When we’re not happy with where we are

Five-Minute-Friday-4It’s Five Minute Friday with Kate and friends.  Each Friday, Kate gives us a word prompt and we write…it’s like a word-association game.  Then we link-up and share together.  If you’d like to read others or join in yourself, click here.  Our word prompt today is: TIME

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I’m thankful for microwave ovens and stores down the road.

I’m thankful for washing machines and dryers that beep when my clothes are fluffy, dry and warm.

And I’m thankful for quick communication and seeing my daughter on screen instead of waiting for the pony express to bring news from far away.

God himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else… and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. ~ Acts 17:25-26 (NIV)

God has an appointed time for each of us to live.  He wired us for our time and place. He gave us quirks, temperaments and abilities for the times in which we live.

We sometimes fight against our times, wishing for another place or time period when life was easier and times were quieter.

We can wish for a day when there wasn’t the stress, pull of culture or evil that abounds in our day. Yet God placed us here and now.  He placed us here to make a difference in this time and in this place.

I love what Solomon tells us:

“All things are wearisome, more than one can say.  The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:8-9

Every culture, generation and people have their thing… pride, greed, gossip, sin…hardship, stress, and culture clash.  Each have fought for their own way. Some have won and others have lost their way.

Each time takes on its own characteristics and troubles.

But just as each time has sin, hardship and stress each time also has grace, love and forgiveness.

We can fight against the change in our times or use that change for His purpose and gain.

I am learning to embrace the technology of the day in which He placed me… along with learning how to reach the culture in which He planted me.  I can wish for what is not mine and long for a place He has not planted me –OR– I can be thankful for the timing and the placement of my life and live in such a way to use that towards His plan.

He has a plan and purpose for each of us and a time and place in which He plants us.  It’s in our hands and our choosing… what will we do with where He has placed us?

Jump into the conversation:

  • What do you love about your time and place?
  • What attitude and frustration do you fight against?
  • How can you use that for His good?

Happy Friday, all!  Have a great weekend!

10 thoughts on “When we’re not happy with where we are

  1. Sometimes I do get so frustrated with this constant connection, social media and the anxieties I find can go with it. But at the same time, I can’t imagine life without it now – and it can open so many good doors! Great, thought provoking post

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  2. Thanks. I often forget that God has a time and place for each of us. I want my time and place to be different RIGHT NOW! I want my deepest desires to be fulfilled. Yet I need to remember God knows when it’s the right time and place. I’m over in the #11 spot.

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  3. While I miss Montana’s beauty, I know that God has me in the desert (AZ) for a specific reason–my students. I am blessed to have the means to travel and indulge in my birding hobby so that a get refueled for working with my kids. It’s a beautiful cycle that I never would have discovered if I hadn’t moved when God said, “Move!”

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    • I love that, Anita! That’s such a great perspective and it’s wonderful that you have found a way to refuel. That is so important in this journey of faith and following His leading!
      Thanks for jumping over and in! Happy Friday to you!

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  4. Whoa! It’s like you’ve been listening in on my conversation with God. I run a preschool for children experiencing homelessness. It is hectic, it is heart heavy, and it is hard. Most days on my way in to work, the day that lies ahead of me seems too big and I have this recurring conversation with the Lord. I ask Him for confirmation. He asks how much more confirmation I need, (reminding me how I got here and that He sees, He knows, and has placed me right here… for a reason). And last week I had a realization… “You can’t use the world’s ruler to measure God’s success”! So your post was literally right on TIME (ha ha)… Anyway, I said all of that to say, thank you for writing and sharing this. (your FMF neighbor)

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    • thank you, Tondra, for stopping over and jumping in! I thought I had commented back to you last week but I did it on my phone and it must not have gone through and connected! Sorry about that!
      What a truth…”You can’t use the world’s rule to measure God’s success.” I need to post that one up and remind myself of this!
      thank you for jumping over and in on the conversation! Happy Friday to you!…. again! 🙂

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