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Five Minute Friday Practice

Practice makes perfect. These are the words that come to mind when I read that the FMF prompt is practice. There are many things in life that I am far from perfect at. I am thankful that God is a God of second chances. I am thankful for grace and forgiveness. I am thankful for new mercies each morning. I am thankful for many opportunities to practice the lessons that the Lord is teaching me. I am thankful for his patience with me even when it seems that I need to learn the same lessons over and over again.

Unfinished by Mandisa
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Five Minute Friday Opportunity

Every day is full of possibilities. Every day is a clean slate, a fresh start. I often forget this. I tend to think of my days as predictable, and I do not realize the unique opportunities that I have to love, to grow, to choose a new path. A conversation with my eldest daughter brought this truth to mind today. Each moment I have the choice to react or respond. I can choose to give grace or to be offended. I have the opportunity to choose love.

These are my thoughts on the word opportunity. Each week we gather at to write for five minutes about the topic of the week.

Five Minute Friday Touch

I am a hugger. I love greeting family and good friends with hugs. My children know that their mom is always up for a hug. Even though as note for my son, there is a difference between a hug and a tackle. But not only do I wrap my kids in hugs, I want to touch their hearts. I want to connect with them. I want to know what they like and what they do not like. I want to know what excites them and energizes them. I want to know their hopes and dreams. I know their only little for a short time. I want to make every moment count.

Each week I gather with friends over at . This weeks word is touch.

Five Minute Friday Lack

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.  Isaiah 57:15     I sometimes get things mixed up in my mind. I am reluctant to pray because of fear and shame. I sometimes think I need to get my act together before I talk to a pure and holy God. The opposite is true. I need to confess all of my sins, failures and areas in which I feel lacking and ask my Abba Father for forgiveness and for Him to change me from the inside out. When I live my life focused on God. I can live my life in awe of my Savior.In Awe Hollyn

Five Minute Friday Offer

What do I have to offer? I sometimes get overly focused on all the areas that I feel lacking or unfinished. I don't feel like I have much to offer back to my Savior who has given His all for me. I realize though when I have these thoughts that my focus is in the wrong place. If I turn my eyes on Jesus and live a life of gratitude to Him. Then I will see that nothing compares with His love and grace. All He wants is my heart. "Take my life and let it be consecrated to thee."Audience of One

Five Minute Friday Reward

A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
Proverbs 11:18     I didn't really know what to write about when I saw the FMF word was reward. So, I decided to look up the word reward in a Bible concordance. I came across the above verse. What does it mean to sow righteousness? One of the ways that I want to sow righteousness is my relationship with my children. My children are watching me. They are watching not just my interactions with them, but also how I treat other people whether it be other family members or strangers with which we come in contact. I am far from perfect at this, but I want to teach them by example to daily walk with the King of Kings. I want to have an eternal focus, and I want to share this eternal focus with my children.

Five Minute Friday Place

I have come to a realization about something. I realize that I react very differently to interruptions depending on who is with me. I am reminded of the time that I reacted very calmly to a mess my children made because a friend was visiting. I also have reacted negatively to a situation when I thought I was being harshly judged or dismissed. I want to remember that God is with me. He has promised to never leave or forsake us. I need to remember that truth. Instead of panicking, I can cry out to Him.  May my heart be open to meeting Him no matter what place I may be in.