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i haven’t done one of these for a while… so here goes!

 

from where i sit i can see a messy lived in desk, kids artwork, school certificates, photos of the ones i love

i can see my chunky rings, identity definers

my ipod, charging for whatever my night brings

sunscreen and leave in conditioner – the essentials for summer and swimming

i see my life, in micro

things and things that represent doing and purpose, dreaming and potential, destiny and promise

 

i see grace and gratitude, God’s hand at work in and through my life, His great tapestry and master craftsmanship

 

there are times when i don’t see, where i feel distracted and discouraged

when the clutter and the things choke creativity and confidence

it takes refocus and refixing my eyes upon God

(and sometimes a desk tidy!)

 

Psalm 121:1  I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from?

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

i will see the unseen.  i will see and trust.

i will look past the today’s into tomorrow.

i will see the testimony of my past and the promise for the future.

i will see God, my loving heavenly Father, creator of heaven and earth.

i will see hope.  grace.

 

from where i sit i can see i am not alone.  Jesus is near.

 

 

 

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i love how God puts us in family

not just the people we marry and the children we have, the parents we were born to and the siblings by blood

but family by the blood of Jesus

brothers and sisters in Christ

often we live island lives

instead of embracing the gift of community

of wise voices

warm embraces

shoulders to snot on

experience to draw upon

people to walk alongside

people who we CAN be real with, honest with, authentic with

people who are there to support us

to lift us up

to encourage

to give grace

we are called to be a family who accepts and loves with truth and kindness

who challenges and gives of each other

adopted together, bound together, united together

this family loves

this family laughs

this family grows

 

and what a gift is this for women

created for community and relationship

lets be brave

lets be family

 

if you want to go fast, go alone

if you want to go far, go together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands

See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands

Isaiah 49:16

 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that all who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  The gift of God is salvation.  Grace.  Acceptance.  Innocence.  Eternity.  Peace with God.

But even more so and more personal – His salvation is an invitation to relationship.

Its not just a golden ticket, but a welcome to be called a child of God.

To be loved, and to love.

So much so that our names are inscribed, engraved, written, tattooed, scared upon His hands.

 

Today, remember, YOU are loved.

 

Isaiah 49:16 goes on to say “your walls are continuously before Me.”  We are always in His heart.

You are on the mind of God.  You are on His radar. 

 

He wrote your name on His hands.

 

 

 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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worship reinforces what matters most,

reminds us of truths we forget

and renews our desire to live what we believe.  Rick Warren

 

worship reinforces that what matters most is seen in the light of eternity, grace and love

that i am created to love God and be loved by Him

that i am a child of God, my life finding purpose in my relationship to Him, my Father

that He is greater

that He is good

that His heart is kind

that He is powerful, eternal, faithful, mighty

His Word will remain, His promises are unshakeable and unfailing

 

 

worship reminds me of the truth that i so easily forget

that He loves me

that His ways are good and great

that i can trust Him

that He holds the universe in His hands and that nothing is impossible for Him

that He is greater

that He is good

 

 

 

worship renews my desire to live to know Him and make Him known

i fall in love all over again

amazed and awed and His power and grace, His love and His kindness, His justice and might

it renews my desire that others also know Him

that they encounter Him for real

 

 

in worship i hope, i am free

i hear His voice

He guides me and leads me, restores my soul

 

 

 

some of my favourite worship songs that remind me how BIG and AWESOME God is are:

ANCHOR – HILLSONG

CORNERSTONE – HILLSONG

GREATER – ELEVATION CHURCH

ANCHOR – BETHEL CHURCH

 

 

 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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i feel really small when a 6.6 earthquake hits the town where my parents live.

i feel really small when my daughter has a potentially life threatening allergy reaction.

i feel small sending my kids to school each day.

i feel small, often.

life is fragile.

this world is broken, groaning, crying out for restoration and renewal and for the return of The King.

 

but my God is big.  bigger than i can even comprehend or define.

He is the one who breathed out the stars, spoke and there was light, who created the universe and holds all things in His hands.

 

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  Colossians 1:14-16

 

He is the healer, the storm calmer, the life giver.

He knows my days, my hours, my minutes, my thoughts.

 

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.  Psalm 139:4-5

 

i am secure in His might and love.

i am safe in His grace and power.

i belong to Jesus.

i AM small.  but He is amazing.

i put my trust in Him.

 

 

 

*** worship reinforces what matters most, reminds us of truths we forget and renews our desire to live what we believe.  Rick Warren

some of my favourite worship songs that remind me how BIG and AWESOME God is are:

ANCHOR – HILLSONG

CORNERSTONE – HILLSONG

GREATER – ELEVATION CHURCH

ANCHOR – BETHEL CHURCH

 

 

 

 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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lonely spaces can be lovely spaces.

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

 

yes i know its the semantics. 

when we often think of the word lonely we think of aloneness, brokenness, lack, sorrow.

but what if it is our perception that defines whether a space is lonely or lovely in our lives.

what if we turned that time when we’re finding ourselves relationally into time when we draw closer to God?

just as Jesus did.

what if we viewed the season as a time of growth and an opportunity to pray and read and say yes to God?

 

God is with us.  Jesus is with us.

always.

 

i think when we draw into the loveliness of God’s presence and find our security in Him then He is able to sustain us and fill our lives.

time and time again it says in psalms – YOU are my portion.  You fill me.  You satisfy me.  In YOU in find my security.

Psalm 16:5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

Psalm 145:16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 142:5 I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

 

and the good news is God’s promise : Psalm 68:6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

lonely spaces can become lovely spaces

 

but not to dismiss lonely feelings and lonely situations – please hear my heart here – loneliness is one of the worst feelings in the world!  when i was growing up we moved heaps, i was always the new girl.  a new school, a new uniform, a new set of people to know.  loneliness was my reality.  loneliness eroded how i felt about myself.  it ebbed away my sense of security.  that loneliness that makes you feel unwanted and unseen – thats not lovely. 

it wasnt until i became a christian that that lonely space was filled.  and my experience of loneliness makes me step out to those that are new around me, to create friendships and intentional connections.  i don’t want people to live lonely for any longer than they need to.  it stretches my boarders to invite new people into my life.  i learned from loneliness.  

 

ps i thought this post was fabulous by lisa jo : when you wonder why everyone else seems to have friends 

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i believe that our lives tell a story.

they tell a story of a great hero, a rescuer, who loves with a great love and does amazing exploits to prove that, despite the circumstances and the obstacles, overcoming and courageous, determined and kind, wise and powerful.

our lives tell the story of Jesus.

my life tells His story.

in my ordinary life i am a demonstration of His reality and His power and His grace.

He is my greatest hero.  my rescuer.  my redeemer.

He loves me with a great love and died on the cross as the greatest exploit to save me.

despite the circumstances, the obstacles, my rebellion

He prevails.

He is the hero.

He uses my life to show His love, to show His reality, to show His grace.

that His love never fails.

that He makes all things beautiful.

that as far as the east is from the west He removes our sins from us.

that He makes us His. 

that He loves us first.

my story has had some ups and downs.  i have rebelled, strayed, cooled, disappointed.  i have loved, served, being faithful.

but constantly, He is.

constantly, He will be.

i want my life to tell a good story.  a story that reveals His greatness and goodness.  a story that is raw and powerful and that compels others to live for Jesus.  i want my story to engage with people and draw them in to hear HIs heart.

my life is being written now.  i am writing my life.  the pages of my past are written in pen but the pages of my future are yet unformed. 

by my choices i am “picking my path” (loved those books as a child!)

by my choices i am choosing to follow with the hero, or to walk my own way.

but i am confident of this one thing, that i am loved.  that i am called.  that i am forgiven.

even if the red pen is used in my life story, His promise is that He will use all things for the good of those who love Him, for His glory, for His fame, for His story.

He is the hero.  He is the main character. 

Its all about Him.

 

 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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*** WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS

last night my hubby and i went out to the movies, while a couple from our housegroup stayed at home with our short ones.  we had been given movie vouchers for our local theatre and the ONLY movie on that night (that was not an art or foreign film) was Wolverine in 3D.  Now i love action movies.  i adore star trek.  watched xmen. but i’ve never bonded with wolverine.  and part of me loved hugh jackman in les miserables so much that i thought i might of being disappointed with hugh jackman as wolverine, or expected him to burst into song.  and was i in the mood for an action movie?  but that was our option.  and so we grabbed it with both hands.

and i was pleasantly surprised.  i loved wolverine.  my husband was not surprised.  he knew i would.

 

wolverine is exactly the type of hero i love.  raw.  real.  rough.  broken.

and more so in this movie than any of his others.

near the beginning of the movie he is infected with a “thing” that reduces his ability to heal.  he is weak.  fragile.  vulnerable.  yet everything within him reaches out to protect and defend, to fight for justice.  he gets wounded, bleeds and is tired, all things that are not familiar for him.  he is broken.  and he knows it.

he also knows the solution is to cut it out of his heart.  to essential risk his life and die in order to live.  in order for him to be who he is and to bring justice and life, he must overcome.

 

i’ve given away so much already. sorry for the spoilers.  and i’m not sure the analogy will totally mix, but its my thoughts in five minutes right…?

 

and i sat there and it kind of struck me. 

i am broken.  i am raw and real.  not so rough or tough. 

i am, i was a sinner. 

and it took the death of my Saviour, Jesus Christ, to rescue and redeem me.

You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:21-22

Jesus was broken for me.

 

He suffered and endured
great pain for us,
but we thought his suffering
was punishment from God.
He was wounded and crushed
because of our sins;
by taking our punishment,
he made us completely well.
All of us were like sheep
that had wandered off.
We had each gone our own way,
but the Lord gave him
the punishment we deserved.
He was painfully abused,
but he did not complain.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin
Isaiah 53

Jesus was broken for me.   His death brought me life.  His death exchanged my sin for His righteousness.

i am unbroken because of Jesus.  i am whole because of Jesus.  i am healed because of Jesus.  i am restored because of Jesus.

i can live, in this life and eternally, because of Jesus.

 

 

 

ps and if i havent spoiled it – go see wolverine.  its great.  sit and wait for the credits to finish.  believe me, you’ll be glad.  everyone else in the theatre left but my hubby said wait… wait… wait… and then boom.  secret knowledge. 

 

 

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog (and her one on IN BETWEEN is really good this week!) and thought it sounded fun!

So, let’s do this thing. Let’s write.

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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last week i was thinking about all the hats i wear, all the roles i fill, the opportunities present in my life, all the people and groups i belong with

and reading over it again i feel such a full heart

that i am privileged to belong to such an amazing family, an amazing church, an amazing group of friends

these people and places weave who i am

they are the fabric that make up my life

i belong to them and they belong to me

they have made their home in my heart

 

but the most important place i belong is with God

He first and foremost defines who i am, where i belong

He fills my heart with His belongingness so that other people and places aren’t being used to compensate for lack

@timkellernyc If we are created by a creator then we are made to think everything in terms of relationship with him. That’s where you’ll find joy.

 

i belong to jesus

my life is not my own

@JudWilhite We need to remember what Jesus did because it defines who we are. #Revelation

He gave everything that i might be set free

that i would be made new, holy, innocent

that i would become family and belong with Him, to Him

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i find it really easy to say to someone else “you’re beautiful” and mean it.

not so much about myself.

i like my hair, i like my style, when i smile my eyes twinkle… but beautiful.  not so much.

and yeah, i’m working on it.

because i don’t think that’s good enough.  i think its a lie.  i think its not true.

yet it destabilises me, can make me feel insecure.

it can make me want to hide and shrink back instead of stepping forward.

its a limitation.

and to confess it is like a dirty little secret, its a hidden shame that i carry on the inside.

I don’t know if it is because for so long I’d had some visible external “stuff” that made me feel self conscious – eczema on my body and my face.  I got so used to looking in the mirror and seeing the eczema and not the me behind it.  I don’t know if its because i’m in the second half of my thirties with two kids.  I don’t know if its because i’m short and curvy.   But really, they’re just excuses.  an excuse to excuse away my self doubt.

i’m learning to line up my perception with God’s reality.

He says I’m beautiful.

He says I’m His.

i’m learning to line up my perception with other peoples encouragement.

My husband says I’m beautiful.

My kids say I’m beautiful.

My friends say I’m beautiful.

People at church say I’m beautiful.

I’m learning to smile and say thank you, and mean it and not add a but in my head, to discount it with a shrug.

I’m learning to replace any doubt with trust.

I’m learning to let go and just be me, to embrace my style and to live outwards. 

(Even if that means I cant dye my hair anymore!)

Because God made me beautiful.  He has crafted my outside and inside to bring Him joy.

 

I am beautiful.

 

PS – have you seen the Dove Real Beauty Forensic Drawings Clip… You Are More Beautiful Than You Think… + the men’s parody version (sooooo funny!)

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog (and her one on IN BETWEEN is really good this week!) and thought it sounded fun!

So, let’s do this thing. Let’s write.

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. 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..

OK, are you ready?

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