Friday, January 4, 2013

Five Minute Friday{And Then Some} :: Opportunity

It's back! 
After a month long hiatus for the December holidays, Five Minute Friday has returned. Last night was a lovely party {#FMFparty} on Twitter with some of my favorite ladies on the web. It was a real treat to my extroverted, words-of-affirmation heart. You should TOTALLY join us one week...for the party and the word scramble.

It's hard and beautiful and lovely and scary.
And I hate to ever miss one week!

So without further ado......

Five Minute Friday

I've been dreaming a lot lately.
This has been pretty amazing.
For awhile I thought I had lost the dreamer,
the artist,
the soulful girl,
the Anne-girl of my childhood.



But God is faithful and good and gracious
to renew and restore and fill us up again.

So I have been dreaming.
Of the future.
Of the year to come.
Of the days ahead.
Of the now.

I am full up with possibility, opportunity, and the light at the end of the tunnel.

I do not know if I will become an author, a counselor, a professor, or a graphic designer.
I am not sure if I will move to Alaska or Colorado or Timbuktu or even stay here in small town Maryland.
I have no idea if we will have six children or one, if they will be foster or adopted or biological or all of the above.

I am not sure.
I am not sure about a lot of things.
This used to scare me.
Some days it still does.
A lot.

But lately, the pot has been stirred and I am bubbling to the brim with the open doors that I can just make out on the horizon.

It is a mystery,
where they will lead,
what mountains and valleys that I will travail,
which beautiful hardships and gifts will cross my path.

But somehow...in the mystery...for the first time, in a long time....I trepidatiously, with outstretched arms, step forward into the Light, knowing that His fingers are at holding my palms leading me on.

P.S. Had a "little" more than 5 minutes today...was just on a roll and HAD to finish!! ;-)

25 comments:

Jessie Gunderson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey friend we're 5 min neighbors! :) I love the possibility brimming in your post. For my vote on kiddos, all, all, all! ;-) I believed the myth for too long that adoption was a plan B. I love your heart in just trusting God and waiting on Him to lead. He'll give you the ride of your life. Trust me!



Jessie at JessieGunderson.com

charis said... Best Blogger Tips

great to have eyes to see all the possibilities on the horizon. God will take you step by step.

keltrinswife said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that you broke the rules and kept writing:) I am excited for the new year for you. Be blessed:)

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! So much joy here that it just makes me smile. I live that you also used a version of trepidation. Isn't that a fun word to read? So glad we are all back at this again. You are one of the web's loveliest!

karen huber said... Best Blogger Tips

love this! filled with life. :)

Karrilee Aggett said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh sweet Lindsey! It was so great to be back to FMFParty and writing these wonder filled brave Five Minute Friday prompts... reading this made me envision Isaiah 52... and I kept hearing, "Awake, Awake, Oh Dreamer!" I loved this! He has been teaching me to embrace change as opportunity, the unknown as exciting, and leaning IN (instead of kicking against!)... Dreaming with you!
~Karrilee~

donna oshaughnessy said... Best Blogger Tips

Stopping by via FMF :0). Your future...year...day...all filled with amazing opportunity! How awesome is that?? here's to a year full of them!

Becky Daye said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so glad that you took longer than your 5 minutes! This was beautiful and I LOVE that God has you at this place- trusting Him with all of the opportunities out there. Just love it!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much, Becky! It is scary in its excitement...if that makes sense...and very vague and unclear....but well...that's God, right? At least in my path!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Donna, for stopping by and for your kind encouragement!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh! I am SO glad you shared that Scripture with me because I have had that line in my head for about a week or so! I love your words here! I feel even more challenged and inspired! Thank you!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Karen! It feels like it has been a long time coming to be walking in that LIFE again!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Jenn! Thank you! I just HAD to get it all out this week! #AppreciateYou

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey, girl! Thank you! Excited, scared, nervous, beautiful...yay!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey, girl! I am working through my plan vs God's plan and being excited about how that comes to be instead of being angry at the way things have unfolded. It took awhile to get here but thankful that He helps me!

Nikki said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, friend....I see the Anne-girl in you and am captivated by your spirit! There's no telling what God has in store for you, but I know it will be good...because He Is. I can't think of a better journey than one where we link arms/hold hands with Him.
beautiful write, friend {HUGS}

Sabrina said... Best Blogger Tips

As our faith grows, it becomes easier to enjoy the "mysterious unknown" aka our future and just do the Abraham-thing and walk in it. Dream on, oh storyteller-girl-with-a-mission, dream on :)

Lisa-Jo Baker said... Best Blogger Tips

Guess who my featured Five Minute Friday is this week :) Liefde xoxo

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh you are making my night! Liefde right back atcha, baby!

Ashley Larkin said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on being featured on Lisa-Jo's, Lindsey! And thank you for you dear words left in my space. I relate here, walking this journey of new trust -- not because we know where we're headed but because we know who holds us. This especially: But somehow...in the mystery...for the first time, in a long time....I trepidatiously, with outstretched arms, step forward into the Light, knowing that His fingers are at holding my palms leading me on.

Sheila said... Best Blogger Tips

It is scary not knowing what tomorrow will be. But God does know what He is doing.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Amen. Even when we WONDER "if" He does..... hahahaha

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Ashley! What a surprise it was! And you're welcome! It is SUCH a journey...trusting Him, letting go into His plan and purpose....hard and good.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

You are a powerhouse of encouragement! Thank you for that always!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I am so glad you can see it! She was my girlhood idol! And my grown up one too! ;-) And you are right! Linking arms with Him....the best place to be....even on the scariest of days!

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