Coulda doesn’t define you.

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is Could. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com  As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow.

I could of been a doctor, lawyer or teacher,
If I only tried harder at school,
I could of been a pastor, minister or missionary,
If I decided bible school was my thing.
I could be 6ft tall if nature didn't have it's way,
4ft 11" is good enough for me.
I could of been rich if I had that one idea,
An entrepreneur, celebrity or more.

But coulda, shoulda, woulda is only a mindset,
I am rich in ways beyond this world,
I have health and family,
And most importantly,
a God that loves me so.

My identity is in Christ,
And nothing else.
I am defined by Jesus not anything else.
Could does not exist in a person of love and forgiveness. 
I am who I am,
Faults and all,
Created to love and share Jesus to all.
I could be anything in this world,
But I chose to follow Jesus,
And do best I can do,
to show his love, grace and mercy along the way,
Spreading the gospel in every way.

A prayer for mercy in adversity

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is Mercy You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow.

mercy – noun – compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

I am not going lie or sugar coat things but being a Christian is hard. There are times when situations of the world take control and following God’s will is hard. But we need to lean on him in those times to keep our minds and hearts on track. God is full of mercy and we have to be too, however hard that is.

Lord forgive me as I am not feeling merciful today,
This is wrong and not of you.
I repent for my feelings but they are struggling to go away.
I am left feeling victimised, discriminated against.
Give me a heart of love,
Full of mercy and forgiveness,
To everyone around me no matter what their actions.
Let my actions today be from you, mirroring yours on earth.
Let me stand firm in your teachings,
Filled with your Spirit knowing whatever is going on all around that is nothing compared to losing you.
Keep me in your armour and fill me with the fruit of your spirit,
And let me show mercy to others as you have shown to me,
Let your cross be the picture I carry today.
Amen.


Progressing by nurtured love from above.

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is progress You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com

So I saw the word progress pop up and thought “Nah too difficult, to hot think I will leave it”

I then decided to sit in the garden and for lunch and looking at some flowers it made me think about progress.

The flowers in the photo above were brought and picked out by my husband in a garden clearance section for £2. I was obviously very ashamed of these flowers and didn’t think they would last or were worth taking a photo off at the beginning.

The flowers when brought were barely alive. They had one bloom falling off and the leaves were brown and wilted for days. I am now fascinated how they are flourishing and progressing in their blooming. Every time I thought they had fully bloomed they hadn’t.

My plant has progressed through belief from my husband they they were worth saving. Through planting in great compost and nurturing they are reaching their potential.

Remind you of anything?

Dear Jesus
I thank you that you love me so much I am worth saving.
I thank you that you nurture me and help me achieve all I was created for.
Thank you that you never give up on me.
You provide my every need.
I blossom and bloom not just once but day after day with your attendance.
Help me to continue to grow in you.
Help me to reach others that feel they are not worth saving realise how loved they are by you,
And let them blossom and bloom into a the creation they were born for.
Amen

For we walk by faith and not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

What is your prize at the end of the race?

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is endure. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com

Winning a prize. I can’t say I would be happy to win a place in a Marathon, triathlon or Iron man race.

But people do and are even overjoyed by it!

Personally it is not something I would want to do or let my body endure. However people are all different and some people love putting their mental and physical wellbeing through all sorts of strain just to get that bright shiny medal.

There is nothing wrong with this it just isn’t my idea of fun.

My race is life. It’s how I choose to live it. My end goal, prize, shiny medal is eternity in heaven with Jesus.

I can’t just say Jesus I believe your the son of God and that you died for me. Even though he did.

I can’t expect forgiveness every time I tell Jesus I messed up again on purpose. Even though I get that forgiveness. It is limitless.

My race is how I choose to live each day. Do I choose to reflect the light of Jesus in all my actions or hide them under a basket.

Jesus never promises us an easy life. Every one, however perfect their life looks has probably endured or is enduring pain, heartache and hardship.

We can give up on our race in mile 1 or 25 or we can ask the Holy Spirit to sustain and carry us when our endurance feels like it’s done and we just want everything to be over.

The prize at the end will be worth it beyond imagination.

People are not always easy.

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is people. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com

People are tricky things. I understand why some people want to lock themselves away with their pets and avoid other people at all costs. People can be mean and nasty.

We need people in our lives. We need doctors and nurses to look after our health. People to collect our rubbish and unblock our drains. To service our boilers and cars. We need people for these things and so much more.

We need people we like to give us a hug and advice when life is tough. We need people to pray for us, support us and encourage us.

Sadly as people we don’t always agree, and let prejudices get in the way. It is hard to love one another when you want to slap them round the face. Sadly true emotions and feelings get in the way. Especially went you feel like your hitting your head against a wall.

God commands us to love one another. It’s not a love one another when your playing nice, or their hot, cute or being kind. It is a down right let’s get dirty love. We have to love one another when people people hurt us, challenge us and want to fight us in the trenches.

Loving people is far from easy. It’s something I am not always good at. But when I struggle to love others, I give it to God. Sometimes it is easier than other times. I ask God to bless them and remind myself how I kept Jesus nailed to the cross and ask for peace and vison to see the truth.

It may take time it isn’t always instantaneous. I may never see the truth but as peace falls, anger fades and clarity appears. God takes control.

God doesn’t give up on me, I can’t give up on people who I don’t agree with. God’s will always prevails

Forward

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is Forward. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com

Moving forward inch by inch,
A yawn, a stretch, a sigh
Moving forward out of bed
My first goal of the day.

There’s cloud outside,
Work awaits
Snuggling under the duvet
Seems the better option

Coffee is brewing as I move forward down the stairs
My brain starts to wake
Another Friday is here.
Looking forward to the 3 day weekend
Only 8 hours to go

I’m moving forward on my goal
Sitting still with the one who loves me so.
A worship song comes on
And prayer time starts to flow
Today is not about work and coffee
But chilling out with you

The family wakes and chaos breaks out
A smile upon my face
Each day is another day
A day to enjoy and savour
A day where my race continues

Working for the ultimate goal
Running the race with you
Eyes focused and forward
On the ultimate prize
Of eternity with you.