April 1, 2016

Decide... A Five Minute Friday post

So I missed the party last night because we had a meeting but you know I was thinking of y'all! I love my tribe over at the #fmfparty on Twitter on Thursday nights, where we gather to encourage and uplift... we talk about life and all that that involves while we wait for the one word writing prompt! I'll be back next week, friends! Until then... let's write!

This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: DECIDE

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Decide... 
It's such a final word, right?

It should come as no surprise that I am, we are, slow deciders.  We are not so much big risk takers or cliff jumpers and we like to weigh and balance things out before deciding.  

My Honey and I... we are Let your Yes be Yes people.  

Once committed to something... well, for better or worse - we are committed.  

Because of this fact, it took us a long while to realize that God moves in seasons and some things we are called to do are not necessarily from here to eternity.  Still - when we say yes - we mean it with all of our hearts!

So - because that is true, it can take us awhile to decide!

However avoiding or putting off decisions is, as it turns out, a decision in and of itself sometimes, right?

We want to be intentional in how we live.


Intentionality requires deciding things on purpose

Often times, people tend to let their emotions boss them around, and they come to 'decisions' without ever really deciding on purposeWe jump to conclusions and make assumptions and sometimes the strain and the stress we feel or sense is simply due to a lack of Deciding. 

We (or maybe it's just me?) let things unfold and happen around us and sometimes to us... but it's not always because we decided on a thing but because there is just always motion... forward or backward. Time very rarely (read: hardly ever!) actually stands still!


It can be in business, in church, in relationships of all kinds --this indecisiveness often times ends up having the decisions made for us. 

And no one loves that feeling. It can feel like we have no control but the reality is our hesitation decides for us.

Remember when I gave up Self Doubt and Hesitation for Lent? Yeah... me, too! It was great!  I'm planning on getting back to living like that because there was so much freedom there. So much confidence and trust. 

Some times time is required. Some decisions must have space to unfold and expand and weigh in and weigh out. Some times wisdom comes slowly, quietly, and we must lean in and listen closely. Plus there is this: Just call me Rory Gilmore, because I love me some Pro and Con lists --but those take time!

There are the other times, however, when the decision is not as hard as we make it or maybe it still feels hard, but He is asking us to take a leap of faith anyway!

Honestly, asking the age old beloved question from the 90's really does work: 
What WOULD Jesus do?  
Yeah. That.

Just ask that... and then decide to go do it!

We are learning to be a little riskier these days --to embrace change and dream bigger. And yet, we are also learning to be true to who we are - to stay true to the process that works best for us and to communicate through out our thinking and feeling and that is helping us in all of our deciding. 


It is a stretching season... but it is a good season, and we are finding there is a balance between a lack of hesitation and a willingness to wait.  

Hesitation is often fear-driven and takes control --and often times, the deciding-- out of your hands. No one wants that. 

But a willingness to wait can be Spirit-led and can open up wide the gates of heaven and windows of blessing and favor. (And pretty much everyone wants that, right?)

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So we are learning to walk in the balance of Intentional Deciding... where we won't let Hesitation hold us back, but we won't be unwilling to Wait, if that is what is needed!

In all of our deciding, first and foremost, we decide this:


He leads. We follow.
End of story.



Linking up with Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty Community today.  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: "DECIDE"

The FMF lowdown: The gathering happens on Twitter on Thursday nights & then we write our hearts out & hit publish all over the interwebs on Thursday & Friday (& sometimes on Tuesdays!) It's where we encourage & uplift... where we share prayer requests & praise reports... where we talk food & friends & we find support & kindred hearts. It's where we are reminded that life is good & God is good & we're not alone... & then we all write for five minutes flat, a flash mob of wordsmiths letting our hearts & our fingers do the talking tapping & we hit publish before we can second guess it all away. We'd love to have you join us!


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12 comments :

  1. I am #69 in FMF. You have made a good decision.. lots of intentionality about it. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Annette!

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  2. had to smile - putting off deciding is most definitely a decision in and of itself! :-)

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    1. Right? ;) Sometimes I don't remember that until it's too late! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Love it! I'm at FMF 61

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Thanks for popping on over!

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  4. "There are the other times, however, when the decision is not as hard as we make it or maybe it still feels hard, but He is asking us to take a leap of faith anyway!" Love this Karrilee!

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    1. Right? I know for us we are learning that often our need to slowly process is simply a lack of wanting to leap! ;) Baby steps (or, you know, free fall jumps!) in the right direction! Thanks Tammy!

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  5. Yes he leads, we follow! And so much THIS: "Some times time is required. Some decisions must have space to unfold and expand and weigh in and weigh out. Some times wisdom comes slowly, quietly, and we must lean in and listen closely. Plus there is this: Just call me Rory Gilmore, because I love me some Pro and Con lists --but those take time!" Xoxo

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    1. LOL! I am glad someone appreciates the Gilmore Girls reference! ;)
      xoxo

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  6. Girl! I think you must have a flood of words behind your fingers! So much rich stuff here. Asking what Jesus would do is great advice when at a crossroads. Have a great day!

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    1. LOL! I have never been accused of not having enough words, that is for sure! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by Dianne!

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