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5 minute friday-Beauty

It’s Friday again and time to participate in 5 minute friday with the gypsy mama, a woman from South Africa who initiated this brilliant prompt-write for five minutes, no editing, no stopping and you, too can join in the fun by clicking on the button underneath this sentence and typing your post in her comments or type it out first and link up to her linky tool, which you should be able to get to. Even if you’re not a writer, and you are inspired by the prompt, no one will criticize you for it if you give it your best!
These are her few rules:

Want to take five minutes with me and share what you found? Want to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

Beauty…


Go.
I am constantly amazed at the beauty I see around me. The deep green in the trees, the blue in the sky, the smell, shape and texture of the flowers scream to me that an intelligent God created them.
The brilliant orange in the sun and the fact that you can’t look directly into it without pain, not to mention the warmth we get from it, it cannot be an accident. The colors and shapes of the moon and the mystery surrounding it for so long, leaves me in wonder.
My wonderful house, that my husband bought for us to live in, I can’t keep up with it all the time.
The beauty in my daughter’s voice when she sings, the young woman she has become, so good and sweet and honest. I am so proud!
The beauty of my younger daughter as the little girl look leaves her and the teenage looks sets in, the fact that she was baptized last weekend and is maturing faster than i can keep up with, and all four of us can be together in heaven. I am so proud of her!
Stop.

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5 minute friday: Grateful

It’s Friday again and time to join the Gypsy Mama for 5 minute friday.  Her are her rules:  Want to take five minutes with me and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

 

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.

 

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}

 

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

 

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

 

Grateful…

Go.

I am grateful for the country that I live in: that I am free.  I am grateful for the time that I live in-I have so many modern conveniences: running water, electricity, heating, air conditioning, plumbing.  I don’t have to go to a well to get water or heat my water for a bath.

I am grateful for the two kids I have: one has turned out to be a great person and the other is still forming as a person but showing promise.  I am grateful for the nice house that I live in.  We started out in my parents’ house.  I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

Most of all, I am grateful that I was brought up in a home where I was taught The Truth-gospel and am not lost somewhere without God, that I have the hope of heaven some day.

Stop.

 

 

 


5 minute friday-Welcome

It’s Friday once again. Whew! You made it. It’s time for 5 minute friday-time to write for five minutes without stopping or editing. Today’s prompt, courtesy of the gypsy mama, is: welcome. Go.
There are a lot of welcomes I would like to receive but the most important welcome, one that not enough people care about until it will be too late-is the welcome into heaven. Hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Come inherit my blessings. ”
I am a pleaser and the thought of Jesus smiling at me and welcoming me into eternal happiness is too good to fully comprehend. That sigh of relief that the “good fight” is finally over and I won. I defeated Satan and God will defeat him and death forever. What a wonderful time!
Oh, to see Jesus’ face and His smile, at Me!!! No way! Is that possible?
If we are faithful, yes!
Stop.
Your turn. What do you have to say about welcomes?

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A Heavenly Mother’s Day

Day 8 of the blogathon and I am still going. Woohoo!
To all of you mothers out there, I want to wish you Happy Mother’s Day!! To those who have a mother, I hope you bring her some good cheer and maybe a phone call or something. To those who have lost a mother, may you find peace through good memories on this day.
I’m sure that everybody and their dog is blogging about Mother’s Day, so I thought I would steer away from it. My youngest daughter asked, “Why is there a day for everything? Why isn’t there a kids’ day?”
“Christmas is for kids,” I replied. “What about Halloween? You get to go out and get free candy?”
Her smile told me that she could not argue with that one. I wish I had a day where I could go door-to-door, asking for free candy and then eat it when I get home. That would be awesome! A Halloween For Grown-Ups Day! If we didn’t want to go to strangers’ houses, I see plenty of things at the grocery store that I pass up, thinking,”It better be worth it,” or “I wonder if they have those in heaven.”
I can see it now, “Here’s your chocolate cake, with 7 different kinds of chocolate decorating it, that will take you a hundred years to finish.”
“Oh boy!”
And then, having said, “Oh boy!” would remind me of my childhood and I would want to sit next to some water, take my shoes off, (if I’m wearing any; it might be hot on those streets of gold 🙂 ) and dangle my feet in the water while I eat it.
Anyway, speaking of the afterlife, my mom has a book that tells how a lot of famous people died, including Shakespeare. Did you know that before he died, Shakespeare put a curse on his grave? Anyone to touched his tombstone or body, or tried to move it, or anything would be cursed. So 100 years or more later, when Westminster Abby was built, they could not move his body out of respect or fear of the curse. The #1 writer of all time and he is not buried in Westminster Abby.
I can picture him in heaven, after the magnificent structure was built and they decided not to bury him there, waving his arms frantically and trying to get their attention, yelling, “No, that’s not what I meant! You can bury me there. It’s OK. ”
Maybe he did not care or maybe he does not know. I do think it’s ironic, though.
Those are two pictures of heaven I have. I have others but I think I’ve shared enough for today.
What kind of pictures do you have of heaven? Or do I even want to know? jk
Have a heavenly Mother’s Day!

Boy Meets Congregation

By:
Holly Green
Well, this is my first post for the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon. It has been a crazy day and I saw that a couple of you have left a comment for me. I saw it and I will have to respond to it in the morning because I should be better able to do it when I’m not so tired. I hope that’s OK.

So how was y’all’s weekend? Did you have fun? Did you get to rest? Did you work all weekend? Whatever you did, I hope it was nice, overall.

I have been to church 3 times in the last 2 days and I have so many classes and sermons in my head, it is spinning. It is very tiring to do that but I always am so glad I did. I am so uplifted after seeing other Christians and spending time with them. There is nothing else like it.
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Abraham: Friend of God, part 3

Imagine getting the news that your child is dead.  It is unthinkable.  Now, imagine having to kill your child.  Even more unthinkable.  Who could do that?  Well, out of the average parents, who could do that?

This was the last lesson of Phillip’s in this series on Friendship With God.  Here is what it basically said.

Abraham was tested a third time by God, in a most difficult way, by far.  It does not make sense.  God does not normally ask us to sacrifice our children to him and punished Israel when they sacrificed their children to idols.

Genesis 21:1-8 tells of the birth of Isaac, whom God promised to him in his old age and through Sarah-a woman, who, in her youth was barren.  Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old and it happened just as God had promised.  What a joyous occasion! (more…)

“It’s God’s Fault!” Are You Mad At God?

by Holly Green

My mom has talked to a lot of people who proudly state that they want nothing to do with God and she found out that they were mad at God for something bad that happened in their lives-the death of a loved one, an illness, a divorce, being cheated on, etc.  Is it necessarily God’s fault?  Let’s look at God’s history.  Where will that be?  In the Bible.

God tells us how everything began in Genesis and in the first two chapters, He tells us how he made the world and everything in it-including man.  Did He make man miserable and put him in a terrible place to make him suffer?  No.  He put man in a garden with every kind of food he needed. (Gen.1:29)  God took special care in making man in His own image, (vs 26).  He did not go to such lengths in making anything else; therefore, we should know that we are special.  In fact, after everything God made, he looked at it and saw that it was good; but when He made man, verse 31 says that he looked and saw that it was “very good”.  We are more important than any creation God has made.  (I am not saying animals are not important, I would never say that since my youngest daughter loves them so.)

How did God treat man after putting him in this paradise?  Did He say, “I’m God.  I’m up here and you’re down there and you can’t talk to me.  You don’t deserve my attention,”?  Absolutely not.  It was quite the opposite.  When Adam was alone, He made him a helper, a mate.  He also brought all of the animals to Adam for him to name, which I think would be a really cool job.  (Have you ever thought about that?  What kind of names would you give the animals?)  God did not say, “That’s a dumb name.  I think it should be this,” to any of the names Adam gave the animals.  Gen.2:19 states that, “…whatever name he gave them, that was its name.”

God also walked with man in the garden.  We have no idea what that is like but when man was first placed in the garden, God spent time with him in the garden.  So, what caused the suffering of man?  Did God decide He did not like us anymore?  What came between this relationship God had with man?  The devil.  No suffering occurred on the earth until after the devil tempted man and he sinned.  In Genesis 3, the devil is described as a serpent.  He approached Eve and twisted God’s words and made the tree of the knowledge of good and evil look enticing.  God had told them not to eat of the tree because they “would surely die” (2:17).  The serpent told Eve that they would not die, which was a lie.  After she shared it with Adam, they died a spiritual death, which separated them from God, because sin separates man from God and God cannot be around sin.  They also, when driven from the garden, were denied access to the tree of life that gave them eternal life.  (Have you ever thought about that?  If Adam and Eve had not sinned, they would still be alive and in the garden and so would we.  Amazing, huh?)

So, as a result, Adam and Eve had to leave their paradise and the presence of God.  In addition, they had to experience growing old and dying.  Think about that for a second.  When God first made us, He intended for us to not grow old and die, grieve for a loved one, deal with worry over someone we love who is an alcoholic, worry over someone fighting in a war, go through a divorce, build prisons to hold criminals, and so on.  So, why do we have to deal with all of this?  Not because God brought it into the world but Satan.  The world has become so far removed from God and Satan wants it that way.  He wants us to be entrenched in all of this evil and suffering.

What hope is there?  The hope of heaven.  Like the garden of eden, God will invite us to a paradise with no evil and no suffering.  And no devil. There will be no sin in heaven-and sin causes suffering.  No terrorist attacks, no mean people to deal with at work, no grief, no sickness.  We will even be given a new body, (if you can call it that), which will never wear out, never break down, never hurt and never die.

So, the next time we are dealing with something in our lives and we want to blame God, maybe we should go back to the source that brought suffering into the world in the first place.

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