Five Minute Friday: Accept

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//“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”
So wrote pastor and theologian Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr, in what is known as the Serenity Prayer.

“God, grant me the serenity,” the quality or state of being calm and restful, so that I can accept the things I cannot change.

Much like a child needs to stop crying to take in the sustenance being offered by her mother,
I need to be calm… or is it that acceptance brings calm?

Acceptance of the fact that I cannot earn Your love, cannot make You love me more through my efforts because You already love me perfectly, with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV)

Accept that I am accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV)

Accept that You are not angry with me. (Romans 5:6-9, VOICE)

Accept that You have no dark side. (1 John 1:5, NIV)

Accept that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. (Romans 8:35-39, PHILLIPS)

Accept that I have already been blessed by You with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians. 1:3, NIV)

Accept that I have died and my life, my true life is hidden with Christ In You, God. (Colossians 3:3, NKJV)

Accept that You have chosen me and will not cast me away. (Isaiah 41:9, NKJV)

You will not and have not forgotten me. (Isaiah 49:15-16, NKJV)

Abba, help me to accept that I cannot change these truths//

No matter how often I fail You.

For accepting that I cannot change them will move me from a place of constant striving and self-effort, to a place of rest.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community  for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Accept.” The content outside of the // was written and the Scripture references and links added, after the 5 minutes window expired.

 

 

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Five Minute Friday: Support

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Self-supporting. Characterized by self-support. That is, able to meet our own needs by our own efforts.

This is a lie.
This idea that we can be self-supporting.
Totally independent of others.
Self-dependent.
Self-sustaining.

There is only One who is self-existing.

The rest of us?
We are needy.
In desperate need of support.
We are not self-supported.
We are Life-supported.

Supported by the One who is Life. The Word who became flesh. The One who declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:24, NKJV). “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The One through whom we “live and move and exist, in whom we actually have our being” (Acts 17:28, AMP). He tells straight truth, “Without Me, you can do nothing.”

The breath in our lungs? His.

The power to get wealth? His.

And He brings us along side each other to offer the support that we receive through Him.

All of us are Life-supported. Not one of us is self-supporting.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community (on Saturday) for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Support.” The link for the definition of “self-supporting” was added after the 5-minute bell.

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Five Minute Friday: Work

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“Go down to the potter’s house,” You told your prophet, Jeremiah. “Go down and I will speak to you there.” When he arrived, he saw a potter doing a work, creating a vessel from clay. He witnessed the vessel become broken, flawed, marred, in the potter’s hand. And he witnessed that the potter did not discard the broken vessel. No, the potter started over and made another vessel. He reworked it into one that was good in his eyes (Jeremiah 18:2-4).

O, Father, Potter, there is such comfort in this scene. Such encouragement because you do the same with me. When I am broken, flawed, You do not discard me. You continue to work. And You work effectively. Giving me the desire and the ability to fulfill the purpose for which You created me (Philippians 2:13). And I have Your promise that You who have started this “good work” in me, will “carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). You will complete the “good work” you are doing in me. Thank You, Father. Thank You.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community (on Saturday) for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Work.”

Five Minute Friday: Neighbor

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It has been more than three decades since they lived next door to each other.
Doing life together.
Talking to each other through open kitchen windows that faced each other.
Providing support.
Laughing about things that only mothers of large families could understand.

But there were times when some life experiences required closer communication.
And one or the other would leave her kitchen and cross the few hundred feet to the other’s home.
And huddle together.
And cry together and encourage each other.

It has been more than three decades since they lived next door to each other.
But the bonds developed between the families because of those two women
remain, although they are both in heaven now.
But the children remain neighbors,
even though separated by thousands of miles and even continents.
Loving and caring for each other,
because of Esther and Viola who were neighbors and beloved friends.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Neighbor.”

Five Minute Friday: Guide

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//The lyrics of the hymn, “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,” written by William Williams in 1745, came to mind, rose up in my spirit, in response to this week’s prompt, “Guide.” “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,” the first line states, “pilgrim through this barren land.” In just one line, I am reminded that I am a pilgrim and that this land through which I am traveling is barren at times. And perhaps always barren, in comparison to the opulence of heaven, made rich with the joy of seeing Him face to face.

“I am weak, but thou art mighty,” the song continues. And I am reminded that being weak is not a place of shame in His eyes, because He has assured me that His strength is made perfect in my weakness, and “when I am weak, then I am strong.”

“Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,” states the next line. And I sense the songwriter’s hunger, his longing, and I long to long also for the Bread of life. This Bread of Life who nourishes me for life’s journey but is also my Guide.//

He is not my GPS giving me directions. He is my Guide. Hear these words from Isaiah 58:11 (AMP):

“And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

And also in Psalm 48:14 (AMP):

“For this is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will be our guide even until death.”

This God. Elohim. Jehovah Tsidkenu. The Almighty God. The Omnipresent, Omniscient One. This God. The One who sustains all things by His Word. This God. The One whose ways are not our ways. Whose thoughts are not ours. This God is our Guide. This God is my Guide. This God is your Guide, “even until death.”

And I am reminded of words from my sister-in-Christ, in her FMF post this week.

“We don’t have to be lost. We don’t have to panic. God is ever-near, speaking through the words on the thin pages or the smartphone screens. His Spirit breathes life into the ink and graces our minds with understanding. We don’t have to wander. We don’t have to attempt to cut our own path blindly in the darkness.”

Thank You, Abba Father. Thank You.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. The content between the // // was written within the 5 minute window.

 

 

Five Minute Friday: Place

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There have always been strong opinions,
in America’s storied history,
of the appropriate place for people like me:
The cotton fields.
The back of the bus.
The limbs of a tree.
In segregated school systems.
At water fountains marked, “Colored Only.”

Oh yes, there have always been strong opinions,
in America’s storied history,
about the appropriate, the proper place, for people like me.
I have been told that Black lives do not matter.
But the Father disagrees.
And His truth is what matters,
for He who is Truth has set me free.
He left His place in heaven.
Walked the earth,
and took my place on a tree.
And He welcomes me
to be at home in His presence,
here on earth,
and one day, in the place He has prepared,
I will live eternally.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. “This week’s prompt is,”Place.”

Five Minute Friday: Try

Try_No. I can do.

” I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” (Philippians 4:13, AMP)

“I can do,”
He tells me in the familiar verse of Scripture, Philippians 4:13.

“I can do all things [which He has called me to do].”
And there is no wiggle room here in the Amplified Bible translation.
“I can do all things [[which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me…”

No wiggle room. No space for excuses.
No room for, “ I will try.”

“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency;…”
Self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.

“I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”

Does this mean that I will do things perfectly?
No, but like a baby, I will crawl before I stand,
and fall when I begin to walk,
but I can and will do what He has called me to do.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday Community for our weekly writing adventure.  To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is “Try.”

I was contemplating a different direction for this post, then I read the stripping-away-that-hiding-place-and-making-you-face truth post by Marie, at Along the way. It set me back on my heels, so to speak, and give me a different perspective. Thanks, Marie.