Five Minute Friday

Encouragement

Five Minute Friday

with

Lisa Jo Baker

Today, the word prompt is Encouragment

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Lord, the word encouragement conjures up so many emotions inside of me.

Encouragement is so important and often we forget that it is a vital necessity to the human soul.

We need encouragement to reach for the stars, hope for the best and believe the Lord of the universe has it all under control.

We must have a hand to hold and a shoulder to lean on, cry on, share our deepest hurts but also the same hand to pick us up and encourage us to go again. To move. To believe. To trust.

Encouragement is found in a small card you receive in the mail or a small gift from a sweet friend.

My sweet friend just sent me a handmade necklace she made with her hands. Such a sweet encouragement to know someone loves me…

How about you?

How can you reach out to someone today to offer some sweet encouragement to them?

A card. A phone call. A small gift and note to cheer them on..

A wave and a cheer through the web.

Today, take the time to minister to another with a small or big bit of encouragement. God connects us for a reason.

He loves us and we should love each other.

Colossians 2:2

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of Gd, namely Christ.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY: FIGHT

Every Friday there are tons of other bloggers, writers that link up with

http://lisajobaker.com/ to write for five minutes about a particular word.

Today’s prompt is FIGHT.

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In the realm of this life, there are times we must fight as well as times to lay down our swords and surrender.

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For years, I often would lay down my sword when I really should have been picking it up and fighting harder for the lives of my loved ones but more importantly, for my own soul. The soul that needed to be set free.

Yet, I would lay down and wait for the enemy to take more and more of my life and the lives of my family. Well, no more. The enemy has a fight on his hands from this point forward. After years of struggling with fear and anxiety, as well as agoraphobia I am no longer the weak woman that he faced in battle before.

Today, I am the strong woman who God has equipped for battle. How about you? Are you ready to fight for your own life but also the lives of your loved ones? Today let us stand ready for battle and never give the enemy another inch.

I am ready for battle.

With the Lord on my side, I will win.

Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Five Minute Friday: Fly

In Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday, other bloggers and writer write for Five Minutes about one word. A word which deeply spoke to me.

This week the prompt is the word FLY

Fly, sweet girl. You are free to fly and become all God created you to be. You have lived in the shadow of fear, anxiety and agoraphobia far too long. Why have you hidden your beautiful self? Why have you doubted all I have made you to be?

You are called to a new place and a beautiful purpose. Now it is time to find your wings and become all I have called you to be. Move forward and live a life full of wonder, happiness and purpose. Nothing in the past can hold you any longer. The past has been a learning process that has made you who you are today. The past will help you on the next path I have called you to walk. The past is part of you but it is not YOU. You can now move on.

You have lived a life that has been full of pain, fear, anxiety and many tragedies, but yet you have survived to live a new life on this next journey we are going to take together.

I am excited and now it is time to FLY.

Live big

Dream big

Find your purpose

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Deposit Photos

Linking up with

Lisa Jo Baker

Truth

Today I am linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. There is where many write from a one word prompt, which today is truth.

God has already been speaking to me about this word even before today. I have written several other posts as well as Facebook statuses about this word, so apparently He is trying to get a message across.

Here goes my five minutes:

Truth always prevails. The darkness will be found out and the LIGHT will shine on the deception.

Nothing is hidden.

Nothing is lost, even if we feel the evil is winning.

Truth always prevails.

Truths I am learning:

Even when others find me unlovable: GOD loves me ( John 3:16)

Even when others find me breakable: GOD gives me strength       (Isaiah 40:31)

Even when others want me to fail: GOD calls me to succeed        (Psalm 20:4)

Even when others devise evil against me: GOD protects me and stands beside me.( Deuteronomy 31:6)

Even when the past was painful and full of loss: GOD has a new plan that is full of hope, a good future and prosperity. (Jeremiah 29: 11)

truth always prevails

Photo Credit:

P. J. Di Benedetto

Text added by Angie Webb

Together: Five Minute Friday

Together

Together we share

Together we laugh

Together we love

Together we grieve

Together we stand

Together we believe

Together we pray

Today I am standing in awe.

Because in exactly two weeks my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. It awes me because we were only 16 and 18 years old when we married and then 17 and 18 when we had our son, Wade.

Crazy, isn’t it?
Family and friends told us we wouldn’t even make it one year, so I guess we showed them. Ha.

Laughing as I go.

Life has been a struggle at times but there has been much joy as well. Life can deal us a hard hand at times, but I am thankful that I have been able to walk this life with my husband, Mike. We have been through births, deaths, tragedies, travel, new jobs, moves, crisis with our children, death of parents. On and On.

Yet, we have stood the test of time and stood along side of each other walking TOGETHER.

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Linking up with Lisa Jo Baker.

Love Runs Deep

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See this man? He has been my heart for 30 years. It is unreal to me that Mike and I have been together for 31 years and married 30 years
It still amazes me that a 16 year old boy and an 18 year old girl could make a life together. I knew that we loved each other, but boy this world can make life more difficult than we can ever imagine.

We have faced many challenges as teenage parents, trying to raise our sons totally from any dependence on our parents. We both finished high school, worked full time and at the age of 18 and 20 years old, we bought our first home. (Mobile Home), but still it was ours.

High school for a this 18 year old girl in 1983 was not a fun experience. It was challenging and heartbreaking most of the time. Other students were not kind or helpful in any way and most often, caused me many tears due to their continuing malicious and relentless attacks on me and my self esteem.

By the end of the first sememster, I had given up on trying to finish school because I had reached the point where I did not care anymore. I had always been a good, honest, faithful student, but this experience just made me emotionally drained, hurt and lost. Thankfully, I had a wonderful school nurse that stepped in and sought another solution out for me. In Spring of 1984, I began attending a school for pregnant girls; most sent to our town from other states so that they could give up their babies for adoption. I was not in that perdiciment, so it was a challenge daily. Yet, one advantage of this alternative school was that I had to only attend 3 days a week til noon. Attending the alternative school allowed my eyes to be opened to many areas that I had never knew exsisted before such as:

Girls that were from other ethnic groups(I was the only Caucasian)
Girls that had no support in their situation
Girls that the boy was not a part of the babies lives or their lives
Girls that had no clue of how to take care of a baby; some thought putting Coke in a bottle was a correct way to feed a baby.
Girls that had no money for ANYTHING; not even a candy bar
Girls that lived in horrible situations at home: I thought mine was bad at home with my parents but it was nothing like what they lived day in and day out.
Girls that would not even speak to me because I was White and “uppity”
Girls that thought I was rich because my husband had a car and I always had some money for lunch.
Girls that basically hated me because my guy stuck around and we were married.

Such a learning experience for me but also I hope it was a learning experience for the girls I encountered at this school: NEW DIRECTIONS in LUBBOCK TEXAS

I knew the Lord at this point in my life, yet I was a very young believer so I know that I failed on many levels. I pray though, that the girls knew that I did not believe I was any better or worse than them. We all were in the same basic situation, yet God had allowed my path to go a different direction from many of theirs at this point. By the GRACE OF GOD.

I truly believe that God sent Mike to me to save me from the life I was living. He had no idea the impact he would make on my life even at the age of 17 years old when we met. He could instantly see the damage and abuse my parents were inflicting day after day on me. He never wavered. He never backed down and always stood up to protect me. My dad was not accustomed to someone questioning him or his “discipline” so of course, this did not start their relationship off on a very good foot, but regardless my dad knew Mike would not back down. Mike and my dad eventually could be cordial and have some sense of a relationship. Mike had/nor has ever been malicious or mean in any form or fashion to my parents, yet that does not mean he would sit by and watch them recklessly inflict pain on our family. Boundaries

Most 15 year old boys would have been intimidated by my parents; but God knew that Mike would be the one that would stand the test of time and bring so much healing to my heart, soul and mind. He has always believed the best in me when I didn’t even see one ounce of worth.Mike has stood along side of me through many ups and downs. Loss of multiple family members to suicides as well as the murder of my grandmother. We have stood the normal growing pains of financial struggles, loss of jobs, raising kids, relationship struggles, as well other areas such as my fears, anxiety and eventual agoraphobia. Yet, Mike never wavered. Never sought a way out. Never believed the grass was greener somewhere else. NO..


He has stood beside me holding my hand as I have struggled to figure out my past and move into the future.

Our love runs deep and will continue to stand the test of time. God brought us together and He will continue to allow our lives to be blessed by being together. Mike is my best friend and greatest cheerleader; as I am his. We would not have made it this far without a BIG GOD with a BIG PLAN..

Boy, we proved our parents wrong…. 30 years is a long time for two young teenagers.. Hmmmm.. How is that for a story?

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Those Puppy Dog Eyes

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Roscoe P. Coltrane is my buddy.. Always has been from day one in 2008. My husband brought him home to me after I had major surgery and from that moment forward, we have been best buddies. He is a minuature Dachshund and he is my buddy. He has been like a friend during many trying days. He has the sweetest face and the cutest eyes; you know, those puppy dog eyes.. When I come home from work, he is so excited to see me. He waits for me to sit down int he recliner so he can snuggle up beside me. Just recently, I have been working on training him to sleep in his own doggie bed, instead of in the bed with me and hubby. Hubby didn’t mind, but I could tell that we were not sleeping well. It has been difficult for Roscoe because he has alway slept with us, but so far he has done well. He has been getting on his bed each night and getting praise for his obedience. This is the best dog and I know that he loves me just as much as I love him.

Those Puppy Dog Eyes

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Roscoe P. Coltrane is my buddy.. Always has been from day one in 2008. My husband brought him home to me after I had major surgery and from that moment forward, we have been best buddies. He is a minuature Dachshund and he is my buddy. He has been like a friend during many trying days. He has the sweetest face and the cutest eyes; you know, those puppy dog eyes.. When I come home from work, he is so excited to see me. He waits for me to sit down int he recliner so he can snuggle up beside me. Just recently, I have been working on training him to sleep in his own doggie bed, instead of in the bed with me and hubby. Hubby didn’t mind, but I could tell that we were not sleeping well. It has been difficult for Roscoe because he has alway slept with us, but so far he has done well. He has been getting on his bed each night and getting praise for his obedience. This is the best dog and I know that he loves me just as much as I love him.