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Safe: Five Minute Fridays

Safe: Five Minute Fridays

Our word from Five Minute Fridays is SAFE. We have 5 minutes to write what that word means to us. Here goes. 5,4,3,2,1, – go


Once again it’s been an incredible week. Learning so much. My second children’s book, The Kingdom of Thrim, is now on Amazon with NO shipping. I have changed my publisher to Creativity Press. So drop over and see the new edition. If you encounter any problems please contact me at Janis.

Safe – It’s funny, because just this week I had a conversation with someone I am working with because I had written the following about Psalm 119:3 which says:

That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set (The Message).

I wrote: The Psalmist can ask for help because he has been blameless. God sent His one and only Son Jesus to save us from our sins! With Him we can be blameless because of His grace.

The one who was born of God – Jesus – will keep us safe.

My friend came back and said: “I believe we think that believing in Jesus will protect us from bad things happening to us and I don’t think that is based on scripture.”

My point was that Jesus does keep us safe – safe from all alarms.

I don’t mean protecting us from everything that might happen because I know that some bad things happen. I mean when we are with Jesus we know He is always there to comfort us – we are safe in His arms. – through all alarms.

I love the old hymn.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
I have peace complete with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

I know I have nothing to fear or dread as I am safe and secure in Jesus’ arms. May you feel that peace and security too.

However, I read this from Mark Batterson.

“Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It’s storming the gates of hell. The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan. The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radical. It’s normal. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. It’s time to go all in and all out for the All in All. Pack your coffin!”

Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. (Click to tweet)

What are your thoughts? Does Jesus keep us safe? What is safety to you?

Living our lives is not playing it safe but feeling safe and secure in our faith with Jesus. (click to tweet)

It is boldly going where God tells us to go.




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The Bleeding Lamb

by Brenda J. Wood

Yesterday, while I was praying, God gave me a mind picture of Jesus. He walked into a sunshiny, undisturbed meadow, through wild flowers and shaggy green grass. As he came closer, I saw that he carried a lamb. It was so snug in his arms that I wondered if Jesus was carrying himself. Could this be possible? After all, he is the Lamb of God.

I know that shepherds sometimes have to break a runaway or disobedient lamb’s leg. Then they carry it till it heals. By then it loves the master so much that it is obedient. But as he moved closer, I could see that this lamb’s chest oozed blood.

And all of a sudden, I realized that I was the lamb. The Lord knows my heart is broken. And as one, together, we are moving though our grief into wholeness.

Psalm 116:15-Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of those faithful to him.

So we go move forward together, God carrying me through my brokenness, understanding it, because he already bled and died on the cross for me.

I’m oozing blood but no longer dripping it. Slowly, my pain eases. Me….the snowy white lamb. Snowy white with no bits of dirt or twig in my wool. Not because I am a fanatical lamb, but because when I asked Jesus into my life, he forgave my sin and made me clean.

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.  You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. Amen ( Psalm 23- from the Message)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda J Wood of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
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