FMF- “Story”

When we think of the word ‘story ‘ we often think of a favorite bedtime story from our childhood or one we read to our own children. A fairy tale. Perhaps one of the classics.

Or we think of the events of life that make up our own story. Even if we don’t think we have a story to share, we do. It might seem inconsequential, this Journey you’ve been on. The various valleys and mountains. But they have worth.
They are important. All of your stories are important. But the most important, if you are a believer following after Christ, is the story of your transformation. Your Redemption story. That is one story that needs to be told. Maybe not on paper, maybe not to the whole world. But to someone seeking. Whether they know they are searching or not.

Pray for an opportunity to share your story.

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Day 3- Count Your Blessings

Day 3- Count Your Blessings

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Its’ so easy to go through each day, every day, just getting by.  Doing what needs to be done. Going to your job, getting the kids off to school, picking them back up again, chores, repeat.  

Easy to be all consumed with everything. That we forget to take the time to appreciate what is in front of us. To count our blessings.  We  lament that alarm clock going off first thing in the morning and forget to feel blessed to have a job.  

Lament about the daily chores and never stop to be thankful for a place to live.  Or things much simpler, such as the ability to laugh. To hear the birds, to enjoy a sunset or a sunrise. 

Count your many blessings. Name them one by one. Thank the Creator who provided all things for you.  

If it’s hard, start small. One thing as soon as you wake up.  
If you really want to be intentional about it, grab paper or a notebook and write 3 blessings a day.  Just three. 

We often think that when we count our blessings that they have to be those large, tangible things. But there are also many blessings in the small things.  In the intangibles.  

In Jesus’s words “The Sermon on the Mount” mentions a few blessings we can be aware of.  And we probably already fit some of those catagories right now. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecu
ted because of righteousness,

 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”- Matt. 5:3-10

 

Day 2-Plan

Day 2-Plan

Day 2-Plan
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Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” 

“Give us Hope and a future.” Can you imagine if you never had to plan at all? Totally trusted in the Lord to open the doors, push you through, make all the decisions for you? Etc.

But that isn’t exactly how it works. Yes, the Lord has a plan for our lives.  Plans that He knew about before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He is very much a forward thinker.  But even with that, He knows that we are free thinkers. He created us to have free choice.  So it truly is up to us to go about and make our plans. Not sit idly by waiting for God to move us as if we were but a marionette held up by sticks and string.  But seeking God.  Trusting Him.  Seeking Godly wisdom for our choices.  But even if He were to give us an open door, a Peace about any plan, it is up to us to make that choice.

Even when what we are about doesn’t seem like it’s a good thing, God says His plans are still there.  He knows the end from the beginning. (Is.46:10). So even in the midst of where we are God knew we would be right there.  And the very wonderful thing is…He’s right there with us. He has never left us or forsaken us.

Day 1-

Day 1-

PRAISE

Psalms 149:3 (KJV) “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Psalm 47:1( KJV) “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 63:3 (NIV) “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” God doesn’t care whether you praise HIM in a dance, or clap your hands or shout. Just that you do indeed praise HIM.  We were created to praise HIM, and bring HIM glory.

Jesus said, ” I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
WORSHIP

1 Chron. 16:29 “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Strong’s says this is SHA KAH  1) to bow down, prostrate oneself

Psalms 95:6 KJV “O come , let us worship and bow down : let us kneel before the LORD our maker .” Matthew 2:2 KJV “Saying , Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Strong’s says Pros ky ne Oh “to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence3) in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication”  Whether you bow, or kneel, or find yourself face down, prostrate on the floor…God doesn’t care how you worship, but HE does command our worship.

Ex. 34:14 “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD….is a jealous God”.

When you think of where and who you WERE…to where and who you ARE… how can you NOT worship?

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Accept the Challenge

Five Minute Friday- Write on one word for Five minutes

 

When given a challenge it is usually necessary right at that moment to choose whether or not to accept that challenge. Sometimes the challenge is made only to rile you up. Which is definitely not a God thing.  Then it’s best to back away.

Other times a challenge is there to stretch you.  To grow.  Whether in a skill or in your walk with Christ.

Those should be easy to say, “Yes.” to.   But, not always.

There is always something that keeps us held back. Our own issues and attitudes. We can be so accustomed to accepting the lies of the Enemy, and what the world says that we don’t see our true selves.  We don’t think we are worthy or capable of what the Lord may be putting in our path.

 

Even a simple thing like accepting the  task of writing for a Five minute writing prompt.  Or  writing for Five minutes every day for a whole month. An entire month, every day seems daunting.  But with a tribe walking alongside of you doing the same thing.  And cheering you on as you go what is there to lose?

Besides some preconceived notion of who you are and where you can go.  And just what you can be capable of.

 

Acceptance of who you are and Whose you are isn’t easy. And it can take time for all those false ideas  to fall away.   So I think I am going to accept and try to write every day for an entire month.  If I miss some days, it will be okay.   God is stretching me and I am okay with that.

I think.

“Where do you find your support?”

A Five Minute Friday exercise- one word, Five minutes.

 

Where do you find your Support?

If you are use to supporting others, offering encouragement,  ideas, a shoulder, a tissue or a box of tissues. That is a blessing to your friend, the stranger, whoever it may be.   But when the tide turns and you are the one that needs the supportive words, a shoulder or a tissue…then it sometimes becomes harder.   When you don’t see them.  When  your friends don’t see the need, it’s difficult to find what you need.  Of course there is always Jesus. He will always have your back and breathe life into you.  But while it’s amazing,  the support you seek sometimes, often, needs to come in human form.

Venturing out in a new path especially takes a lot of support.  Sometimes that means finding new people and allowing them, seeking them out as part of your life. Not giving up on your other support systems or friends, but latching on and gleaning from new ones for the new path you are walking.

“Guide”

“Guide”

Write for Five minutes on one word.  

Begin…

It’s nice to have a guide along with you on your journey.  Doesn’t matter what kind of journey or adventure, new job, moving to a new location, a spiritual journey or a time of stretching with a personal dream.

Finding a guide or mentor though, can be easier said than done.  

As I endeavor to stretch even more, thinking  I am the age of a “Titus woman” that perhaps I don’t qualify for having a mentor and guide of my own.   

But in trying my wings in new things, it’s something I crave.  It’s difficult, in that I don’t know how or where to look.  

When you get to be my age no one expects you to need one and that makes asking, seeking one out that much harder.  

But I know there are guides out there for me.  Kindred spirits, someone who is traveling the same path and finding someone who has been there before me.  Linking arms with each other, lifting each other up and asking all kinds of questions as I navigate new, old things.

Stop.