Last night was an UNUSUALLY quiet night at the Twitter Party over at #FMFParty... I don't know why it was so slow, but I am praying for each of you! I know for me - this week has proven a test and in some moments, I think I was winning... and in some - well, not so much! So - in the spirit of what we are about here on Five Minute Fridays... here comes authentic writing... unedited, and unplanned out! (My how I am getting to LOVE this approach!)
Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa Jo Baker. It is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE! The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at one minute past midnight Friday morning (EST.) I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!
So - here goes: Five Minute Friday - WHAT MAMA DID...
Well - this is tricky as I just recently posted about how my Mama literally saved my life. How after a traumatic birth, and weeks of no physical touch, it was her love - her skin pressed to mine - that pulled me up and over and instead of the death sentence I was given... she brought me home, cherished! You can read that post here.
But today... I will tell you what my Mama did that she was unaware of, and how it has been a guide to how I live my life.
Me & my Mama on the right with my Daddy and my sisters! 10/2012
No - we were not church goers and we didn't read the Bible... there was not a lot of God Talk in our home however my mother knew for certain that God had a plan and a purpose for me. She spotted it early on and called it into being. She would tell me of my birth story with all sorts of dramatic flair. She planted in me a greater awareness that I was saved not just FROM death... but FOR life... for something.
She always said it was because the Love of God flowed through me. Funny... how 'churchy' that can sound coming from the unchurched. I didn't know enough to think that was a high calling or something to shrink back from. I shaped my life and my decisions... my choice of friends and right or wrong... all based on Love. By His Grace, He lead me... even when I didn't yet know Him!
Being the baby of the family - I admittedly was spoiled... and I must say that I am not so sure that my sisters were spoken over in quite the same way. They were loved and cherished the same - of course. But I think I edged out the blessing of having purpose sown into me from my very beginning!
So at the ripe old age of 21 - falling in love with my (now) husband, I also fell in love with Jesus.
Jesus... who is the very definition of Love... and I allowed Him to love me... to teach me... to correct me when my own love fell short!
Do I fail? Yes... sometimes daily!
But the good news is that it is not MY love that I am called to let shine forth... it's HIS! And when I purpose in my heart to seek after and soak in His Presence - His love gets all over me... and fills me up... and naturally - supernaturally - He spills out!
So I learned early on that importance of word and encouragement and knowing that there is a bigger picture to our lives! I learned from a young age that the daily parts of our lives must not detour us from the eternal call... can you hear it? That call to let Love flow through you? I wrote last week about how we must ALLOW ourselves to be loved... once we learn (and relearn) to do THAT, His Love is Joy and Grace and Laughter... it's Romance and Compassion and Healing...
His Love is a verb and each of us were created to put action to it!
Speak Life, Be Love, Shine On!
Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts!
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