Browsing Category

My 5 Minute Fridays

10 In My 5 Minute Fridays

Speak // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


God has given me a voice. At times it’s a laid back, shy, “I don’t want anyone to hear me” voice. It fears what others may think if I were to speak my mind. It is timid and crouches in the dark corner, where no one will hear it. I have a voice, yet I’m afraid to speak up, so I cower down and assume the thoughts and ideas of another.

Yet there are times when I do speak my mind, and then I put my foot in my mouth and wish I hadn’t spoken so freely, without thinking, without putting myself in the place of the one I was speaking to. Sometimes I want to be heard so badly the timing is wrong and then I have to go and take back everything I’ve said. But you can never grab words back once they are spoken. Words are powerful, they can bring life and death.

You can never grab words back once they are spoken. #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet

All of my life I spoke death to my spirit with negative thought patterns. It has taken me years to reverse those lies spoken over myself and replace them with the truth of God’s word. I still struggle with certain thoughts, but God comes to speak over me with His truth and once again I find myself surrendering to the person that God created me to be.

Sometimes I speak too much as my mind is racing with thoughts, situations and cares. It’s hard to slow down and listen. I want to be quiet, to hear the yearnings of my own heart, and to hear the Lord speak to me. It’s one of the many wonders, that God would come and speak to me.

Kari Jobe has a beautiful song, Speak to Me, which talks about the beauty of God’s voice. Listen to it if you get the chance.

God has given me a voice to speak of His wonders and glory. In return, I will slow down and listen when He speaks to me.

God has given me a voice to speak of His wonders and glory. #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 In Faith/ My 5 Minute Fridays

Place // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


There is a song that I sing that talks about Jesus coming to take His place in the center of my heart. It’s a cry for Him to come and inhabit all of the cracks and crevices, all of the voids and barren places. It’s a yearning for God to have first place in my heart.

Sometimes I feel as if I’m begging Him to come to a place that He should already inhabit, my whole heart. But life gets in the way sometimes and I move through my days filling up my needy heart with everything but God — friends, family, food, television, social media. There is something in me that yearns for connection, to be noticed, to be filled. But anything but the presence of the living God will leave me broken and empty.

I must ask myself this question: “Is there room enough in my heart for Jesus to come and take His place?”

Is there room enough in my heart for Jesus to come and take His place? #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet

If I am honest, most days I would have to admit that there is not. I live a cluttered life and there are so many other things competing for my time and attention. I get this picture in my head of Jesus standing in the darkest corner of my heart. There is light all around Him and a gentle and peaceful look upon His face. He sees all of the other things in my heart that are taking up space, but He doesn’t ask me to remove them. The question He asks instead is, “Can I have your whole heart?” God in His kindness leaves it up to me to make space for Him. I know that if I ask Him to, He will help me declutter my heart so that He can abide.

Jesus wants my whole heart. He wants to abide there in that place fully and completely, and while I do believe He comes and He is there, I don’t want him pushed off in a dark corner while all of the other things compete for first place.

I love God and I know that He loves me, but it’s a constant battle to give Him the place He deserves in my heart. I am thankful that He is patient with me. I am thankful that when I cry out for Him to come and fill me, He does. But if I truly want to be filled to overflowing, Jesus must have first place in my heart.

Do you struggle to give God first place in your heart? Ask Him to help you declutter your heart so that He can come and abide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 In My 5 Minute Fridays

Inspire // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


Inspire. My prayer is that I do that in my own life — inspire others to be loving, encouraging, honest, hardworking, creative, truthful, compassionate, Christ-like.

There was a time in my life when inspiration was flowing in all sorts of ways. I once put color on fingertips and painted the most creative pieces during worship and called it art. I sang on the worship team and used my less-than-perfect voice to give Him glory. Even if He was the only one smiling when I did. I taught Sunday school and told Bible stories to preschoolers in creative and fun ways. There was a time where I wrote more as inspiration flowed from a deep and abiding intimacy with the Lord. Life was flowing out of me in many ways and I felt inspired from the inside out.

But life has a way of sucking the inspiration right out of you, if you let it. I am tired of living in the past, but I can’t seem to catch up with life, to slow down enough to be inspired in other ways. I serve a creative God whose inspiration never runs dry. For me, it’s learning to see with new eyes, to reach up and lay hold of this life He’s given me. I know that deep under the layers of disappointment lies inspiration so life-giving if only I would grab a hold of it. I don’t want to long for past inspiration, but I want to move forward and be inspired in fresh, new ways.

I serve a creative God whose inspiration never runs dry. #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet

I may not paint at church, but I can find a corner in my house and continue making art.
I may not sing on the worship team, but I can still use my voice to glorify the Lord.
I may not teach Sunday school, but I can find creative ways to share what God is teaching me.
I may not write a lot these days, but I pray that what I do write will inspire others in some way.

What inspires you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 In My 5 Minute Fridays

Collect // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


As a little girl, I collected Barbie Dolls. My bed also was not complete without my family of stuffed animals that lined the edges of my bed. As I grew up, I’ve collected a few different things, none of which I still collect today:

Teaspoons
Tea cups
Pretty stationary
Beanie Babies
Sea Shells

Life is busy and money is short so I don’t have the time or resources to collect many things anymore. These days, my focus is on collecting the beauty that lies amidst the rubble in my life, as well as capturing the moments that are fleeting. Every day I am given beautiful memories to tuck away and bring out when I need to remember that God is good. My collection of “God moments” among the bittersweet and beautiful in my life are a testimony to the love, grace and forgiveness of a God whose hand is never too short.

You may not find me at the local thrift shop collecting another spoon or tea cup, but you will find me intentionally seeking out beauty in every aspect of my life and collecting the love, laughter and memories that remind me of His presence every day.

What do you collect that reminds you of God’s presence in your life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 In My 5 Minute Fridays

Play // Five Minute Friday

Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


Summer brings long days of sunshine and warm nights. When I was a child, I lived for nights of Kick the Can, Hide N Go Seek, Hopscotch, Jump Rope and bike riding. I would play outside with friends for hours until I heard the voice of my mother telling me it was time to come in.

Life today doesn’t afford me a lot of play time, or so it seems. My days are spent working and my nights are filled with cooking, cleaning, running the kids here and there and taking care of my family. But if I were to allow myself time to play outside on a warm summer night, here are some things I imagine I would do:

fly a kite
run through the sprinklers
dip my toes in the creek
chase a fire fly
eat s’mores by the fire
sleep under the stars
ride a ferris wheel
catch a movie at the drive in theatre
worship around the camp fire
walk on the beach at sunset

How do you like to play on a warm summer night?

How do you like to play on a warm summer night? #fmfparty Click To Tweet