Now

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
To ground yourself or take flight?
You can do both:
ground yourself in God’s truth
and take flight in the midst of the storm
and turmoil through worship.

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
To hold on or be held?
You can experience both:
you can hold on to the promises of God
and know that He is holding you.

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
To submit or resist?
Begin with submission to God
and you will receive the grace you need
to resist the enemy of your soul,
and the weapons of anxiety and fear
with which you are being bombarded.

What do you need now,
at the present time or moment?
Perhaps it is hard to tell
but know that your Father knows what you need,
and if all you can do is whisper, “Jesus,”
or groan or weep,
know that your Father knows
and is with you now and always
and has promised to provide.

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, “Now.” Please take a few moments to read Matthew 6:7-13 (TPT) and be reminded this Holy Week that, because of the complete work of redemption, we are children of God. “Let us then come boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us at the moment when we need it.” (Hebrews 14:16, NTE).

Adjust

Sometimes You ask me to adjust my grip,
hold things more loosely
as a reminder that everything I can touch
is temporary.
And I do,
failing more times than I succeed
with immediate obedience. 

At other times,
You have to peel my fingers away,
loosen my white knuckled grip
on what I believe will keep me safe on shore
and away from those deep waters
to which You are beckoning me.

Yet other times,
You make it clear that
You are not asking me to adjust
but to be completely transformed.
Then what is required is death,
like that of a seed
which once planted dies
but in its dying,
brings forth a harvest that is life giving.

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest. The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal.” (John 12:24-25, AMP)

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, “Adjust.”

Tomorrow


Tomorrows have names:
Mondays.
Tuesdays.
Wednesdays.
Thursdays.
Fridays
Saturdays.
Sundays.
Next week.
Next month.
Next Year.
The first day of a new term.
The morning after a wedding.
The first post-divorce day.
The day after a layoff.
The day when the someone in the state or city where you live,
or someone in a place where you work
is diagnosed with an illness of some kind.
The first day of a new normal.

Tomorrows have names
and so do the events they contain.
But the One who holds all our tomorrows,
has the Name that is higher than all names,
and gives us the only reason
we need to face our tomorrows –
He is with us, always.

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, “Tomorrow.”

less

The recognition that Jesus was baptizing people and everyone was going to Him, was upsetting to John’s disciples. They brought the news to John and he responded with joy. He reiterated to them that he was not the Messiah; Jesus is. Using the metaphor of a wedding, he identified himself as the best man and Jesus as the groom, and spoke these words, “Jesus must become more important, while I become less important. (John 3:26-27, CEV).

 Jesus must become more important, while I become less important. I am not the forerunner for Jesus as John the Baptist was. I am not His forerunner but for me to fulfill the purpose for which God created me, I must have the same mindset as John the Baptist – Jesus must become more important, while I become less important. I exist for His glory. It is not about me. It is about Him. It is all about Him. As I go about my daily, ordinary living, it must all be about Him and for Him. This requires a daily, often moment by moment dying to self. For, “ Jesus must become more important, while I become less important.

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, “Less.”

table

Come.
Let us gather at His table
and feed our spirits and our souls.
Let us gather at His table
and consume words that heal
and makes us whole.

Come.
Let us gather at His table
and allow ourselves to be seen,
with our scars and tender, growing places,
telling stories of wonder He brought out of woe.

Come.
Let us gather at His table
and see others through the eyes of grace,
and know that we each belong here
and no one can take our place.

Come. Let us gather at His table.

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, “Table,” and my post is edited.

Risk

To risk requires at least three realities: 1. I have something of value. 2. There is something I believe is worth risking the thing of value to gain. 3. I have made the decision to risk what I have for the possibility of gaining what I desire because, inherent in the risking is the reality that the desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Following Jesus wholeheartedly, living a life of daily surrender to God may seem like a risk. But it is not. It is true that there are things we can loose; however, whatever we might lose is temporary. What we will gain is eternal. “We are convinced that even if these bodies we live in are folded up at death like tents, we will still have a God-built home that no human hands have built, which will last forever in the heavenly realm. And this is no empty hope, for God himself is the one who has prepared us for this wonderful destiny. And to confirm this promise, he has given us the Holy Spirit, like an engagement ring, as a guarantee.”
(2 Corinthians 5:1‭, ‬5 TPT).

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, “Risk.”

life

Life…
Frail.
Temporary.
“Like a vapor,” says James 4:14.

Fleeting.
Brief.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our heart to wisdom,” prayed Moses1.
“Our lives are like sleep, like grass that grows up and withers,” he notes in the same prayer2.

And yet we are eternal beings.
Possessing eternal life now through knowing the one true God and Jesus Christ, whom He sent (John 17:3),
with the promise of an immortal body one day (1 Corinthians 15:-53-55),
when we will forever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).

In the meantime, we are called to a life of love –
to love God with all that we are
and to love others as He loves us.

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, “Life.”

1Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)
2Psalm 90:5-6 (NKJV)