Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Deliberate

I know God has made all things well.

Every property out here has a pond. They are not big ponds, but waterfowl enjoy them. We have Canada geese on all of them for they are deliberate in their return to previous nesting places.

It is exciting hearing the geese every spring making their way ‘back home’. Our neighbors pond is larger than our farm pond, so he sees far more geese than we.

This family, however, has been all over both properties. I believe they know and are very deliberate in what they are doing. They make me laugh the way this little family deliberately runs all over the properties! This early morning they were up by the barn before they made their way to the pond!

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Persist

What would you persist in to your own detriment? Regardless of the cost in regards to your faith, family or freedom?

Persist is a hard action word that involves self-sacrifice, work, diligence, pain and perhaps sorrow.

In the words of Winston Churchill, Englands Prime Minister during World War II:

This, dear reader, is the epitome of the word persist.

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Break

To break a promise. Ouch. Something that can be hard to keep and easy to break, a promise. For this reason I make very few of them. Sometimes, I know, it cannot be helped to break one. I suppose that is why they should not be made often.

How comforting it is to know The Lord never breaks His promises to us. Do you know that? Do you believe it?

I will never leave you nor forsake you. ~Jesus

I was always taught to never say ‘never’. Yet I believe Jesus. He has never failed me. When I confess my sin He forgives me and helps me do better. Even if I have to break a promise.

He helps anyone who calls on Him. Glory! Won’t you give Him a try today?

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Choose

I did choose very well eighteen years ago today. Casey Creek Farm in Kentucky was an adoption farm for abandoned nurse mare foals. We were adopting a beautiful, tiny one-month old buckskin filly. I choose her from a pile of photographs they had posted on their website.

Never having had any experience in raising a foal without its momma made it a scary yet exciting adventure to undertake. High Hope seemed the perfect name for her and me.

I could write pages about how High Hope has touched and blessed the lives of so many people in her eighteen years of life. She is a fine mare and one of the greatest joys of my life.

The photo I choose High Hope from.
Happy foaling day today, High Hope! Eighteen years ago today, March 10, 2005!

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Ignore

How did our best friend become our best friend? Because we did not ignore them. We have deposited time and attention into their lives. They feel valued because of it. This is a two way street. We all know ‘The Golden Rule’ says ‘Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.’

Yet, I must check myself often with Jesus. How easy it is for me to ignore Him. Yet everyday He starts all over again with blessings toward me. He sure does not ignore me. How thankful I am.

What a friend we have in Jesus.

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Doubt

Todays FMF word, doubt, is perfect. Along with this weeks writing prompt from Kate came an invitation to join Anita Ojeda’s 28 Day Writing Challenge for the month of February.

I have never considered myself a writer, but I do enjoy words, well-written stories and blogs, etc. So it seems daring for me to even enter into a group of writers. My doubt is high.

The biggest joy will be reading the other participants in the group. So, I will take the plunge, try to ignore my huge doubt and plan on having fun and learning much. Thank you, Anita, for hosting this opportunity.

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Receive

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

The power of this passage gives me strength and hope. Listening to news, even only once a day, can bring on a fearful spirit of bondage (that is its intent) to my heart and mind. Thank God for His Words of comfort. I can be easily overtaken by the times we live in. Yet, God is in control, He hears our prayers, and He calms my worries.

I do not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future. Do you?

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Witness

Our Christian religion is the religion we believe to be true. Not just because we believe it, but because it is full of many a witness to Jesus, His teachings, His Life, Death and Resurrection. Time and witnesses proved the truth of the prophets as well.

It is resplendent with hundreds of eye witnesses. In fact, one would be hard pressed not to believe, from the value of the witnesses. Research for yourselves if you doubt. Seek and ye shall find. Glory.

John 1:6-8
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

Five Minute Friday Prompt—Instant

The instant I learned of Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Writing Prompt, I was intrigued.

For five minutes we are to write our free-style thoughts on a one word topic she gives every week via email. Set the timer five minutes, write, done.

Once attached to her link, we can share our musings with other Five Minute Friday writers. I have ‘met’ many folk through her platform. It has been interesting and fun.

So I would like to take this instant to Thank You, Kate for hosting this platform for us. See you next year.

Merry Christmas to you, Kate, and every FMF writer!

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Like

While I am always looking for ‘likes’ on social media, the real hard question for me is: Does Jesus like me?

Am I living like He instructed me? That is, “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age?” Titus 2:12 Am I? Or how about this: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another…Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col 3:12-13 Or perhaps this one: “Do not complain, brethren against one another.” James 5:9 Maybe this last one: “…I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think.” Romans 12:3

Oh Lord, have mercy and help me be more like You so that in the end I may receive a like and “Thumbs Up!” from You. Glory!