Five Minute Friday: Well

She came with her jar to draw water from the well, accompanied by the weight of her relationship history: 5 husbands and living with one who was not her husband.

She came at the sixth hour to draw water. Jews considered her unclean and her fellow Samaritans probably despised her.

She came with her jar and reputation to draw water and met Jesus there.

After encountering the Word made flesh, she would leave her jar, transformed into a vessel with living water. (End of 5 minutes).

She returned to the well freed from the weight of her past but she did not return alone. She returned bringing others to the One who said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water satisfying his thirst for God welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life” (John 4:13-14, AMP).

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, “Well.”

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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.

Five Minute Friday: Deep

According to Wikipedia, the deepest natural point in the world is the Mariana Trench, also known as the Marianas Trench. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean and its maximum known depth is 36,070 ft (10,994 meters).

To give us an idea of how deep 36,070 feet is, Wikipedia informs us that if Mount Everest, which is  29,029 feet (8,848 meters) is dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would be 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) below the surface of the Marianas Trench.  Now that is deep; however, as deep as the Trench is, it has a limit because the Pacific Ocean has a floor. Our Father’s love, on the contrary, is limitless. There is no end to His love as reiterated throughout the Bible and stated powerfully in the song, “O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus.”*

Here is the first verse: 
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above 

My favorite rendition of this beautiful song is by the group, Selah, and it is shared below. Mark Ladd and Samuel T. Francis are the songwriters and the full lyrics of “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” can be found here.


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

*(end of five minutes).

Five Minute Friday: Value

Value – The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.

What is your value? What are you worth? Not much, according tothe world’s standards, if you lack wealth, accomplishments, popularity, physical beauty, possessions, intellect, power, status, and the like.

What is your value? What is your worth?

You were worth Jesus to God. “For God so loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His[One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” This, dear one, is your true value. This is your true worth.

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, “Value.” The definition of “Value” used in the post is from oxforddictionaries.com.

Five Minute Friday: Loved

Loved

“We love because He has first loved us” (1 John 4:19, VOICE)

This business of love, it started with God, is maintained by Him, and will exist forever because He is Love. When the Word became flesh and dwelled among us (1 John 1:14), Love was embodied.

This is the embodiment of true love: not that we have loved God first, but that He loved us and sent His unique Son on a special mission to become an atoning sacrifice for our sins. So, my loved ones, if God loved us so sacrificially, surely we should love one another. No one has ever seen God with human eyes; but if we love one another, God truly lives in us. Consequently God’s love has accomplished its mission among us” (1 John 4:10-12, VOICE)

This business of love, it started with God, is maintained by Him, and will exist forever because He is Love. “We love because He has first loved us.” We can love only because He first loved us and will love us always. May we be convinced like the Apostle Paul was that NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love.

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39, NLT).

You, dear one, are loved. Dearly, completely, eternally loved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfMm6cHPjzE
I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Saturday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Loved.”

Redemption’s Cost*

REDEMPTION'S COSTUnimaginable glory laid aside,
Human flesh and vulnerability donned,
The Creator among His creation.
Submission to earthly parents.
Leaving when the time came.

Appearing to be baptized of John.
Driven into the wilderness.
40 days of fasting.
Tempted throughout –
“If you are the Son of God, do.”
“Worship me and I will give.”
Responding with the Word.

Father’s business,
Saying only His words,
Doing only His works.
Rejection by those He came to save.
Name calling:
Glutton
Drunkard
Friend of tax collectors and other sinners.
Character questioned.
Threatened with death.

Wrestling in Gethsemane,
Capillaries bursting under the strain.
Wrestling with what had to be done to redeem us –
“If it is possible, let this cup pass”
Yielding,
“Your will, not Mine.”

Knowing completely all that would happen,
But face set as a flint.
Stepping forward.
The kiss of betrayal.

Fake trial.
Outcome long determined.
Mockings.
Scourging.
Crown of thorns.
Beaten beyond recognition.
Face disfigured.
Body marred more than any other man.

Pain wracked,
Bloodied,
Carrying His cross up Golgotha’s hill.
Simon of Cyrene conscripted.
The nails.
The agony of breathing.
The mocking taunts of those who passed by:
“Save yourself.”
“Come down from the cross if you are the Son of God.”
The mocking of the justly condemned thief,
“Save yourself and us.”

The anguish of feeling forsaken.
Letting go of the relationship with the one who bore Him –
“Woman, behold your son.”
“Behold your mother.”

Praying for forgiveness for the mockers,
For those crucifying Him.
The thirst.
Then,
“It is finished.”
And the releasing, the yielding of His spirit.
Completion.

 

Redemption was free…for the redeemed.
Costly,
Beyond any human’s ability to pay, for the Redeemer.

*Originally published on fitlyspoken.

Mind bent. Spirit worships.

Mind bent.Soul worships.It bends my mind.
A response congruent with the truth of Isaiah 55:8-9:
His thoughts are not mine.
Neither are His ways.
And both are higher than mine.

It bends my mind.
This truth that the creating Word,
the sustaining-all-things-by-His power Word,
willingly divested Himself of His glory.
Wrapped Himself in flesh.
Allowed Himself to be mocked and scorned.
Battered beyond recognition.
To redeem us.
To redeem me.

It bends my mind, this truth.
But my spirit,
my spirit accepts
what my mind cannot comprehend.
And
prostrates,
and worships.