One book we studied was called The Real You, by Bill Hybels. I don’t remember each study I have taken over the years but this one stuck in my mind because it made quite an impact. I saw things in me that needed changing. And so began the transformation.

I started to write poems to help with my learning and I wrote acronyms, too. One acronym was R.E.A.L.

Release Everything (to God) And Live.

I even made fridge magnets with these acronyms. And I can’t even find one magnet to show you. That’s funny.

Deb started a women’s ministry with Michelle and called it Authentic Women of Faith. We had some wonderful conferences together.

Sadly Deb passed away – but she was the real thing and I miss her very much especially at this time of year – around my birthday. She always remembered to send me a card.

Real is a very special word for me.

I could probably write a book on this word, but my 5 minutes are up.

What do you think of when you hear the word – REAL

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

TOGETHER – Five Minute Fridays

Together

I had this post all ready to go on Friday – then life happened and I completely forgot that I didn’t post it. Found it in DRAFT mode. I knew I was looking for a picture of together. This week is “pictureless” – but close your eyes and picture yourself together with someone you love. Now that you have that picture here is my post.

Interesting how the words that are chosen from the Gypsy Mama seem to sink into my heart and soul. This week’s word is “together”.

Having spent the winter in Arizona we have been apart from our family and Canadian friends for 6 months with just short trips back. Yesterday we returned home thanks to our youngest daughter driving us after our airplane ride, along with our new 5 week old grandson.

Today we held an open house shower to welcome Bryce to this world and to help the work of our local pregnancy centre. The hugs I received from my friends can’t be measured. I feel that I have come home.

Next weekend all our family come here to join us in being together. We also celebrate April birthdays – 3 of them. I can’t wait to hug my children and grandchildren. It will be the first time we have all been together since February when we celebrated my Mom’s life. And Bryce has met the entire crew at once yet. This coming weekend will be the big hello.

I think God smiles when He sees us together and when we hug one another. It shows we care and that each person is special to us.

Thank you Lord for togetherness – for not wanting to exist alone but with each other.

I am tired and still in jet lag but happy to be home together again.

Time’s up.

My five minutes are up. What do you think of when you hear the word – TOGETHER

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

LIGHT – Five Minute Fridays

Light

 

Sunlight on the flowers

As I sit and look out at the Arizona cloudless sky I remember why we decided to spend the winter months here – sunshine. This part of the state has so much sunshine – almost every day. It is an historic moment, well at least the weather forecasters get excited, when they see clouds in the future – there MIGHT be rain. And that makes them excited.

I have noticed something very interesting down here – everyone is friendly at the stores – really friendly. Smiles, “how are you?”, “Can I help you?” and they go out of their way to show that they really like us here. In our gated park we wave at everyone, stop to talk, and generally smile all the time.

I can attribute that to the sunshine – we are getting lots of it.

That’s why there is so much talk about Vitamin D. Are we getting enough in the northern parts of the country? We have many dark dreary days up north.

So if light means so much I can understand more of Revelation – there will be LIGHT all the time in Heaven – not from the sun but from the SON. God’s light will shine all the time and we will no longer be in darkness. I like that.

In the meantime whether I am in the north or the south I think looking to the Son is the most important job I have. He can light up my day no matter where I am, and whatever circumstances I am in He lifts my spirits. That is the LIGHT that I will continue to look to.

 

Time’s up.

My five minutes are up. What do you think of when you hear the word – LIGHT?

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.


BRAVE – Five Minute Fridays

Brave

A good practice for making me write – Five Minute Fridays. Linking onto The Gypsy Mama with the word  BRAVE.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

So here I go:

BRAVE

My sister and I grew up always hearing the words, “be a brave little soldier”. My Dad, a captain in World War II, knew that in order to be strong, one must be brave. Bravery means to me to keep my head up, be a clear thinker, not let the “world” get to me, and always stick with the truth (even if it hurts).

I know that God helps us be brave. In the face of disaster and even little disturbances He is there. He can produce a calmness and fortitude I didn’t know I had.

My daughter recently birthed a 10 pound 7 ounce baby naturally. Her focus was amazing – she concentrated on her body and listened to it. That’s bravery. We had prayer warriors in the wings praying. Thanks to all those wonderful people.

I always remember the story of David and Goliath – David faced his fears; worked through them; bravely went forth and conquered a giant.

With God’s help we can face our fears and be brave.

Time’s up.

Your turn. See the instructions above if you want to join in writing for 5 minutes.

GRIT – Five Minute Fridays

I haven’t written in a while. Today I read the Gypsy Mama’s post called Grit. On Fridays she encourages us to write for 5 minutes so I thought, “Why not?” So here is my post on “Grit”.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

So here I go:

Grit

In the desert there is always grit or dust. On my back porch when I wash the chairs it is black. Before we had good windows the dust was everywhere. My little white dog turns black and needs to be bathed more often. Our shoes, our hair and our clothes pick up the dust. Dust that you don’t see – just when you wash it out.

I think that is like sin – it is everywhere, each and every day. Little things that we do – that are sinful – in our thoughts and sometimes in our words and deeds. We can’t always recognize it as sin but it is there just like the Arizona dust.

We need to clean out the sin the same way as I bathe our pooch. We need to scrub ourselves clean at the cross; ask forgiveness for those sins – and those ones of omission, which we can easily miss.

Now as I see the dust and wash it out it will remind me that sin is the same way. Ever present but capable of being washed clean.