Yay, it’s Friday… and I need a Friday in my world this week. Ever been there??? We are linking up with Kate and the gang over at Five Minute Friday with a word prompt for the day. We write for 5 minutes and link up together here to share and encourage each other. If you’d like to join us, click here.
Our word prompt today: DECIDE
Every day is full of decisions. It begins with:
- Do I get out of bed or hit snooze again?
- Is it a jean or skirt day?
- Do I walk the dog or let her wander in the yard while I stand inside and sip my coffee?
These decisions are pretty uneventful and don’t hold a lot of weighty responsibility or consequences.
We face other choices that have the potential to change the trajectory of our day and cause drama beyond belief.
- Do I share a comment on Facebook about how I really feel or not?
- Do I speak my mind or hold back and choose better words?
- Do I cut off another in traffic or wait my turn?
- Am I patient with the slow cashier or do I let my annoyance show?
It takes wisdom and discernment because these decisions hold more responsibility and consequences that can play out in our relationships.
Our small choices lead to big changes.
It’s the snowball effect that begins small, rolls and picks up speed.
- Focusing the first 5 minutes of the day on thanksgiving and praise sets the tone for better moments.
- A smile and “Good morning” can open doors to a better beginning.
- Choosing joy over stress and worry lightens our load and carries us through.
Celebrate God all day, every day, I mean revel in Him! Make it clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. ~ Philippians 4:4-7 (The Message)
Today, we have all kinds of choices before us. Let’s decide together to look for the good, speak words in love and choose kindness in all we do.
Happy Friday all and have a great weekend!
I agree with those small choices even minute really with our mouths, our social media, our contacts. Loved this.
Yes, those small decisions can have big consequences! Thanks for stopping over and jumping in! Happy Friday!
Encouraging words! (And I SO hear you on the Facebook commenting decisions! 🙂 )
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Yes, that’s one I always have to keep at the front of my mind. Thanks for stopping in!
Oh, I love the Message’s way of saying Phil. 4:4! I need to decide to come alongside others far more than I do–to let people know I’m on their side and working WITH them and not against them!
I love it, too! And that’s what stuck with me, too! Thanks for jumping in and sharing!
Our decisions truly can change the trajectory of our day. So important for us to be positive. I’m over in the #7 spot this week.
Thanks, Tara! Happy Friday to you!
Love The Message. This version of the passage with Christ displacing worry is perfect. It’s freeing when we allow that to happen.
Yes, I agree! Thanks for stopping over! Have a great weekend!
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Don’t you just love The Message? So many things to consider before we decide!
yes, the Message is good for when we see read the same passages again and again, reading them in the Message can help us see it in a new and fresh light. Thanks for jumping in!
Rachel, such a good reminder. Yes, those small choices can have a huge impact on us and on others. I guess it’s a good idea to take a few seconds to make a wise decision whenever we need to. Words of life have been my goal and what I try to encourage our sons to speak. Not always easy, but man, when we speak them to those who “don’t deserve” them? The changes can be amazing.
Have a good weekend my friend!
Yes, it’s hard work but rewarding when it happens! Thanks for stopping over and jumping in!