Five Minute Friday – Why

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Why

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Why is an automatic response.
A young child continually asks, “WHY?”
He doesn’t really want or understand
the elaborate explanation we give over and over
until we finally tire and say,
“Because I said so!”

So we are as a child,
when meet we something we don’t understand —
WHY?
Not because we are unbelieving.
Not even because we want an elaborate answer.
But because we need our Father’s attention.
We need to know we are not alone.
We need to know  are cared for and
we can trust the one who is holding our hands.

Until we hear those reassuring words,
“Because I said so, my child.”

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“For God Himself has said,
I will not in any way fail you
nor give you up
nor leave you without support.
I will not,
I will not,
I will not in any degree leave you
helpless nor forsake nor let you down;
nor relax My hold on you!
Assuredly not!”
Hebrew 13:5
The Amplified Bible

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Five Minute Friday – Privilege

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Privilege – a right or advantage gained by birth

Romans 8:15-17
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
at we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;
if so be that we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified together.

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When I first read the word privilege
and looked up the meaning
I was concerned with the thoughts of entitlement,
better or less than another,
this is mine.

I let thoughts come and go through my mind all day.
Then as I read through some of the five minutes of others
“what a privilege . . .”
caught my eye.
and what I was trying to put down jelled.

I feel so privileged to be a child of God.

Not because I was special,
not because I had talents,
not because I was born in a certain place,
had special parents or
spoke English.

I could have had a completely different ethnicity,
I could have been born in a different country,
I could have had a different level of learning
and I could still be a child of God.

Because “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
1 Samuel-16:7

Because I am a child of God,
the privileges I have are beyond measure.
I can call on His name in prayer;
and He hears.
I can crawl on His lap when I am afraid;
and I am comforted.
I can receive grace for each day;
and have strength for every situation.
I can love my neighbor as myself.
I can forgive,
because He first loved and forgave me.

Stop.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
refrain
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Five Minute Friday – Agree

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Agree – to have the same opinion

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We agree, the Farmer and I
that the Road Trip we took in 2017,
the year of our 50th anniversary was perfect.

Did we always agree?
NO.
There were disagreements;
sometimes slightly or
not so slightly raised voices
and even louder silences.

Did we have a good time?
Yes!
We met people who became friends;
visited with people we knew who became dear friends;
sights we saw that we would visit again in a heart beat
and memories when dusted off shine with great brightness.

Road trips are like life:
bumps, pot holes and u-turns
scenic surprises and sunsets
(I don’t get up early enough to see many sunrises)
shared hopes, accepted flaws
and great love anyway.
We agree.

Stop

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

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Five Minute Friday – Surrender

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Surrendering is to
cease resistance and submit to authority.

GO!

Confession time.

This week I checked our bank account
and realized we were going to be short.
I won’t go into the details
but the short fall was because of decisions
I made over the past couple of months.

We are retired and are on a fixed income
(with some funds from part time jobs.)
I do most of the financial transactions.
I had a problem.
Solutions came to mind.

1. This month I worked more hours than usual
in my part time job;
I could ask for an early partial payment,
deposit the funds and go on my merry way.

2. I could fess up and ask the Farmer for funds
from our stash (he controls the stash)
and reimburse the stash when I get my regular payment.

Pride and covering verses humility and clearing.
We all have this decision occasionally.

To preserve my clearness before God
To preserve trust in my marriage
To preserve my self-respect

I surrendered to humility,
owned my weakness,
received pardon,
the funds needed and
with reinforced diligence continue to be the
distributor of the funds.

stop.

Proverbs_28:13
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

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Five Minute Friday – Intentional

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Intentional – done on purpose, deliberate

GO . . .

My Scripture reading this morning:

Matthew 15:36-37
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes,
and gave thanks,
and brake them,
and gave to his disciples,
and the disciples to the multitude.
Mat 15:37  And they did all eat, and were filled:
and they took up of the broken meat
that was left seven baskets full.

BRAKE looked bold and bright
have you had that happen?
Something you’ve read 1000 times
suddenly you see.

Christ intentionally broke the bread.
He had a purpose.
He saw a need.
The whole load was enough for one
or at the most a few
and probably not even crumbs would have remained.

But BROKEN,
how useful
how fulfilling
and how lasting
(some left for a later need.)

I am broken – intentionally by my Lord,
through circumstances of life,
sickness
loss
grief
disappointments
misunderstandings.
‘WHY’ my heart screams.
It is part of the intentional plan of my Father.

I am not designed to be solitary . . . alone,
hiding under my bushel,
but to shine and bring forth fruit.

We’ve all heard the saying:
squeezing brings forth what’s inside.
What if I’m never squeezed?
Nothing useful comes forth
and the fruit rots intact,
alone and useless.

Lord,
Help me daily accept the breaking.
Help me become useful for your intentional purpose.
Amen

Stop.

John 12:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die,
it abideth alone:
but if it die,
it bringeth forth much fruit. 

As I was writing I remembered this picture taken in July, 2011
of the Farmer teaching the grandsons and a little friend to plant seed.

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Five Minute Friday – Expect


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Today’s prompt- Expect

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Expect –
regard as likely to happen
anticipate await

Oh, how often I have expected something to happen
birthdays,
Christmas,
a wedding,
the births of my five babies.

Many times
the happenings were beyond my expectations.
Most of the time, in fact,
they were happily beyond my expectations.

BUT
those times with hard results,
those times of heart rendering results
those times when my expectations were shattered.

What then . . .

This I recall to mind,
therefore I have hope.
Lamentations 3:21

I remember:
in the hard times – I was never alone.

in the heart rendering times = He healed my broken heart.

in the shattered times – He picked up the broken pieces,
set them back on the potter’s wheel
and created a new vessel fir His use,

I’ve learned to leave my expectations in God’s hands.

Psalm 62:5
My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.

There is none but him in whom thou canst safely trust; and to get his help, resign thyself into his hands; be subject to him, and be silent before him. . .
Clarke’s Commentary


We are on vacation and just visited Niagara Falls.
The Almighty God who created this,
can easily and faithfully take care of my expectations.

Five Minute Friday – Sing


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Today’s prompt- Sing

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Important ‘Sings’ in my life

First School School song I learned at 7 years old –
The Wise Man Built His House Upon A Rock

Cousins singing patriotic songs at the top of our lungs in the spare bedroom at Grandma and Grandpa Ripley’s house, I was 12 years old.

At a Sunday morning worship service my dad and I sang
I Don’t Know Who Holds Tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand. I was 16.

My Husband-to-be sang A Wedding Prayer at our wedding 50 years ago this June. He was in charge of the music, I was expecting a love song, I guess he knew what we would really need. I was 17.

Our children birthday’s – you weren’t a year older until Happy birthday was sung, loud and off key.

A little tune I made up for my first grandson, singing while I rocked him, You’re my special Alex! 18 years ago.

Too big for rocking now!

Singing has always been an important part of my life
in the good times and in the sorrowful ones
to express joy and to gain hope.

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Five Minute Friday – Abandon


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Today’s prompt- Abandon

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or for me Abandoned

When you are a small girl
and a trick is played onyou
and no says “that isn’t nice!”

You feel abandoned and alone

When you are a small girl
and you have received a promise
and it isn’t fulfilled
and no one explains why

You fell abandoned and alone

When yo are a little older
and you change schools
and everything is different and new and scary
and you dond’t fit in

You feel abandoned and alone

When you are a little older
and you are falsely accused
and you it it is your fault

You feel abandoned and alone

When you are older yet
and are critizied for your actions
and you haven’t leared how to do any different – yet

You feel abandoned and alone

Abandoned – having been deserted, forsaken , stranded

Many times in our life’s
during circumstances beyond our control
We do feel abandoned

But to to each of us there should come a time
to make sense of the feelings.

By learning You are good enough
By learning to speak up for yourself
By learning sometimes you do receive the reaction from a bad day
By learning to adjust to change
By learning the tools to be comfortable in socially
By learning all these situations will work for your good

By leaning on God’s teaching and guidance

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes;
and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law;
yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.
Psalm 119:33-35

By leaning on God’s promises

. . . for he hath said,
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Hebrews 13:5-6

He maketh the storm a calm,
so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet;
so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psalm 107:29-30

I will feel loved and safe.

Stop

Scriptures added after time.

Five Minute Friday – Refine


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Today’s prompt- Refine

Refine – to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities

job-1

The Bible character, Job, comes to my mind
whenever I think of refining.
We know Job’s story,
A good man in God’s sight,
yet he was allowed to be tried
in every way, only sparing his life.

His losses beyond belief.
His wife, so completely filled with grief,
questions his faith.
His friends, after stony silence,
and sure that his actions somehow
caused all this tragedy,
advise him, but offer no comfort.

Job
alone in his pain
alone in his loss
alone in his grief

Job
alone with God
acknowledges God’s sovereignty
acknowledges God’s supreme wisdom
and, yes, acknowledges God’s love for him.

Job, as my example, in my hard places
(though when compared with Job’s are as dust)
I, too, will trust in God
who knows the way that I take
and promises He will never leave me or forsake me.

Job 23:1-10
Then Job answered and said,
Even to day is my complaint bitter:
my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Oh that I knew where I might find him!
that I might come even to his seat!
I would order my cause before him,
and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which he would answer me,
and understand what he would say unto me.
Will he plead against me with his great power?
No; but he would put strength in me.
There the righteous might dispute with him;
so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there;
and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
On the left hand, where he doth work,
but I cannot behold him:
he hideth himself on the right hand,
that I cannot see him:
But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

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Five Minute Friday – Dot-to-Dot

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Today’s prompt – Connect

Connect the Dot
We all have seen the game.
Remember simple dot-to-dot pages in school
and the wonderful ones in Highlights?
Now we can find elaborate sketches
involving 100’s of dots creating pictues in detail.

I consider at the beginning of this year:
How do I want my life to be seen at the end of 2017.

dot-to-dot-gingerbread-man

Will I be satisfied with just a mere out line of living?

with most days justed gotten through
with most days blessing just assumed
with most relationships just endured

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Or could I with just a little more effort
find many dots during every day

by paying attention to the details
by filling in the lines of routine with gratitude
by reaching out with trembling finger tips

to find my Father say “Well Done’.

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A Late Five Minute Friday – Common


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Finally thoughts began to jell

Today’s Prompt – Common

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Where have all the friends gone?
For years we have clicked and friended
person after person.

All we knew was that we both liked
flowers and hearts
kittens and puppies
sunsets and oceans
reciptes and knitting patters
kids that do funny things
old people still in love
moms trying really hard to be good moms.

Once in a while we would find
they liked “___________________”
and we would think “OH!”
and pass on.

Now we have found our friends deepest and darkest secrets.
Has this changed the common ground
we built our firendship upon?
Does this mean we are no longer freindly?

A definition of common
adjective,
1.belonging equally to, or shared alike by, two or more or all in question:

Can we agree on one more thing?

Two weeks ago
our country needed prayer and to turn our hearts toward God.
That has not changed.
Let us add to our prayer now.
Lord, help our friendships to stay strong.

 

suzy-hands

Matthew 18:19-20
Again I say unto you,
That if two of you shall agree on earth
as touching any thing that they shall ask,
it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.

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Thank you, Suzy, for your dear picture.

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Five Minute Friday – Park

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This week’s prompt – Park

Put it into Park!

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At the end of the long day
sitting in the car in the driveway
Put the car into park.
turn of the key.
Sit in the silence for a moment
before the next phase of the day.
__________________________
__________________________
_____________________________
You can fill in the blanks.

but let’s pause in that wee quiet time
before we open the door
and try to carry all the bags at once.

Be in the present
Be in His presence
Be still
Wait
Listen
Whisper Thanks
Ask for Grace
Trust in His Love.

Parking just might be the very best time of the day.

Stop

Psalm 46:10-11
Let be and be still, and know
(recognize and understand)
that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations!
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our Refuge
(our High Tower and Stronghold).
Selah
[pause, and calmly think of that]!

Amplified Bible

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Five Minute Friday – Mail

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This week’s prompt -Mail

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Mail was an important part of my life growing up
Birthday cards with a two dollar bill from Grandma
Many Christmas cards, bright, hung from yarn around the room
Letters from family from far away

Later, I found im my mail box
Bills
Ads
Catalogs
Junk
Christmas cards – Happy New Year
and from my mother-in-law and mother
Happy birthday and Happy Anniversary cards

Now
Bills are paid on line
Ads pop-up on blogs I read
Messenger & Texting come from family and friends

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When I visit my mailbox every 10 days or so
only medical bills and information
some catalogs
at Christmas cards come but fewer each year
but mostly Junk.
except for Mom,
she is still sending Birthday greetings
and Anniversary ‘Best Wishes’
The very very most important pieces of mail I could every receive.
Just like getting a mother’s kiss.

Greet one another with an holy kiss.
2Corinthians 13:12

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Five Minute Friday – Test

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This week’s prompt – Test

Testing, Testing, Testing

Do you hear me?

Am I speaking clearly?

Do you understand what I am saying?

Are you willing to follow my words?

As with Samuel –
God called “Samuel, Samuel”

Can I anwser
“Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.”

This is my test.

hearing
understanding
willing to follow the directions

I do not like tests.

I always worry about my answers.
(Even eye exams – did I give the right answer?
Is the 1st ‘click’ or the 2nd ‘click’ clearer?)

What does God want me to learn from my tests?
God, first, wants me to listen.
Secondly, God’s desire for me is willingness to try.
Thirdly, God wants me to lean on Him during the test and
not on my own understanding.

I may not always get an ‘A’ on God’s test,
but I can receive a “Well Done”.

That is good enough for me.

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Five Minute Friday – Cheer

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Just write.”

This week’s prompt –Cheer

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Today I’m cheering my first born son’s first born son, Alex.

2012,nov29, Alex & LeslieMy Alex and I.

Alex graduates next Tuesday from High School!

For some people studying is easy and learning a breeze,

Alex had to work hard. and it wasn’t easy.

Volleyball, now that came as second nature.

Beauty like ballet in action.

But teachers don’t grade on how well you play ball.

In fact, how well you study determines whether or not you play.

Alex had a struggle.

Alex overcame.

Alex graduates.

We will all cheer.

And probably shed some tears,

Coz, it doesn’t seem like he should be old enough to graduate yet.

2009 boys n joker Alex is in the middle.

He should still be young enough to tell a school secretary,
“I don’t have a grandma” when she told him I would be picking him up from school.
She said, “you know your daddy’s mom.”
He replied with much relief, ” Oh you mean my Grannie!”

GO! ALEX! GO!

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