Five Minute Friday: Repeat

Repeat

Sometimes I ask, “Can you repeat that?” because I did not hear what was said or did not hear clearly what was said. But sometimes when I ask, “Can you repeat that?” it is because what was said filled me with joy and wonder and I want to hear it again and again and again. The repetition causes the truth to take up residence deep within.

Such is the case with the truth that God is with me, with you, and will not forsake us ever. And He repeats it in Scripture in the Old and New Testaments. To a nation. To individuals. Here are some examples. In a time of transition, He said to Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One  who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

And to Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5). 

In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 

And in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Let us develop the habit of repeating only His words to ourselves.  “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

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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, “Repeat.” The definition of “repeat” is from merriam-webster.com. All Scripture references are from the New King James Version.  

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FMF & Sustenance from the archives+: Who

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When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-15, NKJV)

But who do you say I am?” (emphasis added). This is the crux of the matter is it not? Or to borrow the words of the poet, E. E. Cummings, “Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud.” Our grandparents or parents may have introduced us to Jesus. Our Sunday School or children’s church teachers may have reinforced and/or expanded our knowledge of Jesus. But, it is what each of us believes and say about Him that makes the difference in our lives. If who I believe Him to be is based only on my experiences or the opinions of others, and not on who He says He is in the Word, my life will be off kilter. Each person’s relationship with Him is designed to be personal, “Who do you say I am?


Today’s post is for Five Minute Friday (FMF) and Day 19 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. To read the post for Day 18 of the series, please click on the link below. To learn about Five Minute Friday (FMF), click here.

Day 18: Search

Moments of Our Days

moments

The days of our lives
And the moments of our days…

When the joy is exquisite.
Or the labor feels too much.

When the pain is bearable.
Or when it is excruciating.

The moments filled with thanksgiving and gratitude.
Those when our eyes seem blinded
to all that is good in us, others,
or our circumstances.
And we see only that which is
lacking in ourselves, others, or
our circumstances.

The moments of clarity.
And those rife with confusion.

The moments when our doubts roar.
And those when faith is all that
 keeps us moving.

The moments of our days,
amidst the days of our lives.
God inhabits them all.

 

Five Minute Friday: Potential

potential

I have potential.
I have potential but I do not have the potential to be the next Jessye Norman, no matter how much I love to sing.
I have potential but I do not have the potential to be the next Misty Danielle Copeland, no matter how I love to dance.
I have potential but I do not have the potential to be the next Priscilla Shirer, no matter how much I love and study the Word of God and desire to share it with others.
I have potential but I do not have the potential to be the next Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee no matter how much I practice.
I have potential but only the potential to be the person God created me to be.
To attempt to be anyone else is not only dishonoring to Him, it is also futile and a set-up for a life of frustration.
For His power is available to help me become who He created me to be.
Not to become someone else.

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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, “Potential.”

Memories

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We use varied tools to help us remember:
Mnemonics.
Handwritten lists.
Posit notes.
Smartphone apps.

But for some events
we need no memory aids,
for those events are imprinted in us,
and we recall them in vivid detail years after they occurred:
Where we were.
The time of day.
Who we were with.
What we were doing.
And smells can transport us backward.

We cannot change the events that created the memories but we can change our present and determine the memories’ future impact.

If our memories have imprisoned us (even pleasant ones can keep us stuck “in the good old days”), may we get the help we need to walk in freedom. May we refuse to be held hostage any longer to a past we cannot change.


Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. We remember the thousands of precious lives that were lost. We remember also the selflessness, courage, compassion, and unity that shone in the midst of the horror. May we remember and be moved to eschew the divisive, hate–filled rhetoric that characterize our national discourse. May we commit to civility and respect and when we disagree, remember the humanity and inherent worth of each person, including that of the one we see in the mirror.

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.

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.”

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