Truth ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Today’s prompt is…And GO…

The dictionary has a lot to say about TRUTH…

the true or actual state of a matter

a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like

the state or character of being true

actuality or actual existence

honesty; integrity; truthfulness

TRUTH is a big deal to my hubby and I.  We have made a valiant effort to be sure that our kids know and understand the importance of TRUTH.   I have known the gravity of TRUTH due to circumstances that for a period of time I found myself surrounded by.  And our world, our country so desperately needs TRUTH.

There are some words that are just hard to write.  So today, I am going to share a few Scripture verses, a quote, and a song about TRUTH.

The gospel of John tells us that  Jesus is that TRUTH.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14 ~

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6 ~

Winston Churchill said…

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

And one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs …

The Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

 

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Hold ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

It’s day 7 of the Write 31 challenge.  My Five Minute Free write prompt is:

My 5 minutes starts HERE…

My very first thought is to HOLD my loved ones a little closer.  With all that’s going on in our world, I just want those important to me within reach.

That’s the human side of me.  I think it’s completely within reason.  But then there is what I know to be true about God.  First, since I’ve got this definition thing going, here is how the dictionary defines HOLD:

to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp

to set aside; reserve or retain

to bear, sustain, or support, as with the hands or arms, or by any other means

More important, what does Scripture say?

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  ~ Psalm 16:5

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. ~ Psalm 73:23

Okay, back to HOLDING on to those who are dear to me…and the truth about God.  He HOLDS us.  He is not surprised by anything and I mean anything that happens.  I just have to say a big, “Whew!!!” to that.  As Psalm 16 says, He holds my lot.  The name of my blog is Living My Portion.  If I didn’t believe Psalm 16:5, I’d have to rename by blog {smile}.  And I know He HOLDS me and my loved ones in His right hand just like Psalm 73 says.

And TIME IS UP….

Hope you don’t mind if I finish my thoughts…

I’m experiencing something very new as our son is now in college.  He’s 6-½ hours away.  That means that I can’t just have a meal with him or walk down the hallway to chat.  And because his class and work schedule is varied, I have to figure out when I can call.  Here’s the thing.  As much as I miss him, I’m really (surprisingly) okay.  See, ultimately he is the Lord’s.  And those verses that I listed above…well, they apply to my son too.  There will come a time when I will have to let my daughter go out in the world too and I have to trust the Lord to HOLD her just as He is HOLDING onto my son.  I find it comforting that I don’t have to worry.

So today, who are you allowing the Lord to HOLD like only He can?

I’ve gone way over my time.

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…

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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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Tell ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Post

It’s day 2 of the Five Minute Free Writes and I just have to admit upfront that I spend way more than five minutes creating an image and doing a little background research for each word prompt.  I’m a word nerd so I just have to know the meaning of a word.  I also like synonyms so you will find those in the images that I am creating.  It’s fun for me…but I digress.

Today’s word is TELL.

TELL

And GO…

The very first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word TELL is the the old song that is often sung at Christmas-time, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.   It’s a favorite.  The second thing that comes to mind is my friend’s little boy…who isn’t so little anymore.  He used to say, “Ms. Robin, I need to tell you something.”  It was precious.

But what does the word mean?  Here’s the dictionary definition:

to give an account or narrative of

to make known by speech or writing

to announce or proclaim

to communicate

Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord would speak to one of His chosen and instruct them to “tell the people…”  Can you imagine having a message to share straight from the Lord?  What an honor to be His direct messenger.

Of course, that is what we are.  As believers in Christ, we are instructed to share the Good News of what Christ has done for us.  It’s all through the book of Psalms that we are to TELL of His glorious deeds (Psalm 78:4), His salvation (Psalm 96:2), His wondrous works (Psalm 105:2), His power (Psalm 145:11), just to name a few.

And how could we not?!  It’s good stuff, right? What a charge for us to have to proclaim how good our God is.  To TELL it to our children, our friends, our co-workers.  I love that God trusts us with the task of TELLING His story to those we come in contact with.

And STOP…

Okay, I just have to wrap this up.  The last thing that comes to mind when I hear the word TELL is that I need to be sure to TELL those important to me that I love and care about them.  I need to encourage them.  I have lost friends and family way too soon over the years because the Lord saw fit to take them to their heavenly home and I didn’t get the chance to TELL them just one more time what they mean to me.

So today, I plan on doing just that.  TELLing those I love how important they are and TELLing someone about the wonderful saving grace of Jesus.  How about you?  What do you need to TELL someone today?

Until tomorrow…Joy to You!

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Upside Down Hearts ~ A 31 Day Post (days 30 & 31)

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For 31 days – okay, really only 22 because I missed a few – I’ve shared my heart and I’ve learned more about myself.  I’ve also learned more about my Heavenly Father.  I have more to share but don’t we all.  As we walk and with the Lord, we grow and we are commanded to share His love, grace, and mercy with others.  In this, my final post, I wanted to share a few more verses and quotes that have been key to me when I needed encouragement.

I have a wise and dear friend who always says just the right thing at just the right time.  Over the past year, as we were seeking the Lord for what He had next for us, I naturally felt a bit unsettled.  I’ve shared that I felt a mix of emotions about leaving a place and a people that were dear to our hearts.  At a point when I felt at my lowest, my friend said these words to me:

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This resonated with me.  It’s how I felt.  Like my heart was “upside down.”  Once again God had provided a word of encouragement for me that would make a difference in my life.  Of course, that’s not surprising!  He’s in the business of making a difference in the lives of His children.

I think of what the Lord said to the Israelites through Isaiah when they needed reminding that He was still in control.

Fear not, for I am with you.  Be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.      ~ Isaiah 41:10 ~ 

Psalm 94:19 says, “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”  Isn’t that comforting?  My paraphrase of this is that “when our hearts are upside down, His joy (and peace) heals me soul.”  Thinking back over losing dear loved ones to illness, times of uncertainty with finances or job or school, I can confidently say that God had my heart in His hands.  I can also confidently admit that I didn’t always respond well to the pressure that came with those hard times.  I’m so thankful for grace!!!

As I wrap up this series, I just have to share something that my 17 year old said to me one day.  At this particular time, we had just been made aware of something very difficult that good friends were dealing with.  The wife of the family felt like there was no light at the end of the preverbal tunnel.

“Remember, even when the road seems darkest, when the tunnel we’re in never seems to end, and when hope and comfort are far from our hearts, God is still good.”  

He’s pretty wise, that boy of mine.

I pray that you have received encouragement through the words that God has laid on my heart to share this month.  Thanks again for joining me and I do hope that you will visit often.

Joy to You!


Bracelets and Flamingos ~ A 31 Day Post (days 28 & 29)

I’ve spent the last 27 days writing about the great encouragement that I received over the years from scripture, quotes, Facebook posts, texts, emails, etc., etc.  Back in April of this year, we packed our home and hugged our friends goodbye.  Before we left, I received 2 gifts that have continued to bring me encouragement on a daily basis.  My friend M gave me flamingos. Not the stick in the ground kind but rather the sun powered kind.  Their wings flap when they’ve been in the light for awhile.  She also bought herself a set.  And a few sets for me to share with others. {smile}

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Her reason?  As a prayer reminder.  She said that when she sees the flamingos, she will pray for the new ministry that we are in.  AND when I look at them, in turn, I will pray for their family.  Pretty good trade if you ask me.  I shared the wealth and gave flamingo sets to several sweet friends.

The other gift I received was from 4 ladies in our homeschool group.

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These bracelets are now among my favorite accessory for a few reasons.  One – I just love them.  Two – I adore the friends that gave them to me.   I use them as a prayer reminder too.  When I wear them, I think of my friends and say a prayer for them.  Now, I’ll admit that I don’t do this all the time but I do frequently.

I share these because I am acutely aware of how important friendship is.  Once you leave good friends behind, you really have an opportunity to see the blessing of those friends.    Charles Haddon Spurgeon had this to say about friendship:

Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life.  Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.

There is so much truth in Spurgeon’s words.  I know that the difficult times of my life have been more bearable with the friends that God has blessed me with.

One of the most beautiful accounts in the Bible is the friendship of David and Jonathan.  If you’re not familiar with it, take some time and read 1st and 2nd Samuel.  These two books tell us of the deep friendship between them and how it changed their lives.

The blessing of friendship is perhaps one of the greatest gifts that Lord can give.  I’m guilty of sometimes taking my friends for granted.  Or shutting them out when I think that they don’t need to be bothered with my junk.  But what I always discover is that they want to walk the easy and hard roads with me.

Because of our time in ministry and living in several different places, I am blessed to have friends all over the place.  My life is forever changed by the precious women that God has placed in my life.  I pray that you are experiencing that blessing too!

Until tomorrow…

Joy to You!


 

  

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Thanks for joining me on this 31 day journey.