Let me guess. Tomorrow?!

I love Fridays! Especially when I’m able to participate in #FMF. Five minute Fridays. It has been a while, so I’ll refresh the both of us on the deets. Visit Kate’s Blog for the word prompt then spend five minutes writing whatever comes to mind. 

What’s the Word: 

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Tomorrow is my day off! I’ll finally be able to |fill in the blank|.

I don’t know about you, but that is common phrase I use. I live and wait to do something tomorrow. For an example, I’ve had the goal of eating healthier for a couple of years. What’s the hold up you wonder?..Tomorrow. Tomorrow always seems like a better day. Today’s calendar is full and what sense would it make to start eating healthier in the middle of the day. I’ll wait for tomorrow. The bad thing about waiting is forgetting I made plans to eat better yesterday. My today turns into tomorrow then tomorrow turns into today that eventually turns into tomorrow. How confusing! No wonder things take a while to get done. 

What is your |fill in the blank|?

I dare us to not live for tomorrow. Let’s live today, Friday, April 17th. Let’s not rob the beauty of what God wants to build in us and because of us for a better tomorrow.

Can you picture what this will look like? Honestly, I have no idea. I sat here thinking of something profound and came up with nothing. I have no clue how to picture something I’ve yet to experience; however, if I were to guess, I’d say the days would be more fulfilling and less likely to forget.

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| Empty Space |

It’s important to make the most of our days. At least that’s what I attempt to live by. Each moment is an opportunity for me to do something whether it’s starting or finishing a project, calling a friend, organizing for the next day or even creating a game plan for the rest of the week. Almost every minute of my time is planned. I wonder why this behavior was learned because just five years ago it wasn’t like this. Life back then was low-key and fun. It was the “the good days”!

We live in a world where being busy is celebrated. We should spend significant time dreaming and doing the next big thing, and if not, we’re labeled as lacking determination. Life has become this rat race where we are always in competition with each other, be it internal or external.

This week has been…for the birds. Every single moment painfully busy, running around to complete tasks before it’s due date. My body is moving faster than my brain. I’ve been exhausted! I believe God came to my rescue creating a time to just relax this evening. I sat here and the words “empty space” came to mind. As I thought about this empty space I thought, how awkward. I needed to fill this space. In my mind I put a couch, rugs, flowers, pictures of my family and a coffee table with a pitcher of lemonade. My space had been filled.

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I started to compare the empty space to my time. I’m constantly trying to fill my time similar to how I filled the room. I fill my “empty time” with purposeless, obscene amounts of social media and rearranging things that should be thrown away. The list is exhaustive……Why couldn’t the empty space just be empty. Why couldn’t I have enjoyed the space by lying on the floor, reflecting, enjoying life and the Lord?

What about you? How do you fill your empty space (your time)? I just imagine that if we enjoyed our empty space we’d receive solutions to our problems, be less stressed and more productive.

I plan to seek ways to create more empty space and hope that you too will join me.

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Freestyle

There was a slight hiccup the past few months. Life is so unpredictable and busy. Now that I’ve got my groove back, ok, not really, but I feel like the family is reaching a nice flow so I’m back!

Have you ever had moments where you set out to do something but forget what you were supposed to do? It’s so crazy and funny at the same time, but I do that with writing (on the blog). It’s almost like I have stage fright. We’ll call it writers fright. All day I’ve come up with blog topics and other awesome things to share until I sit down with the computer in front of me. Everything in my mind disappears and I “run” off “stage” or in this case shut down the computer. My Husband often says “you’re doing too much, V”, and I think he’s right. The truth is my thoughts don’t have to be over-processed, my writing doesn’t have to be perfect or super deep. I just need to be me and that is enough!

Wow! That’s what you call an impromptu pep talk. Seriously, I hope you’ve found encouragement and in that will continue to press through to do and be the best you! Let no one including your fears and doubts stop you from your desires.

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Get me “outta” here

Hi FMF! It has been a couple weeks since my last submission. My life the past month has been full. Nevertheless, on with the fun stuff, right?!

Oh, yeah, FMF? Five minute Friday. A community of people get together online and are given a word prompt to write on for five minutes. All heart, no editing.

Join FMF here: http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/

Setting timer. Go.

I forgot to mention today’s word is: Visit.

After all of the terrible snow storm rumors, on and off freezing temperatures, I’m quite certain that I need to get “outta” here. See, I believe when God created the beach, He had me in mind. My heart, skin and emotions long for a visit to the beach.IMG_1818

Warm sun, crashing waves, sand between my toes, glistening skin, jazz pumping through my speakers and a fine man sitting next to me (my Husband, duh!) are few of many reasons my face is long in this cold weather.

Mommy duty calls..Time’s up!

Ready to wear my sunny g’s,

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“Just Keep Swimming”

It has been a busy couple of weeks. So many great things I want to share but I’ll save that for a later blog post. As you know it’s FRIDAY. Five minute Fridays!

One word, one blog post, unedited, my (or your) heart. The word this week is “keep“.

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When I think of keep, I think of enduring, never giving up, holding on and not letting go. In the midst of this busy, awesome week, I was confronted with a struggle I’ve been dealing with for a while. It’s quite annoying to continue to face this challenge especially when being on a “winning streak”.

I felt defeated!

It’s like oh boy here we go again.

As I processed this situation further in light of our word for the week, there are two different things I can keep.

1. I can keep wallowing in defeat because this time I just didn’t overcome.

2. Or I can keep enduring, never give up, hold on and never let go of God’s promises. I can keep reminding myself that God will never leave me nor forsake me, God’s grace is sufficient, His power works best in weakness and His love for me cannot be separated. Surely if death doesn’t separate His love for me then this little challenge is just that, little.

In the words of cartoon’s funniest fish, “Just keep Swimming”

Stop.

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Five Minute Friday (FMF): Share

Five minutes. One word prompt. No editing. Join the fun

Go:

This will probably be the shortest FMF post. T’was a busy day today.

When I’m wronged, rejected, pushed or devalued by others, my reaction is to seek revenge. No, not in a physically harmful way, but by not communicating with people. After all they haven’t proven themselves to be worthy in my life. As quick as I have those the thoughts, the Lord reminds me that my life is meant to be SHARED.

As a Christian I lose the right to be offended, seek revenge or do anything that goes against the Word of God. This life I live is not my own. I have given full ownership to Christ. Therefore despite what or who happens to me I must love and display Christ for all to see.

“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.”(Luke 11:33)

So maybe you need some encouragement today. Let your light shine, Friend! In any situation, setback…whatever. Share your life and let your life shine.

Stop.

Overwhelmed in His presence,

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Movie Review: “Old Fashioned”

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I had the sweetest opportunity to catch a screening of the movie Old Fashioned

(Pictures above are from the website noted below)

Director: Rik Swartzwelder
Leading Actors: Rik Swartzwelder (Clay Walsh) & Elizabeth Ann Roberts (Amber Hewson)
Release Date: February 14, 2015
Synopsis: A young guy by the name of Clay Walsh was known for being a player in a small town changes his life and lives for God. The only thing about Clay living for God is outrageous ideas for love and relationships. He meets a young woman, Amber Hewson, who is opposite of him, much more relaxed and free-spirited. They cross paths due to her renting an apartment at his furniture shop and fall for each other. The two must overcome the challenges of courting and moving past previous hurts.
Website: http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com
My Thoughts: This is a great movie to foster discussion about Godly (dating) relationships through courtship. It totally goes against the current in defining what love looks like. There is one word and phrase that comes to mind about this film.
One Word: Standard
God calls us to live to His standard, and how it’s carried out may vary from one person to the next. It’s just like a math problem, there are many ways to get to the same answer.
Love God’s way truly is romantic. I mean what woman doesn’t want to be loved by a man who honors her physically, emotionally and spiritually….Talk about being swept off your feet. This movie captures the beauty that living by God’s standard is exciting and lovely.
If you’re anything like me you are skeptical of Christian movies as they tend to be cheesy, “low-budget” and lacking appeal. However I think you’d find this movie to be funny, sweet and well done.
One phrase: “Love is patient”
In a world where instant gratification is greatly encouraged this movie shows the benefit of waiting to give yourself emotionally and physically. I could go on and on, but the main intent of this writing is to encourage you to go. Take your friends, children, small group, middles school and high school friends.
My guess is for the movie to generate talk amongst the Christian community about living out our faith in our relationships. You should check it out and tell me what you think!
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