(FMF Friday) Morning

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It’s time again to write for five minutes with my pals from the Five Minute Friday community. The prompt this week is morning. Let’s do this thing…

Music is a very important part of my life. I start out out my morning with some classical music playing while I’m drinking my coffee and making sure that my son is up and getting ready for school. As soon as I climb in my car I reach for the knob and turn on my Sirius radio. It has so many channels with lots of choices. I sing my little heart out on the drive.

Since music is such a big part of my day most prompts will automatically make a song come to my mind. This week was no different. The song that came to my mind was “Give Me Jesus” by Jeremy Camp.

“In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.”

I pray that this song will always be my mantra. I want to wake up in the morning with Jesus on my mind. I want to start the day with the knowledge that no matter what life throws at me I’ve got Jesus. He will have my back through thick and thin, through joy and heartbreak, through ups and downs. He will be with me when I’m in a crowd or when I feel terribly alone. He’s gonna love me and call me a daughter even if I turn my back on him.When I come to the end of my journey on this old earth I’m going to close my eyes here and open them up in the presence of the One who died for me. All I can say is wow!!!  Well that and thank You, Jesus!!!

 

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(FMF Friday) Forget

It’s Five Minute Friday time…well, Sunday for me – but I am finally getting it done. Today’s prompt is forget. This is what I got this time around because it’s a rainy day and my mind is going back. Please bear with me.

 

 

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Forget…

I’m never going to forget that time. Forever emblazoned on my mind.

5:57 on a Saturday night.

At the movies with your sister. My phone vibrates and I look down.

It’s you. I hit ignore – figuring you’ll call your dad – and go back to watching.

I didn’t try you back that evening…didn’t figure you would answer me on a Saturday night anyways. Had happened that way so many times before.

The next day you were gone.

If I had answered would you still be here today? There’s really no way of knowing.

I’m so very sorry…

 

***Please always take time for the ones you love. Unfortunately you never know when they won’t be there anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(FMF Friday) Limit

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What do you consider your limit? When you are living out your regular day-to-day life? I work at an afterschool program at my church for special-needs kids. We have children that range in age from seven all the way up to fifteen. They all have their own unique developmental and physical challenges – which could limit them all their lives. I really don’t think they even think about it.

They are a determined bunch of kiddos…working daily at their notebooks (our younger ones) and their daily work jobs throughout the church (our middle school and high schoolers). They work every single day to learn new things and improve upon skills they are working on. They don’t let their disabilities (what we call their HisAbilities) to limit them – they’re a happy, loving, well-adjusted, and loved bunch.

When going through my day-to-day stuff I sometimes complain about my lot in life…the constant chores, the laundry, getting dinner on the table, worrying over crazy stuff. I find myself every now and then moaning and groaning and saying, “That’s it…I’ve reached my limit, Lord. I can’t do this anymore”. I wallow around in my self-pity awhile, then am convicted –  stopping to think of my sweet babies at ASAS.

Thank You, Lord, for giving me the opportunity to be around the kids. Thank You for their sweet spirits and smiles and hugs. Above all this thank You for Your unlimited love.

(FMF Friday) Focus

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The prompt this week is ‘focus‘. As I’ve alluded to in past posts I have trouble with focus sometimes. I’m like that dog in the sweet movie Up…I can be rolling along intent on getting something done, things progressing wonderfully, and all of a sudden like it’s ‘squirrel!!!’ Then I’m off and running in the opposite direction – working on something totally different. My husband finds it maddening because I have several unfinished projects all over the house. Personally, I think it makes life interesting.

The only time it really bothers me is when I’m trying to do my Bible devotions. I have a hard time focusing on things I’m reading and hearing what God has to say when I’ve got a bunch of unfinished stuff that needs to be done. I tend to rush through them so I can get back to other stuff. That’s no good at all. When I do that I miss out.

See, God wants us to slow down and focus on what He has for us. When we open up His Word and take our time we can be blessed, we can catch stuff we didn’t know already, and we can find answers to prayer. It’s easier to be in tune with our Father when our focus is right where it should be…on Him.

***As an aside to this little post I woke up this morning thinking about what I said, and the words to a beautiful hymn that we sing at church kept coming to mind. I feel led to include them here. Not sure if they’re for someone else who might read this or maybe even just for me – but here goes:

~~~ Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus  ~~~

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!


Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.


Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!


His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

(FMF Friday) Quiet

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Everybody dislikes Mondays. Can I be honest and admit that I like Mondays? See, I’ve always been a somewhat shy type of person – staying pretty quiet and in the background at get-togethers and such. I can remember as a kid sitting in my room or outside in a tree a lot reading or just observing what was going on around me. I was pretty content being alone. This trait has followed me into adulthood…I am perfectly happy being by myself. After a weekend of everyone at home and church activities Mondays are my day for laying low and catching up on stuff around the house…laundry, newspaper, and TV (way too much). It’s a day where I tend to stay in my pj’s far too long and drink lots and lots of strong black coffee.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God…”  The Hebrew word “still” in that verse is “raphah”. One of its meanings is “to be quiet, to sink, or relax”. I think that it is very important to make a concerted effort to do just that in our everyday lives, and not just Mondays. We tend to be so busy and so detail oriented that we don’t truly sit still and let God do His work. It is SO hard to just do that, isn’t it? To be truly quiet – sit still and let Him take control of all of our lives. I need to resolve again today to work harder on being quiet before Him.

 

The end of that same verse is this: “…I will be exalted in the earth.”  Whether we are quiet before our Father or running here and there doing life…He is going to be exalted. He is going to handle it. He is in control. Let’s all never forget that. Being quiet before Him is an added blessing.