Day 15: Open

“I am the Lord your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10, AMP).

“Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, And your earnings for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight in abundance” (Isaiah 55:2, AMP).

What are you hungry for?

And how hungry are you?

Are you still longing for the delicacies of Egypt, or has your palate been cleansed by the water of the Word?

Your appetite changed so that you are heeding God’s command to “Open you mouth wide” so that He could fill you with what is good, that which will cause your soul to know true, lasting pleasure?

What are you hungry for?

And how hungry are you?

This post is for Day 15 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

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Day 14: Voice

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

The God of glory thunders;

The Lord is over many waters.

4The voice of the Lord is powerful;

The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,

Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.

6He makes them also skip like a calf,

Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.

8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,

And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,

And the Lord sits as King forever.

11 The Lord will give strength to His people;

The Lord will bless His people with peace.

(Psalm 29:3-11, NKJV)

When you reflect on the greatness of our God, as demonstrated in these verses, do you question that He could use your voice to speak for Him? To speak of Him? Biographies have their place but your story of His work in your life is best told in your own voice. And when He gives you a message, know that no one else could deliver it the way that He has equipped you to deliver it. Prepared you to deliver it through the seasoning process He has taken you through. The voice of the Lord does amazing things and when we offer ourselves to be used of Him, He can speak through us to change lives in ways we cannot imagine.

This post is for Day 14 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

Day 13: Reach

Reach (verb) to stretch out : extend

Extend (transitive verb): to spread or stretch forth; to stretch out to fullest length; to exert (oneself) to full capacity  

“No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us” (Philippians 3:13-14, TLB).

Perhaps, like me, you read the definitions for reach and extend and the Scripture verses, and acknowledge that this is not how you are living. This does not describe your walk with God. Thankfully, with our moment by moment surrender to God’s seasoning process and with His help, this can be true of us.

This post is for Day 13 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

Day 12: First

First (noun):  The one coming, occurring, or ranking before or above all others.

“First giving honor to God, who is the Lord of my life.” This statement is often the starting point for testimonies, speeches, etc., in many traditional African American congregations. Like many traditions in which we engage, we can utter this statement without fully considering the implications of the words. But, “First giving honor to God,” ought to be the driving force of our lives, as articulated in the Passion Translation of Matthew 6:9, “Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn.”

Is God first in your life? What practices help you to keep Him first place and “the center on which your life turns?” If He is not, what seasoning needs to occur so that He is first?

This post is for Day 12 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

Deep

If God were an ocean and invited you in, would you accept His invitation?

And how deep in Him would you go?

Would you hug the shorelines?

Wade in to your ankles?

Or would you plunge beneath the waves and never surface?

Diving deeper and deeper?

Desperate for more and more of Him?

Allowing Him to season you?

Willing to let go of anything and everything that hinders you?

Keeps you tied to the surface?

If God were an ocean and invited you in, would you accept His invitation?

And how deep in Him would you go?

This post is for Day 11 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge and the Five Minute Friday Weekly Linkup. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.  Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday.

Day 10: Scared

Scared : thrown into or being in a state of fear, fright, or panic

What makes you scared?

Leaves you anxious?

Fearful?

Panicked?

Petrified? 

Shaken?

Terrified?

Although it is true that fear is  a natural human emotion, 

it is not designed by God to dictate our lives.

It is not His will that we, His beloved children, live  in a state of fear, fright, or panic.

What scares you? 

Perhaps the list is short.

Perhaps the list is yards long.

No matter the length,

fear has an antidote:

God is with us. God is for us.

Hear His words in Isaiah 41:10 (NIV),

“So do not fear, for I am with you;

    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Let us hold tight to His promises and, like David, purpose,

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3, HCSB).

This post is for Day 10 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used. Click here to read about the impact of fear. Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

Day 9: Join

Join: to enter into or engage in (battle) 

Too often, I forget that when I became a Christ follower, I entered into a war. A war that is already won but one made up of battles that I still need to fight. And sometimes the biggest battles we have to fight are with ourselves.

While it is true that we fight “from victory”, we still have to fight. I still have to put on the whole armor of God and show up for my life. So do you. There is no other way to become a seasoned warrior without fighting.  God provides our weapons and armor, trains our hands for war and never sends us into a battle alone.

This post is for Day 9 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The title of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.