Brave ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

As mentioned yesterday, I am behind in this 31 day challenge.  I hope you – my readers – don’t mind but I am determined to keep going.  That being said here is #19 of the Five Minute Free Writes in the Write 31 Day challenge.

Today’s word is:

And…timer set!

This is a hard word for me to write about because I’ll just be honest – I.am.not.BRAVE!!!  Not in trying new things.  Not in dealing with hardship. And especially not in trying new foods.  I’m just not.

The definition of BRAVE is:

possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance

I could write for way more than 5 minutes about my inability to be BRAVE. Instead, I think I will just simply share a song and a quote.

This song gives me hope and well…BRAVERY, if I can call it that, when I really listen to it’s words and understand that any courage I need truly comes from the Lord.

Because no fear can hinder now the promises You made

And my lack of BRAVERY comes with my desire to know the future.  If I just knew how a situation would turn out.  If I just had a sign or something.  But so often we don’t.  We have to BRAVELY trust the Lord with the perfect plan that He has for us.

It’s like Ruth when she followed Naomi into a land that she was not from to worship a God she had not worshiped before.  But oh the blessing that came from Ruth being BRAVE.

I love this quote by Corrie Ten Boom.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Wise words from a woman who had to be BRAVE.

My time is up!

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

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Share ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

It’s day 18 of the Write 31 day challenge, but only in number.  I have been out of town and did not get to schedule ahead OR write while I was gone.  So I’m catching up.  Obviously, this 31 day Challenge will now go into November for me.

All that to say…the 18th Five Minute Free prompt is:

And GO… 

I am once again starting with the definition – both the use of SHARE as a noun and a verb:

 Noun

the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group

one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided

Verb

to divide and distribute in shares; apportion

to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly

I keep an index card on the wall over my desk that I read at least once a day.  It has Colossians 1:9-13 written on it.  Several years ago I was encouraged to really study the book of Colossians.  I did but I got stuck in Chapter 1 for a long time.  When I got to verses 9 – 13, I just had to spend extra time there.  Here is what is says: 

9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 I realize that there is a lot in these verses but one of the things that stuck out to me was in verse 12 where it says,

…qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

 Isn’t that cool?  God himself qualifies us to SHARE in the inheritance of the saints.  He wants us to “have the full or proper portion”.  He wants us to “participate in, enjoy, receive” His inheritance.    

I think about how I emphasized to my kids over and over again to SHARE. And I wanted them to.  I really, really did.  But in light of eternity my focus should have always, always been to teach them to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10).  To be “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” (Col 1:11) so that they can SHARE in the inheritance offered to anyone who believes and confesses the Lord as Savior.

And STOP… 

So this post may or may not have really focused on the word SHARE.  But how could I not SHARE the good news of what Christ does for us?

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

My landing page for this 31 day series is HERE

Grow ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

Today’s prompt is a little more difficult.  And I’m not really sure why.

Maybe the difficulty is because I have a long list of things to get done before I head out of town for a few days to a conference.  Honestly I feel like my to-do list is GROWING!!!  Or maybe I’m just tired.  I’m not sure but will take a stab at it anyway.

Timer Set…and GO!

Let’s start with the definition:

to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance

to form and increase in size by a process of inorganic accretion, as by crystallization

to arise or issue as a natural development from an original happening, circumstance, or source

As I read the definitions I am processing the word and wondering what it is in my life I would like to GROW?  Here are a few things I came up with:

  • my faith

  • my compassion for others 

  • my knowledge of God’s Word   

  • my ability in my interests / hobbies

  • my confidence to share my faith  

Here’s what I realize as I type this short list, there is only one that I can do by myself — my ability in my interests / hobbies.  And truthfully, I can’t even do that all alone.  But I’d like to focus on the others for a minute…..since that’s about all I have left {smile}

The Bible talks about GROWing in our faith (salvation), in how we love others, in sharing our faith and even in the knowledge of His Word.  Take a look at these verses:

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation — (1 Peter 2:2 )

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:3)

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:7)

And then there is the best news of all.  God does not… I repeat does not GROW weary.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary;  his understanding is unsearchable.  (Isaiah 40:28)

And STOP!

So today, I’d encourage you to think for a few minutes about what you would like to GROW in your life.  Ask the Lord to show you specifics.

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

My landing page for this 31 day series is HERE

Read ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

The Write 31 Day challenge is officially half way complete.  That means that October is half over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.  Today, my Five Minute Free Write Prompt is:

And…timer set…GO!

When I consider the word READ my mind immediately goes to books.  I love them.  My favorite genre is christian historical fiction.  I have a few favorite authors like Laura Frantz, Liz Curtis Higgs, Jocelyn Green, and Francine Rivers – to name a few.  And then there is the Bible.  I found an article online that said the Bible is the most published and most READ book in the world.  That seems very believable to me.  As a matter of fact, my college English professor shared that tidbit with my class 2? years ago.

So, as I think about the Bible being the most READ book, I was reminded of a quote that went something like this:

You are the only Bible that some people will ever READ.

Variations of this quote are attributed to several people.  Instead of listing them all, I will just say that they are not my words and I take no credit for them.  Of course, there was a time in my life when I thought my 5th grade missions group leader coined the phrase because she said those words to the group of rambunctious girls that I was a part of at age 10. {smile}

Anyway, I digress.  Let’s think about the quote for a moment.  As I do, I feel a tremendous weight to “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,…” (Ephesians 4:1).  What does that mean?  To live a righteous life exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit, showing kindness to others, loving others, hating sin but showing compassion to the sinner…you get the idea.

Here’s where the definition comes in:

to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.)

Now I know it says “something written or printed” but  ignoring that,  looking carefully to understand is exactly what happens when we have other people watching us to see how a follower of Christ will act and react.    They READ our body language.  They READ our facial expressions.  They READ into our actions and even our words.

And… STOP!

Just a little more…It’s a big responsibility to represent our Lord and Savior. And it’s not always easy to show the grace and mercy to others as Jesus did. But it is so worth it.  And as the holiday season approaches, it’s so important – think Black Friday Shopping!!!  :0)

Since I have once again exceeded my 5 minutes, I’ll close.

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

For a complete listing of all the posts in this 31 day series, click HERE to go to my landing page.

Remain ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Sunday’s are busy for our family so I am late writing today.  And I’ll be honest, I started to just skip it and pick up tomorrow but the Five Minute Free Write is good so I had take 5 (+ or -) minutes and write.Timer set…GO!

As has been my norm in this series, I will start with the definition but today I am only featuring the one I want to concentrate on:

to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified

I’ve mentioned before that my kids are musical and so songs come to me as I think of a particular word or phrase.  The same thing happens with Scripture.  Sometimes I hear a word or phrase and a verse pops in my mind.  Today, while thinking about the word REMAIN, I thought of the verse in John 15 where Jesus says:

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (verse 4)

I love this.  I especially love the ESV version where “abide” is used in place of REMAIN.  He continues in the “same state”.  While considering writing on this verse, I decided to look up other verses using the word REMAIN and I came across 2 Timothy chapter 2.  Here’s what verses 9-12 say:

But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;

And then there is verse 13:

if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.

It struck me that often my faith seems so small that I feel like my faith is gone.  But thankfully, God’s Word tells me that He REMAINS faithful!!  Why? Because I am His.  It goes back to the verse in John 15.  I REMAIN in Him — even in the hard times…even when I feel like my faith is gone…and even when I feel like I am far away — He is REMAINING in me.  What a beautiful and comforting truth.

So how do we REMAIN in Him?  How do we REMAIN faithful?  Prayer, Bible study, fellowship with other believers are the three things that immediately come to mind.  Life will throw things our way that will cause us to get off course.  That is a fact.  But isn’t it good news that God will not get off course.  He will REMAIN.

And STOP!

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

My landing page for this 31 day series is HERE

Try ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

It’s day 14 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  If you are just joining me, this is where I use a given prompt and write for 5 minutes.  Honestly there are many days that I can stick to just five minutes.

Anyway, the timer is set.  And GO……..

Today’s word is

The definition, according to dictionary.com is this:

to attempt to do or accomult of (often followed by out)

to endeavor to evaluate by experiment or experience

to test the quality, value, fitness, accuracy, etc

to put to a severe test; subject to strain, as of endurance, patience, affliction, or trouble; tax

I really could erase all of the definition except for ”to endeavor”.  Those two words are hitting home with me right now.  The reason — I am TRYING something new.  For almost a year now, I have been helping out a friend and fellow blogger with administrative tasks.  I absolutely love the job of mine.  It gives me flexibility for my family when earning extra income.   That being said, I am ready to TRY to expand my business.  I am excited and nervous, however, I just God to do with it what He will.  I just want to glorify Him in all I say and do.

What is it that you need to TRY today?  I’d encourage you to lay whatever it is at the feet of Jesus.

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

And STOP! (can you please I finished in less than 5 minutes?!)

 

Invite ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

It’s Friday again and that means that the word prompt for the Five Minute Friday free write, as part of the Write 31 day challenge, was sent out at 10 pm last night.  I’ll be honest, it’s been a long week and so I didn’t look ahead so that I could consider the topic.  And this one has several directions in my mind:And GO…

Let’s start with the definition, as has been my practice.  To INVITE is:

to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complementary way,

to request politely or formally

to act so as to bring on or render probable

to call forth or give occasion for

to attract, allure, entice, or tempt

Looking at the part of the definition “to request the presence or participation of…” immediately took my mind to Jesus and how He INVITED Zacchaeus to come down from the tree where he sat so that he could see Jesus.  And then, Jesus went to his house for dinner.  He INVITED Himself over.

Admit it, you are singing in your head…..🎶 Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he.  He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. 🎶  {smile}

The two INVITATIONS in this have always  amazed me.  First, Jesus INVITES Zacchaeus to come to Him.  To leave the place he is in and come to where Jesus is.  He does that with us too.  Jesus INVITES us to spend eternity with Him.  In order for that to be a reality, we have to INVITE Him to live with us.

The second is that Jesus INVITES Himself over.  Now we don’t get INVITATIONS in the mail from Jesus but He does want to be with us all. the. time.   He wants to come to our house — not our street address, although that is a natural byproduct!  He wants to indwell us in the form of the Holy Spirit.

And STOP…

I’ll conclude with a song that I think sums up our INVITING the Holy Spirit to be a part of our lives.  It’s a favorite of mine.

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

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