31 days of Five Minute Friday Writes

I am pretty excited to make this commitment.  I have not been faithful in taking the time to blog lately and I’m hoping this puts me on the “write” path. (he he he) I’ve never done a blog challenge before and 31 days straight is a big one to take on – but I love the freedom in setting a timer for 5 minutes and simply committing.  No edits, no over thinking…just typing.  I need that kind of therapy on a daily basis!

So this will be a “landing” page of sorts – a place where I will link all of my 31 days to one post so they will be easily accessible.  Want to join in on the fun?  Check out all of the details here and take a look at the graphic below to have early access to the prompts!

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Five Minute Friday…in a BOOK!

If you followed this blog back when it was “On the Journey” then you know I’m a fan of 5 minute Fridays and I did them pretty regularly for about 2 years.  It all started with Lisa Jo Baker and is now in the hands of Kate Motaung. And as of today…over 150 of our favorite 5 minute blog posts…are…IN A BOOK!!

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This book is so different from your run of the mill book.  It’s a collaboration, a testimony of community…its insight into why Five Minute Friday is a “thing”.  My very first time to take part in the community was with the prompt “ordinary”.  I had heard about it here and there and finally decided to take the plunge.  Taking part in this writing community helped me to become more real and vulnerable in my posts.

“We wrote beauty like fireworks across the dark sky of the Internet. We wrote a love story.” ~@lisajobaker, #FMFbook

It was something I began to look forward to in eager anticipation because those 5 minutes offered a freedom of sorts that I didn’t always allow myself to have when I was writing at other times.  As I’ve read through it over the weekend, I’ve been reminded how much I miss participating in FMF, so I plan on jumping in with both feet and being a part of 31 days of it starting Saturday!!  Want to take part too?  You can join with us here!

And, I may be just a TAD bit excited because…on page 122 you can find one of my personal favorite FMF posts that I wrote!  Yep – I’m in a published book – it’s pretty exciting!!

Oh and have I mentioned that all profits from the book will be divided equally between two ministries in South Africa: The Vine School in Cape Town, and The Ten Dollar Tribe! in South Africa??  So what’s not to love – right?!?!  Go order now!!  You can get it right here!

 

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I Wanna Go To ‘Evan

i wanna go to evanShe wanted to know how old she’d be before she went to heaven.

She asked if me or her daddy would go to heaven first…which then led to the statement that she wanted to be in heaven first because she didn’t want to live in our house by herself.

Big gulps of air were being swallowed in the front seat by yours truly.

How do I begin to have this conversation?  How do I talk about something that’s hard for me to wrap my own head around?

I started with reminding her of what His word says…that we do not know the day or hour that Jesus will return and that only He knows the number of our own days.

Soooooooo, it could be tomorrow?

Sure sweetheart, it could be…we truly don’t know when.

Excitement turned to tears rapidly.  But momma…what about Lyllian?  If Jesus comes tomorrow, and she’s not saved…will we go to heaven without her? I don’t want to go to heaven without my sister!

That sweet 2 year old little sister was listening a bit more than we had realized because suddenly she pipes in with a “I wanna go too momma! I wanna go to evan!!”.

I silently prayed for wisdom, I didn’t want to rush in with words that would make everyone feel better – because I have learned that Truth doesn’t always feel good.

I told my 5 year old evangelist that whenever Jesus does come back there will be people who do not go to heaven.  People who have chosen not to follow Christ.  People we’ve never met and people we love dearly.  And Lyllian…well, with my voice breaking I told her that just like her daddy & me couldn’t save her ourselves, we can’t save Lyllian either.  That the choice to be a follower of Christ would be hers when He calls her to Himself.

We talked about how I pray daily for Lyllian to fall in love with Jesus from the very first moment He prompts her – just as I prayed daily for her back before she had even been born.  We talked about the day a few months ago when she followed God’s call on her life and how no matter what she would spend eternity in heaven.

It amazes me the questions and thought processes that tumble out of that brain some days.  I wonder if when I was 5 did I care so much about others’ salvation…or how about at 25?  Walking each day with the realization of eternity changes everything doesn’t it?For His Glory,

 

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Bible Review – Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible

In case you haven’t heard, Bible journaling is the new “thing”.  It might not be brand new to some, who have been creating artwork with Scripture for a while – but it’s now definitely big enough to be considered a Christian trend.

I was excited to receive this for a review because while I am not an artist, I was looking forward to seeing what the “fuss” was all about.IMG_8162

It’s a beautiful Bible – HCSB version – and all throughout the Bible there are light grey illustrations done in the margins so that the owner can add color to the designs.  There are scriptures designs, pictures, and filigree doodles that are very well done.  I loved these personally, because while I can’t draw or write well – I do know how to color!

If you are more of the creative type, don’t think this isn’t the Bible for you (or gift for someone who is a fabulous doodler) because along with the 600 illustrations throughout, there is also plenty of open margin space for him/her to create their own personalized masterpieces of Scriptures that have stood out to him/her.IMG_8163

As a writer/note taker, I also like that there are lined margins throughout the pages as well.  A quick google search will lead you towards the right coloring & note taking pencils/pens so that you won’t find ink/color bleeding through the pages.

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If you are a beginner in Bible journaling, or you have been doing it for a while, I think you would enjoy this new Bible from Holman Publishing!

 

 

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