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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

Looking Back

Five Minute Friday Challenge & Delight-filled update

Silvrback blog image How fun that this week's Five Minute Friday coincides with Emily P. Freeman's quarterly post on  "What I learned..." So, here is my 2nd installment of my own "quarterly update" which includes things I've learned or have "delighted in" since June. (Click here for my 1st quarterly update)

I have found another . . .

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September 02, 2019

Pace

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Somedays the pace of this world is way too fast. I get sucked into the rat race of living or making a living. I forget how to truly live.

What can I do to slow down the pace? In the morning, I take time to study the Word and pray before I go off to work. Over the weekend I like to change the pace from my work week. I like to read, . . .

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August 28, 2019

Again

A Five Minute Friday Prompt

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"You can't go home again is an idiom and a title of a book by Thomas Wolfe. Some folks believe that is true. I know that if you go back to the place you call home; it's just not quite the same.

People and places change. I know I'm not the same person I was 30 years ago when I left home and got married. However, I did . . .

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August 19, 2019

Willing

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

Silvrback blog image As I was singing in the choir on Sunday, the Lord met me. I love it when He steps in when we
least expect it. The song was Peace Be Still.

"And no matter where you are, or where you've been. I am sure, He wants you to know...He won't let go.  He won't let go, Jesus won't let go, He won't let go. I am sure, He wants you to know, . . .

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July 16, 2019

Take

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

Silvrback blog image The first thing that came to mind when I saw the word "take" was the words from the old hymn: 

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God's children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
 
Take time to be holy, the . . .

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July 10, 2019

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