Five Minute Friday – Blessings from a Precious Friend

When my dear friend Ruth told me that she was writing a book of Biblical blessings, I was so excited and could hardly wait until it was published.  I looked forward to holding “Speak to Your Heart” in my hands and reading the blessings which she had written.

Ruth Stingley is a prayer warrior.  If I’m going through difficult times, need encouragement or wisdom Ruth is a person I want to have praying alongside me.  It’s been my privilege to have this lovely woman of God pray for me over the years.

Her prayers are Christ centered and honoring to God.  She is realistic and doesn’t deny that bad or difficult things happen.  But rather than be overwhelmed by circumstances, Ruth is in awe and overwhelmed by her Heavenly Father, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit Who dwells within her.  She has a confidence and assurance of who she is in Christ and the spiritual blessings that God has given believers.  She takes time to meditate on scripture and dwell on God as He has revealed Himself in the Bible and sing His praises.

Because of the many blessings I have received from Ruth, I want to pass those blessings along and offer Ruth Stingley’s book “Speak to Your Heart” to one reader.  If you would like to receive this book, please leave a comment and on May 1st, I’ll select one person’s name.  If you are the winner, I’ll notify you via email or on this blog.  Once I get your mailing information I’ll send you a copy of the book.

In the meantime, check out Ruth’s website Speak to Your Heart and learn more about the author and her book.

Good golly it’s Friday and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to “Lisa Jo Baker”, and take some time to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

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Five Minute Friday – Safe Haven

Long before I had a blog to express myself, writing has been important to me.  Writing is the place where I can:

·    Work through ideas
·    Wrestle with God
·    Confess my fears, doubts and failures
·    Remind myself of God’s faithfulness in my life
·    Tune out the loud noise of this world
·    Quiet my mind and think
·    Reveal emotions beneath the surface that are impacting what I do and say and choices I make
·    Admit I have un-forgiveness in my heart and have the Lord remind me why I need to forgive and show me how
·    Learn to love my enemy
·    Be real
·    It’s the woodshed that God takes me to do business when I have a wrong heart or attitude
·    Heal from the hurts and wounds from everyday life

Writing has been and remains my safe haven.  Writer is part of who I am.

It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to “Lisa Jo Baker”, and take some time to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

Five Minute Friday – Choose This Day

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Time for examination
Looking at where I invest
My time, talents and treasure

Is what I’m investing in
That which has eternal consequences
Or that which is perishing and will not last

Is what I say I believe
Being lived out in my daily life
Or is something askew

I fear my life is out of balance
That which is most important
Has been set aside or put on the back burner

Lord guide me as I choose
To put You first
Make priority that which most important to You

May I fear You
Not what fellow man may say
For I will give an account You alone

by Susan Wachtel
March 1, 2014

It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Surprised by Motherhood”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed challenged and convicted.

Five Minute Friday – Impactful Words

Prov 18-21

Why your words matter…what a powerful and thought provoking idea.

Immediately it brings to mind memories, both good and bad, of words spoken by me and others.

Words that…

Sting
Hurt
Crush the spirit
Kill
Teardown
Injure
Cut
Are Harsh
Graceless
Bitter
Wrath-filled
Rage
Destroy
Steal
Unforgiving

Words that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Words of life
and death
Good
and evil

Words that…

Encourage
Build up
Heal
Strengthen
Tender
Grace filled
Hope
Thankful
Gratitude
Peace
Joy
Forgiveness
Life giving

Christ centered words
Other centered words
Self-centered words

Words I should never have said
Words I wished I had never heard

Words I regret
Words I wished I had said

Words that can’t be taken back
Words that can never be said

Timely words
Timeless words

Truth
Lies

Opportune time
The wrong time

Words that reveal the darkness of soul without Christ

Words that reveal the transforming work of Christ in our lives

Words that honor and glorify God
Words that bring reproach from unbelievers

Even now, 40 years later, I can still remember words I wish I had never heard.  Words that impacted me for life.  I also remember the words of those who sow life giving, timeless truth from God’s word into my life.

What words will I choose today?  I need to remember that words really do matter.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21

It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

1/11/14 Five Minute Friday – This Tapestry Called Life

Thank You Lord
For helping me to see
That I’m viewing this tapestry called life
From the back side

That which appears
Nothing more than a tangled mess of threads
Ugly, random and without purpose
Looks much different from the other side

There is a day coming
When I will view this tapestry
From Your side
From God’s perspective

It is then I will see purpose and meaning
In trials and tribulation
I will comprehend that which I could not see
This side of heaven

What seems like justice delayed
Is not justice denied
All Your accounts are not settled
Here on earth

You are patient, merciful and compassionate
To the ungodly and unrighteous
You desire for all to come to repentance
That no one would perish

Those who have been declared righteous
Through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross
One day their pain will cease
Their suffering will be redeemed

It is not so with the ungodly and unrighteous
Those who reject Christ’s perfect sacrifice for sin
For they will give an account to God
To the One who is holy, righteous and just

One day I will see
How You perfectly wove the dark threads
Along with the bright and beautiful colors
In this tapestry called life

By Susan Wachtel
January 11, 2014

Yesterday morning I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  After writing, I had to head out the door for a busy day after a long week.  But I still wanted to post something for this week’s submission.  If you would like to try your hand at the five minute challenge, head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

Five Minute Friday – Fly Out the Window

In the middle of a busy and somewhat chaotic week, the Lord was there to meet me and had some lessons for me.

I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the amount of things I had to accomplish, requests coming in right and left and I was seeing the stress on others too.  I was overwhelmed and felt unable to do what I needed to or be of help to anyone.

When I stepped away for while I felt like the Holy Spirit was nudging me and asking me, “Susan, where’s your focus?  It’s not on God, but it’s on your circumstances and people.  You need to get your focus back on Me.”

In my own strength and power I would be unable to accomplish what I needed to.  My peace would fly out the window.  I wouldn’t be living in a manner that glorifies God.  I would be of no help to others or be able to encourage and strengthen others.

Instead I need to see my circumstance through my God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, more than I can ask or imagine.  I need to be going to my Heavenly Father in prayer, with thanksgiving and present my requests to Him.

I need to be prayed up and taking my every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  Let God overwhelm my impossible circumstances with His overcoming power.

Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

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It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.

Five Minute Friday – Two Trees

This week’s word prompt ‘Tree’ immediately brought to mind…two trees which have impacted and affected all men

Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil Tree from which the Cross of Christ  was Hewn
Adam Jesus Christ
Disobedience Obedience
Desired to be like God Denied Himself
My will be done Thy Will be done
His life brought death to all men His death brought life to the many
His sin brought separation from God He endured separation from God, bearing man sin and brought reconciliation
Sin reigned Grace reigned and abounded much more
Sin nature our inheritance Free Gift – Justification to all who believe
Transgression and death reigned He broke the reign of sin and death
Condemnation Righteousness
Separation from God Eternal life with God
Created in God’s image God Incarnate
Defeated Victory
Succumbed to temptation Tempted but did not sin
Faithless Faithful
Works Rest
Sinful Sinless
Bad news Good news

It’s another Saturday morn and I wanted to participate in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge.  Head over to her website “Lisa Jo Baker Tales from a Gypsy Mama”.  Be sure to read some of the entries from other writers.  I can promise you that you will be blessed.