Friday, October 24

dare

Today's Five Minute Free Write is a part of the regular Five Minute Friday.  If you are a writer and would like to join in, it's really quite simple.  Write for five minutes on the word of the day. No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Read the post before yours and leave a word of encouragement behind.  This week Kate has a giveaway that EVERYONE can participate in as a winner, so check that out, too!  The word for today is DARE. Ready?  Set?  Go!

::DARE::

Dare to do something WAY out of your comfort zone.

I don't mean a YOLO kind of thing or one of your bucket list items.  I mean the thing that the Lord keeps whispering in your ear kind of thing.  You know, the kind of thing that you keep thinking you need more confirmation from Him to take the next step kind of thing because you weren't sure you heard Him correctly the first time.  Ya, that one thing that really isn't your kind of thing, in fact, it's not even close to being able to use those amazing gifts and talents that He gave you.  

I dare you to do THAT THING!

Because you aren't really doing it for you, but for Him!  And it's going to be a free falling experience that is not at all in your strength or power or might.  It will all be done in His strength.  His power.  His might.  

Go ahead.  Try it. 

I'll bet after you do it, you'll be ready to take His next dare!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 24

Thursday, October 23

look

::look::

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise....."(Ephesians 5:15)

You don't really think about how carefully you need to walk until you notice that it's hard to see where to walk.  Like this evening.  After a long gray rainy off and on kind of day, it's really foggy out.  We made a quick trip into town to pick up a few things and it's interesting how much fog distorts the view around you.  Suddenly everything looks different as you tend to see outlines without details until you are much closer.

Much like the world we live in right now.  Talk about foggy! No one seems to know their left from their right, up from down, ethics from immorality. How very important to seek truth and wisdom from the one Source that has been around since He created this world - God's Word - so that you can walk carefully and wisely.  Honestly, that Book has everyone a person needs for life!

So, be wise.  Walk each step with a careful wise look.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 23

Wednesday, October 22

expect

::expect::

Expect kids to not always do the smartest things.

After all, they aren't mini adults.  They don't have the experience or the knowledge to really understand the consequences of some of their actions.  They are learning as they go much as their parents did.  Patience during this time of training is so important as it's a wonderful opportunity to teach them the meaning of grace.  A camera could be helpful during this stage — wish we had digital cameras back when my kids were little so I could have taken lots of pictures of their antics! — so there is proof that they really did climb THAT HIGH or they really did put body lotion ALL OVER EVERYTHING as they were "cleaning". And don't forget your sense of humor.  It may be missing in the heat of the moment, but you'll probably find it sometime after you've survived one of their not very smart things.  

Above all, love them during those moments because it may be the thing they least expect!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 22

  




Tuesday, October 21

second

::second::

Second by second our life is measured.


In fact, if you need an exact number, there's a pin going around Pinterest right now that states we are credited with 86,400 seconds per day.  That's a lot of seconds to invest over a day as the clock keeps ticking.  

I do believe we've bought into the illusion of "someday when I have time, I can....."  Someday?  I wish you success on finding time someday, but you may someday instead discover that we can never get time back which means we must be oh so wise in how we spend our seconds now so we won't look back with regret.

Be intentional about how you live your life, yet always allow a little flexibility with an open heart for God to interrupt your day.  Those tend to be the best lived seconds of the day.

So what are you waiting for?  Time to get offline and choose not to waste another precious second!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 21


Monday, October 20

fear

::fear::

Fear usually results in one of two things - running away from whatever you fear OR trying to control the situation.

At this point in my life, I can easily say that neither result works.  There's actually a part of me that cringes when I see it happening in the lives of others.

A long time ago I learned this acronym for FEAR:

-False
-Evidence
-Appearing
-Real

That acronym is appropriate because there is typically a very slim possibility of what we fear actually happening.  There's statistics out there that say there's an 80 - 90% chance of our fears and worries NOT happening, but I've also read 95%, and I have even read 99.96%.  In other words, again, our fears don't actually happen.  Instead we are robbed of valuable time and energy as we engage in fear instead of fully living our lives.

Even knowing that, some people run away which basically prolongs learning the lessons you needed to learn by facing your fear.  Stretching out that learning process is often painful.  OR you can attempt to control that situation until sooner or later you realize you cannot control all the variables and then things really get out of control in your life.

The best approach is to FACE YOUR FEAR.  Stare it down. Walk through it.  Feel it.  Seek wise counsel.  Cry as needed. Pray like crazy.  And be sure to do the most important thing: Trust that God is in control because, guess what, HE TRULY IS!  When you let go and let God take control, you'll be surprised by the results since they never play out the way YOU think they will!

Live in peace by giving God your fear.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 20


Sunday, October 19

honor

::honor::

Honor check, please!

There is a whole lot of honoring God with our lips that happens on Sundays — which is worshipful and wonderful — however, God's concern is when people honor Him with their lips yet their hearts are far from Him (Isaiah 29:13).

In the hustle and bustle that typically happens on a Sunday morning, when we finally arrive at church and settle into our seats, have our hearts been prepared to worship our Heavenly Father?  Has there been time to stop and do a heart check before we open our mouths to worship and honor Him with the praises that flow from our lips?  Or are our words hollow and empty from a heart that is disengaged from a long difficult week that has passed before our steps into worship?

It only takes a few minutes on a Sunday morning — or really any morning — to do a simple heart check by praying these verses....Psalm 139:23-24 - "Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there by any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" 

Once you've done a heart check, you are able to raise your lips to Him with honor!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 19

Saturday, October 18

taste

::taste::

Taste a bit of Thanksgiving a bit early, I thought to myself.

However, it almost felt like, I don't know, breaking a sacred law?  I'm not sure I've ever made a turkey except for Thanksgiving.  But what's a mother to do?  

It was simple.  I just wanted to straighten out our upright freezer and get a good handle on what exactly was in there. The project was going well until a frozen turkey was staring at me on the bottom of the freezer.  Oh oh.  Totally forgot that I had bought a smaller turkey during the holiday season last year.  My plan had been to roast it primarily to use it for the makings of winter soups.

With a college son coming home for the weekend and bringing an appetite with him, I took the turkey out of the freezer and stuck it into the fridge for a week of slow defrosting. Although I felt a tad bit guilty sniffing the delicious turkey scent all not Thanksgiving afternoon, it certainly tasted great when we ate it tonight with only a few of the usual Thanksgiving meal trimmings.

Next stop will be the soup kettle as we enjoy a little more of the forbidden taste!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 18
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