FMF – Silence

Hello.  It’s time for another edition of Five Minute Friday.  That weekly occurrence where we all join up over here and get a one word prompt.  Then we write on that prompt for 5 minutes, no editing.

And then you get to back and read everyone else’s writings.  It’s really interesting to see how some writing is similar and how some is different.  Regardless, it is one of the best things I’ve ever taken part in.

Today’s word is Silence.  And GO:

It’s early morning.  The dogs woke me up.  It’s so quiet this early.  It’s alright because I was getting up anyway.

I’m tired.  I’m sore.  The kids have gone to school and to work and I’m sitting here reveling in the silence of it all.  It’s not that they are loud.  It’s that I can hear myself now.

It’s in the silence that things are brought to the forefront of my mind.  Like how I haven’t made time for God this year.  How I have been so busy that I haven’t taken time.

Like how my word of the year is supposed to be prayer, and I feel as though I have failed miserably on that front.

Maybe I should take that time, instead of looking at Facebook and playing quirky dragon games on my phone, I should use the silence in a different way.  Maybe I should take advantage and pray.  And read and study.  I seem to concentrate so much better in the silence.

God is everything to me.  He has given me everything in my life and taught me many lessons along the way.  And all he asks is for me to give him the glory.  I will use my silent moments to learn to spend time with him again.  STOP

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

1 Kings 19:11-13a

Until next time, may you find focus in the silence.
Hugs,
Melinda

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FMF – Need

So it’s the first time I’ve written in several months.  I NEED to write.  I need to put words on paper and feelings into my words.  I need to connect with my friends, my blog readers, my fellow writers.  I need to be a mom, a worker, a student, a friend, a Christian.

We have a lot of needs as humans.  But for me, I struggle with needing balance.  I need to work and I need to play.  And I need to rest.

I’m going to visit my sister this weekend.  She’s having a baby shower.  I get to be a hostess.  I need to hug my little sister and rub her pregnant belly and give her many different things.  I love her so very much.  I need her to stay healthy and strong and to stay my sister.

What does God need from us?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

And with that, my time is up.

This post was part of Five Minute Friday, a weekly link up where a group of writers get together and write on a given prompt.  Join us here and then read other people’s words.  It’s fun.

Hugs,
Melinda

FMF – Try

I’m joining up with Kate and the authors (yes, it does sound like a band name, Marie) over at Five Minute Friday.  Today’s word of inspiration is Try.

GO

I feel like I’m trying too hard and not accomplishing anything.  There’s a poem called “Try, Try Again.”  And it fits in with the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice!”

I don’t know what I’m trying to do.  I don’t know why I’m trying so hard.  But I feel like I’ve been running for days and with no break in sight.

But is it too much to try?  I think my tag on this post is going to be ramblings.  I’m not sure what I’m even talking about anymore.  Maybe I’m trying too hard.  lol

But I do know that I have to try, no matter what, because my life verse is “Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.”  (Colossians 3:17, NIV)  I always try my hardest, my best.  Because I’m not doing it for me, I’m doing it for God and His glory.  That’s what I do.  I try my best.

So I will continue to try, I will continue to run, and I will continue to do my very best.  Because God wants me to.  And in the end, that’s all that matters.  Right?

Hugs,
Melinda

FMF – Inspire

I’m a bit late with my FMF post this week.  I’ve been busy with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.  We had our coronation ceremony this weekend, and it was beautiful.  Our new king and queen were absolutely stunning.  It was amazing to sing to a full crowd.

I’m joining up with Kate at Five Minute Friday this week.  It’s a “flash mob” of writers, where we all get together and write on one word for 5 minutes.  This week, the word is Inspire.

GO:

What inspires you?  What lights your fire and makes your passions burn bright?  What do you draw inspiration from?

Did you know inspiration is in the Bible?  I mean the word.  It doesn’t look like the word, but it’s there.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3:16  NIV

My understanding is that “God-breathed” means “inspiration” in Greek.  The physical act of drawing breath in is called inspiration.  God breaths Scripture to us.  He teaches us and trains us through His holy word.

I want that.  I want the word of God to be so much in my life, and in my being that I literally breathe it out of every fiber of my being.  I love the word of God.

Sorry.  I know I’m kind of out of it at the moment.  I should have been asleep an hour and a half ago, but I’m sitting here.  I’m watching a dumb TV show and scrolling Facebook.  When I could be more productive, by reading God’s words, or reading about God’s words.

STOP

I … lost where I was going with that thought.  Oh well.  I’m sure it will come to me on the next one.

Hugs,
Melinda

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FMF – Collect

They’re here!  They’re here!  They’re here!  My writer friends from all over the United States.  They are in Kansas City this weekend.  Unfortunately, I can’t be a part of the FMF Writers Retreat, because I have to work and do Ren Fest things.  But I hope and pray that they are collecting new sites and sounds and memories that will hold them through the years.

I have really enjoyed my time writing with FMF.  I have collected more thoughts and words than I ever thought I had.  I have collected the title of writer.  I have collected new friends.  I have collected an over abundance of ideas.

I wish I could be with them at the retreat.  But since I can’t, then I will collect my pennies for the next retreat.  (Next year, Kate?  Please?)  😀

I will collect memories and stories that they share.  I will hold their words close to my heart.  I will pray for their time in my city.  I will pray that their hearts do not collect sadness but joy.

I love my collection of writer friends.  Happy writing my dear friends!  Enjoy your weekend.  😀

Hugs,
Melinda

This post is part of Five Minute Fridays, a collection of writers who write on a one word prompt for five minutes at a time.  This week’s word was collect.

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