Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Risk

Friday, June 22, 2012

Another Friday has arrived - this one is jam-packed with VBC, doctor appointments, and lots of running, but it wouldn't be Friday without writing for five minutes. 

Wanna join in the free writing Friday? All you have to do is write on the topic from Gypsy Mama for five minutes, then that's it- no editing, or worrying about perfection.  Give it shot - and let me know so I can read your five minutes.

Five Minute Friday


"Listen well - I'll be back when it's over to pick you up."  Those are words I heard tons growing up. And those are the words that came out of my mouth for the first time this week. One of those moments when you realize you are the adult - the adult in charge of another person. Plus you are letting go of your responsibility, even for just a few hours, while this person learns the rules of a group.

Yep that is part of the process, holding on tight, teaching expectations, then stepping back to see if it work. Then stepping back in and doing it again. Until you don't have to...

The risk of not being the only one to guide his steps, even if just for a few hours right now - I won't be there to remind him to share - I won't be there to help wipe off his nose - I won't be there to smile and encourage. And that is how it is supposed to be.

I know that as I walk away.

My head does.

My heart is thinking of the risk I'm taking by not being there. The what-ifs of the world sneak in. Those nasty little worries! Why do they have to weasel their way into this precious time? I need to be excited - this risk is worth it. This risk builds character and independence. Nope no more worries and what-ifs.

Deep breath - relax in the warmth of the sun - and know this is life. Taking the risk. Allowing that little person to try without you. This is the only way to get to the path we are called to. It's the first step that can be so risky, earth shattering even. That unknown world that looms in front of us.

I can trust His love to hold my not-so-little guy's hand now.

Remembering I get to step back in after a few short hours.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Not joining in

Thursday, June 21, 2012

There has been a lot of talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, and I wish it would stop. But it won't. I've been ignoring it, and yet it still fills the silences too often. I told myself I wouldn't mention it on this blog, because I didn't think I needed to be in this conversation. And yet the talk continues.

 In the midst of it all I came across a link for Write It, Girl- I felt like I just had to put up a little something. And the words started to jumble up in my head. My feelings were strong, but the words didn't seem to match. I was started to get more frustrated over not being able to express myself, than even the whole book issue!
 Write it girl

Then in all the noise, I found this wonderful post about why we, Christian women especially, should not read this book. And I agree with it. I understand that, at least in America today, we are free to choice what we read, but that doesn't mean we should read everything. I might not be able to figure out the right words on this one issue, at least not yet... but that post really does share my feelings. (if you like that post, and want to hear more on the issue, this is a follow up post she added.)

I'm jumping on the "Not-going-to-read-Fifty-Shades-of-Gray" bandwagon, enough said.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Refuel: An Uncomplicated Guide to Connecting with God
By Doug Fields

Here is what caught me about this book:
"You don't want your friendships to be average.
You don't want your marriage to be routine.
You don't want your career to be purposeless and passionless.
You don't want your bad habits or addictions to define you.
You don't want your kids to not really know you...."  (97)

Does it grab you?

This little book held so much for me, and it took no time at all to read. The overall point consists of three small steps to refueling your spiritual tank. However those steps are anything but easy, at least for me! 

So what are the steps? Alright I'll share the secret with you, are you ready?

1) Stop   2) Be quiet  3) Make a connection with God

Yep that's it!

I know you are amazed and ready to change your life right?  Well let me tell you, I have yet to figure out how to really do these three simple steps, and that is why this book was actually a nice little read. Fields goes over how simple it is to say, and how difficult it can be to actually do. 

The book is broken into six chapters, and each is set up so you can do it as a six week study (I'm sure that would have helped me to figure out how to implement this plan). In fact there are extra study questions at the end of the book to help you if you are in a group study (great for a quick summer study!). For me personally, I read the book in about 6 days, but at the end of each chapter there is a review section, that has personal reflection questions, goals for you to work on during the week, and a quick prayer. Trust me they were great at getting me to reflect back and soak in the point. 

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So the steps, stop (I can do that, like right before I go in the baby's room as he fights sleep, stopping is not a problem), be quiet (oh yeah there are tons of quiet moments in my life - one baby, one preschooler - need I say more?), and make a connection with God (what? it's that easy?). These are the steps that Fields admits should be easy, yet are not. They are completely foreign and will take effort for any Christian to figure out, but they also are the steps that God calls us to follow. 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

The biggest hang up for me is the quiet, and quiet is so needed to really make a connection (not that a connection can't be made with noise around, just it isn't always the best one)."He loves a heart - any heart - that is filled with desire." (86) This is a great place to start, desire. So glad Field spent time here, that God is fine with the desire, and as long as we go to Him, He will help us with finding the times and places to stop, be quiet and make that connection. 

 "Silence has a way of forcing thought toward areas we'd rather not face." (56)  Another quote that really struck me. How often do we have a moment that is quiet and we turn on the radio, or call a friend just so our mind doesn't wander to that point of connecting? Yep I've done it.  I mean who knows what I'll be called to do, it might be another thing on my list! Sounds crazy, but you've done it too right?

My overall take away message from Refuel is this, "Connecting with Jesus is a better choice than busyness." (27).  How often to you find a way to stay busy instead of making a connection with your Savior? Find just one minute today to stop, be quiet and make a quality connection with Him. It will do wonders for your relationship with the King of kings.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Quote

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What you read 
when you don't have to 
determines what you will be 
when you can't help it.

                                                                              ~ Oscar Wilde