It’s Friday and time to link on Five Minute Friday…

This is the season for candles and cozy indoors with coffee and a good book. At present I am reading Run With Horses, The Quest for Life at its Best, by Eugene Peterson. As I read, I am also reading the book of Jeremiah. You remember? “The weeping prophet?” Yes, he’s the one who continually prayed for his people and they continued to turn a blind eye. Talk about discouragement!

We can make messes out of our lives, or we can follow the right path, and still find our lives a mess. There are losses at every turn.

I’m going through some losses that are difficult for me, but for someone else my losses are minimal.  Some losses are much deeper than mine…unbelievable losses.

Jeremiah persevered in prayer even though things looked bad. The people of Israel were living lives of their own, praying to false gods, and ignoring the One God who saved them from their enemies time and time again.

I can’t ignore affliction, no one can. Would we whine to God about the unfair life we have been dealt? On the contrary, what do we really deserve?

I thank God for the ‘deep, deep love of Jesus’, and what he did at the cross. Such a sacrifice of a father to give his only son. So what are we waiting for? Let us go deep with Jesus and learn that the depth of God’s love is unfathomable!





Hi! Linking up with Five Minute Friday this cold, but sunny day…

Yesterday we spent a comfortable, if not rowdy time with our children and grandchildren for a wonderful thanksgiving feast. Our daughter volunteered to cook the big stuff–turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy. (Her apartment is larger than ours). I love cooking and baking, but I’m finding while this takes the stress off me, it also makes me appreciate that my children want to make things easier for me, and want to carry on some family traditions as well.

Later when we enjoyed dessert, we had the company of our oldest and family. It warmed my heart that my oldest daughter made kolaches. Since we have been away the last two Christmases, I made no cookies at all. This was somewhat disturbing to some of my children, not wanting traditions to disappear.

The time spent together, and watching grandchildren grow is the real value of the holidays for me. I am so grateful that we are close in heart, nearby in location so that we can appreciate them, and be an example of faith to them.

The hugs and love given is the best reward. This is great value and I don’t take it for granted.