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Five Minute Friday: Why

It’s the Friday after another tragic school shooting.

Closer to home, another week of trying to keep plates spinning.  Good news and bad news all around us.  Trying to keep our emotional balance in the midst of it all.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday Community. Today’s word is why.

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It’s the question we ask God when we don’t understand.

It’s the question that tortures us when we can’t make sense of life.

It’s the question that haunts us when our world turns upside down and we can’t catch our breath.

Because trying to understand, trying to make sense of the unknowable is as human as the quest for air to breathe.

We grasp at it.  We struggle at it. We wrestle and fight and cry.

Until peace comes.  Or acceptance.  That we will never know for sure.  That we will never understand.  But it’s still okay.

God is still God.  He is still loving.  In spite of the circumstances.  He grieves with us as a broken world tears at our soul.

Even if we don’t know why.

We can still sit in the cleft of His hand.

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Five Minute Friday: Privilege

Winter is in full force this weekend.  Cold is a pervasive enemy.

See what’s saving my life this winter.

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday Community.

This week’s word is privilege.

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I admit it.

I don’t always count it a privilege to serve.

It’s easy to romanticize Mother Teresa’s work, but the reality is, serving is often tiring, uncomfortable and thankless.

Compassion propels you on, an empathy and sympathy for someone in need.

Rather than seek your own comfort, you seek theirs.

And, in the end, all that is needed is perspective.

Because He will give strength to the weary.

And when the journey is complete, the truth will be known.

It’s a privilege to serve.

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Five Minute Friday: Agree

It’s Friday!

Time for the brain-stretching challenge of writing on a one word prompt for five minutes.

Time to find the courage to post unpolished work.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

This week’s word is agree.

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There’s a few different arenas where it’s critical to agree.

One is on a team or partnership or marriage.

Another is in relationship with God.

To agree is to become of the same mind.  To disagree is to hold a different opinion or belief.

On a team, it might take a lot of work to become of the same mind.  It might involve compromise. Or seeing things from a different point of view.  Or giving up the right to have your own way.

Doing the hard work to come to a good agreement pays off.

It’s easier to take short cuts.  To not do the hard work.

Stay the course.  Respectfully explore the issues.  Delve in deep.

Craft an agreement that everyone can endorse whole heartedly.

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Five Minute Friday: Surrender

It’s Friday!

Another crazy week.  Trying hard to fit a Couch to 5K program into my life.  Some days there’s just too many pieces of life to cram them all in.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

This week’s word is surrender.

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Surrender means to give up.

Give up the right to control.  Give up the right to call the shots.  Give up the right to have your own way.

It’s a hard thing for me to do.

But, it comes down to, who are you surrendering to?

Surrendering to a controlling person who doesn’t have your best interests in mind is one thing.

Surrendering to a loving God who knows the future, who has a plan and ultimately has your best interests in mind is totally different.

Granted, it’s not always easy to know where God is leading.

But, it is possible to live life open handed, willing to surrender when the leading is clear.

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Five Minute Friday: Intentional

Where has this month gone?

Here we are on another Friday, linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community.

This week’s word is intentional.

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It’s ironic that this week’s word is intentional.

I’ve been beating my head against the wall on a blog post that I just can’t pull together.  It’s  about what kids need, ages 0 to 18.

It comes from my desire to be more intentional with grandparenting than I was with parenting, but it’s bigger than that, too.

It’s about what kids need in general.  What they need from the church.  What they need from their parents.  What they’re learning from our culture.  The messages they get from different sources that aren’t helpful.

Advertisers are generally not thinking of kids’ best interests.  The educational system has a lot of pros and cons.

What can we do to be intentional about what kids are really learning?

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Five Minute Friday: Simplify

Well, Christmas officially ended (even though our tree is still up) when we took our college kid to the airport.

Our weather has been crazy– snow, warm days and freezing rain.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew.

Writing five minutes on a word prompt. Today’s word is simplify.

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I mentally cringe when I think of the word “simplify”.

It reminds me of purge and declutter, two things I’m terrible at.

I love the idea of simple living.

But getting there seems impossible.

I think some of it comes down to decision fatigue. Purging and decluttering involves making lots of decisions. I get stuck. I get overwhelmed. I quit.

Attacking paper clutter while a timer is going has helped.

When the timer goes off, I stop. It doesn’t matter if there were decisions I couldn’t make. It doesn’t matter if the job is done. I put in my time and made progress.

Maybe that approach will work in other areas, too.

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Five Minute Friday: Motivate

I’ve missed Five Minute Friday.  It’s good to be back.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

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I’ve fallen off the exercise bandwagon countless times. Also, countless times I’ve started new programs.

So, I didn’t anticipate that this time would be so hard.

Just like a rocket leaving earth’s gravity, getting started takes more momentum than continuing on.

It took a lot of pieces to get a new exercise program off the ground this time.

I needed a strong why to overcome resistance.

I needed help overcoming the technical obstacles.

I needed new shoes.

I needed to work and re-work my schedule (and re-work it again) to pull it off.

I needed a time-bound goal to work for: running a 5K on March 25th.

Motivate has a lot of components. I forgot how complex it was.

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Five Minute Friday: Different

Our college kid is home!  Thankful to have him here and for a safe airport run in spite of storms blowing in.

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

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I’m wondering why humans hate being different.

Is it the fear of ridicule, rejection, judgment?

Kids want to dress the same.  They want to have what their friends have.  They want to achieve the same things or one up the next guy.

We generally don’t like standing out from the crowd if it garners unwanted attention.

What would happen if we embraced our differences?   If we were truly thankful for them?  If we didn’t try to hide them?

How much bolder could we live life?

Maybe it’s a reward worth changing our mindset for.

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Five Minute Friday: Only

It’s Friday!

This week brought our first snowfall, plus busy days at the store, basketball games, and all the usual December angst.

I’m amazed at how the pressure of writing for five minutes produces a different type of creativity than when I write without the pressure.

Linking up again this week with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

This week’s word is:  only.

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If only . . .

Two of the saddest words in the English language.

Pregnant with regret.

Wistful to re-write history.

Because we can’t go back. We can’t make changes. All we have is the present and the future.

We cling to the promise that there is no condemnation.

That the years the locusts have eaten will be restored.

In spite of the dark clouds of the past, the future is bright.

We have hope.

We don’t have to live with regret.

We can even be grateful for the treacherous, winding trail that has brought us here.

We know how the story ends, so we don’t have to wallow in the sadness of if only . . .

Our eyes are fixed on the bright tomorrow.

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Five Minute Friday: Near

It’s Friday!

In spite of being a good week, overall, this morning was chock full of frustrations and irritations and roadblocks.

The Five Minute Friday words tend to make me philosophical.  Which is fine. That’s my happy place.

This week’s word is: near.  Linking up with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

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God is near to the broken hearted.

It’s hard to know what to say to people who are hurting.

So many things aren’t helpful.  So many things aren’t sensitive.

And, in spite of good intentions, so many things don’t land where you want them to.

The God of all comfort gives peace that passes understanding.

That brings us hope.

And when we’re hurting, hope is what we need.

The hope that God is near to the broken hearted.  He is compassionate.  He cares for widows and orphans and sparrows.  He knows the needs.  He knows us inside and out, down to the hairs on our head.

If we can grasp that, we have hope.

If we can share hope with the hurting, it doesn’t matter too much what we say.

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