Five Minute Friday-Laundry

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is Laundry. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

Laundry is one of those things that always NEEDS to be done.  It is cyclical.  It begins but never seems to end and even if it does end, it really doesn’t cause in reality it is piled up somewhere.  I often joke and say that I would like for the laundry fairy to come and sprinkle a little of her magic fairy dust and viola clean laundry all folded and put away.   Soooo not reality.

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In reality, laundry is like the parts of life we would rather say we did but really didn’t.  In life and in laundry, we can whine, wish the problem-solver fairy would come and handle things, or simply let our dirty laundry pile up.

I am the laundry-pile up queen.  Some weeks I just go to the laundry mat because it would just take too long to finish it at home.

I went to a conference a couple of years ago and the speaker said:  “we get the path that we are on and we have to walk it.  In fact, God wants us to run with endurance on our path.”

Endurance is a hard thing to muster when the task at hand is really hard, you simply just don’t wanna, or the craziness of life has you stuck on the spin cycle.

A quick look back at an old devotional reminded me of the prescription for endurance with laundry and life:

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. 

Five Minute Friday-Write..and I am 40

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is WRITE. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

Me with hatI turned the big 4-0 on Monday.  Honestly, it was a little harder than I thought.  I don’t feel older, I guess I just began to realize that over half of my life is well…..over.  Kind of shocking to think of it that way.  However, thinking of it as half over places a sense of urgency on me to make the years that I have left REALLY count.

Have you celebrated any milestone birthdays that made you reflect on your life?

As I look back over my life and think about the things that have consistently brought me joy, the words dance and write bubble up to the top of my mind.  As I stand with over half of my life behind me, it is getting harder and harder to silence the little girl in me who wants to write and dance for a living.

The practical side of me that has always been able to push through and do what is logical, is now fighting against this 40-year-old inner spirit who will NOT be silenced.

Believe me, I have tried to not get so excited about dancing a new song in class.  I have prayed.  “God please just make me normal.”  I have longed to just love my day job and be a go-to-work-and-come-home kind of girl. (It would be so much easier.)

NO DICE:(

May I ask a birthday favor of you?  I think I have worn down the ears of my dear friends:  Keysier, Larae, Traci and Kim.  Will you pray for me, my dreams and this sassy, 40- year-old attitude?

Thank you in advance,

I need it.

What do you need prayer about?  Tell me in the comments:)

 

 

Five Minute Friday-Song

Is it just me or are current pop songs here today and gone tomorrow.  It seems to me that a new song will come out and be annoyingly played constantly for a few months and then gone forever.  Gangam style was cute last summer……”so five minutes ago” now.  My girls drove me crazy with “Call Me Maybe” last year.  The few times we have heard it on the radio recently, my daughter turned the station.  (Yay for Mommy!)

I have elementary school, middle school, high school and college memories that are tied to songs.   I remember running home after getting off of the bus to watch videos on MTV. (Yes, it is MUSIC television and they actually used to play music–shocking I know!) I think I watched Duran Duran Reflex and Hungry Like the Wolf everyday.  If I hear Chub Rock..”1990 Chub Rock steps out on the scene……” I can see my seventeen year old self dancing the summer before my senior year.

Even twenty some odd years later, you just cannot declare that it is summer until you hear “Summertime” by The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff.  I’m just sayin’. 

Songs in general, (even the techy ones of today that make me break out in a rash), have a way of getting stuck in your head.  Songs are a lot like thoughts.  Sometimes without a lot of effort they just pop into your brain.  Other times, something triggers you to remember. 

Often, I can get a string of negative thoughts in my mind that if they were a song, they would  be a sad “I’m brokenhearted-and-the-dog-ran-away” slow song.

To keep those sad thoughts at bay this lovely Friday morning, I am listening to my “Praise Song” playlist! ( Could be just me again but praise songs NEVER get old!)

Psalm 98:1  Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds.

This post is part of a weekly meme hosted by Lisa Jo Baker! (If you couldn’t tell, today’s word was SONG !
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Five Minute Friday-Comfort

Five Minute FridayEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is COMFORT. Happy Friday Divas here goes:

When I read the word COMFORT, I immediately started to hum a Christmas Carol.  Yes, I know it is not Christmas.  Although, it will be here before we know it (228 days to be exact)!  Anyway, I digress. 

When I first started humming the song, I couldn’t remember the whole song so I did what is normal when you can’t remember the whole song….you sing really low on the verse and then belt out the chorus (LOL).  All I could remember was the tidings of COMFORT and joy part.  When I looked up the lyrics to the song, I knew it was not just “by chance” that the song came to my mind.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember, Christ, our Savior

Was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan’s power

When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy

 I have spent the last few months NOT resting and pretty much letting everything dismay.  The lyrics weren’t the only thing I seemed to have forgotten.  The first verse of the song hit me like a ton of bricks… “Remember Christ, your Savior…was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray”.  I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to handle everything myself…..desperate for some COMFORT and joy.  Have you ever left like that?

The old Christmas Carol, “God Rest YE Merry Gentlemen” (that is the name of the song), calls me to “remember Christ”…to trust Jesus with my craziness so that I can discover COMFORT and joy because He came to save us all.

Happy Mother’s Day Divas…may you all have COMFORT and joy.

 

Five Minute Friday-JUMP

Five Minute FridayEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is JUMP. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

On Wednesday afternoon, I was scrambling to put my playlist together for my fitness class that evening. I was down on myself because I only had one new song choreographed. My inner mean girl reminded me..”good instructors provide fabulous new songs often”.

I chose an old cool down song that we hadn’t done in months, (I Smile) by Kirk Franklin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the song but I honestly felt guilty for using it since we have been doing it so long.

When I arrived at class , I saw a class participant who had not been to class in over a year due to some personal struggles. I hugged her,  told her how happy I was to see her and class began.

Even with only one new song, a sea of women of all different colors, ages, and stages hooted, hollered, sweated, and JUMPed with big smiles on their faces. About half way though the cool down, just as the singers on I Smile crooned…”Even though I hurt I smile, Even though I’ve been here for a while….I smile”, I locked eyes with my returning class participant. Big tears began to JUMP from her eyes. Just then the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said the song “I Smile” was for her.

At the end of class, I went up to her and told her that I felt God telling me the song was for her.  She looked at me with tears streaming down her face and said, “I needed that”.  So y’all know we both ended up with “the ugly cry”:)

I often JUMP to wrong conclusions when I allow my circumstances to be indicators for how things are really going.  Circumstances often only show a piece of the picture.  They don’t always show God working and JUMPing in on our behalf behind the scenes.

Five Minute Friday-Remember

imageEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is REMEMBER. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful… (Deuteronomy 8:18 NLT)

I started a new job this week. To say that I am on information overload would be an understatement. I worked in my previous position for almost six years. I did not REMEMBER how mentally draining orientation and training can be. I feel like a duck….I am smiling, looking confident, and nodding my head LIKE I understand above water ( what people could see), but I am nervously paddling with all I have underwater (on the inside).

With so much information to take in and process, I am not sure I have REMEMBERed anything! Thankfully, I have been taking a lot of notes. I have asked The Lord several times….”Are you sure you picked the right woman for the job?”

When I have a brief moment and my mind reflects about my old job, I REMEMBER how self-assured I felt. On the new job, I have had to REMEMBER to place unshakable assurance in GOD instead of my limited talents or skills.

Five Minute Fridays-REST

imageEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is REST. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

My life is really busy right now. Ok, who am I fooling? My life is always busy. With working, mommying, wifeying, blogging, and leading fitness classes, REST comes in small packages. However, as I step closer to the big 4-0, I am reminded that I am not as young as a used to be and my sleep calls me.

I am human, so I must answer the call of my sleep and slumber when necessary. Yet my true REST is not always physical sleep. I am able to REST assured (be confident in) my calling of inspiring women to be joyful with faith fitness and fun.

REST is trust.

Sometimes doing the thing we feel made, built, prepared to do – that is it’s own gift of REST. Lisa Jo Baker

Dear God,

I trust you with my calling. I praise you that I am able to REST my mind from trying to control the hows, whens, and who withs. Forgive me for not always choosing your REST over strategizing, organizing, planning and manipulating. Just doing the thing I feel made to do can be a form of REST if I can just remember to trust you.

Oh the joys of those who trust The Lord…. Psalm 40:4

Five Mintue Friday-What Mama Did

Five Minute FridayHappy Friday Divas! Expecting snow here today.  How are things in your neck of the woods?  Well, this wintry morning I am linking up with Lisa Jo Baker, (The Gypsy Mama), for her weekly writing link up–Five Minute Friday (FMF). For most FMFs, Lisa Jo provides a one word prompt and challenges writers to write about the prompt for five minutes ONLY.  

Today, the prompt is a little different.  Today the prompt is:  In just five minutes. Tell me all about what your mama did that made her yours….

I would have to say the main thing my mama did that made her mine was being REAL.  You always know exactly where you stand with my mama and never have to wonder if she is upset because she will tell you—immediately.  Although growing up, I did  not always understand her, I have come to REALLY appreciate people who are authentic. 

Because my mother was so authentic, she didn’t do things for you out of guilt or say yes to things that she really did not want to do.  She didn’t act happy if she really wasn’t and she spoke up for herself and others.  I learned how to be a true friend from my mom: trust and respect. 

Katina and mama

I think my mama and my daddy were the cliche’ king and queen.  By the tender age of eight I knew:
Money don’t grow on trees.
A hard head will make a soft behind.
If you don’t work-you don’t eat.
All that glitters is NOT gold!
If you can do something about “it” do it! If you can’t, don’t worry about it.
If you don’t stand up for something-you will fall for anything.

But most of all, I knew that no matter what I was loved.  At this very moment, my Mama is my greatest cheerleader and support!  When I teach my fitness classes, she dances right up front.  Way to rock it Mama!

I sure hope my children feel the love of our precious Lord and Savior and of their mama.

 Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Five Minute Friday Quiet

Five Minute FridayEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is QUIET.  Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

The word, QUIET, reminds me of some of the great truths I learned while reading the book Unglued (Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions)  by Lysa Terkeurst.

Lysa describes emotions and relationships as being like nailing Jell-O to the wall–complicated and messy.  When things are complicated and messy it is hard to see God at work.  In “unglued situations”, we may need to get QUIET so that we can see what God is doing and then do what HE wants us to do. (Hmmmm)

Somtimes getting QUIET, is hard for me to do.  Someone (most likely my family), dances on my happy and before I know it, I have taken the train to Kray-Kray Katinaville without realizing that I bought a ticket.  There is a serious QUIET draught in Kray-Kray Katinaville and IF you find QUIET, it is most likely part of the “I’m Fine” silent treatment.

1 Peter 5:6-8 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Getting QUIET before we react gives perspective, identifies the REAL enemy, and as Lysa put it “frees us from the pressure to make everything turn out rosy”. WOW!

 How can you remember to get QUIET before responding?

Five Minute Friday-Race

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is RACE. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

Every week, I look up and it is already Thursday.  How is that possible?  The days just RACE by me and I often stay in a constant state of catch up.  With so many things to do, it is soooo tempting to RACE right along with the speed of “life”.  But, is “life” really in a RACE?

Well there is the RACE to get the laundry done, the RACE to get my real work done, the RACE to keep my house clean, the RACE to blog, the RACE to get my playlists done for the my fitness class, the RACE to get homework done, and my all hill RACE to make it to the bus stop on time!

Still yet, “life” is not in a RACE –I am.

The funny part is– I know I can choose to slow my pace in the RACE or even forfeit some days.  Since I have this knowledge, why do I run around like a chicken with her henny penny head cut off so often?  I can answer my own question:  I RACE around trying to do too many things.

I am currently doing a 31 days to clean challenge and one interesting thing the author, Sara Mae challenged her readers to do was the “6 most important things”.  The point is that you write down the 6 most important things that you want to get done the NEXT day at night.  Then you go through your day and cross of each thing in order.  You don’t add new tasks and if you do not complete something, you add it to the top of the list the next day. 

Even with trying to do the “6 most important things”, my tendency is to RACE to do more.  Yet in my RACE of more, I enjoy LESS

Dear God, help me focus on what’s really important, what really needs to be done, and let go of the rest.

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