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She Was Well (Five Minute Friday)

Five Minute Friday
Hey friends.

It’s Friday again. Time flies, eh?

Friday can only mean one thing around 7 Days Time… It’s time for Five Minute Friday. I link up with Lisa-Jo Baker. She gives us a prompt. And we write. For 5 minutes.

Simple as that.

Today’s Prompt: SHE

AND GO!!!

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She was scorned.

She was cast out.

She felt unloved.

She was ashamed.

She tried to lie.

She was ever-so-thirsty.

She was uncertain.

She was lonely.

She was broken.

She was lost.

She was a Samaritan.

She was just the “Woman at the Well.”

And then…

SHE. MET. HIM. 

After her encounter…

She was assured.

She was encouraged.

She was faithful.

She was thankful.

She was quenched.

She was saved.

She had hope.

She was loved.

She shared her testimony.

She was no longer just the woman AT the well…

She WAS well.

It was well with her heart.

It was well with her soul.

She was well… because she was now a daughter of Christ.

STOP!!

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I’m always interested to see where God takes me on Five Minute Fridays… And this one was exceptionally surprising. I welcome your feedback and pray this encourages your heart.

Remember, dear readers… No matter where you’ve been, where you are or where you are going… You can be well… With Christ at the center of it all.

It is well with my soul,
SGK

“Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.’ Could this be the Messiah?” ~John 4:28-29 NIV

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Reset button~ Annnddd…. Again! (Five Minute Friday)

Welcome to the latest installment of Five Minute Friday.
Five Minute Friday
It’s a good time. Won’t you join us?

Each week (on Friday,) we hook up with Lisa-Jo Baker… She gives us a prompt, then we write. For five minutes flat.

No overthinking. No excessive editing. Just going with the flow.

It’s a great workout– and you don’t even have to leave your comfy chair.

Today’s Prompt: AGAIN

AND GO!

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I’ve always prided myself on being a “fast learner.” I love learning new things and when faced with a new job, challenge, or task, I dive right in, messing, tinkering, asking questions until I muddle my way through it and come to a final result or conclusion I am satisfied with.

Funny how that’s harder to do as a Christian.

As a Christian, sometimes I’m not exactly the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. Not the sharpest tack in the drawer. Not the quickest bunny in the field… not the…

Well, you get the point. I don’t say these thing to be self-deprecating, but really, I struggle with catching on with some of the simplest commands God has given me.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Thought I had that mastered– then before I can stop myself, I think something rather-not-so-nice about someone who just hurt my feelings. DOH! Gotta hit the reset button. Ready? Annnnddd again…

“Trust Me.” Just when I think I have given my everything to Him, I find myself worrying or back in a situation that I am trying to control. Sigh… Annnnddd again…

“Don’t worry about tomorrow…” Oh for the love of all things covered in chocolate sauce!?! I’m here AGAIN?? Blessed. Let’s give ‘er another go…  Annndd again…

Here’s the thing– being a Christian and walking with Christ is a process. We live in a fallen world. We are going to fail. We aren’t going to get it right the first time (if we did, our name would be Jesus and being a Christian would be a whole different ballgame.)

Fortunately, we can live in the process. We can embrace the process. We can hold fast to the hope that we worship a God of second chances. Well, and third chances. And fourth chances… And…

God never gives up on us. So I’m not giving up on Him. He’s still working on us… No matter how many times we gotta thwack ourselves in the forehead, sigh deeply and say “Ok, Father… Let’s give this another try… Annnndd AGAIN!”

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In what areas of your life do you find yourself needing to hit that magical Jesus reset button the most? What encourages you most about the truth that we worship a God of 2nd (and 3rd, 4th, 5th etc) chances? I would love to hear your thoughts… because it’s my hunch that we are all perhaps living this daily. 🙂

As usual, thanks for stopping by… Now if you will excuse me, I’m gonna go hit my Jesus reset button and give this being like Christ business another shot… Again– and again– and again!

Repetition on our way to heaven,
SGK

“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.” Nehemiah 1:10 NIV

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VLOG: A Sweet, Pure Life (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #6)

Hi readers… Today we are gonna shake things up a bit… It’s VLOG time (that’s video + blog for those of you that are new to this kind of thing. Check it out…

So where do you stand right now? Are you a salt-vinegar combo? Or living a life of sweetness and purity? What challenges you with letting go of bitterness and unforgiveness? What does that look like for you? I would love to hear your thoughts– leave a comment below!

Here’s to living a sweet, pure life in the name of Jesus!

New kind of sweetness,
SGK

“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” ~Colossians 3:13 (NIV) 

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For those of you “officially” doing Linda Dillow’s bible study “Calm My Anxious Heart,” here is this weeks homework– may it be purifying and sweet for your hearts!

Day 1~ Study Guide: Question 1, Memorize and meditate on Hebrews 13:5 and Psalm 119:14., Questions 2, 3

Day 2~ Study Guide: Questions 4, 5

Day 3 ~ Study Guide: Questions 6, 7

Day 4~Study Guide: Question 8a, b, c

Day 5~Study Guide: Questions 9, 10

***Extra***

Word Study:  Hebrews 13:5– Content

Word Study:  Psalm 119:14–Rejoice; Statutes; Great riches

Word Study:  Philippians 4: 19– All; Needs; Glorious riches

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Faith to Forgive

“YOUNG LADY! You march over here RIGHT NOW and tell your sister you are sorry.” 

Shuffle…shuffle…stomp. SIGH. 

“Mmsrry.” 

“Oh no, that’s not good enough. SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT!”

Sigh. (Again.) FINE. 

“I’m sorry.” 

How is that two little words can be so difficult to say?

If you are a living, breathing human (which I am gonna go out on a limb here and assume that is a pretty legit possibility unless you have a super talented and technology loving pet) chances are you have been on both the giving and receiving end of an apology.

Sometimes, accepting those two little words of “I’m sorry” as the hurt party might be harder than the one who is doing the apologizing.

Yesterday, we talked about heart blockages that separate us from God. (Read the complete post here.) Carrying around the burden of unforgiveness can be heavy. Like, really heavy.

forgiven by soot+chalk
forgiven, a photo by soot+chalk on Flickr.

He forgave… So can you.

Forgiving others takes  A LOT of humility and faith. I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a pretty stubborn little heifer sometimes. Letting go and letting God take care of my hurts really requires me to fully surrender to Him.

But… while forgiving others can be more difficult than driving past a frozen yogurt shop without stopping to get a snack, it is a command. God forgives us waaaayyy more than we deserve. (Remember The Cross?) Thus we are to do the same to others.

There are numerous stories in the Bible that talk about forgiveness. Remember the parable about the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:23-35?  Check out The Message Version of the story…

 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.

 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.

 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’

 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.

 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”

Oh snap. Jesus told this story to Peter to illustrate the importance of forgiveness. Right before this parable, our dear friend (and slight blabbermouth) Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone for an offense. Then, before Jesus can respond, Peter answers his own question. “Is seven times enough, Jesus?” (Peter might be trying to show off his stellar knowledge here.)

But Jesus really schools him. “Seven TIME Seventy.” Now, 490 is not the magic number of forgiveness. (Let’s be honest. We probably have people in our lives that we have to forgive MORE than that.) But it is an illustration. We should infinitely forgive others, knowing that God is the judge– not us.

Today I challenge you to take a look at  your heart. Is there anyone that you haven’t forgiven? It doesn’t matter how big or small the offense. It doesn’t matter if they have apologized or not. (That can be the hardest part!)  Give it to God. Turn it over to Him. Forgive the one(s) that hurt you. Pray about it. And God will give you the faith to forgive.

Thankful to be forgiven by faith,
SGK

“…You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.” –Matthew 6:14 (MSG) 

How has forgiving someone blessed your life? What did you experience after you forgave someone? I would love to hear all about it– please comment here.

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