Today’s Five-Minute Free-Write Prompt: Inspire
What inspires me? I could start with a list like the Bible, books in general, family, a sunrise/sunset, birds, butterflies, dragon flies, flowers, a new baby, and blogging.
My Bible – The greatest inspiration of my life has been the Bible. Nothing, absolutely nothing inspires me more than opening my Bible and receiving a fresh new word from my Father. Without fellowship with Him I would not be the woman I am today. Without the inspired Word of God I would be a moody, unthankful wife, mom, grandmother. My Bible gives me faith, provides me tools and directions to make me a better person, lifts me up on any day, teaches me to love others like Jesus. How I wish I had loved this book so much more and spent more time in it when I was younger.
Family – What can lift you up after God – family? God created family so we didn’t have to be alone. One of them can call or text and it makes me a happy wife, mom, Nana. I mean really it makes my day. Even interruptions of what I had planned for my day becomes full of joy seeing my grown-up adult children enjoying life with their family, seeing our toddler grandchildren playing together, and now watching three 4-month old babies smile back a me. Those smiles are so BIG and so precious. I think of how God smiles down at us when He watches us enjoying His creations or watching us in the Word.
Books, books, books – I love books. I can’t find the time to read novels like I had dreamed about when I retired. I bought a bookcase of books at half-price books – books by Karen Kingsbury, one of my favorites and yes I have one of those I’m reading now – Take Three and Take Four.
I have had the privilege of reading books in my on-line Bible studies and in our women’s Bible studies at church. I love an app called First Five that I read on my iPad each morning. It has a new book that’s optional that I get about every day days or so. It’s a perfect uplifting devotional each day that helps me grow.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer so far: My New King James Version Bible, Take Three and Take Four by Karen Kingsbury, Me, Myself and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild (Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies), Covenant (a study of the Psalms) and about to start Suffering and Sovereignty (a study on Job, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes)