Hey Five Minute Friday writers!

How’s everyone?

I hope you’re ready, because you’re in for a treat! This week, we have a special guest sharing some thoughts on our prompt, HAVEN.

 

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I couldn’t use the prompt, HAVEN, without asking LeeAnn Taylor to guest post for us.

 

LeeAnn TaylorLeeAnn is a fellow faith journeyer discovering new-found freedom in Christ. She’s a wife and momma of three, trying to be intentional about spiritual growth, marriage, and parenting – both in the little things of life and the big ones too!

Find LeeAnn on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

LeeAnn’s daughter, Haven, has been part of the Five Minute Friday family from the day she was born. Back in early January 2015, the FMF prompt was WELCOME. LeeAnn saw the prompt after giving birth that same day, and actually wrote and shared a post from her hospital bed!

 

LeeAnn & Haven, January 2015

LeeAnn & Haven, January 2015

 

Since then, many of the FMF community members got to meet and spend time with Haven at the Five Minute Friday retreat in August of 2015. She is too precious for words!

 

Photo credit: FMF Retreat photographer

Photo credit: FMF Retreat photographer

Photo Credit: FMF Retreat Photographer

Photo Credit: FMF Retreat Photographer

Photo Credit: FMF Retreat Photographer

Photo Credit: FMF Retreat Photographer

 

Thank you, LeeAnn, for sharing the following words (and your daughter) with us!

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Sometimes I imagine what it must have been like to have been Eve in the Garden of Eden after she sinned and was separated from God.

The peace, the only feeling her tender heart had ever known, was gone. Instead, a stirring in her spirit, a restlessness, fear, shame and confusion stirred up inside of her. We know she was moved to action when we learn she and Adam created clothing and covered themselves before meeting with God again.

 

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I wonder how long it was before she turned her heart back to God. I wonder how much second guessing she did, how many “what ifs” she uttered, how many times she wished she’d done something differently when she was in the midst of the pain of childbirth.

You know what I’ve discovered?

 

 

We’ve all done something (or lots of somethings!) that have separated us from God. And as a result, our spirit is stirred, unsettled, and seeks that true peace.

 

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For me, I’ve held on to an illusion of control, particularly with our finances, for so long – too long. My heart knows God delights in providing for us, but my mind sees the numbers on the page and doubts. And yet even in the midst of my struggle and doubt, God is gracious and faithful – so, so faithful to fill our every need.

In the storm of the unknowns, He provides the peace and is my haven in the storm.

END

 

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
    the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
    and he guided them to their desired haven.”

                                               ~ Psalm 107:28-30

 

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In case you missed it on the blog this week,

I shared some Summer Staycation Ideas,

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as well as how I was challenged by

Russell Moore’s response to Donald Trump:

Screenshot from Anderson Cooper's Twitter account

Screenshot from Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account

 

Also, my very first podcast just went live over at Holly Barrett’s place!

Click over to have a listen!

Had SUCH fun chatting away with Holly — she definitely got to the core of my loves, as the show notes reveal: Lisa-Jo Baker, Trillia Newbell, Ann Kroeker, Charity Singleton Craig, Fistbump Media, and … Downton Abbey! 😉

Hope you enjoy listening in!

 

Thanks for being here!

Now go and encourage your neighbor in the link-up below!

 

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25 thoughts on “five minute friday :: haven

  1. LeeAnn, your daughter is so sweet! What a beautiful name and a beautiful legacy from her mama to carry with her through life.

    I love how you detailed some of Eve’s possible thoughts in your post. I can identify with her so much and it reminds me of the Hope we all have. Thank you!

  2. LeeAnn, your little Haven looks delightful! Hubs and I have gone through so much financial angst over the years – I can surely relate. The only thing I can say, just keep honoring God and He will give you the desires of your heart. We struggled and struggled and we were faithful in the little things – now, as empty nesters, we both still work but the burden has been lifted. God bless you, sister.

  3. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on haven. Go. […]

  4. Thank you for this, Leanne! Your words made me think of the song “Good, Good Father” –

    Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
    But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
    And you tell me that you’re pleased
    And that I’m never alone

    You’re a Good, Good Father
    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

    Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
    But I know we’re all searching
    For answers only you provide
    Cause you know just what we need
    Before we say a word

    You’re a Good, Good Father
    It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
    And I’m loved by you
    It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am… – Chris Tomlin

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