March 27, 2014

A Mighty God - Five Minute Friday


When you have been limiting your screen time and aren't quite sure if your eyes are being healed or if you are just getting used to looking 'around' distractions and you are fighting a bit of a headache and should probably just take out your contacts and close your eyes and rest - and you've already 'been to' a Twitter party this week that you weren't supposed to go to anyway but you remember that it is Thursday night and somehow --somehow-- the house is empty again and you have no one to boss you around or point you away from a screen... yeah... that. (As if it's good for me to stay away? Pshh!)

Oh but - first - the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is!  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 10pm Thursday night (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 - The Word Prompt is: MIGHTY

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 So those two place right up there... yeah, those are my two favorite places to encounter a Mighty God.  

At the beach because, well - hello?  How can one not feel small and yet so very safe in the palm of His hand when you remember that you cannot count the sand or the stars and He is the One who tells the waves where to go... I feel held there on the shoreline... like He is awesome and mighty and with Him, I can do - anything... (as long as my feet are secure on the sand, anyway! Whatever... I'm getting over it!)

And in the midst of Worship... it can be a big gathering with lights and screens (like above, at Bethel) or small and accoustic with candles and quiet (like in our living room with friends!) ...it's in worship that I remember that He is here - right here, waiting for me to breathe Him in! I remember again that He is always awesome and mighty and that with Him, I can do anything! (Yes... I forget again and again and am so thankful for the reminders!)

I have this pretty amazing friend... she just oozes grace and encouragement and real and passion and she is beautiful in all the ways we long to be... I had the honor of meeting her in real life at Allume last Fall, but really - our kindred hearts had already connected through these interwebs and we were bonded as Mama's and friends.  

You see, she is having this baby in just 'four sleeps' now and we are all giddy with excitement because we know how He pours out through her and how He loves so big and how He has such amazing plans that we can't even know yet... 

We are standing at the seaside, toes in sand and holding hands, ready to jump a few waves together... asking you to join us!

We are in worship of the Father who has called and equipped us to be Mama's and Sisters and Mighty Warriors and Carriers of His Love.  We are bowing down and raising hands and offering hearts to the King who is a Mighty mighty God... and we are inviting you to sing along!

Sing with us the song of how we are - every one of us - surprised by motherhood. This is Lisa-Jo's story... her journey... but it is all of us.

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...it is all of us and whether you are a Mama, you have a Mama, or you are blessed and challenged by Mama's all around you - this book will bless! It will make you laugh out loud, wish for red dirt clay, thirst for a cup of tea with only a table between us, and cry that ugly cry that releases healing and grace!  I have only begun reading it myself, but already I can say quite confidently, this book may just make you mother better while taking off all the pressure (to do and be All the Things)... 

Order your copy of Surprised by Motherhood on Tuesday, April 1st (Because, of course!) and join this community!  We have chocolate at the ready... come on in!

Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "MIGHTY"  











18 comments :

  1. Hello my friend, my writing compatriot, my FMF neighbor again. There is such love and grace in what you write. I can't help but be encouraged. You mention two things I love - beaches and worship (corporate or quiet) and ones that call my heart. And all bonding together over Lisa Jo's new book - yes please. I am once again astounded at the authenticity of these friendships and so utterly blessed by them. You have no idea. Love you much!

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    1. Love that we are - once again - neighbors at Lisa-Jo's! You know how I always love to hang out with you! (and no surprise - the never ending discovery of all the ways we are kindred!)

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  2. Worship is where I meet God, face to face. And the beach, love that too. I have not read Lisa Jo's book yet, but I hope to. I believe even in my old age of mothering, God would have something to say to me through her. Hugs!

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    1. Oh Barbie... yes! Because it doesn't matter the age of our "Littles" - we all need to remember that Motherhood is a calling and a gift and it is holy at every stage! You will love it and be blessed by it! One day - my friend... we will worship in the same space, whether it be a church, an ocean, or a living room! One day!

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  3. Beaches are hard to find in the Midwest, but deep in the woods has the same effect! I think it's about time to go on a hike for a reminder of our God's mightiness, and how much beauty He put into the creation of our world. Wonderful post today!

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    1. Ah yes... woods can have a similar effect for sure! (I live in a desert... but we are only hours away from anything - big cities, woods, lakes, rivers, oceans... yeah - I'm a little spoiled like that!) Thanks so much for stopping by! A hike sounds like a wonderful date with God!

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  4. It was great to 'see' you briefly last night--I'm glad you're doing well and I'm glad you dropped in. I, too love the ocean--especially under the surface with a snorkel mask and fins on. It terrifies me and awes me because of its might. Individually, each drop of water is nothing--but when banded together--oh, the power! And that's how this community is, I think. As individual drops of water, there's not much we can do--but when we band together...

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    1. I love this... each drop of water, banded together... there is a serious force behind a rush of water! So glad you stopped by today!

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  5. "He is the one who tells the waves where to go..." I LOVE this! Thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much! It's from one of my favorite verses... Job 38:11 "‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’ I feel so taken care of when I remember that verse while standing at the oceans edge!

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  6. I hear you about finding God at the ocean. There's this one spot in particular—at Heceta Head on the central Oregon coast—where I had a profound experience of his presence. Churches too, during worship but also in the quiet times between services when only a few people are kneeling and praying quietly. And at Mount Angel and Carmelite convent just west of Eugene. Those are holy places too. But anyplace you can open your heart to God is holy, because he's everywhere. God bless. So glad to finally meet you at the FCWC and I hope our paths cross again soon.

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    1. Ooooh thanks for the tips on locations David! We normally spend time around Manzanita but like to venture around a bit from there! I agree - any place you open your heart to Him is holy! I agree... it was great to meet in person at the conference! Believing that He will cross our paths again! Have a blessed weekend my friend!

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  7. I am so grateful to live fairly close to the ocean, and to be able to experience God there. And, worship, it's just my favorite part of being His child. Love this, Karrilee!

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    1. I wish I lived closer to the beach... but it IS close enough to drive to! Kindred, my friend... we are kindred, indeed!

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  8. I love the ocean. But boy do I love worship like what you pictured above! It is wild and free and so oozes the Spirit that I can hardly stand it! One of these days, we'll all get to worship together in His presence. Just imagine that!! Good words, friend.

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    1. Holly - Amen sweet friend... one of these days... I love it!

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  9. "It is all of us" - yes yes yes - I LOVE how we are all in this journey together. It's my very favorite part, sharing the wild ride of motherhood together.

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    1. Oh my friend... I love it too and am so honored that you open the door and invite us all in! Praying for you and SQUEEEeeee - only 3 More Sleeps!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear your thoughts! Remember to: Speak Life - Be Love - Shine On!
~Karrilee~

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