FiveMinuteFriday _ Purpose


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On this date 37 years ago, he laid on that operating table, chest closed, waiting to wake up. He didn’t wake up. His life over. His purpose fulfilled. He was my dad.

It’s an honor to remember him each year on this date, to remember his purpose. He was a Young man. He was a father. He was a hard worker. He was a provider. He was even a pioneer. Because he was brave enough to offer his heart to his surgeon to practice bypass surgery. Because of him, and others like him, people today have successful heart surgeries. Even now, 37 years later, his purpose ripples on.

I didn’t know him for very long. 16 years. He was a good dad. Always encouraging me to pursue life by his example. And through his illness, I discovered my life’s work, My purpose. I am a nurse as a direct result of my dad’s illness. How amazing is that?

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FiveMinuteFriday _ Slow


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I am fast. I move from thing to thing, place to place, job to job, adventure to adventure. When I’m reaching the end of one thing, I’m dreaming of the next thing. It’s how I roll. But it’s not necessarily good. Life should be savored. Each and every thing. And that requires slow

The Lord is slow. Slow to anger. Slow to judge. But his slow is good. He’s patiently waiting so all of us down here have the chance to choose him. 

Because his slow is good and I belong to him now, he’s used his slow to keep me from making those mistakes I make when I move too fast. Like taking the wrong job just because it would be easier than waiting for the right job. Slowing me down with a broken ankle led to a job that is the best one for me. The kind of job that takes me to lots of places around my county while letting me stay in one place. Fulfilling my need to move and be still. A win win. 

I’m so thankful for the Lord’s slow because He’s teaching me that faith is slow. And He’s teaching me to savor his goodness. 

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FiveMinuteFriday _ Safe


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One life. That’s all we get down here. How will you live your life? Will you chase your dreams? Will you lose it to follow hard after Jesus? Or will you play it safe? As for me, I say here I am Lord, send me! I mean it too. I don’t know what the Lord has planned for the time I have left, I just know I don’t want to play it safe. Because safety is mostly an illusion anyway. And the safest place to be is right smack in the middle of the will of God. 

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