Five Minute Friday Friend

“What a friend we have in Jesus!” There was a season in high school that I was far too concerned about what other people thought of me, and longed for genuine true friends. The desire for friendship was not wrong, but the twisting myself into a pretzel hoping that that if I acted a certain way I would have friends was wrong. One day a pastor told me that I always had one friend that I could count on- Jesus! It changed my perspective. I did not to pretend to be someone that I was not to have friends. God created me, and I could be who he created me to be without fear. I am so thankful for my friends. Last Wednesday was a long day, but I did not feel lonely because I received encouraging messages and phone calls from friends and family. I have friends that love me enough to speak life and truth to me even when it is hard. I want to be a truth-speaker and an encourager to the people that God places in my life as well. How can you speak life today?

 

 

This is my thoughts on the Five Minute Friday prompt Friend. For more details about this wonderful community head over to Kate’s blog http://katemotaung.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

Multitude Monday Moose and other motherhood funnies edition

Some weeks, I don’t know what exactly I am going to write when I sit down to compose my gratitude post for the week. I do know that each time that I sit down, and write out the gifts that I am thankful for that week, that I leave this place feeling refreshed. I think this is somewhat similar to Sabbath rest, that God commands us to be thankful, and God commands us to rest, because he knows that it is good for us.  So, without further ado, here are some things that I am thankful for this week.

My family had a lovely weekend, visiting my mother and father-in-law.

I am thankful that my Mother-in-law always sends me home with enough leftovers that I can heat up for dinner that night. It is so nice to not have to worry about dinner when we get back home from my in-laws house.

I am thankful for new dining room chairs. Our old ones were getting really worn out.

I am thankful for friends and family who love my kiddos and me.

I am thankful that I heard a funny conversation between my five year old son and my mother-in-law. She told my son that she was going to put mousse in his hair. He literally started looking around for an animal moose. He had obviously never heard hair mousse referenced before. 🙂

We were out of town on Sunday. I am thankful that I can listen to my church’s sermons online.

I am thankful for reminders to preach the gospel to myself everyday, and teach it to my children.

I am thankful for some changes that we made to our homeschool room that make the school day easier.

So, what are you thankful for this week?

 

Five Minute Friday Abandon

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

I was surprised that I have stared at the blinking cursor for a couple minutes trying to sort out my thoughts as  I write this post. I am so thankful for God’s promise that He will never abandon me. This is a promise I need to remind myself daily, and on some days even hourly. I feel overwhelmed by the hurt and brokenness in this fallen world. I need to fix my eyes on Him, and stop focusing so much on my circumstances. I need to remember that that even when circumstances feel out of control, that God is still very much in control.  I can trust that God is good all the time. His love endures forever. God’s grace is enough for me.  Nothing is impossible with God.  I need to cling to these truths on the hard days.

 

 

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Three Word Wednesday If We’re honest

 

The song If We’re Honest has really impacted me this week. I am the type of person that wants to pretend that everything is going great, all the time, even when it’s not. After all, if I say that everything is fine, than it will be fine, right? Nope, this is not always the case. I also do not want to burden someone with my problems. Especially since so many of the problems that I have are of the “first-world” variety. It is true, that I don’t want to be a burden, or is it pride, that I want to pretend that I have it all together that keeps me from being honest with others? I am amazed at the love that has been shown to me within the body of Christ. Sisters in Christ who are going through much tougher circumstances than my own are praying for me. I love how we can pray for each other and encourage each other. God created an opportunity for me to be honest with friends and loved ones this week. I was afraid of condemnation, but instead I received love and support. This love and support is fueling my desire to embrace honesty in all areas of my life.  Thank you God that when You bring us into relationship with you that you give us a family (one body many members) to love and do life with.

 

 

 

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Five Minute Friday Purpose

Daniel 1:8

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Be more intentional. This is one of my goals every year, and it is one that I seem to lose focus of in the midst of everyday life. I notice how Daniel in the verse above was intentional. He did not wait until the king’s meat was in front of him to decide whether or not he was going to eat it. He decided beforehand. I need to do that. I need to make intentional decisions about how I will use my time, how I will love and care for my family, and just generally how I will live my life. I think if I had a better plan for my days. I wouldn’t feel like I spent my days feeling like I had wandered down to many rabbit trails. I want to spend my days loving God and loving others. I think if I do this everything else will fall into place. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you..” Matthew 6:33

 

This is my thoughts concerning the Five Minute Friday prompt purpose. You can find out more about this awesome community of writers at katemotaung.com

 

 

Welcome Home!

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” -Charles Spurgeon

Wow! My friend Dana introduced me to the quote above. This quote, Ephesians 3, the song “Welcome Home” by Shaun Groves are all urging me to lay myself at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to work in my heart and my life. I am so thankful that even when I do not make it easy for Him, that God pursues me, loves me, and continues to work in me. “Savoir, please keep saving me.” -Josh Wilson. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 urges me to,  “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Here are some of things that I am thankful for this week.

We had family fun days at the zoo and the aquarium this week. My children love the big cats.

My children are cheap dates. They loved Taco Bell. We don’t eat fast food that often, so they were excited about it. Tacos and coke for the win.

We had a fun play date at a good friend’s house.

I have friends who will pray with me after church.

I mentioned it above, but I am loving what I am learning from the book of Ephesians with the ladies at my church.

I have a friend who shares with me when she sees free books on amazon. I love free kindle books. 🙂

What are you thankful for this week? Please share what you are thankful for with me in the comments.

 

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What Joy Is Mine

Five Minute Friday Slow

I must confess that I am not very good at slow. My son was walking around with shoes on the wrong feet the other day, because I rushed him to put them on. This is typical of my experience with hurrying. I end up needing to take more time to correct mistakes that I have made or prompted others to make due to rushing.  I often joke with my children when they are rushing me, “Mama’s has one speed, slow.” I need to give them grace and allow them to slow down also. I need to stop rushing them from one activity to the next. I need to slow down and enjoy family dinners, bed time stories, and dance parties in the living room. I need to be fully present and not planning the rest of the day in my head while I am spending time with my children. I want to enjoy my Cuddle Bug pretending to be a cat. I want to watch my Little Man’s matchbox car races, and I want to talk about the beautiful colors that my Princess uses in her art work. I want to slow down, before I wake up one day ten years from now and wonder where the time went.

Every Friday I gather with a wonderful community of writers for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes on the topic of the week. This week’s topic is slow. Come by Kate’s place to join the fun.

Multitude Monday

I received some fun mail this week. My fun mail was my anniversary gift from my husband. We celebrated eleven years of marriage about a week ago.  I love fun mail!

My children had a fun play date with their friends, and I had a great time talking with other moms.

I am really enjoying studying Ephesians with the ladies in my church.

My Princess and I enjoyed baking a cake together.

I was reminded this week that the way we live our lives can be an act of worship a song of praise to God. One of my friend’s eulogized a faithful man in our church, saying that his life sang for God. It truly did! What a wonderful legacy this man left his family and friends.

My Cuddle Bug loves sand cats.

My Little Man likes to help me with the dishes.

Kara Tippet’s book Big Love really inspired me this week.

I love beautiful warm, sunny weather in February.

What are some things that you are thankful for this week?

 

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Five Minute Friday Weak

          Sometimes, I laugh when I think of my younger self, and all of my preconceived ideas. My college-aged self thought that marriage and motherhood would be easy compared to the waiting for the “right guy” to come along. After all, I loved being around children, and had dreamed of being a wife and mother, since the days of rocking baby dolls in a toy cradle. As a mother of three children, seven years of age and younger, I can now say that being a wife and mother has humbled me.  Is it easy? No not at all. Is it worth it? More than I could have imagined. I often feel very weak in my roles as a wife and mother, and I really want to be an excellent wife and mother. It is comforting to know that God’s grace is enough. I sometimes repeat to myself the sentence, “Your power is made perfect in my weakness.”, to remind myself that my husband and children do not need the perfect wife and mother. They need one who knows that she is weak, and finds her strength “in the shadow of His wings.” Times up. 🙂

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Every Friday I gather with a wonderful community of writers for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes on the topic of the week. This week’s topic is weak. Come by Kate’s place to join the fun.

Testimony Tuesday Come as you are

Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah

I  am thankful that I can come when I feel beaten down and broken and find rest, peace, and comfort in God. I don’t have to have it all figured out. I can just come as I am.  I don’t have to worry about the next steps that I need to take. I can fall at His feet and know that God will make my next steps clear in His perfect timing. I need to surrender my will to His. God is good all the time. I need to trust in this truth. I need to pray, “Thy will be done” and really mean it. As I pray the prayer, “Thy will be done.”, I also need to be ready. God may lay on my heart, the next step that He wants me to take.  I love the example of David in 1 and 2 Samuel, he inquired of the Lord nine times in scripture, and after he received his answer from God, he did what God said. I know I need to pray more, inquire of the Lord, more instead of rushing into things. Maybe if I was praying, inquiring, and resting more in God, I would be a less grumpy more grace-filled Mom. “So, God what You wanna do today?”- New World Son.

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Holly Barrett