{Five Minute Friday}: Reflect

Reflect{Today I’m joining the wonderful LisaJo of thegypsymama and a beautiful community of bloggers for the 5 minute Friday writing prompt. Today the word is REFLECT.}

Yes, I am a week late on the Five Minute Friday drill. Lately I always seem to be a bit late. Reflect is the perfect word for me at the moment because it is exactly what I’ve been doing lately. Truthfully, I’ve had a lot going on. {As many of you may have noticed by the quietness on my blog.}  A new marriage. A baby on the way. A move. And even major surgery while pregnant – complete with complications. All of these changes have given me a lot of things to ponder.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).

Yet everything that I have gone through over the past few months has brought me closer to God. It has also shown my weakness and His strength. I haven’t always been the dutiful Jesus follower. Sometimes quite the opposite. I’ve been listening to Pastor Rick Warren’s sermons on the “Habits of Happiness” to get some more happy and more strength. And the Lord’s providence is amazing. {I encourage you to check out this series. Life changing!] These sermons were right on time. In Pastor Warren’s sermon entitled How To Keep From Stressing Out,” he said that I need to go directly to God – talk to God, pray about everything! Don’t talk to other people or read self-help books or whatever you do. Talk to God. It was a good reminder that I needed to seek God first in everything – big and small. And honestly, I wasn’t doing that as consistently and faithfully as I should have. I am a big-time reader and researcher. So, when I have a challenge, I immediately go into action trying to fix it. But what about praying to God first? I was convicted.

“Never worry about anything. Instead in every situation let God know what you need in your prayers and requests…” Phil 4:6 (GW).

Reflection has really been key these past couple of weeks. As I ready myself for a baby, I am reflecting on my life with God. I know only God will sustain me as I take this next big steps in my life – becoming a momma and learning how to be a good wife.

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you. Psalm 55:22

Praying God will sustain you and give you strength,

Hope

Five Minute Friday