I always know it's a risk to plan to stick with Five Minute Fridays in the midst of writing a series... but God gave me the outline and He allowed for these Five Minutes prompts, so we will trust that He knows what He's doing...
This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: MAIL
In yesterdays' post about parenting teens, I tapped out this:
We can raise Tinies to be Littles and Littles to be Not So Littles and Teenagers to be Adults that we would actually want to have as friends! I can attest to you that this can be done!Yes. That.
And through every season, we get to be the ones who love them --always; who speak life and shine on and point them to the One who loves them best and who has a plan and a purpose that is created just for them!
The one word prompt is Mail and all I can think about is the first time I mailed my Girlie a card and had to write a different address on the envelope.
She was going through a tough time and even though I had prayed for her, with her even... even though she lived, technically, just down the road... I took the time to pick out a card, write out a little prayer and a word of encouragement, attach a stamp, and send it off.
It was a chance to speak life, to shine on, to be love, and to point her to the One who held the answers to the questions her heart was asking. It was an opportunity to remind her of what she already knew --but in learning how to adult, she had forgotten!
She lived with roommates and who could know when they remembered to check the mail, but I trusted that she would get that card at just the right time!
You see, I had long been a believer and participator in what I called a Prophetic Card Ministry!
I remembered how it first began... over 20 years ago. Out of the blue, the Holy Spirit would tell me that something was going on with someone. Somehow, I would know when Life was Happening and God would prompt me to send a card --sometimes to a friend or family member, but sometimes it was to someone from church that I didn't really know.
Often times, I didn't really know what -if anything- was going on, but I knew well the pull to write down words of encouragement on actual paper as I lifted up words of prayer! Whenever that pull would hit, I would find a card or write a note and drop it off in the mail... waiting to see how God would bless.
God's timing would deliver it to the intended recipient at just the right moment --when it was most needed and often times felt like answered prayer!
It wasn't me, really!
It was Him!
When Life Happens, He will use all kinds of creative ways to get us to turn to Him in prayer.
When my girlie moved out, I loved dropping little cards and notes in the mail!
My Honey and I do that around the house and in our cars, as well! We are a family well versed in the Love Language of Words of Affirmation and we are fluent in the language of encouragement and prayer!
Life Happens sometimes just in the act of getting the mail, amen? Bills come in... junk mail piles up...
How often do we actually get something we want --something that our heart needs-- delivered right to our homes?
And speaking of prayer...
Friends, I am honored to also be over at Joy of the Spirit Within today, sharing about a real life Miracle that happened over 20 years ago through prayer and how it changed the way I pray from that day forward! I'd love for you to join me there!
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 "MAIL"
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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