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.  

Five Minute Friday: Include

Include

When you write or tell your story,
do not share only the highlights.
Include the heart break.
The still unanswered prayers.
Or those answered with a no.
Or in a manner that you did not ask for.

Include the failures,
not just the successes.
The mistakes that ruptured relationships.
Some of which are healing.
Some, perhaps, never will.

Remember, Romans 15:4, “For all those words which were written long ago are meant to teach us today; that when we read in the scriptures of the endurance of men and of all the help that God gave them in those days, we may be encouraged to go on hoping in our own time” (PHILLIPS).

Remember, Romans 15:4,
and know that the words of your story
can be used of God to teach others,
to show that it is possible
to endure difficult,
heart wrenching events
and keep trusting God.
Your story can be used to encourage others
and help them to go on hoping
in their own circumstances.

When you write or tell your story,
include the wonder and the woe,
so that someone reading it will know
that His grace truly is sufficient,
and He is faithful in all seasons.

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, “Include.”

The Hope of Advent: Day 2

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Today, may you be encouraged and accept hope.

Advent Week 1: Day 6 – Hope

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