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Five Minute Friday: Release

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our week has been relatively slow paced, with just enough time to start planning for our busy summer.

Snow on the ground reminds us that it isn’t truly Spring yet, but the promise is there.

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

This week’s word is release.

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I can’t think of the word release without thinking of fish.

You know the ones you throw back.

They’re too small.  They don’t measure up. You don’t want to keep them.

But, the truth is, the hardest things for me to release are ideas, hopes, dreams and expectations.  And the fears.  Those are hard, too.

I get a death grip on how I think the future should unfold.  Even if it’s just my morning.

It’s hard to let go.

It’s hard to have open hands.  It’s hard to move on to plan b and c and f and g.

Because, we’re programmed to hit numbers.

We want success.

We want plans to work out.

When the reality is, we’re not called to that.

We’re called to faithfulness.

We’re called to trust.

We’re called to deal with heart issues.

Irregardless of numbers.  Irregardless of success.  Irregardless of a plan coming together.

God, help me pry those fingers open.

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Five Minute Friday: Settle

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

How glorious to celebrate the greatest event in history.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday community to write for five minutes on the word prompt settle.

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I have not read Megyn Kelly’s autobiography, Settle For More, but I resonate with the message.

Apparently, Megyn was inspired by a quote from Dr Phil when he said, “The only difference between you and someone you envy is that you settle for less.”

She took it to heart and started expecting more of herself and her career.

I resonate with that because I believe to my core that we were created for abundant life.

I also believe we experience it much, much less than God intended.

Why is that?

Maybe because we believe lies about ourself.  Or lies about life. Or even lies about God.

Maybe we carry too many worries instead of laying them down.

Maybe we strive and over plan and manipulate when we should be resting, being still and waiting.

Whatever causes it,  I know I want life abundant.

Maybe I won’t be doing it Megyn’s way, but I know I want to settle for more.

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Five Minute Friday: Routine

It’s Friday!

I’m running my first 5K tomorrow.  I expect to finish.  I expect to be slow. Whatever happens, the training has been good and I’ve learned a lot.

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

Today’s word is routine.

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I love routine.

I love my routine.

I love the tweaks I’ve made to my routine in the past couple of years.

I love discovering insights that make my life better and incorporating those insights into my routine.

For example, after I discovered I had Hashimoto’s, I started drinking hot lemon water sweetened with stevia first thing in the morning.  Turns out, people with Hashimoto’s have low stomach acid.  Who knew?

When our mail was stacking up on the kitchen counter and then transferred to the desk in the bedroom, I looked for a way to tame the paper tiger.

I finally realized that due to decision fatigue, I couldn’t handle dealing with the mail at the end of the day.  I started tackling it, three minutes at a time, in the morning.  What a huge difference!

When I noticed a tendency in myself to be critical of my husband and focus on the negative, I started a simple habit of sending a Facebook message to him every morning listing the things I wanted to thank him for.  Revolutionary!

These tweaks to my routine made such a big difference in my life, it made it hard to handle when something messed with my routine.

That’s when I discovered the biggest danger in having a great morning routine.

Like I said, I love discovering insights that make my life better.

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Have a great weekend!

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Five Minute Friday: Provide

I don’t know how it could be Friday already and the middle of March.

Thankful for warmer temperatures, the promise of Spring and the hope of Easter.

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

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God doesn’t always provide in the way we think He will.

We pray for healing sometimes and He doesn’t heal.

We pray for protection sometimes and we aren’t protected.

We pray for wisdom and direction and still feel lost.

It’s hard to pray for God’s provision when you don’t understand His ways.

And, yet, our beliefs are shaped by our experiences.

Somehow, we have to make sense of what we experience through the grid of what we believe.

Believing in a loving, all-powerful God becomes more difficult when He doesn’t provide in the way that we ask.  How can He be loving?  How can He be all-powerful?  How can He be those things and still deny my requests?  This is what we wrestle with.

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P.S.  I surprised myself when I counted up 55 book reviews that I wrote in 2017.  One book emerged as my favorite.  Read about it here.

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Five Minute Friday: Tired

It’s Friday.

Even though there’s a little snow on the ground, there’s still a promise of Spring in the air.

The end of a difficult season is in sight.  We’re going to make it.

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

This week’s word is tired.

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“I just can’t take it anymore.”

“I can’t live like this.”

“I’m so tired.  I refuse to go on this way.”

These are statements of desperation.  They are statements of hopelessness.  Statements of reaching the end.

But, ironically, it’s a good place to be.

Because it means that things are about to change.

I wonder if any real life change happens without reaching this point.

Because you have to hate it.  You have to be desperate for change.  You have to be at the point where you’re ready to make the sacrifices and fight for change.

You have to be propelled and motivated.

It’s that desperation and deep longing for things to change that propels and motivates.  It’s that desire to have a different outcome that fuels the sacrifices.

Half-hearted won’t get you there.

Passive longing won’t make things change.

You have to hate the pit you’re in.

You have to identify your why.

You have to remember that point of desperation.

Be thankful for it.

Because that’s the first step.

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Five Minute Friday: Regret

How did it get to be Friday already?

What a week.  Grateful that Pete’s home safely from South America.  Wrapping up basketball with a bang.  Never a dull moment.

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

This week’s word is regret.

Regret has got to be one of the saddest words in the English language, right up there with “if only”.

Who wants to wallow in regret?

How can we avoid it?

Can we live intentionally, by our principles and in obedience so that we can avoid the terrible feeling of regret?

Why not?

Why not choose ahead of time how we want to live so that we can rest our heads on our pillows every night without regret?

Why not create a life that we’re proud of?

Why not make the changes that we need to so that we can live with no regrets?

I didn’t say it was easy.  I didn’t say that we wouldn’t need supernatural help.

But, why not?

Who wants to live with regrets?

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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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