Need ~ A FMF Post

It’s Friday!  Yay!  It’s been a long week and yet, time is really passing quickly.  Maybe that’s because I’m getting older. {smile}.
Even though I am still not finished with the 31 Day Challenge, I wanted to participate in the regularly scheduled Five Minute Friday post today.  Why?  Because the prompt, when revealed last night, struck a cord in me. 
And GO….
As has become my practice, I like to share the definition of the word I am writing about. It helps give me focus on what I am writing.  The definition of NEED is:

a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation

a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary

urgent want, as of something requisite

necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case

a situation or time of difficulty; exigency

a condition marked by the lack of something requisite

destitution; extreme poverty

I began to think about what it is that I really NEED.  I thought of things that I quickly realized are actually wants.  There was nothing on the list – that I am a bit embarrassed to share – that keep me from living my life and even being joyful about the life I’m living.

So…I asked myself again…

What do I NEED?

And what I came up with was really simple.  I need Jesus.  Every second of every minute of every hour of every day.  I need His grace and mercy.  I need His love and compassion.  I need to be confident in the salvation that He freely gave to me.  That’s it.  That’s really all I NEED.

And the cool thing is that He provides all of that.  God’s Word tells us in Philippians 4:19 that He provides for us.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I have to do my part in my relationship with Him to fully receive what He offers but it’s all there.

And STOP…

One more thing.  I wanted to share a favorite hymn from when I was a little girl.

Until next time…Joy to You!

 

This post is linked up with other bloggers over at FiveMinuteFriday.com.  If you have a moment, take a look at what the others have to say about NEED.

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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

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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