Five Minute Friday: Steady

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//“Steady as she goes.” This is an order or instruction given to a helmsman by the captain, to keep the ship heading “steadily on the same course regardless of gusts of wind or cross-currents.”*

“Regardless of wind or cross-currents.” You give me similar instructions, as in keeping my eyes on Jesus, “the Author and Perfecter” of my faith.

But sometimes, like Peter, I take my eyes off of You and, like Peter, I begin to sink beneath the waves. At other times, I stray off course, following things that distract my attention from You.

Sometimes, I remain on course but instead of steady strides, my knees buckle beneath the weight of grief and loss. And discouragement. And cares You never meant for me to carry on my own.

Then, as the lame man experienced, You speak to me as Peter did to him and take hold of my hand with a firm grip and raise me up. And like him, my feet and ankles become strong and steady. And I can say like Habakkuk did, “The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds feet and makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] // on my high places (of challenges and responsibility).” Thank You, Abba. Thank You.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community,  for our weekly writing adventure. To learn more about the Five Minute Friday community, click here. This week’s writing prompt is, “Steady.”

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Only

 

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John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

“In this is the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9.

Only. Defined as “alone in in a class or category.” In this the last day of the 31 days series, it is fitting to turn my attention to the Only Son, Who God give for us and Who also willingly offered Himself up for us.

The Son.

The One Who is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.

The One through Whom grace and peace came.

The pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

The One Who is the only mediator between God and mankind.

The One Who is God but made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in an appearance as a man humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross.

The One Who is the Light of world.

The One in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.

The One in Whom we are complete.

The Beloved in Whom we are accepted.

The One Who is our High Priest.

And our Shepherd.

And Who ever lives to make intercession for us.

The Lamb.

The Lion.

The Soon coming King.

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Day 31 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Only.”

Click here to read previous posts for the series, 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

Thanks to every one who read one, some, or all of the posts in the series. Special thanks to GiGiMandy, Ladymanni, and Granonine.

Five Minute Friday: Easy

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Joining Kate Motaug and other members of the caring and encouraging Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To find out more about Five Minute Friday, please click here. This week’s prompt is “Easy.”

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I read the prompt and the title of a song by Bobby Scot and Bob Russell, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” came to mind. I admit to being puzzled by the word association because I could not see a connection between “Easy” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” but I decided to keep writing to see what emerges. So you are along with me for the ride, I hope.

I find myself thinking of a verse from Hebrews* which speaks of the fact that Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, “for the joy which was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.” And I think of the fact that redeeming us was not the easy path for Him but it was a path he trod and a sacrifice He made willingly and joyfully. And in redeeming us, we were not redeemed to be servants but to be children of God. God became Father, not just Creator. Hear Hebrews 2:11, “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.” We are part of God’s family. Oh, now I see the connection between easy and “He Ain’t Heavy,  He’s My Brother.”

STOP

He did not consider the cost of redeeming us, the cost of making us part of His family, a cost too much to bear, a price too heavy. He thought we were worth it.

*Hebrews 12:2