Five Years

This week’s 5 Minute Friday prompt is:

Five

The rules are, write 5 minutes, no over-thinking, no over-editing…

Ready? GO

It’s been 5 years to the month that Laura Noelle & I put our BIG DREAMS into practice…

What feels like a lifetime ago. We launched our own business, saw it grow only minutely, but felt such support from those around us.

Our hearts were in the right place, and I believe that, for the time, it was exactly what we were meant to be doing…God brought about that dream for both of us for different reasons.

Our friendship strengthened. Our creativity broadened. And, our dreams grew exponentially.

I am so thankful for the growth in both of us these past 5 years. The changes and turns life has taken have made us into forces to be reckoned with…As a matter of fact, someone recently called me “an unstoppable force”, a nickname I plan to keep.

So, to get to the place of confidence I find myself now, I contribute a lot to that time 5 years ago…

And, I’m so glad it happened.

STOP

Amazing Bodies

This second Work it Wednesday really snuck up on me!

Last week I caught a terrible flu that kept me down for the count for several days. And, I think I tried to go back to my regular routine too quickly, so my poor body is exhausted.

But, last Wednesday, I laid in bed after most of the worst had passed, amazed at what our bodies can do.

Even with little help from modern medicine, our bodies find a way to heal themselves. (Which, for those of us with an aversion to doctors, or to spending too much money, or to medicine, is so wonderful).

It’s not that I had no help, but my basics were: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and an expectorant in the smallest possible dose. Which, for me, meant I spent a lot of the last week and a half in more pain than I really needed to. Which is also how I’ve recovered from every surgery I’ve had. As little medicine as possible…

But, we don’t always need what they tell us we need. Our bodies can do so much with simple, natural remedies that take the same amount of time and are way better for us. Why would we do it any other way unless absolutely necessary?

So, anyway, I was home last Wednesday thinking about all of this. Just in awe of how intricate & delicate, yet resilient God made our bodies. And, so well able to work with nature.

How well we are able to lose, gain, maintain weight, depending on our needs (or, in today’s world, our lifestyles). Yet, how perfectly balanced it all is for nutrients we need to get the best out of ourselves. Too much or too few and we throw it all out of whack, gaining or losing too much weight for our bodies to do what needs to be done.

And, as I stepped on the scale this morning for my weigh in, it really hadn’t moved much, but after yesterday’s crazy food day (we all have them), it had inched up a few tenths of a pound.

I could look at this as a failure…pulling me farther from my goal that is set for Valentine’s Day.

Or, I could focus on the fact that my clothes are fitting better for some & much more loosely for others. I can focus on the success that I am beginning to, however slowly, change my body into something I want to see in the mirror.

So, because I am in awe of my amazing body, loving the fact that it works exactly as it should, and knowing I made a few better choices today (and some, not so great ones), I am going to focus on the success. On the good. On the things that will motivate me to keep moving forward.

I will also be grateful for the compliments I’m getting from others who are noticing the changes in me. Those kind words are more motivation to keep moving forward 🙂

And, an extra reminder for me to take care of this amazing body God has trusted me with:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Content

I know it’s Sunday, but I have a Five Minute Friday & Tuesday @ 10 post to share.

For each of these, there is a weekly prompt to write on. The rules for FMF are simple: write for 5 minutes, no overthinking, no over-editing.

The prompts are Patience & Prepare (Tuesday @ 10 & FMF, respectively):

Ready? GO

Content

That’s the word. That’s the feeling I’m not used to.

Content with how things are, in the moment.

But, in my contentment, I’m still always preparing – because there are great things I am looking forward to. 

  • Preparing for a trip to OK for time with family (and for a Garth Brooks concert date with momma)
  • Preparing for graduation day (190 days & counting)
  • Preparing to be a new – much lighter me. Proud of her reflection – able to tackle 300 stairs.
  • Preparing for a possible change of scenery – a move to WA (or, maybe, elsewhere…) that is still a year out – if not more/ever.

And, in all of this, though these are things I want so much, I find my patience growing. I am able to take the steps as they come, not rushing (too far) ahead.

But, this is recent.

And, tonight, I discover, it’s because I am…

Content…

In my preparation, through my patience.
Content
In His plan & where I am.

Content.

STOP

tRUTH @ 10

  • I spend a lot of time acting like I have it all together & am able to get up each day and push forward…

But, the TRUTH is, I’m always exhausted.  

  • I like to act like I can do everything on my own.

But, the TRUTH is, any energy I have comes from Him, because I stretch myself too thin & refuse to ask for help until I almost break. I tell people God is who is helping me, but not as often as it comes up. Not in a way that says,

“I’d likely have run myself to death like a hamster trapped on a wheel if God’s divine hand wasn’t on me…”

  • I like to display my artwork & writing to encourage/touch others.

But, the TRUTH is, though I do genuinely want to encourage/touch others, I also really like the pats on the back from putting myself out there.

The other truth? I feel a bit let down when no one takes notice.

  • I like to act like I work as hard as I can in school, so that I can get frustrated when things don’t go my way.

But, the TRUTH is, there is a little more I could give; I just want everyone (including myself) to think I am extremely intelligent, because, much of my identity comes from academia.

  • I waited a while to break up with The Airman, believing that maybe I would change my mind; because he is an amazing & sweet guy; not wanting to give up the first real relationship I ever had; fearing I may not get another.

But, the TRUTH was, our lives were not moving in the same direction & more than that, He was not ready to lead spiritually & I wasn’t in a place to follow him. 

  • I said I was heart broken over the decision.

And, the TRUTH is, sometimes, I still ache a little bit. But, it was the best choice to make, for me & him. Those closest to me know it was a tough decision to end things in my short-lived relationship. But, I don’t share that I get sad sometimes because I miss him. I don’t let them know the fear that is there that maybe no one else will want me, especially not one who is passionately in pursuit of Christ.

  • I think the biggest reason I got into the field of psychology is because I want to help people & take care of others.

But, the TRUTH is, I don’t know how not to take care of others.

As I sit here tonight, I think about what I am reading today in my devotional time: RUTH.

She is a woman in the Bible many people have compared me to: Loyal, hard working, honest, dedicated, faithful, & motivated. All words others have used to describe me.

But, the TRUTH is, unlike Ruth, my motives are often extremely selfish. 

Ruth’s desire was to help her mother-in-law, to get to know the God of her mother-in-law, and to follow the laws laid out in that land.

My desire is, oh so often, to make the world think the best of me. Knowing I may not be the best to look at, but still have a lot to offer, and trying to polish that up to give the world something to look at.

Far too often, I am my own idol. I don’t need foreign gods, a golden calf, or baal on a mountain. I need look no further than my mirror to find the idol I have spent much of my life worshiping.

This is something I have to work on daily. Something I have to put off in the flesh, in order to live a life worthy of the Spirit.

“And God spoke these words… ‘you shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourselves an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them: for I , the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” -Exodus 20:1,2-5


How about you? Do you have any idols that need to be put down daily, in order to walk in the Spirit?

Also, head over the the Tuesday @ 10 link up & see what others have to say about Truth.