Friday, July 28, 2017

Five Minute Friday: INSPIRE

I am inspired by everything:

a sunrise
the kittens playing in the yard
the birds at the feeder
a new wild flower
a strange seed pod

the pastor's message
a new song
an old favorite symphony

an expertly written sentence
a poem with life flowing inside
a good book with a gripping plot and crazy characters

the aroma of bread
an idea that just popped into my head
the bridge I cross when I drive to town
a field of hay rolls
a clear-black sky full of stars

a conversation at the coffee shop
a fight in the parking lot
a discussion over the potatoes and onions
a mom yelling at her child
a wife berating her husband

a tree

a gift
a card
a letter
junk mail
the newspaper
a pretty magazine

I am inspired by things I do like dishes, walking, singing, playing piano 

I am inspired by things I learn like better blogging, book reviewing, Bible study and karate

I'm inspired by:

a story on the news
a program on television
a walk on my property
a hike in the woods
climbing my driveway in the winter to get the mail

a well-known Bible passage read as if for the first time

As long as I am inspired, the wonder in my heart stays alive. As long as I am inspired I can inspire others.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Five minute Friday – STEADY

I want a man that is steady. One I can depend on. One that takes care of me, helps me, teaches me, inspires me, encourages me when I feel stuck or when I fail, cheers me on, compliments the way I look, tells me he loves me, tells me he needs me, talks to me …

and listens

really listens

that steady listening that means he really cares, he really wants to get to know me better

even though we've known each other for years and years

but, I can't have what I want. Doesn't that always seem to be the case? In everything?

Must I always struggle with an over-stretched budget, ailing vehicles, breaking-down house, limping appliances, broken porch and broken dreams?

Yes, I must.

Because, in this way, I found the Man who is The Steady One, the One I can depend on. The One that takes care of me, provides for me, cares for me, helps me when I'm in trouble, teaches me through His Word …

My Inspiring Spirit

My Encouraging Counselor

My Cheerleader

He tells me I'm perfect, I'm whole, I'm beautiful, I'm who I am supposed to be, right now, in all this mess

He tells me He needs me, He loves me

And everything He allows into my life is for my good, teaching me a new life lesson, making me stronger, wiser

Making me more me to be used for His crazy purposes

to be the me He has planned all along

The Steady Creator who planned for me before the beginning of time

… and He listens … really listens

and understands


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Five Minute Friday - COMFORT

comfort ... sitting by the pool in the early morning quiet
Comfort, ye, my people
a command to take seriously, like all commands in the Bible
give as I have given to you
ask, seek, knock
bless those who curse you
love your enemy

comforting is a request by God to show His love in our families, in our workplaces, in our lives … God must be seen

comforting includes cooking for people – comfort food … their comfort food
laughing with people, even if you didn't like the joke so much
accepting people where there are in their life with Jesus
sharing your pool in the early morning quiet with someone you might not like very much
loving and being kind to those who don't know Jesus yet and need to see Him through you

… and … the hardest one of all … forgiving

comforting is forgiving

forgiving someone brings comfort to them
forgiving someone brings comfort for you
and your mind
and your heart
and your soul

comfort is an every-day, constant, incessant, faithful, determined thing

comfort is God

and comfort isn't always comfortable