Five Minute Friday Place

I have always searched for a place where I belong. I think many people are searching for a place where they are known, and loved imperfections and all. Of course now that I am an adult I can truly appreciate all the Thanksgivings, Christmases, and random Saturdays that my family gathered around my mother’s kitchen table. With my brother sister and their spouses, and all the grandkids, my mom needed to put in the extra leaf of the table when all her kids and grandkids were home. I wish I realized as a child and teen how much I would treasure the memories of those celebrations now that I am an adult. I want to give my children those same kind of memories. As they grow older I want our home to be the place that they gather, where they know that they are loved for who they are. I also want to share God’s love, with them, so that they know that God loves them and is by their side wherever they go.

And, now just for fun because when I heard the word place I thought of this song. 

place to land

Five Minute Friday Define

John 13:35

35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Who am I? What do I want to be known for? What would I want my legacy to be? John 13:35 states that people will know that I am Jesus girl by my love. It is not stated that people will know that I am a disciple by my trying to make everyone happy, or by pretending to be okay when I am not it. It says that people will know that I am follower of Christ by my love. For me to show this kind of love, I need God’s love to take me over. I need to live knowing how depth of God’s love to me. I need to be preaching the gospel to myself daily, and asking God to help me live it out. I need to make sure that I am feasting on truths from God’s word and really letting His word get into my mind and heart, so that I can recognize what is truth and what is lie, and choose to be defined by God’s truth. My word for 2017 is Yours, and I want to remember that I belong to God. God is in control, and I need to trust in His plan. Times up 🙂

 

These have been my thoughts on the Five Minute Friday prompt Define. You can learn more about this wonderful community by checking out Kate’s blog at http://katemotaung.com/.

Five Minute Friday Embrace

Luke 10

41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. 42 Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will never be taken away from her.”

Am I worried and upset about too many things? I know I can get in this worried, anxious mindset sometimes. I start seeing the problems and the messes, and I forget about how truly blessed that I am. I forget that the messes I clean up daily are because my dreams have come true. I always wanted to be a mom, and I am a mom of three enthusiastic, creative children. The house is never quiet unless they are sleeping because of their energy and joy. I want to embrace this season of motherhood. I want to embrace them more and give them great big hugs, and yell less. I want to stop being so worried about many things, and sit at Jesus’ feet as Mary did so that I can teach this lesson of sitting at His feet to my children. I want to be a fun mom, not a grumpy mom all the time. I pray that I remember today is a gift, and treat it as such.

 

Each week I gather with my friends over at Kate’s place for five minutes of free writing. These are my thoughts on the word embrace. If you are interested, go over to Kate’s blog and join this fun and encouraging community.

Five Minute Friday Easy

It is funny to think back on the aspects of adult life that I assumed would be easy as a teenager. I remember complaining to my older brother about needing to clean my room. He is ten years older than and me, and he said, “Wait until you have to clean a whole house!” I don’t know if it is an overly optimistic attitude, but I have a bad habit of assuming that something is going to be much easier than it actually is. I have wanted to be a wife and mom since I was seven years old. Before I was married, I would have told you that the waiting for these dreams to come to fruition was the hard part. I thought being a wife and mother would be easy.  The roles of wife and mommyhood are not always easy. Many days I feel woefully unprepared for the tasks that lay before me. I am so thankful for this truth.

 

My Dad used to tell me that, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.” It may not be easy, but it is worth it.

This post is a part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. My friends and I gather over at Kate’s blog Heading Home to write for five minutes on the topic of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday Whole


And he said unto her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your disease.
 Mark 5:34

Living life in this fallen world, I see brokenness everywhere. It is important to remember that brokenness is not what God intended for each of us. He wants us to take our broken pieces to Him, so we can experience the wholeness of His love.  I often want to pretend that everything is okay, when it isn’t. I paste on a smile and hope that no one can see my struggles or my flaws. I can’t hide my flaws from God. He longs for us to come as we are. “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I need to stop seeking wholeness from other counterfeit sources, and run to the only One who can give me true wholeness, peace, and rest.

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This post is a part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. My friends and I gather over at Kate’s blog Heading Home to write for five minutes on the topic of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday Decide

I make dozens of decisions every day. Some are small and seem inconsequential. Other decisions are more important and seem to have greater impact and value. What I so often forget is that the decisions I make either draws me closer in my walk with Jesus or takes me a step further away from Him. I can chose to love God and love others as described in, or I can chose to make my desires my first priority. I can decide to speak words of love or words of frustration. I ultimately decide how I am going to spend my time, and how many time-wasting rabbit trails that I am going to pursue in any given day. I can decide that negativity stops here. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I can show love and grace even when I don’t feel like it. I get to decide. I pray that I make decisions that positively impact my little corner of the world.

This post is a part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. My friends and I gather over at Kate’s blog Heading Home to write for five minutes on the topic of the week.

 

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday

John 10:10New International Version (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

My #oneword for the year is abundant. In my daily life, I forget the truth of this verse, and I try to do life my way, in my own strength. Then, I wonder why I am so tired and cranky, and lacking joy. I need to remember where abundant life comes from. The source of abundant life is Jesus. He is the one that gave His life, so that we can have abundant life in and through Him. I have been thinking of the example Jesus set this Holy Week. He did not live his life for Himself, but he laid his life down for me. He is King of Heaven, and He chose to come to earth for us. He showed the apostles an example of service and love, and He calls me to serve  and love also- not in my own strength, but in His.

John 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease

 

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This post is a part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. My friends and I gather over at Kate’s blog Heading Home to write for five minutes on the topic of the week.

Five Minute Friday Surprise

I love surprises. I love it when my husband walks in the door, and says, “I got a little something for you.” My favorite types of surprises are simple surprises. My husband buying me my favorite candy bar is a wonderful surprise. He usually buys our kids some candy as well. So, I don’t have to share. I love that my little girls pick me wild flowers from our yard. My husband will joke around with me after the kids are in bed, “The girls brought you weeds, again?’ But I love their thoughtfulness. I also love that our Creator is a God of surprises. He shows us in beauty in nature and beauty in our ordinary daily lives that blesses, encourages, and inspires us to worship. I love watching bunnies hop all over my yard, or butterfly fluttering around flowers. I want to slow down so that I can savor every wonderful surprise that I have been given.

This is my thoughts on the word surprise as a part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. Every week we write on a topic for five minutes and then link up over at Heading Home

 

 

Five Minute Friday Share

With three children six years of age and under, I spend a good chunk of my day talking about sharing. My children frequently want the toy, pillow, blanket or cup that one of their siblings are using. It is human nature. It seems to be ingrained from birth that each one of us wants what we think is our fair share. I have been thinking of how counter-cultural the teachings of the Bible are. The Bible instructs us to be generous. It is better to give than receive. (Acts 20:35) I have found in my own life the joy that comes from sharing ,whether it is preparing a meal and sharing it with friends, or sharing our thoughts, feelings, and hearts with those close to us. I want to teach my children that it is a blessing to share with others. I want to be an example to them of sharing God’s love generously with others.

 

This post is a part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up. My friends and I gather over at Kate’s blog Heading Home to write for five minutes on the topic of the week.