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Five Minute Friday: Remember

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.

Remember

Today, I choose to remember the goodness of God.  If I will open my eyes wide enough, I can see His beauty all around me.  In the sparkle of my daughter’s eyes, in the dimple in my son’s cheek, in the husband who reads the Bible as He sits beside me, in the son who sings with all of his heart to proclaim the beauty of the Lord through song, and in the daughter and new son-in-love, learning to live life together.

His goodness is all around me.  His nearness, His very presence, is my good.  All I really need is Him.  And when my heart is weary, when I lack the faith to believe He would do what He said He would do, I pull myself up and choose to walk forward.  Into unknown territory I will go, but I know that He is right there, surrounding me with His goodness, allowing me to see His beauty among the thorns and thistles of life.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  (Psalm 27:13)

There is no doubt in my mind that God is good. all the time.  Today, I choose to remember. Will you take a moment to remember the goodness of the Lord today?  I would love for you to share with me in the comments below.

Want to share your thoughts on “remember” in five minutes?  Join me!

Five Minute Friday1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

 

 
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45 Comments

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    Amy P Boyd
    March 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Oh our God is so good !!! He has continued to prove that to me over and over again.

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Amen Amy! Thank you for stopping by!

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    Renee
    March 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    The goodness of the Lord! My kids were grumbling about the gratitude journals that I “make” them write . . . so I showed them mine . . . I have never seen such big smiles–in my few words they knew exactly what we did or who I was grateful for . . .

    Be Blessed.
    Joyful Mom–in everything give thanks. (coming over from FMF)
    Renee recently posted..Remember (Five Minute Friday)

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      Jennifer Dawn McLucas
      March 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Oh I love this Renee!
      Jennifer Dawn McLucas recently posted..Surrendering Home

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Renee, I love that you make your kids write gratitude journals. It’s a practice I wish I had learned as a child! Blessings!

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    Amanda B
    March 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    May we constantly remember the goodness of God! Beautiful reminder!
    Amanda B recently posted..Five Minute Friday: REMEMBER

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you for stopping by today Amanda! Blessings!

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    Rebekah
    March 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Beautiful as always. The goodness of the Lord is that after a long Fall/Winter of trials and struggling , the day after my Birthday (Feb.28) this year one of my dreams came to fruition. I didn’t plan it, I didn’t really do anything , it was a complete surprise out of nowhere. Only God can do that!
    Rebekah recently posted..The Path of Blessings-Poetry in Five

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Oh Rebekah, how wonderful. God never forgets the desires of our hearts!

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    Jennifer @purplebuoy
    March 22, 2013 at 4:19 am

    So good! Yes, I think that it is a choice and sometimes in life I may have to dig a little deeper, but we serve a perfect God and so there is ALWAYS good to be had AND He is ALWAYS good.
    Visiting from Lisa-Jo Baker and I have seen you from when Jenn from Running this thing Called Life has linked-up. So glad I stopped by.
    Be blessed:)
    Jennifer @purplebuoy recently posted..Remember~~ Five Minute Friday

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Jennifer, thanks for stopping by today. God is ALWAYS good! AMEN!

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    Jen Ferguson
    March 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I love how He called both of us to remember Him today. You are precious, barbie. Wish we could grab some coffee sometime.

    Today, I remember His faithfulness to bring us through Craig’s porn addiction. And I remember His faithfulness in this very moment, as we type out our story.
    Jen Ferguson recently posted..5 Minute Friday: Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Oh Jen, I am praying for the day when we might meet! I will be praying for you as you write your story. Oh look what the Lord has done! So much more than we could ever hope or imagine. He is good!

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    Sonya Barker ~At Home with The Barkers
    March 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

    “And when my heart is weary, when I lack the faith to believe He would do what He said He would do, I pull myself up and choose to walk forward.” These words embedded on my heart today! Thank you Barbie. I gave you a shout out on my blog post today. I have come to love reading your blog.
    Sonya Barker ~At Home with The Barkers recently posted..Five Minute Friday: Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you Sonya! You are too sweet!

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    Mel
    March 22, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Oh, what a great reminder for me this morning…to remember the goodness of my Father. I just finished the rough draft of my book…it’s five years of remembering and reflecting on the goodness of God in both the good and the bad. He’s always Good even on the hardest of days. Thank you for this beautiful post today, sweet friend! Many blessings! 🙂
    Mel recently posted..Five-Minute Friday: Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Wow, congratulations on your book. What an amazing read that will be!

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    Rebecca
    March 22, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I am new to your blog! Visiting from FMF! Beautiful post and a wonderful reminder to think about His goodness all around us. Blessings!

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you for Visiting Rebecca!

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    Nancy @ Pilgrim Wanderings
    March 22, 2013 at 7:44 am

    “Into unknown territory I will go, but I know that He is right there, surrounding me with His goodness, allowing me to see His beauty among the thorns and thistles of life.”

    LOVE. THIS. Wrote on something similar today. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Nancy @ Pilgrim Wanderings recently posted..Remember – #fiveminutefriday

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you for stopping by to visit Nancy!

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    Lisa notes
    March 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This is precisely one of my goals for the month of March (well, all of life, really!): remember that God is good! Beautiful, Barbie. Thanks for sharing this.
    Lisa notes recently posted..When you can’t keep the rules

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Have a beautiful weekend Lisa, and thanks for stopping by!

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    Missy
    March 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Choosing to remember the goodness of God, too, Barbie. Your words were beautiful ones to read this afternoon.

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you my friend. Have a lovely weekend!

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    Jennifer Dawn McLucas
    March 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt post! I love the way counting our blessings reminds us of God’s faithfulness. It’s just so good. Have a super weekend!
    Jennifer Dawn McLucas recently posted..Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!

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    Linda Stoll
    March 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

    yes … we do get to CHOOSE to remember, to show gratitude, to acknowledge what is true and lovely! Thanks, Barbie …
    Linda Stoll recently posted..Claiming Those Words

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      It’s not always easy, this choice, but choosing to remember allows us to move forward. Blessings!

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    ~Karrilee~
    March 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Oh my friend… you are counting on! I love this! Such a CHOICE! To remember… to stir up… to hope… bless you sweet Barbie! (Now – go write those gifts down! I just reached #1000 yesterday… was a bit happy/sad about it! I am starting back at 1 today… and guess what? You are on my list!)
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..Five Minute Friday – REMEMBER

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      I didn’t even realize I was counting! Yes, you are right, I must begin to record them again. Beautiful words over at your place today!

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    Jenn
    March 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I spotted your icon on the links for 5 Min Fri and realized you’re the same Barbie who visited and commented on my blog. Thanks. (there wasn’t a link to your blog in the comment).

    In this world today, especially today – with all the mind games (through games, special effects, fast fast fast text, speaking, and so forth) – we forget the goodness of God. His grace and mercy abounds in this world, especially today – if we take it in our hearts and lives.

    Thanks for reminding me!

    Jenn, Link #11 5 Min Fri
    Jenn recently posted..5 Minute Friday: Prompt: Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Jenn, thanks for stopping by. I comment on your blog with a different account. I never remember to change accounts when I reply. 🙂

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    AlyssaZ
    March 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Remembering the goodness of the Lord sounds so easy, but is so hard in the instant moments. I need to ‘pull myself and choose to walk forward’!
    AlyssaZ recently posted..FMF: Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      You can do it. I’m routing for you! Thanks for stopping by AlyssaZ!

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    jennifer peterson
    March 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    oh so beautiful Barbie! What a great reminder to focus on the good and the great things God does for us!! Have a great week !!
    jennifer peterson recently posted..Remember

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      Barbie
      March 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Blessings to you my friend!

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    Positively Alene
    March 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This is beautiful. I had the opportunity to sing Sunday, which was a treat after being away from leading worship for a year. We sang, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Such power there!! I hope you’re praying about Guatemala and seeing God’s goodness there. It’s overwhelming.
    Positively Alene recently posted..the gift of memory keeps me tossing.

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      Barbie
      March 23, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Oh friend, He promises the we will see His goodness! AMEN!

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    denise
    March 23, 2013 at 12:25 am

    You always bless.
    denise recently posted..Five Minute Friday-Remember

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      Barbie
      March 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Thank you Denise!

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    Dolly@Soulstops
    March 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

    You and your stunning and beautiful heart….so grateful for God’s goodness in His unconditional undeserved love, and for my patient husband, and when our girl giggles…blessings to you, my friend…continuing to pray for you 🙂
    Dolly@Soulstops recently posted..Five Minute Fridays: Remember

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      Barbie
      March 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Thank you Dolly! I appreciate you!

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    Jennifer
    March 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    “His nearness, His very presence, is my good.” You, my friend, make me smile. You remind me of His hope. His Spirit in you turns my heart to Him. Thank you. xo
    Jennifer recently posted..That true self

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      Barbie
      March 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Ahh, thank you my friend!

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