Start the timer for 5 minutes….and start.
The sky is so blue today. And white. So crisp and clear. It seems to match my mood, or affect my mood, somehow. The sky is like a mirror, reflecting my heart and showing me a little glimpse into the depth it holds. The sky is wide open, but sometimes my heart feels closed off. The dark clouds on a rainy day reflect the muddiness of my thoughts and feelings. Jumbled together, with no color or clarity. I struggle to hear His voice or understand the words on the page as I open His Word. There seems to be a barrier inside when the sky is gray and cold, like truth bounces right off the surface and refuses to seep inside.
Then on the blue, clear days, I feel a little light and airy. I read His Word, and it gets deep inside. My feet are traveling the same path, my hands do the same tasks, but my heart reflects a different mood.
So keeping my heart….what does that mean? Its like it has a mind of its own – just like the sky. I cannot wake up one day and tell the sky to blue or blow the wind and rain away. I cannot wake up and tell my heart to feel Him close. I cannot tell my heart to believe the truth. It does what it wishes, just like the sky.
I can tell my mind, though, what I want it to think. I tell it what to do and it listens. I can read truth, even when I don’t feel it. I can believe truth with my mind, even when my heart is a grey stubborn thing. I wish I could tell my heart what to do, but I can only keep it.
Keep it close to the Truth. Keep it reading and studying and praying. And I’m in charge of what I think. I’m in charge of what I say and what I believe. So, I keep the truth close, on the especially cold and rainy days when the sky and my heart are dreary.
Something special happens in October. A community of bloggers and writers gather for 31 Days of Writing. For an extra little challenge, I’ll be also participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.
31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is a “challenge within the challenge,” so to speak — namely, to post on your blog every day in the month of October, but to write each post in only five minutes flat.
If you are interested in joining the fun, check out Christina’s page here.
Here is the list of the word prompts for 31 Days of Five Minute – Free Writes.
Do you struggle finding time to study the Bible?
Do you wish you had more minutes in the day to devote to Bible reading?
What if I told you you could start TODAY in just 5 minutes!?