Trying to Find the Write Words on Five Minute Friday

It’s Five Minute Friday and the word for today is “Write.” We’re supposed to write for 5 uninterrupted minutes. In full disclosure, I did have a couple of interruptions while composing this tiny post. It’s harder than you might think. Here goes…
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Write.

Pen your passion.

Whatever moves your heart, let it also move your fingers to stroke the lettered keys until words are formed.

Until, finally, your computer screen transforms your scattered ramblings into thoughtful prose.

Maybe someone will read it.

Maybe not.

All that really matters is that you write.

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Have a great weekend!

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Finding Victory In A Word War

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26

It was a quiet Sunday morning, just before I would head into the doors of the sanctuary that the most unholy thing happened. The wounding of a human soul. Mine.

The friendly conversation turned ugly fast as her anger spewed like hot lava all over me. I kept my composure as best as I could and told her we would have to talk later.

I sat shaking, fighting tears in the third pew on the right. And, after, when the apology came, I accepted. But the damage was done.

Have you ever been there? 
Which side of the word war were you on?

Were you the attacked or the attacker?

In his book, Just A Minute, Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International, reminds us that it only takes a minute for our words to change a lifefor better or for worse.

“Spoken or written, words have an incredible power to sear themselves into the human spirit.”

I know I have said a lot of things in my life that I wish I could take back. But, the truth is, I can’t. All I can do is pray for grace and ask God to help me give that same grace to others.

Because we are all walking wounded, aren’t we? We all have tongues, sharp as swords, and no one comes through this life unscathed.

But just because we are prone to bad behavior doesn’t mean we have to be a slave to it. 

In John 13:34, Jesus gave this command to His disciples: “Love one another. As I have love you, so you must love one another.” And, in Matthew 5:44, Jesus teaches another radical concept:  “Love your enemies.”

Mr. Stafford quotes poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to emphasize that message of looking beyond the surface to the person Jesus sees.

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

God help me to remember that the hateful actions of others does not give me permission to hate back. As hard as it might be to believe, hidden behind the armor of every angry warrior is a little child crying out for love and acceptance.

This song is my prayer. May it be for all of us.  

Let my words be Life
Let my words be Truth
I don’t want to say a Word
Unless it points the world
Back to You

 

Hawk Nelson – Words (Feat. Bart Millard of MercyMe) Official Lyric Video from hawk-nelson on GodTube.

The Unutterables

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo Da Vinci

Lately, I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. Often, I have felt the stirring, like my heart was ready to pour. But, like an empty storm, I was all thunder and no rain. I could find no words.

And that’s the way life is sometimes, isn’t it? The experience of living can often leave us with emotions so strong that we simply walk around with a lump in our throats, unable to identify or communicate what we are feeling. We want to fly but our feet are stuck firmly in earth.

It is a humbling thing to realize that, even in this, in our most basic need of human expression, we are unable to provide for ourselves.  We need God. And, once again, he comes to our rescue in the most amazing way.

This verse from Romans 8:26 stuns me every time I read it:

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

God himself praying for me? The Spirit interceding on my behalf? This is grace. And I have tasted it before. God doing for me what I cannot do for myself, proving that in my weakness he is strong.

It is a comfort knowing that the One who sees the deep places inside me, who understands the unutterable longings of my heart, is praying for me as he leads me on the journey home.

So I will keep looking skyward and consider it a blessing when the words won’t come. Because that is when I can hear him whisper, “It’s alright”.

Enjoy this song by Brandon Heath. I hope it will encourage you as it has me.

Who Am I? – The Power of Words

Remember when you were a child, how you used to dream of what you would do when you grew up?

Then, as a teenager, how you spent massive amounts of time thinking about your life and trying to define yourself and your calling? Trying to answer the question, Who am I?

And you couldn’t wait until you became an adult so you could have it all figured out?

But then…

You arrived at adulthood and realized you didn’t have it all figured out.

In fact, it got harder to discern your path because you kept listening to those little voices that whispered negativity. The ones that seemed to say, It’s all bad.

And those messages of doubt, fear, unworthiness, etc. grew louder over time, stealing your confidence, your energy, your joy.

I recently read this quote by Tommy Newberry from his book The 4:8 Principle, a book based on Philippians 4:8.

“The secret conversations you hold in the privacy of your own mind are shaping your destiny, little by little.”

That statement really grabbed my attention. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The power of words. Or, rather, the words we give power to in our lives.

I wonder how different our lives would be if we applied the wisdom of Philippians 4:8?

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

I believe the answer can be found in the preceding verses. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us what we gain by surrendering our thoughts to God in prayer.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Peace. A mind and heart quieted by the knowledge that God has answered that age-old question for all of us.

Who am I? Who are you?

We are children of God. When we listen to Him, the power of His life-giving words begins to transform our thinking. And the destiny He has written for each of us is like a beautiful song.

A song we hear more clearly when our hearts are tuned to the voice of the One who has long been whispering in our ear, It’s all good.

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Mute Button Moments

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

Have you ever felt like someone hit the mute button on your life? You kept moving and going and doing but, like a silent movie without a soundtrack, you found yourself voiceless and incapable of expression.

That’s what happened to me last week.

Not that being quiet is new for me. All my life I’ve been labeled as “the quiet one.” The only person to dispute that might be my husband who is one of the few to have experienced my giddy side. And he has also had to endure a lot of my pent up emotional outbursts and philosophical rants, bless his heart. 🙂

But, last week, I had a lot of things stirring inside but I seemed to be lost for words. And no words = no blogging. I was stuck and I needed to get unstuck. But how?

After many failed attempts, I finally had to surrender to the mute button – to the idea that maybe there was a reason for this sudden forced silence. Maybe I needed to listen.

So I tried to do just that. And it made me realize once again just how needy I am. How I need more listening time with God. How I need to hear His voice so that mine can be filled with more grace and less anger.

That is why, today, I am praying along with the Psalmist David:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

In fact, I pray that the Lord would grant us all the ability to think and speak and live in a way that is pleasing to Him. May we allow our mute button moments to lead us to a keener sense of hearing and a deeper understanding of His will  – believing Him when He says,

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15

Have a great week and be blessed!