Five Minute Friday — Provide

Happy Fri… I mean, Saturday. It may be a day late, but it’s time for my weekly Five Minute Friday contribution.

It’s somewhat appropriate. The prompt this week is PROVIDE. While I recognize all the Lord has provided, one thing was missing yesterday … time. The shades in the mind were drawn well before the lids closed.

But today is a new day with the sunshine warming the brain for random thoughts on the subject.

Our facilitator,Kate Motaung turned the prompt over to the FMF crew to expand and embellish. And, of course, we meet and greet at her place (in the Community section at www.fiveminutefriday.com) to share and network. It’s fun, fun, fun and keeps our neurons sharp.

Ready to join in yet?

Okay, here’s another take from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Don’t listen to me. Listen to Laura.

“When Sara “Gitz” Frankl began blogging in 2008, she was searching for her life purpose. The disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis stripped Sara of the ability to work to make a living. As a young, vibrant girl in her late 20s and early 30s, she so desperately wanted to be a productive member of society. The goals Sara had for her life … a career, family, travel, were no longer something that could be achieved. Sara’s blog, Gitzengirl, provided her not only a purpose, but a community of people that proved to be her lifeline as she became theirs. Sara may not have been able to work to make a living, but this blog brought her a life! When Lisa Jo [Baker, the original hostess] began challenging her bloggers with Five Minute Friday, it provided Sara’s week with something to look forward to … something that brought her joy. Being confined to her home 24/7 and restricted from visitors because her immune system was compromised, those special things she could look forward to became priceless to her. Sara never missed an opportunity to provide her readers with some of her most profound and deep thoughts through her five minute Friday posts. I believe you can hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit in many of Sara’s Five Minute Friday writings. Those writings provided us with an opportunity to hear our Heavenly Father working through one of His earthly disciples … my sister … Sara!

“For that, I am eternally grateful.”

Wow.

Sara passed away Sept. 24 2011, but one of the last things she said was, “I want people to continue learning, believing and trusting in God, as I have tried to be His disciple, BUT,” she said, “it’s not about me, it’s about Him, that is the message I want people to hear.” Sara did not want us to put a period on her Choose Joy discipleship. The journey Sara walked had a purpose and that purpose did not have to end because she wasn’t physically with us.

In January 2016 with the assistance of Mary Carver and Hachette publishing, the book Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts was launched. Sara’s discipleship and spirit-led words have continued to change lives! God is still speaking using Sara’s journey as an example to us. Her family also set up the Choose Joy Sara Gitz Frankl Memorial Foundation to provide grants from the proceeds received, and on Sara’s heavenly birthday, Sept. 24, 2017, the Choose Joy Foundation with the assistance of Positive Note Publishing, launched a Study Guide and DVD series to accompany the book . If you are interested in the book or study guide and DVD series, send me an e-mail to choosejoyfoundation@gmail.com.

There you go. Now to this week’s task. The timer is set. Let’s GO…

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith? Matthew 6:25-30

That’s the Scripture verse that popped into my head. God will provide … just as He does for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. As Jesus Himself states, Are you not more valuable than they?

Of course, that was know-it-all Jesus speaking. We have-to-see-it mortals don’t often take the time to stop and listen — just listen — to that admonition. We want the earthy conveniences like food, water, clothing and shelter … and we want the best …  and we want them now. When we don’t see those tangibles, we start worrying and fretting. Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

As we look back on our lives, we can see God HAS provided. We may have been hungry or thirsty at times, our clothes may have been tattered or our shelter might have been a blanket under the stars. But we’re here. We made it through our determination and ingenuity {ha, ha, ha}, spurred by God’s providence.

God provides our material needs and our spiritual needs. It’s called grace. He wants just one thing from us … to bring us home. Obviously, He can do it any way He wants, but we have to want to participate. And sometimes we need to be dropped a peg or two to make that connection.

When He seeks us, are we willing to accept His … STOP

invitation? Do we thank Him for His providence or do we want more, more, more? Are we grateful for what the Lord provides?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. — Arnold H. Glasow

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3 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Provide

  1. Very beautiful post! And quite a story about your sister! God bless you!

  2. Good, solid post. But I’m not thrilled with the Glasow quote, as I have been, literally, on fire. Well, blown up first, THEN on fire.

    It did make life interesting later; when I went on academic interviews, I always wore very baggy cargo shorts, as fabric touching the burned skin on my legs is a no-no. I’d get looks that said, “Dude. Shorts? SERIOUSLY?”

    My reply was always about the same. “How do third-degree burns fit into the ADA protocols?” Said with a smile, it defused the tension.

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