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re-New Your Mind and Receive a New Heart.


Jesus CrossIt’s Five Minute Friday again …  FMF + 31 Days of Writing = A Five Minute Daily Journey to Healing in the Word!

Check at the bottom of the post for links to ALL of the blog link ups for this 1st of these Very Special FMF posts! My plan for these special FMF posts in October is to do my best to use Kate’s prompt within my chosen 31 day theme ^^^.

Kate chose an awesome one this week …

Let’s Go with this weeks prompt! NEW …

Yesterday I shared my Heart Story with y’all. The scripture was Ezekiel 36:26 … the promise of a NEW heart! I actually first got that scripture when a dear friend had a heart attack a few years before my heart event. It was the first scripture the Holy Spirit ever “brought to my memory” as we are told would happen when we diligently re-NEW our minds with God’s Word, putting it  into our hearts.

Ezekiel is now one of my favorite books. I actually did a term paper on the book for bible college, not easy.

Scripture says to re-New our minds: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Romans is my other favorite book!

Renewing our minds in the Word truly creates in us a NEW heart. Re-Newing softens and strengthens our hearts simultaneously with God’s truths and promises. It creates us aNew. It changes our minds and our attitudes and our view of things. Bringing light to our understanding.

Re-Newing our minds helps us to see what God meant when he asked: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19

You see illness is in the past. Healing was attained at the exact same time as our Salvation! When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, our hearts became NEW and we were completely healed. Restored … did you know that restoration means: NEW, better than the original!

OH! This healing promise … it’s truly attained in our body, soul and spirit by the re-NEWing of our minds in His Word.

Haven’t re-NEWed your mind today? Well, it’s a good thing God’s mercies are new every morning!

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:23-24

Stop!

Thanks for reading my friends! Now tell us what’s NEW with you! Join us … in any of the prompts below!

Andrea

Andrea

 

31 Days Journey to Healing

31 Days Journey to Healing

 

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31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

 

 

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What I Hold onto ~ Psalm 91 | FMF Post


 

Psalm 91

Psalm 91

It’s Friday, almost, again and I’m joining the Five Minute Friday group again. Just five minutes of writing what’s on my heart, from my heart, without worry about the perfection of my words. No edits, no spell checks just my heart and this blinking cursor in this WordPress box!

You can join us! If you need the skinny on the hows and whys check here.

This weeks prompt is … Hold!

… and Go!

Holding on is what I do these days.

I hold onto my emotions and my faith. I hold onto The Hubs, for dear life. I hold onto the memories we have and the memories we are making each day.

I hold onto a lot …

While I let go of much. We all do, hold on as we journey through this life letting go of the excess and the unneeded and undesirable of our old selves. It’s an odd thing to become aware of the holding on and letting go simultaneously. Yet we must do both simultaneously, I find.

I let go of who I am today as I hold on for dear life of who I have become into tomorrow … with those mercies God gives us new each day. Mercies I believe relieve of me of who I was yesterday as I become the WHO God intended me to be, even as I get to know her today. And as I journey through the who-s of who I have been and come to terms with the who I am right now I HOLD ON to God promises!

Promises of hope and future and prosperity and abundance. Promises of healing and mercies anew in the mornings. His promise of His peace and His grace!

And there is no better place to find these promises and repeat them eternally to hold them within our hearts than Psalm 91

Psalm 91 holds every single promise God has ever extended to us as His children!

EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. … Amazing right? And  there’s more! Verses 14-16 are a personal letter from Father God to us, each, individually!

A love letter to hold in your hand and in your heart!

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

Psalm 91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Now my friends … in verses 14-16 replace the “he” and “his” with your name and realize how dearly Father holds you! He holds you so dearly to Himself that He honors YOU … it’s right there in verse 15! Now hold onto that!

STOP!

This is my go to scripture … I’ve had a few over the years but was introduced to the reality of this Psalm by my pastor at a very scary time in my life [at the time]. Since then much scarier things have occurred so I continue to HOLD onto these scriptures, these promises that are for me and for YOU and for EVERY.ONE.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, again. What does the prompt this week hold for you? I can’t wait to find out. Now, go on … join us and share your heart. =)

Andrea

Andrea

 


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{I’ve been} READY | A FMF Post


It’s Friday [well almost] and I’m joining the Five Minute Friday group again. Just five minutes of writing what’s on my heart, from my heart, without worry about the perfection of my words. No edits, no spell checks just my heart and this blinking cursor in this WordPress box!

You can join us! If you need the skinny on the hows and whys check here.

This weeks prompt is … Ready!

Set … and Go!

Since September 3, 2013 I’ve been READY for this season to be over! Yes, from day one! And I ask, who would not be ready?

A cancer diagnosis does so much to a person in a years time; to a family, to a wife and to the afflicted! It changes everything!

For the most part The Hubs is doing amazingly well. I’ve read snippets and heard some about how lung cancer is a horrible thing. Well, duh! I’d say any cancer is a horrible thing! But he is really doing well. We’ve had some rough times here in Hutchland lately; this second round of chemo is rougher than the first round with the radiation. But they are being more aggressive because a “little” spot moved to his liver. Still … he’s up and doing his thing most days.

But we’re ready for this to be over! And God knows we are; though the docs are being the docs and saying what they have to say and it can be very discouraging! They see the improvements and raise their eyebrows in obvious disbelief when they hear his lung functioning normally when just a year ago it was completely closed. In fact they are more focused on the liver this round than the lung! Though it still causes them pause that the lung is functioning.

Yet their words are cautious and their prognosis is guarded.

They don’t know our God, I imagine. Their words betray their lack of knowledge of the promises. So we wait and see, they test and treat, and The Hubs is making his decisions whether or not to continue; which gives me pause.

But …. All in God’s timing right? We are ready whenever He is. Hopefully sooner than later!

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O’ Lord this man.
We declare and decree the Word of God.
“Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.”
“By His stripes you are healed.”
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”
“You shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.”
“Don’t forget the benefits of God. He heals all our diseases.”
“The Lord will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds.”
“Affliction will not rise up a second time.”
“The power of the Lord is present to heal you.”

Until then we hold firm to the promise of healing: “He sent out His Word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.” Psalm 107:20

We’re READY!

STOP.

Andrea

Andrea

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if only i could have … 5 minutes!


Welcome to HOPEannFAITH! 🙂

On Fridays I try to join Lisa-Jo and her Five Minute Friends and simply write from my heart. The Rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

 Prompt: TIRED … GO!

Focus!

STOP!

I have lost my focus. The reason I write. Where my words, the good ones, come from; and this has made me tired!

I have become ingrained with the belief that I have to write like the last fantastic blogger writes; and I follow many bloggers! So I can spend days of exhaustion reading one motivational and another devotional blog after another and end up feeling like a hack.

Yes, a hack!

This is not a pretty five minute friday post! Because today I am writing who I am today. Not trying to write a version of my heart that is masked in a light that is not there.

Don’t get me wrong, please. God built this girl to go out into the dark and get the wanderers, grab those lost in the dark girls that are not even close to ready to see themselves in the light and tell them that we (yes we, because I was out there once and for a long time!) can join you all in the light, and be accepted!

God's Andrea

I have a gift for words … a gift from God and my best writing comes directly from HIM, my Father Creator. And this year I tried to conform to the beautiful writing I see from all of you … and trying to write like another writer is makes me VERY TIRED and discouraged.

I’m not saying that any of my posts are not genuinely mine and from my heart. I’m just saying that I am going, from this day forward, write from the ministry I have been given!

All of you are beautiful in your own ways … the light, the fun, and the deep … and so am I. I’ve learned from all of you that I am beautiful and relevant and talented … and now.

STOP!!

My focus is God … God’s Word … and those that I can reach with my experiences to bring here and introduce to you so that they can learn that they are beautiful and relevant and talented …

So please forgive me the extra time … but TIRED is what I have been  feeling about this; causing writers block … now, hopefully my words will return!

Blessings Loves!


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Growing in 5 Minutes …


A Wrinkle in Time

It’s the very end of the day Friday … the first full day of Autumn. Usually on Friday mornings I link up with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Writes over on The Gypsy Mama blog … where we throw caution and grammatical rules to the wind and simply write on the prompt from the heart.

No rules, no thought … just documenting where the heart goes.

I didn’t get to this this morning … and mulled it over and over and some more throughout the day. Funny how something so proactive and so forwardly positive can be so difficult to put into words.

So here I go, finally on this sticky Indian Summer Mid-Night … seriously at this moment it is mid-night …

Write with me on …. Growing

Go…

When we are children our parents mark our growth … some in cute and never finished baby books … some with pencil and ruler on a door frame. Documenting the milestones of a child.

I think God does this … but He does it on the inside …

Our first day of life …

Our first tear in the palm of His mighty hand …

Our first broken heart … and everyone since thereafter …

Our first kiss … love … child …

The milestones of a life.

My grandmother told me something about gardening this week. I personally have a black thumb … but her’s remains vibrant green at the age of 88. She said to root a flower that I wanted for my yard I had to prune the bloom.

The beautiful, vibrant blue flower had to be plucked to speed up the roots growth …

Later in the week, at my church’s mid-week service was about the pruning of the vine … John 15:1-8

I am the true vine ~ Jesus

Father, the Gardener ~ God

I think that’s where God has me … in the pruning stages, again. It will be ten years that I have been saved of my own choosing. Ten Years of saying I’m a Christian, truly meaning that my lifestyle had changed. Ten years of rapid growth in Christ … growth in fellowship.

Ten Years of covering my foundation with Christ and God and the Word and the real things and ways of life. Yet somehow, I have developed a bloom of religion. Things have happened, life has happened, disappointments have happened, and my Growth became stunted.

I think I became root bound … and now comes the pruning and the rooting …

God is pruning me of all the religion, all the pretty, right words that make it appear I’m living a Good Christian life … pruning the bloom, so that I can begin Growing again … on this vine onwhich He has so  graciously grafted me.

For this I am grateful!

STOP …

That was a bit over 5 minutes … and I have a photo to add. So once again, please forgive my wordiness! 🙂

And then I found this:

It just illuminated itself in relation to John 15:1-8 … God is amazing, I think!

GRAFT:  From Dictionary.com

a.a bud, shoot, or scion of a plant inserted in a groove, slit, or the like in a stem or stock of another plant in which it continues to grow. b.the plant resulting from such an operation; the united stock and scion.

This has been a 5 minute post!

Blessings Loves!


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I will think about OLD … tomorrow. ~ FMF Post


This has been a 5 minute post!

Happy Friday. Once again I am joining Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Writers over at The Gypsy Mama.

We put aside all the rules of grammer and sentence format and just write our hearts on the provided prompt! No worries … just heart words!

The rules can be found by following the 3 minute button; in short…

Write for 5 minutes only … no worries, no edits.

Then link up over on Lisa-Jo’s blog.

Then jump on  over to the blog before (& the one after…) yours, or more, and encourage one another.  Enjoy yourselves!

The Prompt is: OLD …

Go…

As I look in the mirror I wonder at the lines at the corners of these bright green eyes. I wonder because I feel all of 16 years at heart.

Mirror Image

They say you are only as old as you feel. Funny how that changes day to day now!

The bible says:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!”

 The old has gone and the new smile and laugh lines have immurged! No furrowed brows or frown lines in this face! Just signs of a life lived well and peaceful, most of the time.

I lean toward the mirror, as I squint just a bit with these 40 something eyes, and relish the twinkle of that 16 year old spirit as I apply the mascara to start the day.

I lean back and glance over this face once more and realize … I am more beautiful and as full of life, or more, than I was at 16. I no longer anticipate the “when I am old enough” or the coming weekend. I no longer look to a future, better day.

It is “IN” today that I live to the fullest … I cannot live fully looking forward into the unknown. This is the day the LORD has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it…I will think about getting old, maybe, tomorrow.

OLD? Nahhhh … just the beginning of a New Day!

STOP!

Blessings Loves! 🙂


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New: Bloom Where You’re Planted … 5 Minute Friday


 Welcome to 5 Minute Friday.

Here’s how it goes. We are all writers and always think about writing; but we also compare and question if we are “real” writers. So Lisa-Jo so creatively decided on the five minute writing prompt: imperfect posts, nothing particularly profound, simply five minutes of focused writing.

No true editing, no worry in regard to grammar, font or punctuation … just a concentrated truth from the heart on the prompt provided!

So join me and pour out what is on your heart today!

Today‘s prompt: NEW … Lisa-Jo pooled us all on facebook and this gem won!

Remember … set the timer for 5 and … GO! 

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I am not who I was yesterday … God‘s mercies were new this morning when the sun rose and I get to be whomever I choose today. I get to be the Andrea God made today! Let’s hope I don’t alter that vision of beauty and perfection! 🙂

Life has been a trial of late … but I am finding in the newness of this overcast morning, sun hiding behind the cloudy haze, that life is the trial. I am running a race and the finish line is in a new place each day, but at the end I get a shiny new trophy of God’s acceptance and adoration.

New … I have a new opportunity each day to be positive … to change my perspective … to polish the tarnish off of my silver lining.

Each sunrise is a new watercolor to entice the new me to perfection, though God does not require this …

Each evening sunset eases the feeling of old to calm, and prepares me for the new day … where I can again decide to strive for God’s path …

What’s new today? Me … Wonderful to meet you here!

STOP!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old
life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

This has been a 5 minute post!

Now you … Link up with all of us at Lisa-Jo’s the gypsymama!

** Scripture and picture added after the five minutes; though both were intended before the writing began. 🙂