May 13, 2019

Practice what you Preach... A Five Minute Friday.


Hey there, Sweet Readers! This is a big weekend around here because we have my Dad's birthday, my girlies' birthday, and Mother's Day all within a couple of days! This, of course, means at some point: Cake! This week we also dealt with a big move and some (more) unwanted news... which brings us to the One Word Prompt this week!  This is a Five Minute Friday post... which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one-word prompt: PRACTICE


My first thought --especially after this week, Y'all-- comes on the heels of last weeks' 'Opportunity' and it is this:
"Practice what you Preach!"  

I mean, last week we talked about counting it all joy and then this week -Y'all... our family got slammed! 

So, of course --of COURSE the word prompt is Practice! Because it's so much easier to talk about than it is to do, right? It's so much easier to say something or encourage others to do something than it is to actually follow through and put it into practice ourselves!

For the last couple of years, it seems we've been preaching to ourselves more so than to anyone else! 

We've been sort of set aside and reminding ourselves of all of those Truths We Know (but sometimes forget) and over and over and over we've been talking about how Truth is a Person and how Peace is a gift and how His Presence is always here... we just have to remember and make room! 

We just have to put it into practice 
--this telling our souls to stand firm on His Word...
--this telling our hearts to line up with the Promises
He has sung over us time and time again!
--this reminding our minds to hold on
to the truth we know... 
to the good, good Father we love... 
to the hope that does not disappoint!

We have been gifted 'opportunities to grow' this week and we've been reminded to practice what we preach!

To stand against fear, doubt, lies, and unbelief...

and yet to be vulnerable in asking for prayer,
for support, for help when we need it...

We faced changes this week
--in addresses, in reality-checks,
in what we thought we knew... 

But the One we know,
Who knows us best,
saw every one of those
curveballs coming and
He is not Afraid!  

He can handle it... 
and He's got it in the palm
of His nail-scarred hands... 

We practice what we preach
by staying in His grip... 
and we choose to let Him love and lead us!


For we know whatever
the enemy throws at us...
God can catch it
and turn it around
for our good!

Something about Watch and See...

Something about This Is Not Unto Death...

Something about New Life and
New Beginnings and Fresh Starts...

Something about Let God Arise
and his enemies be scattered...

Something about the God of hope
filling us with all joy and peace in believing,
so that we will abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Linking up with  Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty Community today.  Five Minute Fridays give 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  "PRACTICE"

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 about 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!
Photos courtesy of Unsplash via Annie Spratt

I'm also linking up with the lovely writer community linked below:

Crystal Twaddell for #FreshMarketFriday

Mary Geisen for #TellHisStory

Kelly Balarie for #RaRaLinkUp


  1. Praying for you, sweet friend, as you and your family practice peace during these turbulent times.

    1. Thank you, Anita! I know you have walked this road... I so appreciate your prayers!

  2. Beautiful thoughts on practice put together in five minutes. Yes we must practice what we preach, although this is an easy said and hard to do kind of thing. I appreciate your beautiful thoughts. Praying for you and your family. Blessings!

    1. Thank you so much! We can feel the prayers of the Body lifting us up!

  3. Amen! I felt like this post was speaking straight to me too friend. Love you!

  4. Oh what a weekend that must have been, Karrilee! May the joys outweigh the challenges ...

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Snuggling with Lil Miss helps a ton!!! (Amazing Prayer Coverage, Good reports, a successful surgery, and making a battle plan all help, too!)

  5. Prayers for you & your family Karrilee. In the times of practice we learn God's greatest comfort.
    You're welcome to join me in a refreshing cuppa,
    Bless you,

    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! We feel the prayers all around us and we are oh so grateful for the Family of God!

  6. The louder you live, the harder you get hit. Love you all.

    1. As much as I wish this wasn't true --I know it is! (And we will not be silent, so...?) ;) Love you, too!

  7. Prayers for peace as you practice.. I enjoyed reading your post. I am sorry you are getting slammed. Keep writing. Keep practicing. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. :)

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the prayers!


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