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A 5minute Look Within … 19 of 31 Days of Focus on God Things


Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready? Won’t you please give me your best five minutes on:::

Look… {19 of 31 Days of Focus on God Things} … an introduction:
My post is already written and it really did take little more than five minutes earlier today during my Fix Andrea Day … which occurs most every Friday! My friend/sponsor and other like minded women get together and work on improving ourselves from the inside.

We’ve begun our own workshop from the book The Right to Write by Julia Cameron … having already finished Love is a Choice. {so glad that one is done}

This one focuses on the Writer/Artist within … the writer at each one of our cores {Spirits}.
My 5 Minute and 31 Days post came from the first assignment in the book … a free writing exercise about a look at where we are right now and how we feel …

I wrote it with the 5 minute rule in mind! And because God is an awesome God it fell right into my 31 Day Focus. 😀
So Lets Look! Go!

I feel good today. I’ve felt good since I prayed on Sunday that God life the angst, oppressive ache in my heart concerning people, places and He did! He lifted it instantly, because it wasn’t of Him, it was contrary to Him.
All the while thinking I was focused on Him and trusting Him!
Oh! the codependent mind, how it deceives a soul, clouding the glorious reality of the spiritual being.

I think I feel joy – mild as it is. But i think, maybe, joy – real consistent joy is like a smooth fullness, lingering tangibly in the spirit of a person. making the view of the outside a serene picture show no matter the script.

Feeling like this I can handle a wind uprooted tree lying against my home – my safe place, seeing it as a blessing. Knowing that my spirit is filled by God I can look on this tragedy of the eye as the beginning of a solution. A better sollution than the physical eye can see.

Tree lying on my house!

My broken house.

My broken house. 🙂

This state of being, alone, is joy. That tree fixed things even as it broke the physical house!

It’s about perspective. It’s about attitude.

Attitude is much like putting on glasses – when I wear my glasses I see things clearly and more crisply. I can decipher the images one from another. But if I wear your glasses the perspective is blurred, clarity is replaced by the indiscernible. And if I wear none I may not see at all. Confusion and fog blocking the path on which I travel.

I asked God for clarity and He handed me His glasses! 20/20 vision in high def!

Love – just be grateful and love. Love the sun, love the rain, be grateful for what they provide. See the autumn colors in the scent of the breeze as the chill caresses your skin.

Be thankful in prayer for all things. This is a prayerful and thankful attitude that smooths the wrinkles of a day.

It is by my thankful request that God gave me the grace to see what He wants and thinks of me, through His eyes. It was by His grace that I had the tenacity to fight through the muddled fog of my own thoughts and efforts for resolution, that I came to this doorway of joy. And it is my responsiblity to walk this path to retain that comfortable, almost too full sensation of joy.
Might this be serenity? Might I have come to accept those things I cannot change and the courage to change Me?
By His grace have I surrendered who I am to who He made me to be?

All I know is I feel good today, things feel right and whole. STOP!

Welcome to 31 days – the beautiful brainchild of the Nester who inspires us to spend the month of October writing every single day on a topic that might inspire a community.
And I found it through Lisa-Jo Baker ~ tales from a Gypsy Mama

“from the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.” – John 1:16

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

7 thoughts on “A 5minute Look Within … 19 of 31 Days of Focus on God Things

  1. “Be thankful in prayer for all things. This is a prayerful and thankful attitude that smooths the wrinkles of a day.” I loved this! It is so true, that thanksgiving in prayer can truly change our focus and give us that 20/20, God-focused vision. Thanks for taking the time to write today! I am also joining in on the 31 days. I look forward to exploring your other 31 day posts. Enjoy your weekend! (although it looks like at least some of the time will be spent dealing with that bit of a hole in your house!).

    • Thank you Amy for stopping by! It’s so about perspective and attitude … something I am diligently working on right now, and God is so very faithful! I love seeing life through His eyes, so much more comforting.
      Oh and as for the hole in my house! It happened 2 weeks ago or so and is safely covered, the contractor should be around right soon to fix it. We were thoroughly blessed that very little damage was done. Again … a blessing out of a seeming tragedy!
      Blessings 🙂

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