Friday, March 18, 2011

Five Minute Friday: On Waiting…

Before I post this week’s Five Minute Friday Prompt , I’d love for you to enter this week’s giveaway by leaving a comment at MONDAY’S POST.  In case you don’t have time to read the post, the giveaway is a book called ‘Half the Sky’ and all you need to do is let me know if you’ve heard of it and/or read it, BY A COMMENT HERE!  Thanks!

Directly from the Gypsy Mama, Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday Prompt.

5-minute-friday-1This is the place where once a week we take the chance to
just write, and not worry if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat.

Here’s how the game works: you simply stop, drop and write. Set your words free. Don’t edit them, don’t fret over them, don’t try to make them perfect.

That’s how Five Minute Friday was born. Want to play? It’s fun. And it’s never too late to link up. Also? My friend Sara whipped up a hunky dory button for the occasion! You can grab the code over there in the right side bar. Then:

1. Write for only five minutes.
2. Link back here and invite others to play along.
3. Go high five the word artist who linked up before you with an awesome comment
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It’s liberating; give it a a try and see. And there’s this great reminder for one of you from DaySpring of how- with faith – we don’t wait in vain.

On Waiting…

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Waiting has everything to do with the Christ-following life and by that same One in me I am learning to wait with a heart that pleases Him.  I have never, ever been patient but know that in HIs Spirit I am learning a discipline most contrary to me.

And I love how in Spanish the word for waiting and hoping is the same.  It truly is what waiting is for the One who knows Him.  Waiting is Hoping and if I embraced nothing else about waiting or learned nothing else then it would be worth it.

Waiting right now is very active.  We are working hard to raise support and prepare to move overseas.  I can be in this time in anxiety or in hoping.  We don’t see how He will provide as we push into the unknown.  We know He is faithful and our waiting has everything to do with exercising our faith muscle.  If we never have to believe HIm for anything, how are we going to grow our faith?  I love this and get so excited at the thought of what it means to grow my faith in the best way…waiting and hoping.  To have this be the undercurrent of this life and to ‘count it all joy’ as I walk this way.  I have so far to go, but the goal is clear and sure and underlined through all of His Word.  I don’t need to ‘do’ anything except learn how to wait in faith and trust and LIVE while the waiting is happening.

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10 comments:

  1. I wonder how much we miss we forget that the waiting is active and present tense!

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  2. I like how you link together waiting with hoping. It's that anticipation that what we are waiting for will actually come to pass in his time. And if it doesn't, then he changes our hearts in the process. But I am confident that you will get the support you need in the right timing :)

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  3. So beautiful. How wonderful to think about waiting and hoping together. We often do not think about the two words or actions as being linked, but it is true they are. Thanks for the sweet comment you left about my post.

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  4. I keep wanting to try the 5-minute write -- it will be a challenge for me...I am a bit of a control-freak perfectionist! No editing? Egads!

    I love that the Spanish word is the same for waiting and hoping -- didn't know that before I read it here today. Waiting is hard for me (see note about about control freak tendencies), but I am getting better with His help. The road to possible publishing has taught me a lot about waiting, about His time, about the path He has carved for me. I am a slow learner...but I am learning indeed.

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  5. awesome post! love it...and waiting and hoping and trust are so hard for me to put together, but when they do collide it's beautiful. He does want to stretch and grow our faith in these times of waiting most definitely. and oh how i remember and know well the waiting and hard work that goes into getting ready to move overseas such an exciting time =)

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  6. The Spanish word for waiting and hoping is the same? Wow - I didn't know that. What a beautiful discovery. And how true. Thank you for sharing - and blessings on you as you wait

    ~Lisa-Jo

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  7. I love the aspect of your waiting being active....so true at times...

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  8. You definitely need to do this!!! It's a great discipline in letting go, like the wee!! of a roller coaster:) I look forward to reading what you write! oh, and it's trusting that you really are a writer and you trust that five minutes will bring something beautiful:)

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  9. I love this and get so excited at the thought of what it means to grow my faith in the best way…waiting and hoping....yes Abby. You brought new word thoughts for me this morning. This maybe the way to see all and added to that ... the gratitude.
    the hope is real...it is Him. It is not as if it is just a wish right? It is substance .. this hope. I will cont. to wait and hope alongside you. I'm excited with you ... happy Saturday
    xo

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  10. Theresa@HeavenlyGlimpsesMarch 20, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    "Waiting is very active," is such a true statement! I recall those words described similarly, "Waiting is not passive," when I had to say no to something I wanted to pursue over a year ago but, felt the answer was "not now." So many life examples testify to waiting as exercising wisdom, strength, courage, hope, dependency and discipline - to name a few - and you describe it so well.

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