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31 Days of Loving Well & FMF: Discover

Discover

Discover
verb
: to see, find, or become aware of (something) for the first time
: to show the presence of (something hidden or difficult to see) : to make (something) known
: to learn or find out (something surprising or unexpected)


Is there anyone we take for granted more,
assume that we know so well
that we do not see the need
to discover anything new about them,
than our loved ones (family and friends?)

This is the place into which today’s FMF prompt has ushered me –
The recognition that I have not taken the time to ask questions of my loved ones.

Do not get me wrong. I do ask how they are doing and, most of the time, listen closely as they speak.

It is also true that, especially for my siblings, I can sometimes sense that something is not okay, just by the sound of their voices or what they do not say.

But I realize that there are details of their lives that I do not know.

Yes, it is true that, as the youngest in a large family, aspects of their lives occurred before I was born.

But this makes it even more necessary for me to intentionally create opportunities for them to tell me their stories.

To have them tell and me listen with caring curiosity, is an act of loving well.


Today’s post was written for Day 20 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series, and Five Minute Friday. This series, 31 Days of Loving Well, is part of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes event. The prompt is, “Discover.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.

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Place

He took my place.

I have had kind strangers hold my place in a slowly moving line while I stepped out of my place to look at an item that caught my eye, and allowed me to return to my place at the end of my wanderings.

But He, the Word made flesh, did not hold my place. He took my place. He became the propitiation for my sins. My substitute. He assumed my obligations. Met all the requirements for redemption that I could never meet. And He did this once and for all. “For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him]” (Romans 6:10, AMP). Because of His sacrifice I can sing out this truth –

Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Place.” The lyrics quoted are from the song, “Who You Say I am,” written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan. Links were added after five minutes had expired.

More

Abba Father, You cannot love me any more than You already do because You who are Love, You love me unconditionally, perfectly, eternally.

You cannot become more powerful for You are already Almighty.

You cannot provide more grace because Your grace is and always has been sufficient.

You cannot be more compassionate because You are full of compassion and plenteous in mercy.

You cannot be more constant because You are faithful and unchanging.

You cannot learn anything about me, come to know me better because You are omniscient.

You cannot provide more comfort because You are the God of all comfort who comforts us in all  our troubles.

Elohim, Adonai, it is I who needs to be more — more aware of my desperate need of You. More focused on You and Your purpose. More yielded to Your will. //More quick to forgive. More loving. More of who You created me to be for Your glory. Help me, Yahweh.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “More.” The content behind the // was written after 5 minutes were completed.

Search

We search for things misplaced, lost, or which we want to discover. How we search is influenced by the value we have ascribed to that for which we search. For example, for a misplaced travel document that I will need in 72 hours or less, you will find me searching thoroughly with breath prayers increasing in frequency and urgency.

Much like the woman described in the parable of the lost coin. The Bible notes that for that coin, equated by one commentary to a day’s wages, she would light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it. Until she finds it. There is no giving up. No shrugging of the shoulders. No nonchalance. She would search carefully until she finds it.

And I think of this amazing promise from our Father, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).” No He is not lost// or misplaced. He tells us the conditions for finding Him because He wants us to know Him intimately.

Prayer: Father, I confess that, frequently, my seeking after You is casual. I am too often distracted by lesser things from my pursuit of You. Father, may I seek You wholeheartedly and consistently, and experience the reality of Psalm 42:1, “Just like a deer that craves streams of water, my whole being craves you, God” (CEB).

I am joining (on a Saturday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Search.” The content behind the // was written after 5 minutes had expired. The parable of the lost coin is found in Luke 15:8-9.

Just

Elohim, the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens pays attention to details.

For example, for the building of the ark that housed Noah, his family, and the living creatures during the flood,

and all components of the Tabernacle – the thread, the altars, the priestly garments, the offerings and everything else,

His directions were precise.

And He expected them to be fulfilled just as He provided them.

Exactly. Precisely.

And it was said of Noah and Moses that they did just as God commanded them (Genesis 6:22; Exodus 40:16).

And Jesus, the Word made flesh, the One through whom all things were created said this of Himself, “I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me” (John 14:31).

And although I sometimes act as if His commandments to me are negotiable, the same level of obedience is expected of me.

For those who love obey. Exactly. Precisely.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Just.” All Scripture references are from the New International Version translation. The definition of “Just” is from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

Confident

I am confident because …

  • Even before He made the world, God loved me and chose me in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt me into His own family by bringing me to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:4-5, NLT).
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14).
  • God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose me in Him before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined me to adoption as His by Jesus Christ to Himself, and He made me accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:3-6, NKJV).
  • God is working in me, giving me the desire and power to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13) and He will never give up on me. He is doing a good work in me and will continue working until Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6).

Because of these and other truths, I can be confident in every situation. My confidence is not self-based, it is God-based. As the Apostle Paul stated, “This is the kind of confidence we have in and through the Anointed toward our God. Don’t be mistaken; in and of ourselves we know we have little to offer, but any competence or value we have comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5, VOICE).

I am joining (on a Sunday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Confident.” I am #speakingtruthtomyself today and sharing it, perchance you need to hear it also, as you face a new week. Take courage (my) heart.

Five Minute Friday: Build

I was not good at Math in college. The passage of time revealed a contributing factor. There was a year in high school when a change in teachers resulted in me missing essential knowledge, that was the foundation necessary to build the skills I needed for later Math courses.

Foundation. Every building needs it. Without a solid foundation, no matter how good the quality of materials used to construct a building, all effort is wasted.

“On Christ, the solid rock, I stand,” states a classic hymn, “All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.” He is the only foundation upon which we can build lives of stability and meaning on earth and build for eternity.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Build.”

Where?

“Where?”

“Right there.”

“Here?”

“No, there! Right in front of you. How is it that you cannot see it? You must need to have your eyes checked.”

I have been on both sides of this conversation – the person who is having trouble seeing something that another person sees clearly and the other person who sees clearly and is offering assistance. This scenario is played out in the natural and spiritual realms. My focus today is in the spiritual realm. Are you the one having trouble seeing? Seeing God’s goodness? Seeing the path you should take? Ask God to open your eyes. Are you the one trying to help? Ask God for wisdom and grace. Where ever we find ourselves He is our very present help.

I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Where.”