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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

Question

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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It's interesting that as children, we are not afraid to ask questions. Sometimes to the exasperation of our parents or other adults around us. However, as we grow older and supposedly wiser, more mature, it seems that we are less willing to ask some of those questions. 

Sure, those questions change over the years, but as . . .

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June 24, 2019

Goal

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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The idea of "goals" has always seemed scary to me. I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe it's because I'm a perfectionist. I don't like goals if I think I'm not going to achieve them "perfectly". Setting goals can also be hard when you don't know what you want in the future. 

I looked up the definition of "goal" which means . . .

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June 17, 2019

Well

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Psalm 119:165 "There is such great peace and well-being that comes to the lovers of Your word, and they will never be offended." (The Passion Translation)

One of my favorite hymns is "It is Well with My Soul".  Sometimes, it brings great comfort to my heart. At other times, it is a great reminder that even though . . .

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June 11, 2019

Culture

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Here's a glimpse from my journal this morning as I read Psalms 111-112 and the First 5 app devotional.

Good morning, Daddy! I'm so glad You just want me! I don't HAVE to write or perform. You just want my heart! In a culture that wants us "to do". You just want me "to be". It goes against the grain.

We are to be in the world . . .

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May 29, 2019

Practice

A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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I took piano lessons as a child, so the word "practice" conjures up times that I did not want to sit down at the piano and "do something repeatedly". You know the idiom, "practice makes perfect" or as my college music professor said, "practice makes permanent".  It took long sessions of practice to get even a little bit better. I . . .

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May 15, 2019

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