Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Minute In Eternity

We live in interesting and sometimes scary times. With so many confusing world events, particularly in the Middle East, I can’t help but think about some of the prophecy in Revelation. I try not to think too much about it since it’s so hard for to understand, but there are a handful of things in that magnificent book that I can grasp.

I love what John recorded about the beings in the throne room of God. Day and night they never stop saying:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who WAS and Is and IS TO COME. Revelation 4:8b(niv)

Think about that for a minute. They NEVER STOP. Praise rings in the heavenlies day and night, 24/7.

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A Trapped Bird finds Freedom (Through Intercessory Prayer)

 

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Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:9

It was an early August morning when I approached the bird feeder. Quiet still hung heavy over our little backyard, like dawn’s own quilt. I padded across the yard. Dew kissed grass, sun breaking beyond the trees, almost, but with pause, as if waiting for the precise moment to burst forth from hiding. I glance about as I carry the pitcher of seeds. I’m always looking for the eyes that watch me, as they await their breakfast.

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Do You Have a Guest Post to Share

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Do you have a story to tell?

Did God get you through the day without losing it as the kids ran circles around your ankles?

Did He deliver you from a problem that’s bothered you for as long as you can remember?

Did you have an amazing God moment at the grocery store or while you were waiting for a doctor’s appointment?

Did He give you strength to fight a battle you were sure would be too difficult to handle?

We’re looking for guest writers. 

We want to hear your story.

We strengthen each other when we share what God is doing in our lives.

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Pray Like One of the Family

Pray like one of the family

There’s no place like home.

Isn’t it great to be one of the family?  There’s a warm feeling of security when you know you belong.  You have a key to the door and you come right in because you live there.  Right?

When you’re part of the family, you can help yourself to whatever is in the refrigerator, unless of course, someone has put an “Eat this and you will die!” note on the banana pudding.  As a family member, your picture hangs on the wall. You can snuggle up on the couch and put your feet on the coffee table.

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A Longish Text From God to You Today

BackyardI asked God this morning what He wanted to say to you today, the day you read this blog post. Google has its algorithms, web masters know whom to target and what time of day is best to hit their demographic and magazine editors plan what season to cover certain subjects. But God knows exactly what you need to hear on this day, right now at this moment.

So I asked Him.

I sat in my backyard and listened for His answer to the question.

And then I argued with His answer. 

But God…” (Red flag phrase if I ever heard one!) “…these women already know that you love them and that they are doing enough.”

You already know that God loves you.

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He Hears Our Cries

This is the first post I wrote for 5MFF. I thought it might be a good time to share it again. A reminder that He will never leave us to cry alone. If you’re hurting – physically or emotionally weak, tired, or worried. If you feel like you’re alone…. 

Hospital NurseryI remember the birth of our first child like it happened yesterday. She was born on her due date, following a mercifully manageable labor and delivery. Her first cry was strong and healthy, and her daddy and I praised God as we cried right along with her.

Over the next few days, she stayed in my room, and I learned more and more about caring for her, her unique needs, and how to best soothe her.

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God Will Make a Way

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Last month, here on 5 Minutes for Faith, I wrote about the day God stopped me in my tracks. He reminded me that no matter what I think I know, only He knows the full and complete picture of His plans.

That same day, although I don’t remember what I was reading at the time, this verse was put in front of me.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

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What Makes You Successful?

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Are you successful?  What do you feel makes you successful? How do you define it?

The dictionary defines success in this way:

• the attainment of popularity or profit: the success of his play.
• a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity: I must make a success of my business.
• archaic the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims: the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.

Often while praying with friends, these women of wisdom that the Lord has placed in my life, will ask Him to help me to not put unrealistic expectations on myself.  

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