Through Me! – A New Year’s Goal

It’s 2018!!

Am I the only one the feels like we were just ringing in 2017?!

I mean time has just gone by so incredibly fast.

2017 was a a year of change for me. Some of those changes were welcome and some….well, I probably would have e preferred a different outcome.

Here are a few highlights of the good stuff:  we sent our baby, I mean 18 yr old, off to college.  Did I mention that he’s 6-1/2 hours from home?!?  We sent our daughter to public school after 7 years of homeschooling. We moved into our own home – 14 years of ministry has had us in rentals and parsonages…a huge blessing but I will say it’s nice to have “our” own home – one that I can paint the walls if I choose to.  It might seem silly but it’s how I feel.  {smile} And a big change…I’m on a new adventure. You can read about it here.

Then there were the fails. I won’t go into detail with personal stuff but I did completely miss the proverbial boat on the the plans I had to blog more in 2017.   As a matter of fact,  I didn’t write much at all.  I even did a 31 day challenge, hoping it would spur my writing, however, I only got through day 19.  For 2018, I make no promises on how much I will blog but I have set a goal to finish the 31 day series by the end of February.

Another semi-fail is that I chose a “word of the year” for 2017. I was so sure that I could focus on it and write about it and by December 31st, my outlook would be forever different.  My word was MARVEL. And while there was plenty to “marvel” at, I just didn’t focus on it. And I have ended the year feeling as though I may have disappointed a few folks.  So this year, I’m not choosing a word.

This year, I’m making a goal.

A few weeks back I was reading through Psalms and was intrigued by verse 6 in chapter 69.  The ESV version goes like this:

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.

Sometimes I need to read a verse in another translation just to help me see it more clearly.  While I love the phrase “through me” in the ESV, I do also like the the CSB version of the verse:

Do not let those who put their hope in you be disgraced because of me, Lord God of Armies; do not let those who seek you be humiliated because of me, God of Israel.

This verse caused me to ask myself if through my victories, failures, and missed goals, did I allow others to see Christ through me? Putting into the terms of the CSB version, was anyone disgraced or humiliated because of me?

It’s a heavy question.  But isn’t it what we are called to do as Christ-followers?

Ephesians 4:1-3 tells us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.  We are to be humble and gentle, patient, loving and eager to maintain unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

So that’s my prayer…and my goal for 2018.  I want others to see Jesus in me.

Do you have a New Year’s goal?

Until next time…Joy to You!



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 –!!!  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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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.


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!



I’d be honored if you would check out all the post in my 31 day series.  You find a complete list HERE.

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!


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

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:


And GO…

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


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!