March 6, 2014

Willing - Five Minute Friday with a little Cup of Coffee

So... don't hate me because it's Beautiful...



My glorious walk!                  

I know, right? I told ya'll I was ready for Spring! Hoping it sticks around this time! So - I had this plan to write a post to link up with Holley Gerth's super fun link up "Coffee for your Heart" on Wednesday but, well... blue skies! PLUS - I am leaving on a jet plane... ok - not really - but I am packing up and heading to the Faith and Culture Writers Conference at George Fox so I have been preoccupied... not giving in to Self-Doubt or Hestitation, because - you know...we're laying down our #LoveIdol for Lent and all!

So - tonights' prompt from Lisa-Jo ("Willing") actually matches up quite nicely with Holley's prompt on Wednesday:

“A small thing that makes a big difference is…” 

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: Coffee for Your Heart PLUS Five Minute Friday - The Word Prompt is: WILLING

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Aaahh yes... A small thing that makes a big difference.  This is a thought that I hadn't entertained for years... YEARS, sadly!  

I had forgotten. I forgot that little things add up quick.  

I read a book last year by Noel Brewer Yeatts called Awake and it rocked my world.  It reminded me of the truth of the above statement! It woke me up.  

It activated my faith and stirred up a passion and I wrote a little bit about it last week for FMF and how God is drawing me to a cause. 

It started small.  I heard about a few ministries that were making a difference and I wanted in.  I hosted a party.  I bought a bag, and some jewelry, and a shirt.  I marked my hand with a Red X.  I raised money, awareness, and hope.  I did a little... and God continues to do a lot.

And now... I am looking a bit closer to home.  I support the global outreaches - but my heart is relational and hands-on and my heart breaks for these girls.  Before I knew what was happening, I was having converations with people right here in my own town and I am crafty - as in Pinterest, not the bad way... at least not so much, and they are wanting Crafts with the girls at the house and I am saying yes without hesitation and I know crafts may not change their lives or heal their hurts but crafts are a small thing that I can do that gets me in the door.  I will pray and I will love and I will hope that they see Jesus... and maybe a Mama's heart... and one small thing leads to another and when we are willing and just say yes - look what God can do?

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On this - the second day of Lent, where I am giving up Self-Doubt and Hesitation - because, why not really? - I am hitting publish anyway and I am trusting that you know this is so not about me (even though glancing up there I see a lot of "I"s) - this is about how any of us can do a small thing and watch the Lord make it BIG in the Kingdom of God!


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 "WILLING"  


So, what about you? What Small things do you do that you have found end up being Big?










I am also linking up, talking of doing small things that make a huge difference, with Holley Gerth and the Community at:

http://holleygerth.com/youre-loved-coffee-for-your-heart/

16 comments :

  1. Yes it about You! And Me! And them! We just need to be willing to put it out there. And to help where we can. Very nicely written! You are crafty :)

    http://smidgensbitsandsnippets.blogspot.com/2014/03/i-will-be-willingor-not.html

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    1. Paula... you are right - it really IS about all of us.. being willing to lean in and be the change, one small step at a time! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Yes, when we are willing to just say yes. It's amazing how much God does with those of us who are willing. AND AND AND> TOMORROW TOMORROW, I'll see you TOMORROW. It's only a day away....

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    1. So - I am just now getting to sit down - but Tomorrow has (sadly) turned into Yesterday already! But oh what Joy... I love you so and somehow we never really get enough time to actually sit and talk. I am thinking a late Spring/early Summer road trip to Bend for a day or two may need to happen. It was so fun to see you inrl this weekend! So thankful for you, my friend!

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  3. Hello Karilee! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story with us today! Ruth

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    1. Ruth, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. LOVE LOVE!! Its been ummmm, forever since I have linked up with FMF but this post made it all worth it!! Love you my friend...and keep being willing to say yes, because God has sooo much in store for you and those around.

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    1. Jenny... first things first girlie - Happy Birthday!!! Secondly - I LOVE that I get to see your sweet face here! It's been too long since we have visited! Let's fix that soon!

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  5. How very exciting! So glad to read this today!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! It IS very exciting! I can't wait to see what God does!

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  6. Oh friend, He can do so much when we are willing. He is going to bless those women through your willingness to open your heart and your home. Can't wait to see what happens!

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    1. Holly - thank you so much! I can't wait to see what He is up to! (I will keep you posted!)

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  7. Crafts can change lives! I can't wait to read more. Praying for you and for the hearts you're going to connect with. xoxo

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    1. Sam - thanks so much for stopping by! Yes - Crafts CAN change lives... I so appreciate the prayers, my friend! Hoping to get my foot in the door this week and meet the girls. I will keep you posted!

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  8. I'm with Sam - crafts CAN change lives! :) It's amazing the camaraderie that develops among women as they craft together. LOVE what you're doing, Karrilee!

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    1. Yes- this is my prayer, Laurie! Thanks so much for stopping by! We can all do something... and together - we can change the world!

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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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