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?!)

 

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Remember ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

It’s day 11 of the Write 31 Day Challenge and I am just going to jump right in.

Our word prompt for today is…Timer set – GO!

Our definition is this…

to recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory

to retain in the memory

to have (something) come into the mind again

to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee

The end of September and the first few days of October are days that bring me to recall many, many memories.  I spend a lot of time REMEMBERING.  You see, 18 years ago my Daddy went home to be with the Lord.   And 18 years later, it’s still very raw for me.  Some years, I can barely function.  And some years, I just cry for days..okay for a few weeks.  And then there are some years, like this year, that I just enjoyed spending time as I REMEMBER my Dad.  It was a sweet time for me.  And I so thankful for the memories.

I am also very thankful that God does not REMEMBER my sin.   I do.  REMEMBER them that is. I mean for some sins, I really do!!!  I love this quote by John F. McArthur, Jr.   He says,

What you can’t forget… God can’t remember!

Isn’t that beautiful?  Simple and beautiful!!!

And the Bible confirms it.  Psalm 103:12 tells us that…

as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

And STOP…

As usual, I have to complete my thought.  {smile}

I know that “removing our transgressions” is not that same as not REMEMBERING.  Or is it? (as one of our youth likes to say).  See if God removes our transgressions from us they are gone.  And He doesn’t stick them in a file folder or a box for safe keeping.  They are gone.  So in my simplistic way of thinking, He does not REMEMBER them.

To that I say HALLELUJAH!!!

I pray that you can spend your day REMEMBERING sweet memories instead of dwelling on difficult times or past sin.

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

My landing page for this 31 day series is HERE

 

Create ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

31 Days ofFive Minute Free Writes(1)Welcome to day three of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  Today’s word is just fun…

CREATE

So I’ll get right to it.  Timer set….and GO!

I was an art major in college.  My focus was Interior Design.  Now that might sound exciting and creative but I am more systematic.  I ended up in commercial design and most of my time was spent specifying and space planning office cubicles.  There’s just not a lot of creativity to cubicles {sigh}…except maybe choosing the fabrics and finishes.  Anyway, despite my career choice, I do love to be creative.  But enough about me.

As usual, I like to see what the word means.  According to the dictionary, CREATE means:

to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.

to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention

What comes to mind when you think of CREATE?  My first thought is, of course, CREATION.  Genesis 1:1 tells us…

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

And what a beautiful CREATION it is.  I mean all you have to do is look at the sunset, or sunrise – but I am rarely up that early {smile} – the oceans, the mountains, the flowers, the trees…you get the idea.  As we look at His amazing CREATION we get a sense of just how mighty and powerful He is.  Oh and don’t forget people!  We are all uniquely CREATED by God.  Isn’t that cool?  To think that He formed each of us with specific eye color, shape, personality!  It’s really amazing to me.

AND STOP…(my 5 minutes is up)

Like yesterday, five minutes just isn’t enough.  I wanted to share a few quotes that I found about CREATE or CREATIVITY just for fun.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun” ~ Mary Lou Cook (actress)

“Create the things you wish existed.” ~ unknown

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~  often credited to Albert Einstein

I hear people say all the time that they are not CREATIVE.  I don’t buy it.  We all have something to contribute.  So, what will you CREATE today?

Until Tomorrow…Joy to You!

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Inspire ~ A FMF Post

In the spirit of wanting to write more, I think getting back in the habit with the “Five Minute Friday” link up is a great way to start.  It’s been awhile so, for those who aren’t familiar with “Five Minute Friday”, it’s the day many other precious bloggers join to together to write about one word – for five minutes.

The link-up is hosted by over at the Five Minute Friday site.   If you’d like to know more about it, click here.

Today’s word is ……

Here goes….

What inspires me?  He does!!!

This man that God brought into my life just over 23 years ago and made me his wife almost 22 years ago.  It has been a journey but also a blessing.  He inspires me to be a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter, a better friend.  Most importantly, he inspires me to be a better follower of Jesus.

 

 

 

What inspires me?  They do!!!

 

These kids that God gave to me and my man. They are funny, talented, smart, loving and kind.  They, like my hubby, inspire me to be better than I once was.

 

 

 

What inspires me?  The many people that God has put in my life to help me grow.  My parents, my sister, my in-laws, my friends.  It would be a very long post if I added pictures of all the people that INSPIRE me. {smile}

And my  minutes is up…..but I am going to finish my thought because truly, this is the most important.

What inspires me?

The Word of God

It spurs me on to be more like Christ.  To pray more. To give more. To love in ways that sometimes are just beyond my own ability.

How about you?  What inspires you today?  I’d love to know.

Joy to You!

 

This post is linked up with others over at Five Minute Friday Please hop over and read what others are saying about the word “INPSIRE”.

Change is Coming!

So I’ve been a bit MIA for a VERY long time.  I didn’t want to be.  I didn’t plan to be.  The reality is that I NEEDED to be.  In October of 2015, our life as a family changed.  I wrote a little about that HERE in the 2016 Write 31 Days Series as I shared about the encouragement we received during a difficult time.  Anyway,  from October of 2015 until March of 2016, we really had no idea what God had in store for us.  What we did know was that we were leaving the place we were and looking to Him for guidance…for direction…for assurance that we were in His will.

Fast forward and it’s July 2017.  We have been in the place God sent us for a little over a year.  We love it here.  I mean who wouldn’t love these skies (on almost a daily basis)…

God is so faithful to take us to a place of beauty.  A place where we are constantly reminded of Him.

So back to my topic of change.

In our new hometown, things are different.  Not in a bad way.  Just different.

Our church family is different.  The size is different.  The ministry is different.  The people…well, they are beautifully different.  But their need for Jesus is the same.  Their need to be loved is the same.  I’m thankful that we are called to love and minister to God’s people.

Our school life will be different (this year).  We have home-schooled for 5 years.  I loved every.minute.of.it!  But here, it’s different. Our first year in our new hometown, I continued to home-school.  We are getting ready for the school year to start and this year, our son is headed to college and our daughter is headed to public school.  Both his choice a college that is 6 hours away from home and the decision to put her in public school were decisions made with much prayer.  I take neither lightly.

I know that I may get questions as to why we made the decision for public school.  I know that I may even be accused of not trusting the Lord in our home-school journey.  I pray that instead of questions and accusations, I find support and respect that we are doing what we feel the Lord is leading for our family at this time.

Let me repeat….at.this.time!!!

I have no idea if we will home-school again in our daughter’s school years.  I will be praying daily for God to make it abundantly clear to us what His will is.  And I trust that He will.

Other changes?  The Lord has been gracious to provide some exciting opportunities for me.  The first is work.  I am now working as a Virtual Assistant.  I am learning so much and am very excited about the journey that God has me on in this new endeavor.  The second is opportunity for me to volunteer at school, at church, and in the community.  I looking forward to seeing how God wants to use me in both this work opportunity and in ministry opportunities.

And lastly, a BIG change is relevant to this my little corner of the internet.  I am working on a new look and logo for Living My Portion.  I don’t have a date in mind to “reveal” these but I do hope to share them very soon. With the new aspects, I also have a renewed desire to share here more.  This is part of how I believe I can minister to others.  Another blogger that I have great respect for has inspired me to really plan what and when I will be posting to the blog.  I can’t wait to sit down and formulate a plan for my site.

I am changing.  Not just in my day to day responsibilities but my focus in ministry.  Although it can seem scary, change is not bad; it just makes things different.    My prayer is that I commit these changes to the Lord daily being willing to change more, or maybe even change back to what was before.

How about you?  Is God calling you to a change in your life?

Joy to You!

 

 

The Words of My Mouth

When my son was just a little guy, he spouted out a curse word in the middle of Walmart! I was mortified.  I quickly looked around to be sure that no one I knew heard my sweet boy’s words.  15+ years later, I still am not sure how he knew the words most less how to use them in context.

As soon as we got home, I made him eat butter….(which may seem strange but he literally gagged at the taste of butter back then).  After a spoonful of butter and a good explanation from me as to why we don’t use words like that, I went to the Bible looking for a verse that he – and I – could memorize to remind us that our speech should honor the Lord.

This verse has been one that I have never forgotten.  Since he was around 3 at the time, I simplified it for him but I can assure you that over the years, I have reminded him of our learning the meaning of this verse.

Recently I have been reminded of the importance of this verse.  I try not to be careless with my words but sometimes, well…it just happens.  God’s Word tells us that our words are to encourage and lift others up.  The old saying about stick and stones – I just don’t believe it.   But did you know that it’s been around for a very long time? Since 1862!! That’s 155 years of taunting on the playground.  I’m blown away.  Here is the other thing that got me.  It is reported that it first appeared in The Christian Recorder which was a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Here’s what Wikipedia (I know, please don’t judge me) says about the phrase, “The rhyme persuades the child victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm and good-natured.”  But it’s just not true. Words hurt!

I just have to say it again…..words HURT!!

Psalm 64 is a plea for protection from an enemy, from the wicked.  But verse 3 speaks the truth of what is on my heart here.  It says “…bitter words like arrows,”.    And when they pierce us like an arrow and forgiveness is sought and given, there are times that those hurtful words are like a branding on our brains and on our hearts.  I have four words that haunt me.  For over twenty years now, these four words have effected me.  And not in a good way.  Because someone who, at one time was very important to me, said something hurtful I struggle with self-esteem. It’s a hard truth for me to type out loud.

I love what Proverbs says about our words.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

~ Proverbs 16:24 ~

Isn’t this what we should strive for?  Giving “sweetness to the soul” of those we love? Of course, there are times that truth, that is hard, must be spoken.  But God’s Word addresses that too!  In Ephesians chapter 4 when Paul is preaching to the church at Ephesus, he shares that “speaking the truth in love” helps us grow towards Christ.

I’m on a journey in this life.  I am not perfect but I praise the Lord for laying things on my heart that I need to give attention to.  The words of my mouth are something I need to pay more attention to.  I need to let my “yes be yes” and my “no be no”.  I need to use my words to give “sweetness to the soul” of others.  And if there are hard things that need to be said, I need to say them “truthfully in love”.

Until next time……

Joy to You!

 

 


Would He MARVEL at me? (and my word for 2017)

It never ceases to amaze me when I find something in Scripture that I have never seen before.  At some point in my 40 something years, I have read the passage three, four, five + times, but this time…the words hit me differently.  I am just finishing up a study in Luke and that’s exactly what happened when I got to chapter 7.  The passage that got my attention is found in Luke 7:1-10.  It’s the story of Jesus healing a Centurion’s servant.

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

I’m a bit of a word nerd so when I a particular word catches my attention, even if I think I know what it means, I look it up.

MARVEL ~ to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary

Which definition of MARVEL do you think best describes Jesus in this passage?  Was He astonished at the faith of this man?  Maybe He was filled with wonder at the simple faith shown by the Centurion!  It’s on my list of things to ask Him when I get to heaven. {smile}  Reading this made me wonder if Jesus is ever filled with wonder because of my actions, words, or attitudes?  Or maybe He is astonished…even saddened by my display of selfishness and lack of faith?

2016 is officially over.  It was a hard year.  I would not be truthful if I said that I am glad for the difficulty, however, in all honesty I can say that I know that God never left me.  He was with me and my family every step of the way.  In the midst of the hard stuff, I put a piece of paper on our refrigerator.  I explained to my family that we needed to fill this paper with things and people that we are thankful for.  thankful

I cannot tell you what this simple exercise did for our family.  Of course, if you have ever read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp you are familiar with the concept of counting the gifts in life.  Sometimes those gifts are hard.  As I have been considering the past year, I kept thinking of the Centurion and Jesus.  I kept thinking of what it would be like to have Jesus MARVEL at me.  But I also began to realize that not only do I need to practice an attitude of thankfulness for ALL things, I need to MARVEL at the world around me.  We moved to KY in April and I have never seen such beautiful skies.  Almost every day, I have the opportunity to MARVEL at what the Lord is doing.

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So in 2017, I am going to work hard to find things that fill me with wonder…things that astonish me (in a good way)…things that I can truly admire.  I have a page in my planner dedicated to the word MARVEL.  As I find these things, I am going to make a list.  I’ll most likely add them to our 2017 Thankful board too.

I’d love to hear in the comments if you have a word for 2017.

Happy New Year! and Joy to You!!