Order (Five Minute Friday Link-up)

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 (NKJV)

The Lord who orders our steps is sovereign, omnipotent, and omniscient.

“He knows the way that I take,” Job testified.*

He knows the terrain over which the steps He has ordered will take us.

He knows the pace that is necessary to keep us moving forward.

He has a purpose and destination in mind.

He knows the seasons through which we are walking.

He knows the supplies we will need to execute the steps He has ordered: grace; favor; rest; encouragement;
perseverance; a steady diet of His word in adequate portion sizes to strengthen us, refresh us, and help us let go of the baggage that weighs us down and impairs our progress.

He knows that we will stumble.

He knows that we will fall but He is there to pick us up, to uphold us all the way Home. 

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”

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 writing prompt is, “Order.” The “supplies” mentioned in the post in no way comprise an exhaustive list. Among other needs, we also need community.
*Job 23:10.

Ahead

“What lies ahead?”
When it comes to human experiences, no one knows for sure.
Engagements can be broken and weddings cancelled.
Marriages that began with hope, love, and passion
can end before the first wedding anniversary or after the 30th.
Jobs that seemed to have so much possibility
could end in unexpected termination.
A patient could come through a complicated surgery successfully
and die during recovery because of an unrelated infection.
A day that began with a brilliant sunrise could end in a fierce storm.
A few words spoke thoughtlessly could inflict a deep wound
that takes months or even years to heal.
A conversation with a stranger
could lead to a life-long friendship.
One idea could become a multi-million business.
One blog post could provide encouragement to a discouraged soul.

What lies ahead?
When it comes to human experiences,
no human knows for sure.
But the omnipotent, omnipresent,
omniscient God and Father knows.
And has promised sufficient grace,
and added strength,
and comfort,
and above all,
His abiding presence,
and an eternal home.

I am joining (on a Sunday) 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, “Ahead.” The song, “Already There,” is encouraging to me and I wanted to share it.

hold

You are trying to hold your world together
while you yourself
seem to be hanging on
by a thread.

The knot you made at the end of your rope
has started to unravel
and you honestly do not know
how much more you can take.

Take a deep breath.
Exhale.
And take another.
Right now that is what is needed.

Breathe in.
Hold for a few seconds
then slowly exhale.

Let go of the tension you have been holding
in your shoulders, your neck.
The world will not fall apart
while you take a moment to breathe.

And when you breathe in this time,
remember,
God is holding you.

When you exhale,
remember,
He has never let you go.
His grip is firm.
His hold is sure.

You can let go of what you cannot control.
Let the tears come.
He is still the God of all comfort.
His plan for you and those you love is still good.

In the midst of all the change
He is I AM.
Sovereign.

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I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here or here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Hold.” The song, “Whole Heart,” by Hillsong UNITED encourages me and I wanted to share it.

Your

When you think of possessions and people who matter to you,
what pronouns do you use?
Mine or variations of it?

Similarly, when you refer to what others have and the people who matter to them,
what pronouns do you use?
Yours or variations of it?
As in, “Is she your daughter?
Is this your car?”

The pronouns we use indicate possession.
Ownership.
But the reality is that we are not owners but stewards.
Nothing is ours.

Everything and everyone belongs to God.
He is the Giver of all good gifts,
including the breath in our lungs.
All is His.

I am joining (on a Saturday) 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, “Your.”

Progress

Progress involves change.
It involves movement.
It requires a clearly, defined goal
and an awareness of what is.
And some knowledge of what is necessary
to move toward the goal.

Progress does not always look the same.
Progress can be being silent
and learning to listen well
when our typical response
is to state our opinions
loud and forcefully.
Progress can be asking others what they need
instead of giving what we believe they need.

We are not always aware of our own progress
and can beat ourselves up
for our perceived stagnation
until someone who knows us well
points our progress out to us.

It is also rewarding when we take time to reflect
and realize,
as the saying goes,
“I am not who I want to be but
thank God,
I am not who I used to be.”

Progress.
Recognize it.
Embrace it.
And keep focused
on the Father.

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, “Progress.”

Smile

What makes you smile?
A memory,
captured in a photograph?
Elicited by a smell,
a sound,
a touch?

What makes you smile?
Anticipation 
of a moment to come?
A visit?
Picking up a book
and immersing yourself once more 
in the cadence and artistry of another’s words?

What makes you smile?
The knowledge that you were chosen
by God before the foundation of the world
to be holy and without blame before Him in love?
I hope this truth makes a smile
blossom from deep within
and gives radiance to your eyes,
face,
and entire being.

I am joining (on a Sunday) 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, “Smile.” The link to the Scripture passage was added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired. 

Active: Day 18 & FMF

Your commitment to God is a settled affair. You are not going anywhere. To borrow from the words of the Apostle Peter, you would say to anyone who asked why you are still serving a God who appears absent or inactive in your life, “To whom shall I go? He alone has the words of eternal life. He is my only hope” (John 6:68, AMP).

At the same time, you are feeling weary. You hear the testimonies of others and see how active He is in their lives and wonder, “When will my turn come?” Child of God, know this to be true, your Father God, is active in your life right now.  May the verses below remind you of this truth and infuse you with strength in every place you need it. 

“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13, AMP).

“And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]” (1 Corinthians 12:6, AMP).

This post is for Day 18 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge and the Five Minute Friday weekly link-up. 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. 

Take

“I. Can’t. Take. It. Anymore.” Rarely are these words uttered by someone overwhelmed by good things that are happening to her. Typically, they are the words of individuals who feel at their limit in the face of situations or circumstances that have taxed them beyond endurance.

“I. Can’t. Take. It. Anymore.” is frequently followed by, “I give up,” spoken verbally or via behaviors. But at the end of ourselves, God offers a promise, a hope that anchors our souls: “We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously” (1 Corinthians 10:13, TPT). Praises be to our gracious God. In our own strength we cannot. Through Him we can.

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, “Take.”