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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?

Luke-9-23

Path picture by Kimberley Payne

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).

Go –

What to Choose?

choose

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)

stuffed-tadeos

 

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 – Write

Five-Minute Friday – Write

Let-my-words-bring-life

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 – In Between

Five Minute Fridays – In Between

dance like no one is watching

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.

 

Five Minute Fridays – Rhythm

Five Minute Fridays – Rhythm

Sun Rising by Jake Jacobsen

Thanks to Jake Jacobsen for the wonderful photo.

The words to 10 000 Reasons by Matt Redman flow through my spirit.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning….

And on that day when my strength is failing,
The end draws near and my time has come.

As I awake and feel the beating of my heart, I sense the rhythm of life. Each moment is a precious gift.

Life – it begins with the first beat
Death – it end with the last beat (tweet this)

The question is what do I do with the beats in between?

The answer is:

Live life as fully as I can.

Live – that’s my word for this year.

I want to soak up each moment. I want to know God as much as I can. I want to see Him as He reveals Himself to me; in nature, in circumstances, and in people.

As I talk to Him, He reveals His rhythm of life. (tweet this)

Wait patiently with Me while I bless you .

Learn to master it [time], or it will be your master (Jesus Calling – June 21).

I see power, peace, potential and possibilities. God is the God of the impossible.

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
I wait confidently for God to save me,
and my God will certainly hear me (Micah 7:7, NIV).

And I remember that with Him anything is possible.

My time is up. What are your thoughts on the word rhythm? Do any of my words resonate with you?

Here is Matt Redman singing 10 000 Reasons.

 

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 – 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).

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.