The holiday season is upon us, and so is the temptation to rush, rush, and be rushed.

Here are some suggestions for how you can practice dwelling in Christ and in His goodness during this busy time of the year. Click here for some beautiful, helpful resources.

 

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Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, an Advent devotional by our very own Asheritah Ciuciu is now available! Get your copy here.

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Looking to dwell under a warm blanket with a good book?

Here’s my list of all-time favorite fiction reads, just for you!

 

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Registration for the mini Christmas round of #fmfpartysnailmail is open until 11/21!

Click here to sign up! 

 

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Bouchillon
Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Bouchillon

 

In case you haven’t guessed already, this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: 

 

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New to Five Minute Friday? Find out more here. We’d love to have you join us!

 

Set a timer for five minutes, and get your fingers ready to tap furiously across your keyboard!

Here we go …

 

My heart is on all the turmoil and tragedy happening in the world these days, and if I’m not careful, it’s easy to let my thoughts veer toward fear. I imagine what it must be like to live in Paris right now, or Syria, or anywhere, really — when the threat of terrorism looms large and real.

Then I remember: that’s exactly what it is — a threat. I can live cowering in fear of a threat, or I can cling to a promise.

I think of friends living in Europe, and I wonder if they consider leaving. Where would they go? I think about friends and family in South Africa, with all of her uncertainties and instabilities.

I think of news reports here in America, and I can hardly bear to read any more.

And I “groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling” (2 Corinthians 5:2).

All of the options in this life are lacking. Yet in Christ — no matter where I live, God alone is able to “make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

For this is the glorious mystery: that “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

Let’s not forget the wonder of it all. Though the world is darkened by threats and black clouds of evil, we can cling to the promise that light will always overcome darkness in the end.

 

By the way, we *will* have a regular FMF link-up next week, even though it’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Hope you are able to join us!

Also, we’ll be having a special edition link-up on Wednesday, December 2nd to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Letters to Grief. Write your own letter to grief and come link up on December 2nd!

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30 thoughts on “five minute friday :: dwell

  1. We can let fear overcome or God! I am choosing God. Love these words and clinging to these tonight…”we can cling to the promise that light will always overcome darkness in the end.” Thank you, Kate!

  2. Such beautiful, peace-inducing thoughts, Kate. How amazing is it that Jesus, God, came to dwell in this unstable place? His times were uncertain, like ours. Yet, I suspect He never lost His peace as He walked out His days here. As He dwelt among us. Truly an awe-inspiring thought. Thanks for reminding me where my focus needs to be. 🙂

  3. Kate-
    your final paragraph is poignant!
    Thanks for touching on the feelings of this week.
    It is a big, scary, sad world, and yet there is light, joy, and dwelling spots for good too.
    I pray we each find the soft hearts to welcome the things that may come and know that God is shaping us for glory! Jenn Cook

  4. “Though the world is darkened by threats and black clouds of evil, we can cling to the promise that light will always overcome darkness in the end.” This is an encouraging reminder, Kate. Thank you. It can get so overwhelming sometimes, but I have to keep reminding myself that God is bigger than all the evil.

  5. Thanks for your words, Kate. Yes, with the LORD amongst and in us, we have nothing to fear: He is Our Light in the Darkness. I live in Europe, but (maybe naively) have not been overcome by fear in it all. We all have been “made for such a time as this” and I pray that we will all hear our calling in the darkness that has descended to be His Hands and Feet, where and when we can, by the power of the Mighty One within us.

  6. […] That’s my five minute contribution for the week. Five Minute Friday is a weekly flashmob of bloggers who gather, Internet-wide, to write for five minutes (no stopping, no editing) on a prompt provided by Kate, then link up and share a little comment. For more info, more posts, to join in and/or just to read what the other talented writers came up with, head to (http://katemotaung.com/2015/11/19/five-minute-friday-dwell/). […]

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