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04/12/2013 - Author: Jennifer - 14 Comments

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…


I have a hard time usually living in the here and now. It is not uncommon for me to try and think ahead. I like to think of myself as trying to be prepared. In thinking ahead, I also wonder if motherhood will get easier. Instead of enjoying the moments that are here, or seeing the good right now in the present, I think about how it will be easier when my son is potty trained or when he can talk.

I wonder, often, why God has me here. Why God has me doing what I am doing. It seems difficult for me to feel His presence during hard times. What is His purpose for me being here? How am I to honor and serve Him when I know He has me here, but I feel lost, scared, confused? I know these feelings are not from Him, so I need to rely on Him in the here and now, and also for the futre. I need to praise Him for my past (where He has brought me from), for where I am now (what He is teaching/refining me), and for my future~~ wherever my new here will be.

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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Discussion (14 Comments)

  1. by kim

    As always awesome

  2. You are a blessing.

  3. Ah yes – the struggle of staying present… I am familiar with it for sure! I remember when it was a more intense battle years ago – He spoke to my heart, reminding me that He is the I AM (not the I Was or the I May Be!)… stay present… stay ‘here’ – there are blessings in it!

    • Thank you for sharing what God spoke to you. It is a good reminder for all of us. Thank you for stopping by.
      Be blessed:)

  4. Love Karrilee’s comment. I AM. Yes, I often think if I just had the blueprint, the plans and the glimpse of the future, I’d be so much better equipped to handle the now. Life is always easier looking back and seeing the lessons just like the grass is always greener… Such a fight to stay present sometimes.

    • Glad to know that I am not the only one who thinks this! Thank you so much for stopping by and be blessed:)

  5. by Jenn

    Amen to your affirmations of things to do.
    I just finished Priscilla Shirer’s “Jonah – Navigating a Life Interrupted”. It’s an awesome study … and her presentations are awesome too. But, she made the point one day that some went to college to become CEO of IBM and ended up being CEO of HOME … which is where God wants you to be. Hard reckoning those things … hard slowing down to smell the roses when you just want to dethorn and move on. But, that’s life – and you’re right, it is a ministry of and from God to and through us in all things in our lives – being His children, bringing us more and more into the likeness of His Son (Romans 8:28-29 paraphrased there).
    Take hope. Take courage. Enjoy. These things will pass and change and before you know it, you’ll be looking behind you wondering why you didn’t slow down … and cherish things.

    Hugs, Jenn

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving encouragement. Be blessed:)

  6. Oh yeah sister. Welcome to the club. It’s hard to stay present when we want to get to the next thing, but oh so rewarding if we do. Stay strong. Keep minding the here and now and the reward will be what you get down the road. Just like what you have now came from where you were. (How’s THAT for deep? Jack Handy’s got nuthin’ on me!) Thanks for sharing today!

  7. Hi Jen,
    It is a challenge – staying in the here- so I relate…I am always praying and asking God to help me to be present to Him…counting my thanks in the here and now, reminding myself of what He has done in the past through the hard times…yep, Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief…praying now for you 🙂

    • Love that prayer–I believe, but help my unbelief. Thanks for posting that—-so good. I appreciate you stopping by and be blessed:)

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