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Five Minute Friday: Support

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “support.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

As I walk through the challenges and blessings of my life these days, I’m very grateful to have the support of my friends and family around me.  And yet, I am also aware that this wasn’t always the case.

When I say that I don’t mean at one time in my life my friends and family were unsupportive.  But what I mean instead is that in the past I hadn’t let them fully into the struggles in my life, hadn’t relied on them the way I should have and had tried instead to navigate this life more on my own – quite unsuccessfully at times I might add.

You see there was a time in my life where I had isolated myself from others for various reasons. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t fun.  What I have learned since then is I need the support of my community.  To let them in, to engage with them, to simply live life together!

This reminds me of a quote I just read in John Eldredge’s book, Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive:

“[Community] will reveal where you have yet to become holy, right at the very moment you are so keenly aware of how they have yet to become holy.  It will bring you close and you will be seen and you will be known, and therein lies the power and therein lies the danger.”

So may we all go forward today seeking to be seen and known and supported in our various communities. And to embrace both the power and the danger that comes with this way of living!

Five Minute Friday: Work

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “work.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

Work is something that has been on my mind a lot lately as I just started a new nanny job last week.  I had been at my previous job three years and so had gotten pretty confident and comfortable there.  But now, I’m finding that I’m definitely more unsure and insecure in my work.  I guess it is a learning curve and I need to give myself grace but still…!

The verse that pops into my head with today’s prompt is Colossians 3:23:

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (NIV)

“And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God” (MSG)

All this talk about working from the heart reminds me of a book I’m reading at the moment called Waking the Dead: The Secret to a Heart Fully Alive by John Eldredge.  My favorite quote from it right now is this, “You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and your cannot live the life he meant you to live, unless you live from the heart.”

So, may we begin to realize the importance of being authentic and heart-led in our work and in our lives!  I know that is a reminder I can certainly use right now.