FMF :: Send

Send.

If we think about it, this whole thing called life if just a big send circle isn’t it?

I was sent by a Divine Creator to two people thirty some years ago to fulfill a purpose only I could do.

Then I was sent by those two to go out armed with the lessons of life and faith and do what I was sent to do.

Now we’ve been sent four, yes, one-two-three-four little men to eventually send on their way.  To take the world by storm.  Sent by us but ultimately by the One who made them for this.

They were made to share story and see lives changed by God Himself.

I pour into their lives so they can be sent.

I am sent to those I meet to share Christ.  To share hope and love.

Then others send that love to someone else.

And here we are, sent and sending, weaving in and out of this grand planet while we wait for the final send button to be pressed.  When God sends His Son to gather us home.

What a sending day that will be!

Where are you sent today?  Whose lives do you touch to send this amazing message around the planet right now?

Stop.

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Five Minute Friday

We only have first drafts up in this place… says Kate Motaung.  No editing, no re-writes, no backtracks. Five minutes. From the heart. That’s what it’s all about.

This is community and it’s open to you.  If a pencil sets your heart aflutter and the written word ignites your fire, then this just may be the place for you.

 

 

FMF 2015 :: Welcome

Well hello there!  Come on in.  So glad you’ve come by….This is how we make each other welcome in our homes.

What about Jesus?  How do we welcome Him into our lives day in, day out?

Holy Spirit you are welcome here.

Welcome in our hearts.

We’re preparing a place where you feel at home.  Where the ground is fertile for your work to begin and flourish in our lives.

But sometimes, we forget to make Him welcome, I mean He’s here already right?  We accepted His gift and committed to following Him.  Surely, He knows He’s welcome right?  We don’t really need to do anything else. Do we?

But what if we did.

What if each day we approached our heart like the upcoming visit of our favorite person in the whole wide world.  We clean, we make their favorite treat, we clear our schedules so we can just be with Him.  Just sit and be.  Together.

What if we did that in life?  A lot.

What if we welcomed Him wholeheartedly and transformed our homes and every place we go as a welcome space for Him to work and be who He is through us?

What if we welcome Him this year?

What if our preparing and making ready to welcome Him allowed Him such freedom in our lives to shine through us like brand new?

What could happen if we took this welcoming to heart?  Aren’t you a bit curious?

Let us welcome Him today.  And tomorrow.  Let’s teach our children to welcome Him.  Let’s just see what happens—What happens in our homes, our communities, our workplace, the marketplace.

There’s hope that He will change things when He’s welcome.

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So glad you’ve popped in just by chance or with Five Minute Friday.  This community of writers who carve out five minutes a week and encourage each other to write is spectacular.  Hope you’ll check them our right over here.

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I Hope You’ll Dance

live the hopeful lifeHope.

Hopeless.

So very far apart and yet so close together.  Hopeless can become hopeful with just an encouraging word, a hug, an affirming look.

We have the power to bring hope or even more sobering is the power to selfishly snatch it away with our careless words and thoughtless actions.

But the better news here is, we have the power to bring it.  Every. Single. Time.

This song came on in a store I was in today.  I remember when it came out and the words would ring through my mind then and they all flooded back today like a rush of wind.  They made me think of hope and what living with a mindset of hope looks like.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance….

(written by Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers and recorded by Lee Ann Womack)

It’s easy to feel hopeless.  There’s plenty of bad news just waiting for you.  But taking the bad and seeing it as good, that’s a gift.  A gift from Him.  Seeing hopeless things and searching for the silver lining, for the loop hole…taking in an impossible situation and praying for the possible gift of thankfulness that’s waiting to pour out of it.  It’s possible.

Colossians 3:1-4

 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.  For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  And when Christ, who is your[a] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

This is it.  It’s your ticket.  Your Hope.  Your new life.  It’s a hopeful one.

The next time you get a chance, I hope you’ll dance.  Don’t let a face turned down in hopelessness miss out on the chance.

The chance to dance.

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