Pray

In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…

What do you do when a crisis strikes? To be honest, I think we first have an adrenaline rush and some, a panic attack. It’s almost understandable humanly speaking. We freak out sometimes. Once we calm down a bit and realize that we need to think before reacting, we start to reason our way out of the crisis.

But life doesn’t throw us crises all the time. Yet we may react the same way—in panic.

Granted, some crises need instant attention. But even most critical happenings give us some time to take a deep breath and think.

What can I do? What should I do? Do I need help?

I was reading Philippians chapter four this morning. It is a common passage repeated often in the evangelical world.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praise shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” The Message

If you ever need wisdom, prayer is the first place you should go. Linger there and soak up the peace that brings understanding.

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Ask

In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…

The photo above is from many years ago at Summit Lake, on our son’s autumn birthday. It was rare time when birthdays were celebrated at the lake.

This is proof that children do help their parents with tasks related to home. I don’t remember asking two daughters to help me, but I know for a fact that many mothers avoid asking for help.

Both my grandmothers enjoyed doing all the cooking and baking alone, but I see such a wealth of knowing a person better when you work with them in the kitchen. Kitchens are places of safety and private talks are often held there. 

I learned how Grandma stretched the dough for apple strudel when I popped in one day while she was in the midst of it. That was better than coming and finding I missed out after it was already baked. I was able to peel and cut the apples.

Christ asked people many questions:

What do you want?

Do you want to be healed? 

Why do you worry about clothes?

Who do people say the son of man is?

What good thing must I do to get eternal life?

When the women were on the way to the grave of Christ, they asked…who is going to roll the stone away? But they still appeared.

The angel asked the women… why do you seek the living among the dead?

Asking questions is a good thing…it’s learning. Keep asking questions and God will give you answers.