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Friend – FMF

Friend

You know the way it works – I’ll write for five minutes on the prompt of FRIEND and then I’ll like it up with Kate’s blog Heading Home.

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Friend
Supporter
Strengthener
Helper
Hope
Cheerleader
Comforter
Conversations
Chats
Encourager
Prodder

These are just some thoughts that come to mind when I think of my closes friends. And you know, nowadays, friends aren’t always someone you have met in person. I married my best friend on this earth. He is my constant, my strength, my rock, my support, my encourager. I hope I am the same for him.

I have several good friends that I attend church with. They help me keep my chin up and my feet moving forward. They also homeschool, or have done so, and they know what I may be struggling with and working through. In addition to the homeschool world, these friends know what I need in my spiritual life and they pray for me and check on me if I miss church or Bible study.

I also have several friend scattered around the world that I have never met. But they bless my life in ways I cannot even express. One chats with me several times a week and encourages me through comments and checking in and, I know, prayer. Others have sent me scriptures, commented on forums I am part of, comment on my blog, or a million other ways in which I know they are supporting me.

God places lots of people in our lives and not a one of them take the place of any other. Each is so special. I very much appreciate this aspect of God’s love and care for me.

END

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How to let go? (Abandon) ~ FMF & Blogging Through The Alphabet

I am combining two tasks this week. The word for Five Minute Friday is ABANDON and the letter for Blogging Through The Alphabet is H.

H How to let go

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We were on Spring Break this week and took some time. We abandoned all that we had been doing because we were physical, mentally, and emotionally worn out. We had abandon things. We went to a different place, relaxed, visited with loved ones, did some fun things, and recovered.

But in order to do that, we had to let go – abandon – what we were already doing. That is hard sometimes. I often tell myself that we have to keep on schedule; we have to keep going. We cannot stop. We cannot abandon the job. I have been given the job of guiding my children as they grow. I cannot abandon that!!!

But I often take that – I cannot abandon my job of guiding my children – to mean that I cannot stop doing the things that we are already doing. And that? That is wrong.

I can abandon, and should, many things. When something is causing daily grief? Abandon it and replace it with something that is better. When something is causing ache? Abandon it and replace it with something that brings joy. When something is causing a rift between family or friends or, worse, God’s people? Abandon it! Quickly.

We often think of abandoning things as bad. But how do we view letting go? Not as big a deal but just as permanent. So retrain your brain here – abandon/let go of the things that prevent you from doing whatever it is you need to be doing, whether it be guiding your children, helping others, or just carrying on daily with a cheerful heart and mind.

How do we let go? With joy, knowing that we are going to be refilling that space with better things.

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Slow – Five Minute Friday

slow

Today’s word prompt is SLOW. Visit Heading Home to read more and link up your own Five Minute Friday post.

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“slow to anger”

This is the phrase that came to mind when I read the word slow. God addresses “slow to anger” in several places in the Bible. When you do a search for that phrase on BibleGateway, you get several. These include:

Nahum 1:3
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Nehemiah 9:17
But You are God,
Ready to pardon,
Gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger,
Abundant in kindness,
And did not forsake them.

Psalm 103:8
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Psalm 145:8
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.

Proverbs 15:18
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.

Proverbs 16:32
He who is
slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 19:11
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.

I found this phrase one that sticks in my head and I wondered who it would refer to. There are two cases that I found.

One is God. God is slow to anger BUT he does anger when His children turn from him, disobey him. Thankfully, He is slow to anger because I am certain that my sins could anger Him if He were not the God that He is.

Second is me. Yes, me. I should be slow to anger. Look at all those Proverbs that talk about the man who is slow to anger. He is definitely getting the better end of the stick if he chooses to be slow to anger.

So, that is my goal. Again. I say again because I do often have to fight my temper and my anger. One of my biggest weapons? God’s word. Study. Read. Know. Apply. Repeat. Over and Over.

End. (I am sure I went over time because I didn’t watch the clock. I just kept on writing and thinking.)

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Weak – Five Minute Friday

weak

Today’s prompt (actually yesterday’s but since I am writing on Saturday . . . ) is WEAK. Visit Heading Home for the link up of Five Minute Friday posts.

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2 Corinthians 12:9

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness.”weak-2-cor-12_9

Are you weak? I am. Often. No one likes to admit their weakness but that is something that I have always admired about Paul. He was able to admit his weaknesses and make them something overwhelmingly positive. Actually, He didn’t do that – God did.

God’s grace is sufficient for ME. And for you. And in my weakness, God’s strength is found and made perfect.

God.

God’s grace.

God’s strength.

God’s perfection.

I am certain that I will never be perfect but God’s grace allows me to be wash anew from those imperfections. I am so thankful that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness.

END.

 

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SAFE – FMF

safe

 

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is SAFE. Five minutes of free-writing, no editing, free association thought = unplanned outcomes.

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Safe means there is no danger. But safe changes somewhat depending on your context.

Are you talking about being safe on an adventure? Then be prepared and take the necessary precautions.

Are you talking about being emotionally safe in a relationship? Then don’t put yourself out there, don’t take unnecessary risks. Do think about your parameters and know where your boundaries are.

Are you talking about being safe on the road? Take your driver’s education course. Pick a care that has good ratings. Don’t drive in thunderstorms, snowstorms, tornadoes – you get the picture.

Are you talking about being safe in the kitchen? Be careful with knives. Don’t toss things around. Know when the stove is hot. Use hotpads. Don’t let the kiddos do things that they are not yet old enough for, tall enough for, or trained enough for.

Safe is all in the perspective. Safe is in the context of what you are talking about.

Safe implies that you have taken the time to think through what could trip you up and know how to work around that or have prepared yourself with the necessary equipment for it.

Safe means that you don’t have to worry or be concerned.

I am so thankful that I seldom do not feel safe. Because I know there are way too many people around the world who do not have that privilege. God has blessed me. I am safe.

END.

 

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Breathe – Five Minute Friday

Today’s word prompt for Five Minute Friday is breathe. Five minutes of free-writing on the word, hosted by Kate at Heading Home.

breathe

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Breathe.

We take that word for granted. We assume that every living being can breathe. In and out, in and out. Even plants can breathe, right?

But what about when you can’t?

I remember the birth of one of the girls. The medications were so heavy for the C-section that I couldn’t breathe. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I remember the anesthesiologist saying “hold on; we are almost there; just keep breathing.” I wanted to holler “I can’t” but I had no air with which to do so. He was right, of course. Just a moment later he was able to change the medication or the air flow or whatever it was and I could immediately feel my breath again and I could breathe.

I remember being a child and having an allergic reaction and not being able to breathe. It felt like my chest had collapsed and something heavy was sitting on it. I don’t remember how that one came out except that I am here and I know I spent several days in the hospital.

Sometimes, even now, I still have moments where I can’t breathe. If it is allergy related, I can take something for it and do better almost immediately.

If it isn’t, well, then I have to let someone else take care of it – God. When those pressures of mommydom pile on, or I forget about something, or we get so busy doing the good things that we are trying to participate in, sometimes? I can’t breathe. So, I sit back and let God do it for me.

And He does. He breathes life back into me. Through his word. Through prayer. Through friends. Through good blog posts. Through my husband. Through my children. Those breaths of air – they are wonderful and they restore.

END.

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Control – FMF

control
Today’s five minute free-write is on the word CONTROL. Hosted by Kate over on Heading Home, just write for five minutes and see what comes out.

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I’ve pondered this word for a while.
Control – head honcho, King of the Hill, Big Wigs,

When we are kids, we dream of being adults because then we will be in control.

When we become adults, we find out that really, control as humans see it, is an illusion.

Control implies that we can change things, that we can affect the path something is on.

To some extent, we can. But in many, many ways, we are out of control.

I’ve pondered this a lot in the past few months as so many we know have lost loved ones – to illness, to cancer, to age, to dementia, to poor choices, to any number of things.

Where is control? Can we ever really have it?

I guess, no – I KNOW – God is the only one really in control. We can make movement, choices, plans. But God is the one who makes thing happen according to His will.

So, submission to His will is the only control I have. And that controls my eternity. Which controls my peace.

End.

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