Welcome back to Five Minute Friday! Five Minute Friday is a weekly linkup hosted by Kate Motaung. Every week, Kate posts a prompt, and participants have five minutes to write about it. If you missed last week’s post REFINE, click that link. This week’s topic is CONTROL.
Happy last Sunday of Advent, friends! Christmas is only one week away! On this Advent Sunday, we are celebrating the LOVE that God has for us, demonstrated through the birth and life of Jesus.
Christmas is officially only two weeks away! I went to the most fabulous Christmas market yesterday and bought my first few Christmas presents. I love Christmas craft fairs so much, they put me right in the happy holiday spirit. It’s so much fun to see all the local handmade stuff. People are so creative! Today, on the third Advent Sunday, the theme is REJOICE.
Only three weeks to go until Christmas Day! I have to admit, I am not ready at all. I haven’t bought any presents yet, and we don’t even have our tree up! Ironically (or fittingly…), today’s Advent Sunday is all about preparation, or preparing the way for the Lord.
Happy first day of advent! I can’t believe Christmas is coming up so quickly! It’s cold out now, but not too cold. No snow yet, but I have been wearing my winter coat, gloves and scarves for quite a while now. In honour of advent, I thought I would share a verse and some thoughts every Advent Sunday leading up to Christmas. The First Sunday is about HOPE.
Experiencing joy in the happy and exciting moments is undoubtedly easier than being thankful and joyful in the difficult moments. However, God calls us to find joy in ALL things. If we learn to grow from every experience we have and find more joy in the Lord through those times, that is definitely something to be joyful about. The book One Thousand Gifts helped shape and refine my view of what blessings are and how to be grateful for the small things, the big moments and the difficult situations.
Work, work, work, work, work….dream job or day job, everyone feels the struggles of work now and then. Maybe you are struggling to make ends meet, or maybe you are busy climbing your way up the corporate ladder. For myself, I am working in a job I love, that is directly related to my degree. (what is this madness??) But that doesn’t mean I don’t dream about retiring next week to live in Hawaii. Let’s get real.
I am sitting on my patio looking out at the backyard watching birds fly by, with only the sound of wind chimes above me and traffic off in the distance. This is the first time in at least a week that I have stopped to think. And I don’t mean the type of thinking where you’re imagining a bunch of different scenarios, wondering what to do, feeling like you’re drowning in the stress of the world around you. I mean stopping to think about my identity in Christ and the importance of seeking Him every single day.
I find the moments I am the most stressed are the moments where I seem to have “forgotten” about God or where my focus has shifted away from Him.
The Book of Matthew in the Bible tells the story of Jesus walking on water and the disciples being terrified at the sight of Him. Peter asks Jesus if he too can walk on water, and Jesus tells Peter to come toward Him. Peter steps out of the boat in faith, with his eyes fixed on Jesus and walks on the water! Remember, this was no calm lake on a sunny morning, this was in the midst of a storm, with waves crashing against the boat. Moments later, we see what happens when you shift your focus away from Jesus…
Last week, I won a national award in my field of work, and I was over the moon! I definitely had my 15 minutes of “fame” with friends, family and co-workers congratulating me. I am not normally one for the spotlight, but getting attention for something you worked so hard for feels pretty good!
One year ago, I was in a major transition period in my life. My husband and I were about to move to a new city in a new province where I would start a new job. Just over a month later, I learned more about God’s perfect timing than ever before. It’s so amazing what can happen when you let Him lead you!
We encounter so many people on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s at work, at the mall, at the park or on social media. Every time we interact with someone, we have the opportunity to lift them up and encourage them or bring them down with our judgements and negativity.
What impact do you want to have on people?
God calls us to encourage, not discourage.