Today is our weekly Five Minute Friday. This week’s word prompt is “last.”
When I worked at Bible camp, I learned many lessons from my campers. Jesus knew what he was saying when he said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
One week, I had a group of campers that were overly whining. We always did trivia to see who would be first to eat at meals etc. This week, my girls were always last because they’d whine and could never get the trivia question because they were too busy whining about something.
One day, my friend Nick was in charge of the trivia. I kept sharing with this group that the “first shall be last and the last shall be first.” Nick told them he’d let them go first for a meal if they could go twenty four hours without whining. He would check in with me the next day.
These girls however couldn’t go more than a few hours. So they didn’t get to go first the next day. I kept repeating the “first shall be last and the last shall be first.” I hope they learned something that week and carried this lesson with them into their adult lives.
Day 31 of 31! Woo hoo!! Today’s word prompt is “enjoy.”
Today is Halloween! I loved picking out costumes when my sister and I were younger. We sometimes made our own costumes with moms help of course. One year we crafted a sandwich costume!
I so enjoy seeing all my social media filled with pictures of my friends kiddos in their costumes. My friend Sarah had her five kids (two biological, two adopted, and one foster child) dressed as the Wizard of Oz…Glenda the good witch, the tin man, the scarecrow, the lion, and Dorothy. I saw pictures of cute pumpkins, a frog, an adorable hedgehog and many many others.
I enjoy dressing up too. I was a black cat this year. I’ve been an 80s girl, Where’s Waldo and Parmesan cheese. I also enjoy passing out candy to trick or treaters. This year I only had one.
Day 30 of 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “memory.”
I have a very good memory. I remember details about an event that many others don’t. It might be the style of shirt, the color or what time it was. I remember what I was wearing when I lost my job a few years ago. Green leggings, tan short boots and a flowery Irma with blues, yellows, etc.
I don’t know why but I remember names too. I think it might be because of camp games we played to learn our campers names. It’s a quality that is named as one of my strengths. Parents are surprised how well I remember names.
There are memories in my own life I treasure. The day my kitties came home with me. The days I graduated from high school, college and seminary. When I bought my first car this summer. The changing of seasons. Special times with my friends and family. And so many others!!
Practice, practice, practice! Those are words we often hear when we are trying to learn something new. When I played the clarinet, I had to practice a lot because learning an instrument didn’t come easy to me. The more I practiced the better I got. Yet I never gained perfection.
As a writer, it seems I am always practicing and honing my writing skills. Each new word tells a better story as I expand my vocabulary and help my readers to feel like they are there with me. Practice does make perfect….or at least much better.
Honestly, I don’t think my writing or even I will ever be perfect. There will be editing and proofing mistakes that no matter how much I read my piece, I’ll still miss them. God is the only one who is perfect. God is the perfect peace given to all of us.
Life often throws obstacles at us. Death, the dreaded C word, natural disasters, a broken marriage, the loss of a child. The list goes on and on. It is often during these times that our faith is tested. Will we come through on the other side a better person?
I know that my faith has been tested during my 41 years of life. But it was during these times that God truly showed up. God showed me that I was not alone. God would never leave me or forsake you. God never leaves you or forsakes you either.
These tests are not tests that we can study for like a test in school. But Scripture is here for us to turn to during these tests of life. One of my fave Scriptures is Psalm 30:5. “Weeping comes for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Also during death, from the book of Romans, I love the promises in these verses. “If you live, you live to the Lord. If you die, you die to the Lord. So then, whether you live or whether you die, you are the Lords.”
Day 27 of 31 Days. Today’s word prompt is “better.”
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” This chorus started playing in my head and heart when I read today’s word prompt. This catchy song reminds me of all the people that gave gone before me.
Grandpa Sam, Mom’s friend Karen, Crystal’s mom Renee, Grandma Bess, My cousins little ones Maia and Jack, my friend Justin, my high school English teacher Barb, my high school newspaper advisor Jane, my friend Ben, Professor Ralph, Laura and Rod, Rachel, Stephanie, our dear friend Jim, Grandpa Wilbert. These are only some of the names of individuals that have blessed my life and are no longer on this side of heaven.
I can’t wait to see them again. I can’t wait to see heaven. Most of all, I can’t wait to sit and break bread with Jesus.
Day 25 of 31 Days and this week’s Five Minute Friday. Today’s word prompt is “wait.”
“How long, Lord, will you forget me forever? How long, oh Lord?” These words found in Scripture are words that I find myself clinging to as I wait for God to answer the desires of my heart.
I have even begun journeys to fulfill these desires only to have them stalled. I have begun the process to do foster care twice. I find myself putting this process on hold yet again. It makes me wonder what God is up to.
Waiting is never easy. I thought I was pretty good at waiting until that waiting became longer than expected. That waiting is more than a few minutes, hours but rather days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, months turn into years.
I am thankful that I have a God who walks with me and knows what this waiting is like. God promises never to leave us or forsake us.
Have you read the book “Same Kind of Different as Me?” It’s such a beautiful story about an unlikely friendship.
Sometimes God does the same for us. God sometimes brings unlikely and different friendships in our lives. My friend Joni is a nurse. I don’t think I could ever do that job. I a, a writer. She is not.
The world is not the same. If it were the same, the world be an incredibly boring place. However there are also times I wish the world was much more calmer too. The world is made up of people of all ages, races and religions.
Who is the same kind of different as you….as the book title suggests?