Day 25-Wait

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Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14(ESV)

Each day wakes with new anticipation. Will today be the day? Will today bring answers?

Sadly, the answers that are sought remain as the mist in morning fog. So the wait continues! God’s timing is not ours and if focus shifts from the Lord to the world it can become discouraging.

Walking through each day, wanting and waiting. Clinging to truth. I take courage because I am the Lords and He knows best for me.

While walking through the wait eyes stay focused on Him and wait patiently. Keeping eyes off the world and on Him. Because of Him I have hope.

Does one just stand still in the wait? Absolutely not! During the wait, with eyes on Him, Be of service to others and trust Him in the wait.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7 (ESV)

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Day 24: Be Different

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With it we bless you Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? James 3:9-11(ESV)

These words they cause me to cringe at times. Truth often hurts. Truth leads to changed words and actions. If the Word falls on deaf ears it is impossible to be different. To change from my old ways to knew ones. To grow more like Christ and less worldly each day.

I can relate to Paul when he says in Romans 7:18-20(ESV) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Oh my hearts desire is to honor God in all I do and say but fail daily. Little things like sharing with my husband something someone did that didn’t sit well with me. Instead I should be praying asking God to give me wisdom and clarity. Praying for God to bless them. Praying asking God to show me the person the way He sees them.

It’s so easy for words in a conversation to move from light banter to sharing prayer needs to gossiping. I don’t think I’m alone in this. I want to do what is right but my fleshly body gets easily tricked by the enemy and before I know it sin is slipping into my conversations, my relationships and walk.

So what am I to do?

Remember I am God’s chosen and think of things above

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2(ESV)

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15(ESV)

An impossible order in my own flesh and undertakings but God’s Word tells me

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13(ESV)

I used to think this meant I could physically do anything because I receive strength from Jesus and living in a physically challenged body this often frustrated me. I know now that the things I can do through him who strengthens me has more to do with my spiritual walk. Things in myself that I can not change can change through Him who gives me strength. I can follow His calling not through my strength but through His strength.

Another verse that is a promise that I can change is found in 1 Corinthians 2:16 (ESV)

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ”

Isn’t that mind blowing? We can change and understand God’s Word because we are new creations and we have the mind of Christ!!

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5(ESV)

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17(ESV)

I don’t know about you but I want this kind of wisdom, from above, and for it to flow through life and overflow from my mouth!

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Day 23-Need

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Words a frustrated teenager didn’t want to hear but those words would slip out of her mom’s mouth and slip into her ears. “Don’t worry, God will provide”. Understanding failed her-getting clothes from a hefty bag, someone else’s throw aways, was not how she wanted to be provided for. Her mom working everyday, not home or for dinner was not how she wanted to be provided for. So full of self and empty of gratitude.

It took growing up facing challenging times that she realized the sacrifices her mom made. Her mom always wanted to be a mom, stay at home and raise her family but that was not in the cards. Her husband had challenges and his work did not provide enough. As she stormed the gates of heaven with cries asking God to provide for her family it was not her choice to go out and work. God provided a way and she was grateful for the opportunity to work and support her family. Not only did her job, that God provided, supply their immediate needs it also helped in retirement.

There are many times that the girl looks back on and she sees how God supplied every need-not always they way she wanted but the best way for the need. She is full of gratitude today. She looks to tomorrow with hope because God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and will supply all her needs.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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Day 22-No sense

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For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9(ESV)

So many thoughts whirling around-mostly lies from the enemy. Some have their roots steeped in old truths, some are saplings popping up here and there. They make their best effort to dig deep down in the soil of a soul.

There is no weed killer, in this world, that is able to kill those roots but there is one who can. In the blink of an eye, a word of truth spoken and those deep rooted lies are uprooted and killed instantly. The best tool in the box is the Word of God. Unlike the weeds of this world. who love warmth and light, these lie weeds rooted in a heart hate the light. The light shrinks them away to nothing.

Things that made no sense in the past make sense today. Their happenings caused pain and heartache and now, when shared, cause health and healing.

When things start to stir now and make no sense those past times come to mind and a smile dances across a once sad face. The light is invited in. Things didn’t make sense in the past and worked out and things happening today may not make sense but because they did in the past it’s easy to accept they will work out now. Make sense??

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Day 21-Person

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Scrolling through facebook my eyes gaze on that meme again.”If you could talk with any person in the Bible who would it be? Some people say women like Ruth or Mary, some say Abraham or Moses but inevitably a few people say Jesus. The amazing fact is that I don’t need to fantasize about talking with Jesus-I do it every day.

When sadness washes over me like a wave in the ocean His Word reminds me that He is close to the broken hearted.

Psalm 34:18(ESV)

When I walk through the valley of death His Word reminds me He is with me.

Psalm 23:4 (ESV)

When I feel lost His Word tells me He will leave the 99 to come find me.

Luke 15:4 (ESV)

When I have a need His Word reminds me that when I delight in Him He will grant the desires of my heart.

Psalm 37:4

When my past calls to condemn me His Word reminds me there is no condemnation for those in Christ.

Romans 8:1 (ESV)

When I am afraid His Word tells me to fear not.

Hebrews 13:6 (ESV)

When I forget whose I am His Word tells me I am His.

1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

When I feel confused and unsure His Word tells me I have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (ESV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

John 1:1(ESV)

He walks with me, He walks with me, He calls me His own.

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Day 20-Secrets revealed

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Secrets of the past neatly tucked in the deep recesses of a heart are safe. Right? The door slammed shut never to be opened again. Hidden away behind smiles and the newness of life today. Oh but there is a slight crack in the door, it didn’t slam shut after all. A shoe slipped ever so slightly in the way prevents these secrets from being locked away after all.

Whispers begin from somewhere deep inside-you’re a loser, if they only knew what you did, you won’t amount to anything, your chances have been used up. They start as a raspy whisper, grow louder by the minute until you can’t hear your own thoughts. You are over powered by the past. You run, you hide but can not escape the voice screaming in your head. This is how you were before you met the light, before God made beauty from the ashes of your pain.

A chance meeting with a stranger. She is in pain and suffering. Her dark life slips out and without wanting to you tell her of your dark past secrets. She is astounded-can not believe she is not alone in this darkness. She gazes in disbelief. She is a mess and sees your light shining brightly.

How can this be? This darkness of your past is the same darkness she is walking through yet the countenance about you is glowing, full of joy and peace.

How can this be? She must know so you share about this man. How he reached down into the depths of your darkness and whispered, “I hear you, I see you, I will set you free. Do you want freedom?” Desperately you cried out, “yes, I want the freedom you offer”. He wipes your past clean and says, “Go and sin no more.”

Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.

Psalm 118:5(ESV)

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 (ESV)

You ask, “Would you like freedom too?” In her desperation she says “Yes, but how, who is this man?” You tell her of the man who is both man and God. You tell her you were once lost but was found by Jesus and she can too.

If you did not share the dark secrets of your past God could not work through you to bring healing to others. This is why you tell, why you let what were once secrets slip out of your heart.

The beauty in the ashes is that once you let the secrets out, to be used of God, He slips into that deep, dark closet, shines His lights and sweeps it clean.

Yea, thou art my lamp, O Lord,
    and my God lightens my darkness.

2 Samuel 22:29 (ESV)

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Day 19-Strong

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The day dawns brightly with clouds dancing across the sky. I step out into the yard and look up to see a rainbow arching over our property. Blue skies peaking through the clouds promise a day full of endless possibilities. The chickens call asking me to open their pen so they can wander the yard and feast on all the creepy, crawly things living in the grass. Their calls beacon me, I am their keeper and they know my voice.

I am grateful for those four feathered breakfast makers. They need me but I need them more than they will ever know. They depend on me for clean water, food and a safe, clean coop. I need a reason to get up and get dressed. Keeps me putting one foot in front of the other. You see while my spirit is full with joy my heart feels the coming storm. The darkness that comes out of no where to try to kill, devour and destroy me from the inside out. I see it coming yet I can not stop the impending storm. The lies that I sometimes hear, whispered into my ear, from the evil one. Lies that are based in the truth of my past but are no longer true. I am not my past, it no longer defines me but occasionally it grabs me.

It’s at times like these, when I feel my weakest, I am made strong through the power that lives in me. A power greater than any darkness that can and will inevitable envelope me.

Some say my faith is lacking, if I truly walked with Jesus this darkness would not keep coming over me. I should be strong enough to fight the evil one. Truth is, I am not. There is no strength within my earthly flesh to combat the darkness that is called periodic major depression. I walk through one bout and hope and pray it is the last, I beg God to make it my last. All is well, for a while and then………the storm begins to build and all I can do is hold onto the boat and keep my eyes on the one who calms my storms.

Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (ESV)

As this storm slowly creeps across the horizon I will keep my eyes fixed on the rainbow and stretch my arms up to the heavens. I will give thanks even in this, this brewing storm.

The storm will rage, fatigue will fill my battle weary body but victory is mine. Jesus made promises to me in His Word.

Past sin and choices don’t define me

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

Romans 8:1(ESV)

No matter how dark, no matter how invisible I feel God is with me and for me.

No matter how dark I will be content.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” Hence we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper,
I will not be afraid;
what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
(ESV)

The sunrise kisses the mountains across the pasture and I am reminded that above every dark and dreary stormed filled sky the sun shines brightly above the clouds. The sun’s warmth is always present even when I can’t see or feel it. His light burns brightly inside me even when I don’t feel it. His light will guide me through this storm and, as I persevere through, my faith will be made strong.

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (ESV)

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV)

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