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I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, generous, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right? This week, the word is limit. 

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I think there’s a fine line between enough and too much. I think it’s different for everybody. My limit is different from your limit

I’ve pretty much figured out what my limit is, how deep my well is before it dries up completely. 

And since I want to be as generous as possible with my whole heart, I have to monitor the gauge like we check the gauge on the gas tank in the car. 

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a little gauge in our heads to see how close we are to being empty? To knowing the limit?

Instead, I choose to take the approach I use while on a road trip. Every time I stop for a drink or a bathroom break, I fill up the tank so I don’t run out of gas. Everyday, I run to the Source of life to top off so I am able to push the limit back a little bit, so I can travel farther, be more generous

So what’s your limit? How far will you go? When do you say enough? 

STOP

Happy Friday!

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Several years ago, I was in my car going through the drive thru bank machine. I think I withdrew $60. When I approached the road to pull away, there was a woman who basically jumped in front of my car. She boldly approached my window and asked me for money. She was homeless and desperate because she had children to take care of. There were no children with her. Would I give her money? I remember being really angry as I begrudgingly handed her $20. I didn’t believe her story. I still don’t believe her story. I felt conned. 

But now, years later, I believe even a con woman needs to be given love. Generous love. Because what shaped her life? And what’s the point of giving anything if you can’t give it with love?

I know another person who is generous to a fault. He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. BUT, he doesn’t have an ounce of compassion in his bones. And I’m at a loss. How can you be generous and NOT compassionate?

I really want to be both. Because like Paul says:

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Happy Thursday!

Sharing with Lyli.

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On a 2 week break from work. Surprise visit to see my people in Pennsylvania. Appalachian Trail hiking. Gospel sharing. I am so thankful!

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1099. “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” Colossians‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1100. Getting to the airport in a timely fashion because I can walk to the sky train at the end of my street.

1101. When the surprise actually goes off like you planned. 😬

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1102. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” Psalm‬ ‭37:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1103. Even though I missed the storm I still get to wake up to massive amounts of snow on the ground! AND have hike 26 on the Appalachian Trail!
1104. Having a Bible lesson with my littlest niece because she’s interested in the Lord. 🙂

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1105. “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1106. Perfectly typical dismal Pennsylvania weather.
1107. Getting to make fun videos with my littlest niece, Gabriella Rose Lee!

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1108. “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark‬ ‭11:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1109. Hike 27 with my sister was short because she is recovering from an ankle injury AND was sweet all the same.
1110. Family dinner at the brother’s house and how he told me all about his frustrating job because he doesn’t open up to me very often.

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1111. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1112. Hike 28 with my niece. Quality time. Sharing Jesus. Dreams. Problems. Hardships. Life.
1113. Dreaming of thru hiking more than ever.

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1114. “Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah” Psalm‬ ‭61:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1115. Hike 29 with my people on a cold winter day.
1116. Small high school reunions put together and hosted by Benchy because Arizona and Colorado happen to be in town!

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1117. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1118. Celebrating a successful AND fun visit home.
1119. Even though this travel day is going to be ridiculously long.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!