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Five Minute Friday: Here

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Today’s Prompt:  Here

Here today, gone tomorrow.  I’ve heard this phrase my entire life.  I have learned since coming to the Lord that nothing in this world lasts.  I cannot put my faith, hope or trust in anything this world has to offer.  Disappointment comes, as dreams are lost or a loved one taken in the blink of an eye.  Hurt and pain creep in when false expectations are allowed to grow in places of my heart where the only One worthy of trusting is Jesus.

I am not promised tomorrow.  For I am here today.  But tomorrow?  Only God knows.  What I do with my life today, in the here and now, will have a lasting and eternal effect on my tomorrow.  Today, I make decisions that will not only affect me, but my family as well.

Lord, I am here.  Take my willing heart, my weak “yes” and use it for your Glory.  Today Lord, I choose to follow you, wherever you lead.  I am the potter, You the clay.  Here I am Lord, send me — to the market, to the gutters, to the mission field.  Today I say yes to the here and now.  For I know that all of my tomorrows are in your capable hands.

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    sunshine
    August 3, 2012 at 12:53 am

    A wonderful 5 minute reminder to be here now and more importantly, to be here in His presence…
    you have a beautiful, grace filled home here…thanks for sharing your ‘here’.

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    Sylvia R @ sylvrpen.com
    August 3, 2012 at 1:50 am

    This is beautiful, and in its truth brings me truly down to the blessed here and now, to rest in Him there. Thank you for this.

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    alwaysalleluia
    August 3, 2012 at 2:38 am

    It’s all fleeting–He is the rock who sustains us in the uncertainty and orders our steps. Lovely truth here, Barbie. Blessings, sweet friend.

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Kris! Blessings for a beautiful weekend!

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    Mary Bonner
    August 3, 2012 at 3:28 am


    For I know that all of my tomorrows are in your capable hands.” Where would I be if the tomorrows were not in his hands???

    I echo your prayer, my friend.

    Mary
    http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/

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    StefanieYoungBrown
    August 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Nothingness, a world of nothingness. But in HIM, everything!!
    Trusting Him for tomorrow:))

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

      So true! Enjoy your weekend!

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        StefanieYoungBrown
        August 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

        Thank you, friend!! You, too…

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    Debbie
    August 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    You’re so right Barbie! We are not promised tomorrow. So what do we choose to do with today?

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Have a beautiful weekend my friend!

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    Michele-Lyn
    August 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Oh, yes! Our tomorrows are in His capable hands so we do not have to worry about them. Even our here and now’s, He holds. We journey together in settling in our here, trusting Him, with great expectation and hope for seeing that future He holds.

    Bless you and love to you,

    Michele-Lyn

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

      You bless me by your words, always. Have a beautiful weekend!

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    dailydwelling
    August 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

    This is so true…remembering that today is all that we have changes everything. It changes our actions and every choice that we make. It also reminds me that I have an eternal home that I so look forward to.

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Someone once told me to “maximize the moments that God gives you”. There are blessings and joys to be found every day. Somedays hard to find, but I know if I seek it out, I will find them! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Laura @ Pruning Princesses
    August 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Realizing the the phrase here today, gone tomorrow is true and that people will always disappoint is much of what sent me to Christ’s feet in college. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

      God is the only One who will never disappoint. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    path of treasure
    August 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Hello again– I’m your neighbor at Five Minute Friday.
    We are not guaranteed tomorrow– but are here today– and He’s taking care of tomorrow. I’m so glad He is and it comforts me to know that!

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

      It’s so good to know our lives are in His hands. He’s so good!

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    joyfullyinhim
    August 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

    “What I do with my life today, in the here and now, will have a lasting and eternal effect on my tomorrow.”
    Such truth that I hope to live in my friend. Thank you for your beautiful 5 minutes 😉

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Kelli!

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    soulstops
    August 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This line:”Hurt and pain creep in when false expectations are allowed to grow in
    places of my heart where the only One worthy of trusting is Jesus.” So true. I have learned this the hard way. Thankful for His grace. Wonderful thoughts here, Barbie…praying His peace and love surround you today, friend 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Thank you so much Dolly! So thankful you stopped by!

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    bethinnc
    August 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Barbie, isn’t that the truth! Nothing but eternal things last forever. And you’re right — our decisions affect everyone around us.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I am learning this lesson more and more. He’s teaching me to hold on to only those things that bring eternal value. Love you my friend!

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    Jacqui
    August 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I love the prayer at the end, Barbie. Such a beautiful insight into your heart and oh, how God receives those “weak yes.'” I”m with you, yielding my tomorrows to God, desiring to make an eternal effect by living in the here today. Many blessings!

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    Positively Alene
    August 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Beautiful, sweet friend, beautiful! My heart breathes here. You bless me.

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Alene, you are such a gem. Thank you for your sweet comments. I am hoping to catch up on what’s been going on with you very soon!

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    Jennifer_StudioJRU
    August 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    “Today I say yes to the here and now.” Amen!!

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by my friend. I am going to buy buying your newest coffee art very soon for my kitchen! Can’t wait!

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        Jennifer_StudioJRU
        August 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        Yay! Happy to hear it will be part of your kitchen, Barbie! Not sure how this commenting/replying works. Do you get these replies? —– Original Message —–
        From: Disqus
        To: studiojru@stanton.net
        Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 7:42 PM
        Subject: [myfreshlybrewedlife] Re: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

        Barbie wrote, in response to Jennifer_StudioJRU:

        Thanks for stopping by my friend. I am going to buy buying your newest coffee art very soon for my kitchen! Can’t wait!
        User’s website

        Link to comment

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          Barbie
          August 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

          Yep, I got it!

          • Jennifer_StudioJRU
            August 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

            LOL Good deal… it says ‘to disqus’, so I wasn’t sure! 🙂

            On Sun, 05 Aug 2012 02:06:49 -0000

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    Diana Denis
    August 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    You’re always such a blessing! I had to tweet this line: ”
    Hurt and pain creep in when false expectations are allowed to grow in places of my heart where the only One worthy of trusting is Jesus.”

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      Barbie
      August 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Diana! I would have put in the “tweet this” button, but I can’t figure out how to do it on my self-hosted WP blog 🙂 But thank you so much for your encouragement.

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    Barbie
    August 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Jacqui, thank you so much for stopping by! You’ve blessed me!

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    Dawn
    August 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    “Take my willing heart, my weak “yes” and use it for your Glory.” Yes. THIS. Beautiful words.

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

      So glad you stopped by Dawn! Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Wendy
    August 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    “Take my willing heart, my weak “yes” and use it for your Glory.” This is the heart of all my prayers lately. Thank you so much for putting this into words for me. Blessings!

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    charis
    August 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Yes! We are really tracking. Trust in His leadership is all we have to get us theough all the todays. Thanks Barbie.

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

      So true. Thanks for stopping by Charis!

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    Wendy @ E1A
    August 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    So true – we are not promised tomorrow. This post is especially close to my heart this week… my dad died suddenly at work 30 years ago. It was certainly unexpected and a reminder of the brevity of life.

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    Lori
    August 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

    That’s it! Here I am…..with a willing heart.
    Blessings to you!!!

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    Tammy Perlmutter
    August 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Take my weak “yes.” Love that. I have a hard time being present in the now, and try to protect myself from the disappointments. Thanks for reminding me that even a weak yes is still a yes!

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by Tammy!

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    Barbie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

    AMEN Lori! Thanks for visiting!

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    Barbie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Wendy, praying God holds you close this week. Life is fragile. All the more reason to relish every moment we are given each day!

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    Barbie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

    You’re welcome Wendy. Sometimes I feel as if I need to wait for the bold “yes”, the one that thinks it nows it all, expects certain things. But I am finding my here and now consists of more weak yeses than bold ones. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Barbie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Have a beautiful weekend friend!

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    Barbie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Sylvia for stopping by!

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    Barbie
    August 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Sunshine for visiting!

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    Jen Buckner
    August 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Today I say yes to the here and now. For I know that all of my tomorrows are in your capable hands.

    Love this! <3 Mmm, thank you for sharing!

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      Barbie
      August 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Jen! I appreciate you stopping by!

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    Jennifer Dawn McLucas
    August 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Oh thank you so much for these beautiful words- I needed this today!

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