Five Minute Friday: Again

It’s Friday and it’s time to do that 5 minute thingy again. And the subject is, indeed, again.


Lots of snippets of songs have begun to run through my head with that word jumping out at me…. like-oh, nevermind. 

Again- indicates I’ve been here before. I’m repeating something – again. And the first thought that jumps in my head is again in relation to my prayer life. This word doesn’t often have a positive indication in my prayer life. When I’m bringing something back to the foot of the Throne of Heaven for the umpteenth time I feel like I’ve become a broken record. I want to mark it off my “list”. To write completed by it on the page. To move on. I’m ready to tackle a new problem. 

But- God has a different agenda. By my persistence, and bringing those things before Him again and again and again He is teaching me.

He doesn’t see it the way the grandson sees the story grandpa is telling in The Princess Bride: “again with the kissing, stop with the kissing already!” Nope.

God sees me learning to walk by faith and not by what I see around me. He is gracious with my apparent lack of intelligence when I continue to make the same mistakes over and over and over. When I breathe the same prayer. When I beg “please?” When I fall on my face in a pool of tears. When my brain is scrambled and my heart is frantic.

He sees. He hears. He answers. 


Be Who You Are

Do you, do any of us know who we really are? I’ve spent most of my life wondering those very words.  Am I a diva, a Martha, a Mary, a suffering servant, a leader, a teacher, an encourager, a mentor, just who the heck am I? 

According to me?

According to God? 

I was faced with this recently when an email devotion came through from Pete Briscoe. His focus has been on revolution not resolution at the beginning of this new year.

 I believe he has it right when he says “be who you are”.

He says this: You can make resolutions to try to become something different, but life becomes revolutionary when you rest, and simply be who He has already made you to be.”

Maybe we are fighting the wrong battle? I know that I have been most of my life. I fought the “me” that my mother wanted, I fought the “me” that I thought everyone else wanted me to be, I fought myself in projecting the “me” I thought I wanted to be, I fought and fought. And I was exhausted.

All the time.


The only way we will impact this world we live in is to throw caution to the wind and to just “be who we are”. There is something incredibly rejuvenating and truly revolutionary in just resting in Him and being who He has made me to be.

This has not been easy. Not until I aged and mellowed and not until my mother died. I lived my life battling the grief of wanting a real mother-daughter relationship, yet knowing all the while, it would never come. Like a missing step or a piece out of a stained glass window our lives were “off”.  I could not be who she wanted me to be and she certainly would never be able to be who I needed her to be. No one else was as central to who I am in my life. I see now that because she was the way she was God used her to mold and shape my opinion of myself – to sand off the rough parts and sledgehammer the pointy bits. She was broken through and through yet He used her to show me – me. The me that He designed me to be.

And He didn’t use her design.

He used the unique design He planned for me all along.

The design that created the tender heart for babies and children, for understanding their hearts and hurts. The design that programmed in a deep love of hymns and classical music and a thorough enjoyment of a rock concert. The design that gave me a love of snow, mountains and winter. The design that gave me the ability to cook, to sew, to knit, to crochet left handed, to paint a wall, to ask just the right question, to appreciate beautiful art, other cultures, to love missions, to love being with young people, colors, sunrises and sunsets. The design that gave me an incredible identification with the English countryside, churchyards, evensong, the feeling that I get when I walk into a small village church- and know instantly His Spirit is there in those stones, bricks and pews. The design that gave me a love of wide expanses of pastures, fields, grasses blowing in the wind, brooks trickling along a path, and ancient ruins that once touched give reality to one’s heritage and oh the green, green grass that glows in the dark in spring. The design that placed in me a love of history that could tie me to a place I’ve never been. The design that placed in me a love of Him that made me want to be Mary-to never move from His feet, to soak in all He wanted to say to me.

This world is cold, hot, rough, cruel, pointy, craggy and broken through and through, but if we can just let go of those battles that hold us back and see through to the rest He has waiting for us, if we just “be who we are” wouldn’t that be so freeing to our souls? And if we could extend the same grace to others around us? Our spouses? Our children? Our friends? Our co-workers? After all, something or someone can’t be what they aren’t designed to be, now can they?  It would be silly after all for a shoe to suddenly try to be a glove. And it would be silly if we treated the shoe as if it were a glove.

Are you fighting God’s design for you? Have you considered becoming a revolutionary? 

Be Who You Are

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’” Acts 17:24-28

The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being. Proverbs 20:27



“Praying Circles Around Your Children” {a review and a giveaway}


Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. has written a new book: Praying Circles around Your Children. In this book, He expands on the concept in his book The Circle Maker of the legend of Honi, the Circle  Maker.


            “Pray hard. Pray bold. Pray through.” 


Mark equates the drawing of Prayer Circles to praying without ceasing. He says that praying circles is all about resolving in your heart that you will pray until the day you die-ALAT- “as long as it takes”.

I agree that the most important thing we, as parents, can do for our children is to pray. Pray for them. Teach them to pray. Pray with them and ask them to pray for us.

Here he presents a simple and clear method to pray for and teach our children to pray. As a young parent, my prayers leaned toward Arrow Prayers. You know, the ones that speed to God in the middle of the crisis: “Help!”  It wasn’t until I had been a parent for a while that I began to pray with scripture when praying for my own children.

His five prayer circles include:

  • The importance of praying promises from scripture for our children
  • Making prayer lists for our children
  • Creating prayer mantras to pray over our children
  • Forming prayer circles with other parents
  • Praying through the Bible for each child individually and specifically

The one place where I find myself balking is the prayer mantra. The word, mantra, comes from the original Sanskrit meaning of a sacred message or text, charm, or spell. It is the word used in Hinduism and Buddhism to indicate any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration; and embodying some aspect of spiritual power. I equate it with another religion. This word has become a part of the vernacular of our culture; but I have a problem with its use in relation to our prayers. However, I do know the inherent power of the Word of the Lord-spoken and prayed.

The importance of praying scripture for and with our children ”your children need to hear and see you praying”, the concept of praying through the Bible with our child in mind and praying certain scriptures that apply specifically to our child’s personality are the jewels in this book. Because Mark’s bottom line is praying for God’s Will and for His Glory, I can say this little book would be an asset in any parent’s library.

get your own copy here

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in the review are my own. They have also graciously given me a couple of copies to give away to others.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the book, please let me know in the comments.