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!

 

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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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Plan ~ A 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Welcome to Day 9 of the Write 31 challenge.  Today’s word is:And GO…

For the purpose of this post, I am going to look at PLAN as a noun.  Here’s how the dictionary defines it:

NOUN

a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance

a design or scheme of arrangement

a specific project or definite purpose

It is safe to say that I had my life all PLANNED out from a pretty young age.  I knew what I wanted to be “when I grew up,”  how many kids I wanted, where I wanted to live, etc., etc.  I had a method to proceed with…a design…a definite purpose.  And I thought I could PLAN it.  I thought I could work it all out and make it happen.

But God……… (don’t you love it when the Bible says “but God”).

Proverbs 16:9 says:

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Yep, God had other PLANS for me.  He does for all of us.   And I for one am so very glad.

The PLAN that we had for our family was not at all what God’s sovereign PLAN was..and what it still is.    And we have no idea the complete PLAN.  We’re in ministry full time.  That means that we may not always live in the same place.  That means that on vacations and holidays, we visit family instead of venturing off to a new and different location.   (Note: that is not a complaint.  We love visiting our family and our hometown). But what this also means is that we have had the honor and privilege of living in a few different cities.  With that, we have met so many wonderful people.  We have “family” scattered across the Southeast.  We have experienced so much that if God had allowed me to PLAN our lives, we would have missed.

I am grateful and blessed by the PLANS of the Lord.

And STOP….

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.

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…

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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Guide ~ A Five Minute Friday Post

It’s Friday again!  We have taken our son to college and so we have a new normal around our house.  I miss him but I have a peace that can only come from the Lord knowing that our son is where God intended for him to be right now.  He’s at a small Christian university 6 hours from home.  I have been watching the live feeds of their chapel services this week and I am so excited to see how his walk with the Lord grows while he’s there.

Because it’s Friday, I get to do one of my favorite types of blog posts.  I’m joining together with other bloggers 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 …….

And GO……….

As I considered the word GUIDE, I realized that this week I have had numerous opportunities to pray for others.  Something that I am honored to be able to do.  Some of the requests have been straightforward, but some….well, I wasn’t exactly sure what to pray.  I had the opportunity to pray over the phone with a friend this week.  I honestly had no idea what I was going to say when she answered the phone but I had prayed that God would give me the words she needed to hear.  I prayed He would GUIDE me.

I’ve had similar situations over the years.  I remember the time that I ran into a friend in the produce section of Walmart.  I knew that she was going through a very difficult time.  Honestly, I had no idea what to even say but by the time I left the store, I knew that the Lord had GUIDED me in my words and my actions.  I prayed with her right there beside the lettuce.

I thought of another way that I relate to the word GUIDE.  And it also has to do with my walk with Christ.  I believe that the Lord has plans for us.  Not only are we so serve and worship Him but we are to follow His direction.  How do we know His direction?  We have to seek Him.  Jeremiah 29:13 says……

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Studying God’s Word, spending time with Him in prayer and even the fellowship of other believers are all tools that God uses to GUIDE us.  For me, I just have to be sure that I am paying attention.

STOP

As usual, I have just a little more to add.  When I get discouraged, I sometimes question if I misunderstand what I believed to be God’s guidance.  This is where prayer is so important.  And not just talking to Him but sitting still and listening to what God wants to speak to our hearts.  In those quiet moments, He will confirm and GUIDE us.

Until next time…

Joy to You!

 

 

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