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turn

write-4Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post. I strive to participate each week, whether I post here or on Instagram. At times, these writing sessions bring more than five minutes of writing; but regardless of what it looks like for me as a writer, my hope is that for you it brings encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.

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There are many ideas contained in the definition of turn. If you love words and all the nuance they can bring feel free to read those definitions here. The definition I was most struck with as I considered today’s prompt is:

to change the direction or course of

My thoughts are very quickly drawn to the idea that for us to move into something often means we must turn from what we are currently engaged in doing.

I have talked about the idea that some other dream or idea we have, other from what we are currently engaged in, is a thing that when the time is right will come to us. The time for it to live in our lives will come if it is what we are to do or be. However, when those times come, to begin moving in that other idea often we must leave behind what we are currently doing. Moving into something new may and often does require us to turn our focus, our direction, our priorities.

turnThis turning may be easy, or it may be painful. It may be sudden or it may be a gradual adjusting if our direction. To live in a purposeful way, to live in faith-filled intention, often requires the turning away from things that currently engage us. Things that may be good, maybe fun, maybe what we enjoy; but turning from those things may just be the door opening that is needed to for us to walk into what we really are to do.

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So much of the writing that I do, is simply me processing the realities of those turns in my own life. Yet, even as I process, I greatly desire to help and encourage you as you walk into your own turns of life. If you are desiring to live more purposefully – if faith-filled intention is a reality you desire to grow in your life, I invite you to join me on the journey. I don’t have all the answers, but those that I have, I promise to share. And you can know that I am praying for you and cheering you on as you seek to walk a faith-filled, purposeful life.

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five minute friday

other

write-4Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post. I strive to participate each week, whether I post here or on Instagram. At times, these writing sessions bring more than five minutes of writing; but regardless of what it looks like for me as a writer, my hope is that for you it brings encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.

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The thing that is not what you are doing. The other whatever it may be.

What a wonderful idea — something being different than what is, the promise, potential and sense of something new is exciting, howbeit a bit terrifying. Yet, the other thing – that new idea, place, activity may not be the thing you are to be doing. It may be wonderful, but not the perfect for you right now.

This can be a hard thing to accept, especially if where you is hard and that other thing looks so great. I encourage you!! Keep at the place you are, not out of fear or uncertainty of how to move, but because you know it is where you are to be. Remind yourself of what is true – about you, your purpose, the responsibilities you know you have. Let that other idea just be for now.

If you really are to move into something new. If that other thing over there is to be your reality – be confident the way to it will become clear, you will get there, and soon that other thing will be your thing.

FMF_otherUntil that day comes, I encourage you – remain faithful where you are: wash those dishes, do that report, care for that family member, do the assignment. Whatever your thing today is, do it well – do it glorifying God, say thank you for it, and know that your thing maybe someone else’s other. You just may be laying the groundwork to encourage and help them when their time comes to move forward. Just as someone else is preparing to encourage you when it is your time to move toward your other.

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routine

write-4Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post. I strive to participate each week, whether I post here or on Instagram. At times, these writing sessions bring more than five minutes of writing; but regardless of what it looks like for me as a writer, my hope is that for you it brings encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.

routine

define

n.
1. a. A set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures; b. The practice of such activities or procedures;
2. A scripted piece of entertainment, especially in a nightclub or theater;
3. Slang A particular kind of behavior or activity;
4. Computers A set of programming instructions designed to perform a specific limited task.

adj.
1. In accord with established procedure;
2. Habitual; regular;
3. Having no special quality; ordinary.

Definitions provided by the American Heritage Dictionary online. 

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Oh, how I love a good routine!!  Ok, love may be a bit strong of a word, but those who know me well, know that is not far off base. Routine may sound boring, unexciting and just plain ordinary. Yet, great joy can be found in the ordinary. The regular ins and out of routine help to preserve energy and mental space for the exciting and new. For someone who thrives on excitement, this may not be understandable. But if you enjoy spontaneity and excitement, yet find it exhausting, routines can be your best friends!

The routines of life help keep me sane in the busy and often crazy-feeling activities of my family.  Routines help keep me moving in what I need and want to do, especially when my desire to do those things is fast leaving.

Setting up routines is not an easy thing to do.

We recently moved and the cleaning routines I used in our old home do NOT work in our new space. I love our new home, but trying to figure out what needs to be done and how regularly is much harder than I ever expected it to be. Slowly things are coming into a routine, but it has been with much thought and not a little bit of trial and error as to what works well, what is needed, and what expectations are too overwhelming.

Routines can be added to any part of life and I really believe they help us to function better, to live more into what we are called to do and what we are capable of doing. Times and usefulness of routines vary and I my routine-loving heart is learning when the times are that I need to let go of an expectation of routine – yet, when things are busy and transition times come (they always do) routines are what keep me moving and in complete honesty, they are one of the human tools God uses the most to keep me from losing my mind!

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routine quoteAre you a routine-loving person, or does the thought of living in routines make you feel claustrophobic? I encourage you to work on establishing routines for some part of your day or week. Take something you do regularly and make a habit out of it, make it routine. See what mental energy is freed up for you to be able to other things. We all have limits on our time and energy – living in routine helps us to make wise use of those resources and frees us to live more simply.

Decision fatigue can be paralyzing and the routines of my life help to keep me from being frozen by exhaustion. One thing leads to another. This activity prompts this action. This time of day brings these activities. All these things are a form of routine. Things that help the everyday ins and outs of life run a bit more smoothly. This automation then can bring capacity to walk through doors of opportunity for we have preserved our time and energy for them.

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