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.

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Every. Good. Thing. Every. Perfect. Gift.

This Thanksgiving Day, I want to remind us of this truth – “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes] (James 1:17, AMP).

Every. Good. Thing. Every. Perfect. Gift. Is. From. God. Not some things given and other things earned. Every. Good. Thing. Every. Perfect. Gift. Is. From. God.

Let us give Him thanks. Wholeheartedly. Intentionally. Constantly. Happy Thanksgiving.

Five Minute Friday: One

David craved one thing from God and sought one thing above all else. He craved and sought after this one thing: the privilege of living with God every moment in God’s house, finding the sweet loveliness of God’s face, filled with awe, delighting in God’s glory and grace. To live his life so close to God that God took pleasure in his every prayer” (Psalm 27:4, TPT). He craved and sought after one thing.

Paul had accomplished much for the cause of Christ. But he made it clear that he had a singular goal and everything he would do was to accomplish this goal. He stated, “Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that or which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14, AMP).

I read the words of David and Paul and wonder, “What is my one thing? What is the one thing I crave from God?* What is the one thing I am seeking after above all things? What is the one thing under which all my strivings and my longings can be subsumed? And, I hope you do not think me rude for asking, dear reader, “What is yours?”

*(End of five minutes)

Iam 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, “One.”

Five Minute Friday: Burden

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I heard a story once of a man who was carrying a heavy load while walking. A passerby in a cart offered him a ride. He accepted the ride but continued to carry his load, while seated in the cart. The driver of the cart invited him to place his burden on the floor of the cart. The man refused. He did not want to add to the burden of the animal pulling the cart.
We shake our heads at his misguided effort to lessen the burden of the animal, knowing that from the minute he stepped into the cart, the animal was already carrying him and his burden. God is already carrying you. Give that burden you are carrying to Him.FMF
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, “Burden.”

Family Resemblance

Family Resemblance

For most of my childhood into my early teens, I was puzzled when asked by strangers, “You are a Wright, aren’t you?” More often than not, the question was followed by a variation of the statement, “I do not know you; you must be one of the younger ones but I knew your _____ (insert name of one of my siblings).” Why was I puzzled? I could not understand what the strangers saw in me that revealed my family ties. That was until the day I looked at one of my siblings and saw my cheekbones and eyes in her face.  Family resemblance.

Most of us have similar physical features, mannerisms, behaviors as our families of origin, sometimes even going back a generation or two. Those who have accepted Jesus as Savior, are members of another family. God’s family. Even when our behaviors say otherwise, we are His. Even when we question our salvation, we are His. We are not impostors like Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. For years he pretended to be a member of the wealthy Rockefeller family and called himself, Clark Rockefeller.” We are children of God.

It is true that in some moments or seasons, through our choices and behaviors, our resemblance to our Heavenly Father may appear slight. Even then, we are still His children and He continues to do what He predestined, that is, conform us into the image of His Son. The Family resemblance may not always be evident and others may question that we are members of His Family. He never does. Let us take our cue from Him. We are His.

“But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family]. And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6, AMP)

“Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).” (1 John 3:2-3, AMP)

 

N.B. The original version of this post was published on September 28, 2015, as “Monday Vitamins: Family Resemblance.”

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).

FMF

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.  

Sustenance from the archives+: Close

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In this time of grief
when every ounce of joy seems to have leaked out of my soul.
And there is no running here.
Not even a brisk walk.
Just steps that seem heavy and are trudging.

When there is a weariness down deep.
And there is laughter but only the shallow kind.
When I am inclined not to praise.
And most of all, You seem so far away.

I remember Your words:
You are close to those whose are broken hearted.
Living within me by Your Spirit.

Within.
I do not have to reach out.
Just within.
And although I may not feel You near,
You are right here.
Holding me close.
Breathing life into me.
Healing into my wounded places.
Giving me strength.
Giving me comfort.
Giving me grace.

In this time of grief
when every ounce of joy seems to have leaked out of my soul.
And there is no running here.
Not even a brisk walk.
And my steps are heavy.
And I do not feel you near.
You are close.
Close.
Closer than anyone else can be.


The funerals for those murdered in the Tree of Life Synagogue began on Tuesday, October 30. Pope Francis correctly stated, “In reality, all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.” May it matter to us at the core of our being that yet again precious lives were taken violently in Pittsburgh, Kentucky, across the nation, and around the world. May we accept God’s comfort, obey His command to love others as He loves us, and use our voices boldly for His cause and against evil.

Today’s post is for Day 31, the last of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. It was originally published on May 24, 2014, as “Five Minute Friday: Close.” I wrote it during a season when I was grieving the death of a second sister in a space of two years. God was my refuge and the source of my comfort then as now.