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Five Minute Friday – Ordinary

5-minute-friday-11. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. (OK, I have to edit, I just do.) 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. Then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

Please give me your best five minutes on:

Ordinary…

The day began as any other. Alarm, shower, getting dressed, waking up the oldest, making a smoothie (yay me!), waking the younger two, starting the drop-off routine, and making the unfortunate long drive to work..

Then BAM! The ordinary was over. Over because God broke the ordinary with extraordinary. The extraordinary was the sunrise. Not just any sunrise but one made with more colors than usual and clouds that made a pattern only God could have created.

Gosh, I love that about God. He can take an ordinary day and turn it into something amazing. Love that he’s creative and appreciates beauty and detail.

My commute didn’t seem quite so long. That one change in focus changed my day.

Five Minute Friday – Opportunity

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

Please give me your best five minutes on:

Opportunity…

A new year. A new day. Each day brings with it an opportunity. An opportunity to make better choices.

To show kindness to the sandpaper people in your life. (Are you wondering if this is you? LOL… remember not everything is about you :) )

To forgive someone. (And yes, it’s completely worth the freedom you’ll have on the other side. Been there, done that. Enjoying the freedom that comes with forgiveness. Do it for YOU. It doesn’t matter what the other person does… this is YOUR life.)

To improve your character. Changing old habits that need to go.

To live in the moment… not in the past or future. (Finally learned that in 2012 and believe me, it’s worth the effort.)

To love a neighbor that in all truthfulness, you don’t like. (OK, so now all my neighbors are wondering, lol. No worries. Not all these were about me 😉 )

To try something new.

We all have the opportunity but not all of us will take action. Decide today to sacrifice the little things now for the bigger things later. You’ll look back over the day as your head hits the pillow and be proud of your choices. And next year at this time you’ll be able to smile and say, “Yes, 2013 was a good year for me”. A good year because you made the choice to do something different.

So… get up and do something! Change the things you don’t like about yourself. Not on your own, because we all know that doesn’t work. But ask God to help you change – give up your will in those areas and ask him for help. He can do it… and will… he promised.

 

 

Five Minute Friday: Grasp

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::

Grasp…

It almost seems insane that it took me about twelve years to grasp the idea that my church family loved me. I know. Crazy. The thing is… I was married to an awesome man. He was outgoing and funny and crazy talented. Crazy talented as in he could play just about any instrument and sing any song… by ear. He taught himself piano and dulcimer. Who does that? As it happens he was our church’s worship pastor. I knew everyone loved him… how could they not? We were founding members of the church and we weren’t even married at that point.

From day one I knew “we” were loved. “We” became officially a “we” a few years into the new church venture and although it was challenging hard we loved it. The church grew and our family grew.

Fast forward a decade or so and I found myself alone with three small kids and no job. Well, I was cleaning houses so I had enough for groceries and a few bills but not nearly enough for the mortgage. Panic attacks came more frequent and the once simple tasks of daily life became tortuous. “We” were not divorced, only separated, with hopes that everything would work out. Our pastor was amazing during this time. He walked along side us and counseled us through a dark time in our marriage. Actually, the whole church did. It was pretty amazing.

One day I got a phone call from our pastor. He told me that the church had decided to pay for our expenses for a month. What??? Seriously??? ALL of them? Wow, I was literally speechless but managed a small thank you and hung up. I cried for hours. Literally. Once I pulled myself together I called our pastor’s wife to say thank you in a way that would somehow equal the generous gift. I remember saying, “Thank you so much for loving my husband so much that you would do this for us.” Her reply? Wait for it.

Wait for it….

“Sheila, we did that because we love YOU.” *tears* It had never occurred to me that I was loved. I knew “we” were, but alone? That was different. I was not “the life of the party”.  I was not the one that led worship or had any great talents (or so I thought at the time) to share. My role was “wife” of the worship pastor. That’s it. My identity was all wrapped up in that alone.

That moment was defining for me and I still get choked up if I tell it in person because it literally changed my life from that point on. It changed how I saw our church. It became my church.

And I needed to grasp that before the next three years happened because it would become “mine” in more ways than one.