Sustenance from the archives+

Sustenance from the archives+

Introduction

It is October. Together with the arrival of a true fall season (for some) and the anticipation of its arrival for others (like me), for those of us who are part of the Five Minute Friday writing community, it is time for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. I have been indecisive about participating this year, not wanting to make a commitment and then failing to keep it. The answer came in the form of the thought to share pieces from my writing archives that relate to the writing prompts Kate Motaung, host of Five Minute Friday, provided. And, in the instances where nothing fits, write something new. Because I am beginning on October 4th, I will share multiple posts on the same day for several days this first week and single posts for the remainder of the month. I pray you find sustenance in one or more of the posts. Blessings.


Day 1: Story*

He had called one of his dear friends.
His world just upended by the report the doctor had given him.
The prognosis for his beloved wife, who was

waiting for him in the recovery room after surgery.
The report was not a good one.
He had called his friend. Asking for help. Not knowing what to say to his beloved. 
His friend shared these wise words,
“This is a chapter, not the book of your life.
Do not let a chapter define your life.”
My pastor shared this story with us recently.
And I think now of the book of my life.
And the chapters in it that I never planned to have as part of my story:
Failure.
Betrayal.
Loss.
But I think too of the themes that You have always intended to be part of my story: Redemption.
Grace.
Forgiveness.
Purpose.
Hope.
Restoration.
Healing.
Wholeness.
Reconciliation.
Belonging.
And You are the author of my story.
Weaving it all together.
For my good and Your glory.

*Originally published on October 6, 2017

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.”

Story

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He had called one of his dear friends.
His world just upended by the report the doctor had given him.
The prognosis for his beloved wife, who was
waiting for him in the recovery room after surgery.
The report was not a good one.

He had called his friend.
Asking for help.
Not knowing what to say to his beloved.
His friend shared these wise words, “This is a chapter, not the book of your life. Do not let a chapter define your life.”

My pastor shared this story with us recently.
And I think now of the book of my life.
And the chapters in it that I never planned to have as part of my story:
Failure.
Betrayal.
Loss.

But I think too of the themes that You have always intended to be part of my story:
Redemption.
Grace.
Forgiveness.
Purpose.
Hope.
Restoration.
Healing.
Wholeness.
Reconciliation.
Belonging.

And You are the author of my story.
Weaving it all together.
For my good and Your glory.

P.S. I am learning that when I recognize and share how God continues to work in me, and through me, and on my behalf, these are acts of loving God well.

Today’s post was written for Day 6 of the series, 31 Days of Loving Well. This series, 31 Days of Loving Well, is part of the  31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes event. The prompt is, “Story.” 

Loving well

 

Five Minute Friday: Story

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Most stories have several things in common. It does not matter whether they are true stories or of the Hans Christian Andersen variety with princes, and dragons, and princesses who are saved by princes from dragons (animals or evil, dragon like people), or princesses who find some way to save themselves or the prince.

What stories have in common are a plot, a beginning, an in-between with twists and turns, and an end. Some leave me with a smile on my face and others have me wanting the hours I wasted reading it back. But we all know that is not possible, regaining time that is.

Another thing common to stories is there is also an author for each story. Stories do not just appear out of nowhere.

I think about my own story and the One who is writing it and how He speaks of my beginning in Psalm 139 through David (what a story he had!) –“You knit me together in my mother’s womb and all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

I do not always understand each chapter but I want to collaborate with You where You want me to and not have too many parts included in my story that You never intended to be there.

Linking up with Lisa Jo and friends at http://www.lisajobaker.com for Five Minute Friday.