HOPE*ann*FAITH

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SharingThursday’s Blessings on Saturday| A Friend’s Heart.

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On Thursday I started posting my Let My Words Be Few Thursday posts again. After the 31 Day Writes challenge ended I really thought I was going to fall into a writers rut, or just not want to write for the daily battle to wordsmith. A challenge I chose and one I didn’t realize would impact my desire to write in quite this way. I guess Nester knows exactly what the challenge does to writers and why she puts it out there every year!

Anyway, back to Thursday. I encouraged you all, my friendly readers, to join me in the theme; not as a link-up just yet, but in the comments. I do it this way because as the intro page will tell you, I didn’t have much success, 3 years ago, with the link-up.

I really started FWT to get closer to God in a quiet creative way. Saying and putting my faith out there, to you sweet reader, in the quickest, most profound way possible. And I wanted to inspire others and have them participate.

I have ALWAYS wanted to be one of those writers who “said” very little while rocking your thought processes. You know, the quiet write that everyone quotes!

That was not meant to be, and it may very well be exactly the same this time.

But I am not the same. I am vastly different today. Yet I still want to have these Thursdays be a designated quiet reflection and writing (creative time) with God. For me. And for you, if you’d like to join me.

Thank goodness that I am over that selfish desire to be recognized in that way. Now I just want to be able to get you a look at a piece of my relationship with God in a short, concise, profound manner that anyone with a moment of time has the time to read. I want my relationship with God to shine so brightly in your mind throughout your day that it leads you to your own, personal quiet time with Him. I want you to see God. Want God. And to know that He sees YOU and He wants YOU.

So I promised to post one of your comments each week on the weekend, or as soon thereafter as possible! And here we are, early Saturday morning and I have the urge to write!

[I really thought that the challenge in October was going to hinder my writing process. I guess not! =)]

This is a comment,from a dear friend, with the picture she used to illustrate where she was right then, to my FWT post. She’s going through a hard time, family things, and her post was just so poignant and touched me deeply. It, and what she’s going through, led me to a whole day of prayer [and calling my prayer partners to prayer] for her, her family and a community in crisis. So without further delay …

“Be still, and know that I AM God”….a very short command, but one whose meaning leaves me baffled and feeling rather “un-normal”… on a daily basis. Quieting the noise around me, and stilling my mind, is more often than not, a failed attempt,…failed. The longer and harder I try, the quicker “being still”…leaves me. That photo, bowed down, in complete submission, is where I want to be, for to me, it is in that moment, that physical, spiritual and mental state of being, is where God is, waiting for me. I close my eyes and see the entire dance, the dance I preform for my King, movement, twirling, spinning…but always in motion..it is at the end, bowed down, that I know my King awaits to speak to me, to have fellowship with me, to lavish me with His love and Holy Presence… and I can’t get there. Music stops, movement stops, and my mind rushes in. I don’t want to dance anymore, I want to get right to the end …I want to get so lost in Him that I only hear Him, feel Him, see Him, ..Lord, I just want You. God, are You there? Do You hear me?
My world is a mess, I need a rest, and I can’t find my way to Him….

Psalm 95:6 NIV Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

Psalm 95:6
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

My friend and I talked and prayed after I read this and she’s feeling better. Still pressing in to God. I just loved that she felt free to express her faith, her longing, right here in this place.

I do hope this moved you to press in to God and express to Him your desire to be in His presence today.

God Bless. Thanks for reading.

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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.

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