Joining up with Lisa Jo and with the Nester today - and trying to *combine* 5MF and my 31 Days topic in one short and maybe sweet post... I'll spend more than just a couple of minutes thinking about this one, I do believe!
from Gypsy Mama -->
"...every Friday we pause and do a kind of mad, flash mob celebration of the written word, eh? Come join a weekly flash mob of writers at Five Minute Friday, where a beautiful crowd spends five minutes all writing on the same topic then sharing ‘em...
Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!
OK, are you ready? In the spirit of welcoming the 31 Dayers to join us, won’t you please give me your best five minutes on..."
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear." I Peter 3.3-6
|My beautiful, gentle and most welcoming friend...|
She's seeking... praying she finds the One for whom she's searching.
"Je vous en prie."
~ or ~
"You're most welcome."
"I beg of you, think nothing of it."
Literally? This French phrase means "I beg (the aforementioned thing of) you."
A polite, more formal expression, these words generally show up following "Merci!" as the equivalent in English of "You're welcome." Typically used in service or business circumstances, it is also appropriate in any situation where the triggering expression of gratitude seems deeply-felt. I find I hear this expression (and therefore try to use it myself) when the speaker seeks to communicate a more formal and emphatic "You're most welcome" instead of "Hey, no problem." or "It was nothing!" There are some times, however, when its use simply signifies "Please..." or "After you," as when someone bids me to walk ahead of them through the door they've held open for me.
These words remind me of the kind of words a gentleman (or gentlewoman) might utter.
A gentle and quiet spirit can sincerely accept and receive thankfulness offered from the heart of another... without discounting or brushing it off, downplaying their own service as nothing. A gentle and quiet spirit has the confidence to say, "Yes, serving you cost me something... and it was my great privilege to pay that price, to love you in such a way."
And now I'm wondering... Does God ever say thank you to me? Does He appreciate the earthly cost (which on many days I've counted and am more than willing to pay) that obeying and following Him exacts? While I know obedience is the only right response, is my Savior still grateful when I choose to agree with Him, respecting His desires? Could it be that the gentle, quiet and classy way acknowledging the Lord's pleased appraisal in those times is simply to say, "Jesus, You are most welcome."
And might that word of hospitality invite Him to continue working on and changing me, from the inside out?