Friday, February 21, 2014

Small Beginnings

I only seem to have moments to write ever so briefly on this blog...that's why I enjoy Five Minute Fridays. Lisa-Jo Baker gives us a prompt and we write stream-of-conscious for five minutes....
Today the prompt is SMALL.
This is what I first thought-a word of not despising small beginnings.
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain.
And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house;
his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 10 
For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice,
and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel . . .
~Zechariah 4:6-10 

Are your hands building a foundation? Are your dreams small, just a wisp of a cloud?

I have had a small dream--well actually a very large dream but is starting small--to help empower girls and women who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, to point them to the One who washes away dirt and makes us clean, who washes away tears and replaces them with embraces, to point them in the direction of gaining a future and a hope.

The dream is LARGE-so large that I am overwhelmed. I stood at the foot of this great mountain of injustice and oppression and knew not how to begin.

I was reminded of the proverbial saying: One eats an elephant one bite at a time.
Or one climbs a mountain one step at a time. But I have to take the first step.

Zechariah already had the plumb line in his hand beginning the work.
Just a beginning. First thought taking material form.

And He says to him, to me, to you-"the Spirit moves." He takes over. He places the finishing touch on the work.

And when it is accomplished we can only exclaim, "Grace! Grace! All was Grace!"

The Ladies Of Virtue Foundation is forming . . .
What is your work?

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin...."  
    -Zechariah 4:10 NLT

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Write Anyway

What a beautiful day, today. The sky is cotton blue, the sun shining, and snow crystals frozen on the trees. It's February-the month of LOVE.

Today is also Friday which means I am linking with other writers at Lisa-Jo Baker's place. We tap out thoughts onto our computers for five minutes ONLY. No editing. I noticed that some are using the prompt "Write." I think I am going to use Lisa Jo's full title: How to write and live brave (when you’re terrified).


Why do we as writers let fear paralyze the exegesis of our words? As writers thoughts, feelings, opinions, and insights topple in our minds like Chinese acrobats. Why do we let the guard dogs keep us from doing somersaults? Who made them the guard dogs anyway? And maybe they are actually Golden Retrievers.
For there is nothing new under the sun. Surely what I think, one of you has as well. The questions of insecurity. The web of dark gossamer strings that I try to conceal. The Oprah-light-bulb-life-changing thought that I think I am the first to grasp . . . you have those too.

So if we are not so different, and every one of us is on this journey of life-why don't we join hands and listen to each other's words.

We will find that we are not so very alone.


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