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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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Write ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Welcome back to Day 12 of the Write 31 Day challenge.  I have a confession to make – because I am writing every day for 31 days, I am actually writing ahead of time.  Because the challenge I choose is a five minute prompt challenge, I am setting my timer but I’m always writing a few days in advance. Anyway, today’s prompt has been in what I have already written 4 times!And GO…

I love to WRITE.  I always have.  And often the story, or sometimes just a scene, is in my head.  When I was a teenager, my sister and I helped with keeping the grass cut.  We had over an acre so it was a lot of grass.  I loved it when it was my turn on the riding lawn mower.  There were no headphones and iPods so I would have to sing to myself.  It’s a good thing lawn mowers are loud {smile}.  Anyway, I would ride and WRITE stories in my head.  Characters, setting, story line… I would have it all planned out.  Sadly, none of it ever made it to paper.

Fast forward many years and the desire to WRITE is one of the key motivations for this blog.  I wanted to share my heart with others.  It fun and often therapeutic for me.  So, as in the past 11 days, let’s look at the definition of WRITE:

to trace or form on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, etc.

to express or communicate in writing

to fill in the blank spaces of (a printed form) with writing

to execute or produce by setting down words, figures, etc.

to compose and produce in words or characters duly set down

to produce as author or composer

My kids are musical.  Anytime they are in a place where they can, and sometimes when they shouldn’t, they are singing.  It’s really beautiful  God has gifted both of them with beautiful voices and an incredible talent.  Because of this, I can relate a song to just about anything.  When I found out today’s prompt is WRITE, I immediately had a song come to mind.

Isn’t this a beautiful thought?  Being an open book and having God WRITE His story on our hearts.  It’s really like allowing Him to plan our lives, except somehow this is visual for me.   Proverbs 3:3 tells us that our hearts are like a tablet to be WRITTEN on…

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

And on our tablet heart, WRITE the love and faithfulness of God.  Wow!

And STOP…

There’s so much more I could say.  When I saw that WRITE was the prompt for today, I wasn’t sure that I could fill even 5 minutes.  I’ll leave you with the other scripture that came to mind when I think of WRITING.   Concerning the words the Lord commanded the children of Israel that still apply today, Deuteronomy 6:4- 9 says this:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.. You  shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

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Listen ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

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Can you believe that 9 days have already come and gone in October?  Sometimes it’s hard for me to fathom how quickly time passes.  But alas, here we are on day 10 of the Write 31 Challenge.  Today’s Five Minute Free Write prompt is:LISTEN

And my timer is set…GO!

I’ll start today off with the definition.  According to the dictionary, LISTEN means:

to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing

to pay attention; heed; obey (often followed by to)

to wait attentively for a sound (usually followed by for)

We all want to be heard.  But more than that, I think we all want others to really LISTEN to us.  There is a difference.  Often we hear and honestly, it’s like Charlie Brown’s teacher…”wah wah wah wah wah wah.”  We don’t give attention to the person speaking for the purpose of hearing.  That’s it…LISTENING is hearing with purpose.  Over and over in the Bible God called men to speak to His people and told this called man of God that the people would LISTEN.  And most of the time, they did.  And most of the time, they obeyed.  But then they forgot what they heard and they turned back to doubting God and His perfect plan for them and their descendants.

I want to LISTEN to God waiting attentively to hear His voice.  How do I do that?  Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God….”

I realize that the verse doesn’t say LISTEN and know that I am God but honestly, we can’t LISTEN if we are not still.  And in the LISTENING we will know that He is God.  It’s a posture thing.  And I am so very guilty of allowing the busyness of the day keep me from even talking to God so LISTENING to Him is doubly hard.

I believe can hear His voice, when we are LISTENING for it, through reading His word.  I believe that we can hear His voice when we are communicating with Him in prayer.  And I think that we can even hear His voice when we are going about our daily activities thinking on the things above instead of binge watching our new favorite series. (I’m guilty of this one!)

And STOP…

Just one more thing, today I’d simply like to ask in closing…

What are you doing to LISTEN to the voice of God?

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

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Trust ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

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It’s day 5 in the Write 31 challenge and well, this one is a bit challenging…

And GO…

This post is not challenging because of the word itself.  It’s a challenging topic.  Why?  Because I have been to the point where all I could do was TRUST.  And you know what…sometimes I failed.  So what is TRUST all about.  According to the dictionary, TRUST is

reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing

confident expectation of something

There is a lot I could say about TRUST but instead I would rather share a favorite Scripture verse, a favorite song, and a beautiful quote; the verse and the song became my heart’s cry in the not so distant past when TRUSTING God was my best option.  The quote is just solid truth that I couldn’t resist sharing.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…

~Proverbs 3:5 ~

The song is Trust in You by Lauren Daigle.

And a quote from Steven Curtis Chapman’s book Between Heaven and the Real World

One of the amazing things about our God is how He can take even the broken parts of our stories and bring about something beautiful as we TRUST Him with them.

(oh and my 5 minutes is up!) 

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

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Hope ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

This is the 4th post in the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.  It might just be my favorite word:

HOPE

And GO…

Let’s start with the meaning of the word HOPE, which by the way is a noun and a verb:

NOUN

the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best

a person or thing in which expectations are centered

VERB

to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence

to believe, desire, or trust

HOPE is one of those things that we want to have.    And I think, for the most part, people do have HOPE.  We HOPE in the things of this earth…you know for good weather, for good health, etc…  It’s just a good feeling to have HOPE. Personally, I can relate to both the noun and verb form of the word.  As a noun, my HOPE is in Christ.  As a verb, I look forward to with…reasonable confidence the things that God has for me and my family.

My two favorite verses both have the word HOPE in them:

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

~Romans 12:12 ~

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

~ Romans 15:13 ~

These have carried me through tough times and allowed me to encourage others as I have prayed these verses for many friends and family over the years.

And STOP…

As is my pattern, I have a little more to share. God’s Word tells us that our HOPE is from God (Psalm 39:7).  That He is our HOPE and our trust (Psalm 71:5). That our HOPE is in His Word (Psalm 119:114).   That HOPE brings joy (Proverbs 10:28). That we HOPE in Him because He is our portion (Lamentations 3:24). And lastly that love HOPES all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Until tomorrow…Joy & HOPE to you!

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