Romans 12:12

Romans 12_12

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Five Minute Friday: “Messenger”

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So here we go: “Messenger”

Automatically, I think how can I send a message through the work I do. Now, that I’m in a place where I can do what I’m most passionate about, I’m not quite sure how to deliver the message. I’m still seeking guidance on that, because one thing I’ve learned and wish to avoid, and in ways, I’ve grown into a sense of maturity, where it’s not necessary to speak all the time. Sometimes, it’s more necessary to listen, allow what you hear to settle in, and then speak with humility, with grace, and comfort.
I’ve found that many people like to speak, deliver a message for their own reasons, for their own accolades, so to speak. But when we allow ourselves to be humble, we will find that sometimes the message we speak is unnecessary and may often times cause more harm than intended.

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The After Five: So, here’s what I believe. We are all “Messengers” with a word to deliver to someone. It can be verbal or non-verbal, a few words, many words, or a simple hug. But in order to deliver those messages, we have to be humble and receptive of His instructions. There will be times when you feel the need to say something and you do, (it doesn’t always end in the negative), but later on wiser words come to you and you think “Oh, I wish I had said that”.

Sometimes a friend is in need and you just have that urge to say something to fill an awkward void of silence… but silence is okay. Another thing I’m learning is that one should speak with a “Purpose”, without expectation, except that God’s will be done once it is spoken.

Again, we are all “Messengers” and there are particular recipients for the message you have been assigned to deliver. I mentioned that I have a message, but not sure how to deliver, but as I’ve been writing, I realize, the how is not the issue, it’s the “who”… I have a message for certain individuals. You have a message for certain individuals. Everyone is not meant to receive “your” message. Some, in fact, are not ready for your message.

Every day, people are blogging/writing/painting with messages that reach someone, even unknowingly. So whatever your message in life, your purpose, as God so leads you, share it. Even if you can’t lay eyes on the recipient, still share. The amazing thing is that your message impacts people in unexpected ways.

Your life experiences are not in vain. Let Your Voice be heard whether through art, writing, or speaking. You have a voice. You have a message. And there’s room for all of us to be Messengers!!!

Friday Blessings to All!!!

Five Minute Friday: “Close”

Looking for a reason to write but not sure where to start? Join me and hundreds of others in Five Minute Fridays started by Lisa Jo-Baker. The key is to write for five minutes based on Lisa-Jo’s prompt “No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

So here we go: “Close”

Well, it’s been on my mind and I was going to wait until next month, but “close” is a good start. I’m reminded of the closeness I had with my father. It wasn’t about the toys he bought when I was younger, it wasn’t the birthday gifts or anything like that. Honestly, he didn’t know my birthday. And it wasn’t that we had such amazing conversations.

But the closeness I felt with my dad came from him being him in the moments we shared…

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The After Five: Hm, yeah, I think I’ll have to wait on this one. So instead, I’ll just share this… Being close to someone doesn’t come from the material things shared, but from the time spent with someone. It comes from the little things they do to let you know they care. It comes from the conversations of few or many words, but more importantly, it comes from a special bond, a special connection that allows you to sit for hours, even without words and know that you are special or you are loved. Being close to someone brings a sense of comfort. You don’t have to wear the day-to-day masks that we often adorn at work or basically around people we’re not close to. Closeness brings a sense of vulnerability because you can simply be you. There’s no judgment. There’s no scolding, but there is truth.

Whoever it is that you feel a closeness to, continue to let them know. Continue to make good memories.

As it is Memorial Weekend, for those who’ve lost the person(s) you were close to, I hope and pray you have good memories to cherish. And if you still have that special someone (mom, dad, friend, sister, brother, etc.) just remember it’s the little things that count!!!

Blessings to All!!!