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Cost

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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This summer, my youngest daughter, Rachel, was hired for her first "real" (full-time) job. Along with that job, she now has "real" (and more) bills to pay than she had in college. I have been budgeting for our family for many years now and she asked if I would help her figure out how to budget.

So, we spent several hours during the . . .

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November 24, 2019

Unknown

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Recently I had the opportunity to fly to another state to lead a weekend event. As I was sitting, drinking my coffee and waiting to board the plane; I found myself people-watching. My mind began to wander and wonder. I began crafting back-stories in my mind. Was this person flying home? Was that person related to the one with which he . . .

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November 19, 2019

Wait

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

Silvrback blog image //Waiting feels like sitting in a dark room when the electricity has gone out. Waiting is a part of my prayer life. A hard part, for sure. I don't always see immediate answers. The power feels like it's gone and I can't do anything, but that is exactly what Jesus wants! 

He wants me to sit and be patient; to trust and have . . .

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October 29, 2019

Listen

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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From my journal: //"Listen to My heart, My words and My will for you. When you pray, include time to listen to Me." 

So often I come to my time of prayer with MY list. I'm slowly learning to spend more time in adoration and thankfulness. Can you imagine what your relationship would be like if you ALWAYS talked or complained to . . .

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October 06, 2019

Challenge

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Challenge: a call or summons to engage in any contest as of skill, strength, etc; to take exception, to call into question.

I chuckled as I put this week's Five Minute Friday word into my header and looked at my subtitle. Every week I write, I feel the challenge to engage in this skill of writing on a new word. Some . . .

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September 22, 2019

Start

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

Silvrback blog imageHere are my "journal thoughts" as I was taking notes during Sunday's sermon on Luke 15.

//God didn't have to "start" seeking me, because He has done that from the moment He created. I was created with eternity in mind. 

As I think about the parable of the Lost Sheep (v. 3-7) I'm reminded of Jesus, my Great Shepherd. I am . . .

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September 18, 2019

Testimony

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

Silvrback blog imageAt the church where I grew up, Sunday evening services were times of worship and words of testimony. The pastor would wait a few minutes until someone would stand up and share what God had done that week in their life. Even as a teenager, I loved to hear the stories of God working and even had a few myself. So...here's my real-life testimony . . .

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September 08, 2019

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