Firstly, I have to tell you how amazed I am that 109 of you linked up last week for the prompt, BLUE.

I just *love* how you put on your brave and punched out the words, following whatever train of thought came your way.

One of my favorite parts of Five Minute Friday is seeing how many different ways you guys can elaborate on a single word. It amazes me. I stand in awe of God’s creativity in making each of us so unique.

So thank *you* for gifting me with your words week after week! You probably don’t realize it, but you show me the character and goodness of God by being part of this community.

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This week’s FMF prompt is:

gift

Set a timer for five minutes and let’s GO. 

 

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My kids had their last day of school this past week.

After five years of homeschooling, God gave them a glorious year at a small Christian school in town.

It was amazing. We all loved it.

Yet sometimes God’s providences are mysterious, and He leads in unexpected directions. While we didn’t anticipate the change, He’s guiding our family to a new chapter that doesn’t include our beloved school.

The last day was hard.

I’m tempted to mourn the many losses. To grieve what will no longer be.

And yet — while it’s good and right to process the change, I’m doing my best to count this past year as a gift.

Because that’s exactly what it was. A beautiful gift from above — unexpected and undeserved. It was a gift, and it all points *to* the Gift — the Gift and the Giver of all good things, who lavishly pours out all that we need for life and godliness.

May God help us to glorify Him in the midst of the change, and to thank Him for chapters past and the chapters yet to come.

STOP.

 

 


Go ahead and link up your own posts on the prompt GIFT by clicking the blue button below:

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And guess what?  You did it!  You made it to the end of another week.  Whew, and what a week it has been.  Anyone else feeling bogged down by all the yuck in the world?

I, for one, am so grateful for the uplifting stories in the midst of the muck, stories like the amazing one shared by Lisa-Jo on what *you* have done in the midst of the dirty dishes and piles of laundry .. have you heard?  As of this afternoon, there was only $4,472 left to go out of a whopping $50,000 raised for the water point, vegetable garden and the Community Center in South Africa!!  That’s crazy, hey?! Can I hear a “Thank you, Lord,” and an “Amen”?

So whaddya say we give Lisa-Jo a little surprise ..  This coming Tuesday happens to be a momentous occasion in her life.  Momentous, as in, she happens to be turning the big 4-0 .. How about if we make it extra special by closing that gap and rounding off the Maubane project?  Hey?  Do you think we can do it?  All we need is 183 people to give $25 .. That’s sacrificing one Friday night pizza dinner and having sandwiches instead.  Who’s in?  (Click here if you’re with me.)  Let’s pray and give and watch this little widget below close the gap ..

And speaking of great stories, did you catch this week’s Featured Five Minute Friday post in the sidebar?  I was so moved by this account written by Laura Robb .. be sure to check it out!

And now .. It’s time to write.  This week’s prompt is:

 

Change - FMF

Okay, here we …

 

GO.

I sit in the crowded restaurant, John Mayer lyrics wafting through speakers overhead: “We’re waiting … waiting on the world to change.”

And it becomes a prayer.

Because my eyes have been filled with headlines and my mind consumed by the atrocities reported near and far, and when?

When will it change?

We breathe in the tension and long for the wind to shift even as the crickets chirp in the stillness of night, and we wait with bated breath.  And sometimes we long for the wings to soar up and out of this mess, and straight into glory.

We feel it coming, this changing of the tide, as the waters recede and the land is thirstyThirsty for hope.  It’s dry, and it needs life.

We can feel the swell of ocean pulling back, the waves being reigned in and we wait.  We wait for the surge of living water to consume us,

and make all things new.

And we’re waiting …  waiting for the world to change.   To be made new.

But first we must be changed.  Changed from the inside out by the same living water.  Changed to become an agent of change, for good.

So come, Thou fount of every blessing, and change my tune.  In the midst of these dark waiting days, tune my heart to sing Thy praise.

And then come, Lord Jesus, come.

 

STOP.

 

It’s your turn!  Go on and change the world for good with your beautiful words.  Click the blue button to add your link, and don’t forget to give the person ahead of you some comment love!

 

 

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