Monthly Archives: May 2009

Each Time We Give

“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” –Acts 20:35

Last weekend, my family and I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with my mother-in-law, a breast cancer survivor. It was an incredibly inspiring and emotional morning. There’s something amazing about seeing so many people give of their time and resources for others.

And in the midst of thousands of people coming together to make a difference that day, there was one person who did one little thing that made a really big impact.

In previous years, my mother-in-law (and all survivors who participate in the Race for the Cure) received a medal at the finish line.

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Want to Write for 5 Minutes for Faith?

Life is constantly changing and because all our contributors are moms, we go through changes as well. One thing that many of our readers are not aware of is the fact that we often have several different types of openings for those who are interested in contributing to 5 Minutes for Faith!

We have regularly scheduled contributors who post devotionals on set dates, but we also have floating contributors who submit one or two devotions per month and guest contributors who just want to write for us one time. We do not always have openings for regular or floating positions, but we love to hear from those who are interested anytime!

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Priorities and the Tide of Life

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I’m teaching my sons. What kind of legacy am I leaving them? Yes, I’m a scrapbooker, so this is generally something I think about often, but I don’t actually mean “legacy” in that way.

I mean in the way that they view life, God, people, themselves. It weighs on my heart because I’m a very imperfect human with more faults than I care to admit. I fail my sons so often in this area.

I rest on the fact that God knew what He was doing when He blessed us with these 6 amazing young men, but that doesn’t mean that I feel like I’m fully capable all the time.

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Never Asleep

The other day, I was in a waiting room, sitting next to a man who was dozing off. But, the interesting thing was, other than his deeper-than-normal breathing and his closed eyes, you’d never know it. Even as he slept, he sat straight as a board, feet flat on the floor, hands folded on his lap.

He didn’t snore.

His head didn’t droop.

He didn’t slouch.

He looked ready and alert, even in his dozing.

And it got me thinking…

That’s how God is.

Sometimes, He may seem “asleep” in our lives. We may pray for something and get no answer.

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Broken, but beautiful.

“Wait a minute…” Darlene, the inspiration and heart of the place, paused and looked at me. “You write, don’t you?”

I nodded, too overcome with emotion to do much more than mutter that, yes, I did indeed write.

She pointed to the large, cracked pottery vase she cradled in her arms and then motioned to the many more on the shelf behind her. “There’s a story here somewhere, don’t you think?”

Oh yes.

If she only knew…

Just minutes before, we’d come upstairs to discuss the details of my new volunteer duties at Coventry, a place for mentally handicapped young adults to come and learn a skill.

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“But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” — I Cor. 13: 10-12 (NLT)

Recently, I was reminded of the awkward girl who inhibited this body of mine more than 15 years ago.

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Yes, Lord

“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” 1 Samuel 14:7 NIV

o·bey [oh-bey]
–verb (used with object) comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of

Obey. It’s a simple word. But doing it is anything but simple. It is a verb – an action word. This word should call us to action. But many times it doesn’t. The Lord is really speaking to me about obeying. I get it everywhere. I hear His words echoing to me from my own words to my children. “I need you to obey me the first time I ask.”

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Try and Try Again

My daughter has been working on a science fair for the last month. For her project, she decided to test which item biodegrades the fastest: apple core, banana peel, or a cucumber slice. She created three trials for her experiment, and set three plates outside, each with one apple core, one banana peel, and one cucumber slice on it. It’s all been very scientific.

And quite the adventure…

First, after a week of the plates sitting outside, we had some big winds here in California and all three plates ended up in the pool. Needless to say, my daughter had to start her project over.

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