Five Minute Friday-Opportunity

Five Minute FridayHappy New Year Divas!!!! Five Minute Friday is BAAAACCCKKKK!!

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off.  I am so thankful that I found Five Minute Fridays!  FMF gives me an opportunity to just “freestyle”! Many of you have told me that you really enjoy reading the FMF posts!  If you have NEVER read the FMF posts, I urge you to read the ones from last year: HERE.

The word for today is OPPORTUNITY. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

The New Year is seen as an OPPORTUNITY to start over with a clean slate.   In reality, every new day that we are blessed to wake up to is an OPPORTUNITY.  As much as we would like to change what happened a moment ago, we cannot.  As much as we would like to know exactly what is going to happen in the next moment, we cannot.  All we have is our right now and it is our OPPORTUNITY.

Every year, people make New Year resolutions. No more sugar! I am going to be on time! Lose 20 pounds… and the list goes on and on.

We soon discover anything worth doing usually takes more energy than expected.  As it becomes harder and harder to fully do what we said we would, the “New Year” transforms from an OPPORTUNITY to just January.

Perhaps for 2013 we can take the OPPORTUNITY do something different this year.  For this start of the New Year, maybe we can resist the urge to scurry about to do more and achieve?

Divas, there is a whole lot of 2013, Lord willing,  left to go.  May we begin 2013 with renewed strength by putting our hope in God.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Dear God,

Thank you so much for another moment, day, year.  Father God, help us to remember to put our hope in YOU not resolutions, people, money or achievements.

If you are anywhere close to Kernersville, NC come on out and dance, tone, and praise with us on Saturday January 5, 2013 for Soulful Saturday!!!!

 

Five Minute Friday-WIDE

Five Minute FridayEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and then write until the timer goes off. The word for today is WIDE. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

I don’t know about y’all, but on Monday morning it seems like the distance to Friday is not only long but WIDE and treacherous.  When I finally make it to Wednesday, (HUMP-DAY), I can see the weekend flickering in the distance and what seemed so WIDE and long appears to be much closer than half-way there.  I am sure dancing and sweating off the cares of the week with all of you fabulous Divas really helps to change my perception. 

Perception is a funny thing isn’t it?  There is always a WIDE array of opinions on a particular subject.   Even twins don’t always see an identical circumstance in the same way.  Another crazy thing about perception is that it can change–sometimes quickly at other times it may take a lifetime.   It has always been said that it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. 

When we were cooling down on Wednesday, I was drenched in sweat and already feeling better from just the crazy energy you gals gave me in class.  Then, I listened and worshiped to our new cool down song, Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave.  God changed my mind. 

Just after the first verse, I thought I might burst into tears:

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last

Wow, that has been me for the last couple of weeks.  Little things have kept coming up and all I could see was a WIDE valley of stuff I screwed up and worry about the future.

Then next part of the verse and chorus almost literally knocked me off my feet:

Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

I am NOT who I used to be.  I AM REDEEMED and the battle IS NOT MINE!!!  Thank you God for changing my perception right there on that stage standing in front of a WIDE variety of women from all different cultures, backgrounds and walks of life. 

Dear God,

May our eyes, hearts and ears remain WIDE OPEN so that we can see, feel and hear what YOU are doing.

Psalm 18:35-36

You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great.  You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping. 

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Don’t miss Soulful Saturday and our new bible Study (UNGLUED) on Saturday September 21, 2012! Visit our Meetup for Details!