Finish…Begin [A Five Minute Friday Combo]

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(Photo Credit by Kylie Noel Photography)

Beginnings and Endings…

Life is full of them!

You cannot escape them; no matter how hard you try!

Many of us do not like change. We fear starting something new. We fear ending something that feels familiar and comfortable.

Why not embrace the change?
Why not find God in the midst of it?
Why not find our purpose in it?

The key is to not only embrace beginnings and endings, but to embrace them well. How we finish one season is how we begin the next.

As important as it is to start something well, it is just as important to finish something well. And the time in between should be covered in wisdom and discernment so that we know where and when to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith;” 2 Timothy 4:7

The apostle Paul was the perfect example of starting, persevering, and finishing well. When he came to know Christ, he began to follow him with intense passion. He continued on in that passion regardless of the persecution that he faced. Where Christ led, he obediently followed. When his life was over, he completed the call on his life the same way he began it, with intense passion.

He saw God do something in the beginnings and endings throughout his life that was far greater than he could have accomplished on his own.

Oh, that we would all live out the beginnings and endings in our lives with passion and obedience.

This is the life pleases the heart of God.
This is the life that He blesses.
This is the life that begins and finishes well.

 

Thank you to my dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker for showing me, and a watching world what it means to start and finish well. She has listened to the voice of God and has decided to pass on the leadership of Five Minute Friday to a trusted friend, Kate Motaung. I know that through her sheer obedience, greater things are yet to come!

 

 

Is there a beginning or ending of something that needs to happen in your life? If so, what is it?

 

 

 

 

 

This Is Me! {A Blog Hop}

I love it when God allows me to connect with other women who have like minds and like passions as I do! It is always a reminder of how He desires us to be in community, to learn from each other and grow together.

A couple of weeks a ago two of my dear friends, Angie Ryg and Jessica Hoover invited me to be a part of something called a Blog Hop.  I couldn’t resist. I thought it was a great idea and an honor to be thought of! You can read more of  Angie’s words at http://www.angieryg.com/ and Jessica’s words at http://www.handmedowngrace.com/.

In the next week or two, you will also get to know a couple of my other friends who I have invited to be a part of this Blog Hop- Krissy Collins and Christie Hughes.

We are all sharing a bit about ourselves, our hearts and our writing. We will answer a few questions and give you, our community of readers a glimpse into who we are and why we do what we do.

 

Here goes…

 

1) What am I writing now?

Really, right now, I am just writing here on my blog, at http://www.incourage.me/,  http://www.satisfactionthroughchrist.com/ and  http://www.hashtaghope.ca . I have written poetry for 20 years but this whole blogging thing is still pretty new to me. I have only been doing it for less than two years. In many ways I am still finding my voice and discovering what the Lord wants to speak through me. This is one of the biggest adventures of my life! It is exciting and scary all at the same time.

 

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is a hard one! There are so many gifted writers out there. It is easy to get lost in the sea of words and talent. The thing that I think is my niche is my style of writing. I am very conversational in real life. I could make conversation with a tree. I crave sitting down with people and hearing their stories and speaking truth, hope and encouragement to their souls. That is how I approach writing. I imagine sitting across from you, having a cup of coffee and sharing stories. I always try to be relational and approachable. I don’t have it all together. I don’t know it all. I t4ry my hardest to live as though I do.

 

3) Why do I write what I do?

This one is easy! I write because it’s what God created me to do. I couldn’t imagine not writing or sharing God’s truth with His creation. I couldn’t imagine not connecting with hurting and broken people who need to hear how much God loves them and that God has purpose and good ahead for them. He has given me a voice even when I don’t feel like I have one. He has given me a story.  My story matters.

 

4) How does my writing process work?

Oh, this one. It is crazy to say…I don’t really have one right now. I am working on that. This is my fave resource out there for creating a writing process…http://howtheyblog.com/. On my blog, I write when I am led to to. I don’t want to write just to write or just to produce. I want there to be life in the words here and I want God’s timing in the release of those words to be prevalent. In the other spaces that I write for, there are topics and ideas and deadlines. I do like that but it is taking me a little time find my groove.

 

These are my friends…

 

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From the time she was small, Krissy grew up with more questions than could be answered and a curiosity to uncover the deep treasures hidden in the people and situations around her.  She was overwhelmed with the desire to know WHY:  why things happen the way they do, why the world works the way it does, why people respond to things in different ways, and why any of it really matters.  As stories often have a way of unfolding, the WHY questions took on their greatest shape in the middle of her own story.  And after years of exploring the WHY of her own existence, filled with both devastating and beautiful moments, Krissy came to an appreciation of the power of stories.  Stories are deep magic into which God breathes his power for life-transformation.  Stories for her are a key that unlocks breakthrough for those telling them and possibilities for those hearing them.

Krissy resides in Columbus, GA, with her husband Grant and two daughters, Lily and Norah.  Together they pastor a missional community for young adults called the Door.

http://www.krissycollins.com/

 

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Christie Hughes is a mess-making mama who hold degrees in communications and law, but spends most of her time holding her two little girls and trying to hold it all together. She leads a weekly women’s bible study, while she and her husband also help to lead the marrieds ministry in their church. Christie’s an all out fear-fighting, Jesus-loving, coffee-slurping mama. Always in need of a refill. You can chat and slurp along with her at her blog, http://christiehughesatthewell.com/, and also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

 

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