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FMF – Rush to Ask Our Friends {4 Questions}

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** While this post is designed for reaching our chronic illness friends, I believe these are questions to ask any one of our friends. All can benefit!**

Lately, I have been aware of my life and how isolating it can become. As I look at my life, I can’t help but think. . . Would I want to be my friend? Not particularly.

I honestly think it might be scary or intimidating to have a friend to someone like me. Chronic illness is scary. And it is so easy to be concerned that we might say something wrong to someone who is already in great pain – physically and emotionally.

But, what if we rushed to our friends’ aid anyway (obviously listening more than speaking)?

Our friends need us to rush toward them, so they aren’t alone!


What To Say

I want to share some things we can ask our friends who are hurting. These are questions I mentioned elsewhere, but they can help us meet our friends right where they are. These things can truly deepen our friendships.

How is God speaking to you right now?

This can open up many doors for our conversations with friends. Our Lord Jesus Christ can speak to us through so many things! Let’s begin asking this big question and grow – as we learn from one another!

How can I pray for you?

Ohhh, how our friends need us to ask this question. In all honesty? They probably aren’t asked this question, enough.

What are you watching on Netflix or YouTube? Or reading?

Chronic illness or not, many of us use one of these sources of entertainment. Even if we are not a TV watcher, we can share what we are reading.

If someone asked me this question, my answer would change depending on the day. While one day I may be a Gilmore Girls observer, the next I might be fully wrapped up in the book of Isaiah.

This is a very basic question that we can ask, even to a brand new friend. And, it opens doors to new shared interests.

What is on your mind?

This one, can open so many doors.
Our minds can wander to many places. Even if we may not feel well, our hearts might be focused on the Middle East or the homeless.

This question allows us to really meet our friends, and see what is on their hearts and maybe even breaking their hearts.

How is your mental health holding up, in spite of your trials?

This is such an important question. We need to check on our friends, so they aren’t fighting suicidal thoughts on their own. It is so easy to find ourselves in our own war. We need to join our friends, and help them however we can.

Featured image by Tim Foster (of Unsplash).

Blessings to you, my friends!

In Christ,

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FMF: Loyalty

Loyalty: faithful in allegiance (Merriam Webster).

In the Bible, God’s Word, we learn a great deal about loyalty.

  1. We see God as loyal to His chosen people.
  2. We are reminded of our urgency to be faithful to God.

What We Need: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is what we need. Unfortunately, we live in a world where faithfulness feels like a thing of the past. We live in a world, where many lack faithfulness. Many today struggle to commit to a phone plan, much less to their significant other, friends, family, or more importantly – to our great God.


The Faithfulness of God

God has gone out of His way, literally, to display His faithfulness to His chosen people. Even though we have ran away from God, He has chosen to send His Son Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for our sins. He rose again on the third day. He came to give us life. Abundant life. {See John 3:16, 19:1-20:18}

Our risen Lord is our best example of what true faithfulness looks like!


Our Devotion

Let’s consider our own lives.

How have we devoted ourselves to God and His Son Jesus Christ? And to our relationships?

While faithfulness is not always easy, it is absolutely blessed by God. When we choose to trust the Lord with our lives, He will guide our steps. God will bless our efforts and give us the strength to stay faithful – as we seek to live out our purpose and seek to obey God in everything!

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).”

Featured image by FreeStocks.org (through Unsplash).

In Him,

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Five Minute Friday – Grow

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Minute Friday!
This week’s theme is “grow. To learn more about Five Minute Friday, please visit Kate’s blog for more details… Each week, a community of bloggers come together with the common goal is to spend five unedited minutes to write on a topic.

Growing Up in Christ

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church (Eph. 4:15).”

This summer, I know I need to be deliberate- if I want to see growth in

~  my love relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ.

~ the area of writing, and honing this gift God has given me.

~ the kind of relationships I have with other believers in Jesus Christ.

~ the treasure discoveries I make, as I study Jesus and His Word.

Growth Steps

If I want to grow, I must be deliberate.

So, I am taking steps. Because, I do want to see that growth.

Here is what I have been doing.

♦ Studying Philemon and Jude for the month of May (join us on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #GOScriptureWriting).

♦ Writing up a Scripture Writing Journal for a 6 week plan using the book of Ephesians (stay tuned its release date! My hope is to study it for the months of mid June/July – so )

♦ Keeping coloring books and utensils on hand, to keep me calm and focused on how to make the absolute best out of my days.

♦ Make writing a habit.

♦ Welcoming silence into my life. As an introvert with Dysautonomia, I know having that silence is a really important thing.

♦ Continuing to plug along in my exercise routine the best as I can. Some days, I have to skip a work out due to Dysautonomia/Pots. Other days, I have to journey at a slower pace. It is not about trying to lose weight, but see that growth as a person who faces health concerns that make exercise a difficult journey.

How are you pursuing deliberate growth in your life?

In Order…

In order to grow and become more like Jesus, I need to take proactive steps to make this summer one of tremendous growth – and – not a time of defeat and stunted growth.

I have no idea what this summer season holds in store for me. But, I do believe I am nearing a place of saying…

“I am ready. Whatever You will, Father. Let’s make this journey together! I am trusting You to get me through this, and to help me grow leaps and bounds as Your daughter and one who is following You as her King of Kings!”

Five Minute Friday – Focus

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Minute Friday!
This week’s theme is “focus. To learn more about Five Minute Friday,
please visit Kate’s
blog for more details… Each week, a community
of bloggers come together with the common goal is to spend
five unedited minutes to write on a topic.

The idea behind focusing, is that one won’t become so-easily-distracted. I must confess. I am one who is easily distracted.

By mostly anything.

Then, I have days like today…

Amazing Focus.
(Days like these are too rare…)

I love days like today – where I can focus and solely pursue writing. Today, that meant editing a manuscript from an older blog series andd writing for this blog. There was nothing else to do, but it’s my chosen day of rest. But, just the opportunity to write without added pressures.

What helps you to focus?

There are things we all must do to help you focus, and would love to hear about them below.

In focusing, there are some things I must do –

  1. Soul Position: Get quiet before the Lord. This means, focusing on my Savior Jesus. Willingly go into my secret place, and begin to process things I have encountered over the week.
  2. Distractions: Limit outside distractions, so this might include putting on low music that will support me seeking after God and pursuing this next step.
  3. Rest: I must rest. When I am well-rested, I am far more capable of focusing than if I am unrested. This makes my rest time even more important.

If I hope to become a person who is productive in her life, I must devote myself to rest. When I come out of my rest day focused, it will set me up to succeed through the new week – as I seek after my God and discern His will for my life.

“[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work] (Heb. 12:2, AMP).”

MMS – Patience

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “patience.”

A few days ago, I mentioned the patience of God. I want to continue our discussion on His patience. In 2 Peter 3, we read these words.

Remember [Consider; Bear in mind] that ·we are saved because our Lord is patient [L our Lord’s patience is our salvation; C his delay in coming allows more to be saved] (vv. 15a, EXB).

How have we considered the Lord’s patience with us? Often times, we want others’ patience. Rarely, do we want to give it. Patience is a characteristic God imparts to His children. God has been so patient with us.

God’s Patience with the Wicked

In the book of Genesis, we see where God remained patient with Noah’s generation, until it was the appropriate time for judgment. If He hadn’t been patient where would Noah have been. Likewise, where we would be without the Lord’s patience?

God’s patience means the world to us. Or, it should. At times, we forget what we have been spared from. We need to remember. Now. Today. Right now, we need to take time and get on our knees – pleading with God to remind us and gather gratitude that only He can give to us.

God has been so patient with us.

Responding Through Worship

Let’s take this time to just worship Him. If God had not been patient with us, none of us would be here right now. God is our loving Father who is so patient with us.

Still, He could allow us to face judgment instead of grace. Even in patience, waiting for the right time. From a human standpoint, we wait patiently at times – waiting for judgment to come upon our enemies. Longing for it. This is not the kind of patience God has for us. If this was so, He definitely would not call us His children.

He is patient.

He is longing for us to come to Him.

He wants all to experience His Awesome salvation.

Come to Jesus today! There is room, for all.

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