Five minutes of spilling out words from my heart, to my head, to my hands. All based on one word. With no concern for details like punctuation, spelling, grammar and the such. It’s beautifully freeing. It’s a joy in my week.
It’s Five Minute Friday.
I invite you to join the fun. Either write your five minutes on your own blog or in my comments section below. We then link up our posts at one place, at Kate’s place. You’ll be welcomed and encouraged. I believe you’ll love it.
This week’s word:
Do you remember when?
When you first realized you could do something beyond what you thought you could do?
When your words spoke volumes to someone who needed to hear them?
When, for the first time, your written words touched the heart of another?
When you came to the realization your life has meaning, and purpose?
When you first began to understand you are unique, special, and one of a kind?
And what about…
When you came to the end of yourself, and where you were was beyond where you should have been?
When you called out to the heavens above, asking God to reveal Himself to you if He existed?
When you began to understand God created you, loved you, and sent His Son to die for you?
When the light bulb first turned on in your mind that God had a plan for your life? And it’s a good plan.
And when you embraced the truth of God being for you, not against you.
Maybe some of these didn’t happen for you in the ways I described. Or quite possibly they haven’t happened yet. But when they do happen, you’ll never forget them.
When they do happen, they’ll be a sweet spot in your memory. And when they do happen, you’ll be eternally grateful.
Tonight I’m remembering that moment when I began to understand God loved me. Really loved me. I didn’t have to do anything to earn His love. He loved me, because He created me.
I’d love to read a “when” moment that comes to your mind today. Would you care to share it below?
It’s good to recall those special moments when…
Bless you, dear friend. I’m thankful you are here today!
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Love this Julie! I remember when God really loved me-I was getting divorced and my sons were teenagers. Life seemed overwhelming but God met me right there in the middle of the kitchen at the gentle prodding of my sons and a whisper that repeated over and over I would be okay. I am blessed to share more of my story on Tuesday at Holly’s. Have a beautiful weekend! Love you girl!
Mary, this is beautiful. I can only imagine how overwhelmed you were in that time of your life. How precious that God used your sons and His whisper to encourage your heart. Thank you so much for sharing this here. Looking forward to reading your post on Tuesday at Holly’s. Have a beautiful weekend, too!! Love you!
Ah, the first time my daughter really, really, really messed up (shoplifting), I finally understood the aching love our Father has for us when we really, really, really screw up!
Ooh, Anita. That’s a powerful lesson. That motherly heartache of a child’s mess up is heavy beyond belief. I appreciate how you applied that to your own life, and how by you sharing it here, I’m able to apply it to mine. Thank you for sharing! I’ll be thinking about this all weekend. Have a great vacation, friend!
After my health went down the tubes, followed by my career, I was pretty well ready to give up on my dreams.
And then I realized – they were not given to me, for me alone. They are meant to add to the positive energy of Creation. I’d say, they’re meant to be shared, but that’s not quite it. I really don’t like to talk about my dreams, but I don’t think their good is invalidated by my reticence.
It’s my positive attitude, by attempt to reach beyond myself, that somehow brightens my place in the warp and woof of the Divine tapestry.
Does that make sense? Or does it sound like I just wandered out of the Sixties?
A positive attitude always brightens life. Yours is shining brightly! You made me laugh, Andrew, with the “wandered out of the Sixties” question. God’s dreams for us are better than our own. Bless you, brother!
Oddly enough, my “when” moment happened recently. I remember when I realized that God forgave me of my big screw up in college when he sent Jesus. He knew I would mess up, and he forgave me, and he asked me to forgive myself. It’s something I’m still working on.
Forgiving ourselves, I believe, is sometimes the hardest to do. But we weren’t meant to live in bondage to our mistakes… all thanks to Jesus. May God take your hand in all of that. Praying He helps us all! Blessings, friend!
No matter how many times I was told by a dear friend, heard it through beautiful song, listened to it in rich sermons…”You are worthy” was beyond what my brain could comprehend and let into my heart to accept.
Then one day in contemplative prayer time, when I heard and felt, “Let me love you. Let me love you. Let. Me. Love. You.”, I finally got it! A turning point and it made the biggest difference in my life.
Kim, that is precious. “Let me love you.” How sweet those words must have sounded! What a beautiful turning point in your life… a definite “when” moment you’ll never forget. I’m so glad you shared it here. You are a blessing, friend. And you are worthy!! Love you!
when I let go and let God have control
when I believed He would do what He said and He did
Love this post today Julie!! Always an inspiration!
Amen, Jana! I love your “when” moments. So powerful and transforming. Thank you so much for sharing them here. Have a beautiful weekend!
When God showed me that I could finish seminary….through the words of my seminary advisor.
When my parents divorced….
When I felt God nudging me to take this new call…
Just a few of those when moments that I’m recalling after reading your post.
Such important “when” moments, Tara. I’m thrilled you shared them here. Some of these moments of ours have beautiful memories attached, and some aren’t quite as beautiful. But they are a part of who we are, and a part of what God is doing in us. Your obedience to Him is inspiring. Thank you for stopping in and sharing today.
I love this, friend! I posted earlier this week about one of my favorite ‘remember when’ milestone moments with God! It’s so food to reminisce!
Hi Karrilee! I’ll bop on over to read it. Thank you for coming to to share. I appreciate you, friend!
Lovely thoughts. Taking time to remember when is something that I need to do. Remembering when He spoke to me, gave me peace, and joy, and so many things.
visiting from FMF
Hi Donna! So glad you stopped in from FMF. Yes, it’s good for us all to remember when. When we do, we have much to be thankful for. God bless your day!