Five Minute Friday: Design

I’m reminded of Psalm 139:14 that says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV). I also love the NLT version, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

Somewhat of a novice graphic designer, when I saw today’s prompt word was design, this is what came to mind.

And when I consider the verse above, I’m thankful for the sovereignty of God to create and design us in so many unique ways. We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made – I remember reading somewhere about how God took his time to intricately design each of us in such a way that we (time)… are able to complement each other’s gifts, talents, skills, and needs.

And it’s not about perfection… says the perfectionist (tendencies…lol). As seen in the image above, even every line, every wrinkle, every wave is intentional. Often times we get caught up in appearances, but also what we have or don’t have compared to someone else. But when we remember that God, the Creator of all things (lest not forget all things he made was good), God the Designer of our very being knew what we needed in ALL ways to fulfill the purpose we’ve been birthed for.

I also want to highlight from the image above… I don’t know if you see it, but I see the silhouette of a woman. Now, I imagine God, the potter, and we, as the clay. While from the outside we see lines, wrinkles, and waves… when the veil is removed, a beautiful soul emerges. My, My!!! People may only see your scars, your flaws, your mistakes, or setbacks… but you’re still here meaning God is not through with you yet. Each day we awake He’s still molding us, conforming us, transforming us and even designing us. Not all designs are permanent. They change over time. As we grow in his word, as we evolve, guess what? We change too. So, let’s remember that specifically, not all designs are permanent. The beauty of something that’s not so pretty now has yet to be revealed. But even in the stage of un-prettiness, let’s accept and love what’s still a creation of God.

I know I went different places with this one, but hopefully something tugs at your heart and your perspective, your lens!

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Five Minute Friday: PEOPLE

People! Unique and different in so many ways, but a beautiful species.

We meet people every day not always knowing who they really are beyond skin color, title, position, or gender. We see what they allow us to see. But when we take a moment to greet others with a smile, a hug or a handshake, you’d be surprised at the walls that come down. Yeah, I know some people don’t always know how to receive this, but it’s a beautiful thing to just sit and chat with people you meet in passing that you’ll probably never see again, but for that moment, you enjoy each other’s company.

I remember, specifically, maybe early part of this year, I went for a mammogram and there was an older White lady in the waiting room. Had never seen her before, probably never will, but in that moment, we enjoyed a few moments of conversation. Mostly me listening to her, but nonetheless, it was a pleasant encounter as I listened to her talk about her good health and the traveling she and her husband wanted to do and how she’d just recently taken a cake class that she loved.

I know some people ‘look’ mean or ‘look’ some certain way that may hinder you from approaching them or starting a conversation, but I’ve learned in my 41 years of life, (time) everyone is not as they always appear, and I’ve been greatly blessed AND surprised to meet the person behind the appearance.

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Five Minute Friday: The Need to REFRAIN

Have you ever heard of the ‘shiny object syndrome’? You know how when you are working on something, focused on something, but someone new, something new catches your eye, and your attention is drawn in a different direction. Yeah, I’m sure many of us are very familiar with this. Focused on one thing and your peripheral catches a glimpse of something and suddenly it’s like, ‘Ohhh! Hmm! Nice! Okay, I’m listening! Okay, you have my attention! Hmm, let me check this out! Gimme just a sec!’

These ‘shiny object’s are often distractions that appear in the form of a person, thing, or even situation. I wonder how quickly do you allow it to hold your attention, or better yet, how disciplined are you in refraining from allowing it to even capture your attention. This word ‘refrain’ can be broken down in so many ways. (time). So here’s what comes to my mind…

To refrain from allowing a distraction to steer our focus from family, work projects, or even God-given assignments, we have to have some level of self-discipline, as well as self-control. The enemy loves to throw things of the world in front of us to get us off course, especially when he knows we’re headed in the right direction, God’s direction.

And for many of us, we have to train ourselves to not be so easily distracted by people and/or things that look good to us, but are not good for us. It’s a process of understanding why some things are not worth redirecting our attention to, and why what we’re focused on supersedes anything else that may try to gain our attention.

I shared the picture above because it depicts the reality many of us face as far as having a focus even though there are so many other things outside of it  vying for our attention. And please know, the ‘money’ in the pic can symbolize anything of importance for you that requires great focus (again, family/work/God-assignment, etc.).

Something else that comes to mind when it comes to having a spirit of refrain, if you will, is knowing your why. Why is the thing you’re focused on so important? Here are a few examples:

  1. I will refrain from looking at him/her (especially when they are obviously trying to get your attention for the wrong reasons) because I don’t want to give off the wrong impression, or because it’s not worth jeopardizing what I have even for just a glance.
  2. I will refrain from eating fast food because that money could be a blessing to someone else,  that could be money I invest in myself to advance in life, or because I want to be a better steward of what God has given me.
  3. I will refrain from eating this because I need to lose weight, it’s not good for me considering existing health issues, and again, my body is not my own and I want to be a good steward over what God has given me so I can do the work he’s called me to do.
  4. I will refrain from saying certain things to people because I know how much power lies within even one word. I want to lift and build people up as opposed to breaking or belittling someone. Also, I don’t want to risk a relationship that could be the step for the next level up.
  5. I will refrain from treating someone a certain way because I wouldn’t want to be treated as such, I wouldn’t want them to treat my mom/dad/sibling, dear friend as such. Also because my kindness to them could be the positive awakening they’re in need of, or a sign from God that someone really does care about more than self.

So these are just a few examples. To refrain is to allow yourself to be disciplined while practicing self-control because not doing so could cost you what really matters the most.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. All you have to do is write for five minutes.

Five Minute Friday: Whew Jesus! Talk about a DISTRACTION

 

 

If I had to describe 2019 with a picture, and even coming into 2020, this would be it. A lot of careless, back and forth texting while working at the same time. I honestly don’t know how I got any work done. A fifteen minute task was taking 30 minutes, sometimes 45 minutes to complete. The minute we exchanged numbers, ‘distraction’ entered in the worst way.

I said it before, I say it now, I even said it then… (funny how we don’t always listen to our own advice), BE CAREFUL who you allow into your space!!! Some things are easy to allow in, yet hard to get rid of. I was literally entertaining a narcissistic spirit that ‘almost’ succeeded in arresting my peace of mind. Books that should’ve been written, work that should’ve been completed outside of the 9-5 were cast aside because thoughts weren’t properly forming.

Things had been good coming into 2019. (time)… But a few moments of loneliness and wanting someone to talk to led to me reaching out to online dating. Once I’d finally broke away from that, here comes a DM. I must be really closing in on something that the enemy doesn’t want me to access. That’s one way of looking at it, but what if God allowed me to have what I’d been whining about only to find out I was not ready.

I recently shared in a FB live, be careful of premature requests referencing the story of the Prodigal Son. It’s not that God doesn’t want us to have the best, but he KNOWS what we’re ready for and not. He doesn’t want us distracted by the things he blesses us with over him as the Blesser. He doesn’t want us distracted by things that will hinder our purpose walk. It was not easy going back to him to ask for forgiveness, for not trusting him to give me what I desire (which is really his desire), when the time is right. But I’m thankful he welcomed me back with open arms.

What’s been a distraction to your relationship with God? Anything that attacks your peace of mind, your sanity, is not of God, but simply a distraction from what God really has for you. God can stop a lot of things, but we have free will/choice. Let’s remember to choose God first, everything else will fall in line!

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Five Minute Friday: PERSPECTIVE as a Stronghold

When I lost my job in 2012, I began researching life coaching because I felt it was closely aligned to my teaching style. But once I started to consider it as a full-time career choice and what services I’d offer, I struggled with what others would think as far as it being a real job.

When I reached out for coaching myself to overcome this roadblock, I realized it was my own perception of a ‘real job’ that was getting in the way. I was used to working a 9-5 and didn’t really know a full-time life coach or how to make it a full-time business. It had also been ingrained in me growing up that I was to get a good education, which in turn would increase my chances of getting a good job with good benefits.

This perspective was a stronghold in the sense that had I not been willing to see things differently, it would have limited my opportunities. While I’m now a parallel entrepreneur (working a full-time job and coaching), I no longer believe I can’t be successful as a coach full-time or that it’s not a ‘real job’ or career. I’ve met hundreds of coaches who, in fact, are coaching full-time and making six figures because they didn’t allow themselves to be boxed in to a certain mindset.

How is your perspective a stronghold in your life? What has God called you to do, but because it doesn’t align with what you thought a successful relationship, successful career, etc. should look like, you don’t think it’s possible or relevant? The thing you’ve been on the fence about, consider it from a different perspective, or a different angle, if you will, and see the possibilities for more.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. All you have to do is write for five minutes.

 

Five Minute Friday: ANOTHER Day, ANOTHER Blessing

Most of us are used to the saying, “Another day, another dollar.” Some years ago, I heard a different saying and liked it much better: ANOTHER day, ANOTHER blessing!!! When you think about it, everyone does not have another dollar, another day. Someone may have spent their last on yesterday. In fact, everyone does not have a lot of things another day. But EVERYONE can say, “Another Day, Another Blessing”, when we open our eyes to another day not promised, but indeed graciously granted. (time)

The level to which we enjoy life really depends on our perspective. What lens are you looking through? We can wake up to another day alone, another day on the job, another day with these kids, another day with this man/woman, another day with this issue, OR, we can wake up to another blessing of life, another blessing to get it right before pulling someone else in, another day to receive provision, another day to love on someone else, another day to share space with someone special, another day to be humbled.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. All you have to do is write for five minutes.

Five Minute Friday: NOW

Okay, so, 1st Friday of the month, 1st Friday of the 2nd quarter. Maybe things didn’t quite go as planned, and maybe they still aren’t due to the unexpected health pandemic presently occurring. HOWEVER, what if I told you NOW could still be your time, your moment, your season depending on how you choose to see things, what lens you choose to view life from, what perspective you choose to side with.

When I became unemployed in 2012, I had no other job offers or selections worth choosing from. What I did have was a laptop and research skills, which led me to becoming a self-taught transcriptionist and virtual admin. What do you have in your possession tangible or not that you can work with NOW? Maybe NOW is the time to start something new, to redirect your focus to something more fulfilling, or to something that will expand the realm of your purpose. (time)… You can make the excuse, “Well, now I can’t do this or that.” OR, you can choose to say, “Well, Now, I have no excuse. Now, I can proceed with this. Now, I have the time to do this or that.”

Understand your time, your moment, can still be NOW if you so choose. One reason is because the God we serve is the creator of time and is not limited by the things we are limited by as man on earth. What if I told you, people are still being offered jobs NOW, in spite of what’s going on. Yes, NOW! People are still receiving unexpected blessings. Yes, even NOW!

So if you can allow yourself to see things as God sees them, you will see that NOW is indeed still possible.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: LAST Time I…

I think I’m in a mood… thinking that’s the Last time I fall for the okie doke. Woke up early this morning and listened to a powerful, prophetic word and one of the things pointed out was how as believers we reach a certain level of growth where we don’t fall for things that we used to. And I’ve heard this several times over the past couple of months. Where you are now, you should not still be getting thrown off by certain things… So I think that’s the last time I allow this… fall for this… put up with this… accept less than… 

I encourage you to consider some things in your life that you’ve been putting up with and accepting for ‘fear of’ something, but you know deep down it’s time to say, “That’s the LAST time I…

 

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Five Minute Friday: There’s a Blessing in the WAIT!

Wait! Wait!! Wait!!! Not many of us like to hear this word because it seems to be an interruption. We’re in the middle of something – focused on completion. Just let me be and get done. Oh, hold on… So, two scenarios here. Scenario 1: Someone is interrupting you – wanting you to wait on your current project to tell you, inform, or enlighten you on something that COULD possibly help with what you’re currently doing. Scenario 2: You tell the person to wait until you finish. Have you missed out on critical information. Are you rushing to complete something you’ve procrastinated on?

Here’s another thought with relation to the title: We can be in such a rush sometimes that we miss out on the lesson to be learned, we miss out on an opportunity, we miss out on being a blessing to someone else or even the recipient of a blessing. The WAIT allows us to see clearly when we take the time to s…l…o…w… down. You see things clearly, you see things you normally would not have seen, you embrace the beauty of the moment. You can breathe… (times)… you can smell, you can taste, and see that all things are good!!!

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: How are You Being ACTIVE?

Many times we may find ourselves in situations that we don’t like or care to be in, yet are doing nothing about it. Nothing changes without action. So how are you being ACTIVE for greater in your life? I’m reminded of a person who complained about their job, always tired, and really not a lot of time to enjoy life. When I asked if they were ‘actively looking’ Ha! Their answer was no. When I offered to help with their resume, they responded with “I have to add some more things to it.”

What is the thing you wish to change in your life, and are you actively taking steps to change it? Now, I have to be honest and fuss at myself as I’m writing this because I don’t like my weight, but I’m also nowhere near as active as I should be to change that. So yes, I’m talking to self as well. Simply put, to be active is to participate and take action.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page.