Fix

Hello! My name is Michelle. I am a fixer. I am a surgical nurse. If you break it, I will be on the team that fixes it. You broke a bone? I got you. Your appendix is on fire? Got that too. God made me for this surgical role. I have always been drawn to fixing broken things. What I do is necessary and good.

But what do you do when you can’t fix something? Some things we face in life aren’t fixable, humanly speaking. Your heart is shattered because your spouse left you? I don’t know how to fix that. You got rejected for your dream job? Can’t fix that either. Let’s face it, I don’t control outcomes. Only God controls them. So what’s a fixer to do?

Sometimes the only solution to a problem is to show up. So I turn my eyes to Jesus. I remember everything He endured for me. I seek my courage from Him. I abide in Him so that when trouble comes for my friend, I am prepared to show up. Because when I show up, I know the ultimate Fixer shows up with me. And He is everything!

‘So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.’

Hebrews 4:16

Happy FiveMinuteFriday 🙂

Fresh

The calendar says it’s a fresh new year, but it sure doesn’t feel like anything fresh. To quote a surgeon I worked with this week after I said, “happy new year”. “Happy New Year!? Don’t you know it’s December 41st!?” Her words made me chuckle. “But,” I responded, “we can’t lose hope.”

Friends, I would submit to you that we can’t wait for the turning of the year to look for freshness. We aren’t made for the future. We are made for right now. As followers of Jesus, every single minute is fresh. To believe things like, next year will be better, or next month, or next week, can only lead to hopelessness. How can this thinking help you live through your right now trial?

Up until 7 years ago, I was living like a good citizen of the USA, planning all the things I would do to show God I really love him. But all the planning did was lead me to anxiety and burnout. When I truly realized the grace of God, that I am a citizen in his Kingdom, I began to practice living in this moment, learning to see it for what it is, fresh, new, life giving. In accepting ordinary, everyday, moment to moment life, I have found freedom and hope.

With this fresh perspective of the upside down Kingdom of God, I am able to make plans loosely because :

‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’

Proverbs 16:9

Sharing this fresh idea with the FiveMinuteFriday community. 🙂

Time

Time. What a concept. It is past, present, future. If you watch it, it seems to drag on endlessly. I’m always amazed at how much I can get done in 3 minutes. If you don’t pay attention to it, days, weeks, months, years slip by so rapidly you can’t believe how fast the time went.

Remembering the past reminds you how long ago the past really is. Did I really live those moments? They feel dreamlike to me now. The future is only a figment of our imaginations and dreams. Will those things come to pass? Only time will tell.

I met Jesus 15 years ago. He’s been my Lord, Savior, Teacher, and Friend for 15 years! So long and yet hardly. He teaches me that the best practice regarding time is to live in the present. Spend time on the very right now moment. No other moment matters. The past is done. The future isn’t guaranteed. Just this moment.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34 ESV

I find so much hope in His words. Whatever I face today, I face with Him at my side. This makes all things possible, whether wonderful or terrible.

‘For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ‘

Romans 8:18

Happy New Year friends! Sharing over at FiveMinuteFriday.