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.

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Abba Father, You cannot love me any more than You already do because You who are Love, You love me unconditionally, perfectly, eternally.

You cannot become more powerful for You are already Almighty.

You cannot provide more grace because Your grace is and always has been sufficient.

You cannot be more compassionate because You are full of compassion and plenteous in mercy.

You cannot be more constant because You are faithful and unchanging.

You cannot learn anything about me, come to know me better because You are omniscient.

You cannot provide more comfort because You are the God of all comfort who comforts us in all  our troubles.

Elohim, Adonai, it is I who needs to be more — more aware of my desperate need of You. More focused on You and Your purpose. More yielded to Your will. //More quick to forgive. More loving. More of who You created me to be for Your glory. Help me, Yahweh.

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, “More.” The content behind the // was written after 5 minutes were completed.

Search

We search for things misplaced, lost, or which we want to discover. How we search is influenced by the value we have ascribed to that for which we search. For example, for a misplaced travel document that I will need in 72 hours or less, you will find me searching thoroughly with breath prayers increasing in frequency and urgency.

Much like the woman described in the parable of the lost coin. The Bible notes that for that coin, equated by one commentary to a day’s wages, she would light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it. Until she finds it. There is no giving up. No shrugging of the shoulders. No nonchalance. She would search carefully until she finds it.

And I think of this amazing promise from our Father, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).” No He is not lost// or misplaced. He tells us the conditions for finding Him because He wants us to know Him intimately.

Prayer: Father, I confess that, frequently, my seeking after You is casual. I am too often distracted by lesser things from my pursuit of You. Father, may I seek You wholeheartedly and consistently, and experience the reality of Psalm 42:1, “Just like a deer that craves streams of water, my whole being craves you, God” (CEB).

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, “Search.” The content behind the // was written after 5 minutes had expired. The parable of the lost coin is found in Luke 15:8-9.

Confident

I am confident because …

  • Even before He made the world, God loved me and chose me in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt me into His own family by bringing me to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:4-5, NLT).
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14).
  • God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose me in Him before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined me to adoption as His by Jesus Christ to Himself, and He made me accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:3-6, NKJV).
  • God is working in me, giving me the desire and power to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13) and He will never give up on me. He is doing a good work in me and will continue working until Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6).

Because of these and other truths, I can be confident in every situation. My confidence is not self-based, it is God-based. As the Apostle Paul stated, “This is the kind of confidence we have in and through the Anointed toward our God. Don’t be mistaken; in and of ourselves we know we have little to offer, but any competence or value we have comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5, VOICE).

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, “Confident.” I am #speakingtruthtomyself today and sharing it, perchance you need to hear it also, as you face a new week. Take courage (my) heart.

Five Minute Friday: Build

I was not good at Math in college. The passage of time revealed a contributing factor. There was a year in high school when a change in teachers resulted in me missing essential knowledge, that was the foundation necessary to build the skills I needed for later Math courses.

Foundation. Every building needs it. Without a solid foundation, no matter how good the quality of materials used to construct a building, all effort is wasted.

“On Christ, the solid rock, I stand,” states a classic hymn, “All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.” He is the only foundation upon which we can build lives of stability and meaning on earth and build for eternity.

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, “Build.”

Where?

“Where?”

“Right there.”

“Here?”

“No, there! Right in front of you. How is it that you cannot see it? You must need to have your eyes checked.”

I have been on both sides of this conversation – the person who is having trouble seeing something that another person sees clearly and the other person who sees clearly and is offering assistance. This scenario is played out in the natural and spiritual realms. My focus today is in the spiritual realm. Are you the one having trouble seeing? Seeing God’s goodness? Seeing the path you should take? Ask God to open your eyes. Are you the one trying to help? Ask God for wisdom and grace. Where ever we find ourselves He is our very present help.

I am joining (on a Monday) 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, “Where.”

Convenient

“Convenient” – Suited to personal comfort or to easy performance.

A bottle of water,
a box of tissue,
placed within easy reach on the bedside table,
near the lamp that could be turned on or off with little effort.
Conveniently positioned.
Suited to my personal comfort.

Not so with personal growth.
Growth inherently requires discomfort.
There is nothing convenient about growth.

“Let me make this clear,” Jesus said, “A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died.”

“The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to me, will find true life and enjoy it forever!” (John 12:24-25, TPT).

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, “Convenient.”