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Five Minute Friday: Willing

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with The Gypsy Mama.  We receive a one word prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: WILLING.

I like to know where I'm going. I like to have a plan. Show me the map or tell me the plan and I'm more inclined to be willing to be on board.

But life isn't always like that. There are days when I don't know what will happen tomorrow.  The plans in my head need to change as other people make their own plans that don't always coincide with mine.

Being married to an entrepreneur doesn't help.  After all, entrepreneurs thrive on risk and love adventure and creating.  On some day, my heart does flip flops ...or so it seems.

But God.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."  Proverbs 3:5-6

When my path is uncertain and my view isn't clear, I've learned from experience that I can trust the One who knows all things.  After all, He knows the beginning from the end. He knows how He will use even the hard things for His purposes. My part is to trust Him.

Am I willing to trust that He will make straight my paths?

My answer is ...yes I am willing!


Blessings and love,


Soul Rest Sunday

I love the sound of rain.  Living in Phoenix, Arizona ...rain is rare.  After all, it's a desert.  So when it rains, I get excited.  All day Saturday it rained on and off.  I spent some time on my front entry all wrapped up as I watched and listened to the rain.

My hubby made me my favorite hot tea and we spent the day together at home. Sometimes it's nice to not run all over town doing errands.  We had quality time enjoying one another's company.

Today I got up early as I wanted to go to the early service at my church.  It's at 8:15.  Although I'm an early riser, I cherish my weekends.  So getting ready and being there on time was a challenge.  But I heard that this service was a bit more traditional and lately I've been missing some of the older hymns.  I enjoy most Christian music and of course I want young people to come to church.  But there's just something about those old hymns I've missed.

I wasn't disappointed in the least.  Jan Payne, a beautiful soprano sang "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling". The words to the song were so beautiful and meaningful.  I almost cried when she sang the chorus:

Come home, come home
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home.

I missed church the last few weeks.  I've not been feeling well and so I stayed home.  I had my devotionals and I read my Bible daily.  But I really missed that corporate worship time.  Many people nowadays feel they don't need to go to church.  But for me, I miss not being there.  After all, the Bible tells us to meet together.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Our sermon was delivered by Scott Savage, minister to young adults.  He's also a fellow blogger at The Joshua Collective.  He preached about the importance of character from the book of Judges.  It was the story of Deborah and Barak.

Scott defined character:

Character is who you are and what you do when no one is looking.

He reviewed what he called the Judges Cycle.
Sin -> Oppression -> Repentance -> Peace
Sometimes I wonder why those people couldn't get their act together.  But then I consider myself.  I have a tendency to learn things the hard way too.

Scott also reminded us of something our pastor has been saying.

I feel like I've been refreshed this weekend.  Resting, worshiping and spending time with my loved one has done wonders for me.  How about you?  Did you get any soul rest this weekend?

I'm linking up with Bonnie of Faith Barista for Soul Rest Sunday.  

Blessings and love,

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