Five Minute Fridays


There are two different ways most of us use this word.

  1.  When needing to get someones’s attention we use it politely, saying, “Excuse me please.”
  2. When we want to explain why we didn’t do something, we make an excuse.

Excuses we all have them, we all make them at some time in our lives, for things we should have done, could have done or wanted to do but didn’t.

Why do I not sit down and write more often?  because I’m too busy, I am not inspired, I am not good enough, I need to find a paying job, I don’t feel well….. and the list can go on and on.

Why did I not spend more time with so and so when I had the chance?  too busy, hard to get there, they were too busy….

Why did I not study more, take this course and not that one?  Again the list of excuses can go on and on.

For the most part our excuses are explanations of how we percieved the situation and to defend ourselves against accusations.

Take for instance Adam and Eve.   Eve made the excuse, “The snake made me do it.”  Adam made the excuse, “The woman you gave me…”

Most of the time our excuses are blameshifting to someone else,

“She made me angry.”

“He told me to do it.”

I know I have said these kinds of things.

Getting down to the truth of excuses, Jesus said in John 15, that if he had not come and spoken to them (us), they (we) would have no sin , but now they (we) have no excuse for their (our) sin.  Jesus came, he spoke and he still speaks today.

Paul in writing to the Corinthians, asked them if they thought they were making excuses, (or in some versions, defending) for themselves and their actions. ( 2 Corinthians 12)

Romans 1:20  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly see, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened. “

Without EXCUSE for rejecting God, not glorifying Him as God and not being thankful.

Wow, we are without excuse for not being thankful.  When was the last time I really thanked God for all that I have.   Much too long.

We are so fickle we thank God for our food, but not for the trials that cause us to grow in His character.  We thank God for the new shoes but not the chance to grow in trusting for that next need to be met.

Romans 1 also says we (man) exchanged truth for a lie… excuse making actually exchanging truth for a lie?

OH I can’t help, it is just the way I am.    Does this sound like truth?

So, what is the truth about our excuses, can we help them or can we not?

In Romans God tells us we are without excuse, even though Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree we cannot hang on that and continue to blame them for our sin.  It is our own sin.  Excuses and blame shifting is no longer acceptable when we read that word,  because God says we are without excuse.   But the GOOD NEWS IS we are freed from this excuse factory, because we can come before God and confess our sins without fear because Jesus died to set us free, we are free from the excuse and blame shifting because Jesus is with us to help us do all we are to do and be all he created us to be.  There are no more excuses left.


All we need is the grace to be humble and meek as Jesus is, so we can admit our faults, sins and shortcomings, have mercy on ourselves and one another and forgive then move on.  NO EXCUSES.






Silence, in the stillness, there is silence.

Silence without, Silence within

this is my goal

this is where the treasure lies

to be silent before God

is to be still

in stillness we can know God

His Word is

“Be still and Know I am God”

In stillness, in silence,

Silence of mind and heart

Silence of the world

we can know God

We can know He is God

In this we can find comfort

In this we can rest

In this we can trust

Knowing He is God and we are not

Knowing He is in control, so we don’t have to be.





What are the true needs of people?  Distinguishing between wants and needs is not always easy.  What do I really need at this stage of life, where I am now.  I have shelter, food (though not always by my own hand), new friends and a new beginning.  So why is it I can feel that there is lack in my life.  The only real lack I have is money, but sometimes it is hard to remember in this western country, that money is not everything.  Yes it pays the rent, yes it buys the food, but really is it my deepest need now to be able to support myself?  Most would say yes, yes, and many love to quote the Bible and remind me that, “You don’t work, you don’t eat”  but what about obeying God and trusting Him to provide.  Is the only way he provides through work.   I am not against work, in fact I have been looking for work for 3 months and just this week applied for 3 more jobs.  I do need work, but is that my deepest need?  I would say no, because I know me and I know where I am at; God knows me and where I am at and He knows His plan for me.  I need to rest in Him, trust Him and do the work He gives me to do, whether it pays financial dividends or not.  I need Him above and beyond anything else in this world, even food and shelter.  So, if I lose all I will still have Him.  He is my strength, my song, my deliverer, my healer, my savior, and my Husband.  He is therefore taking care of me, I need to trust Him, rest in Him and love Him.  That is my greatest need and in doing those things all the rest will be taken care of, because He is God, He is good and He promises in His word to meet my needs.

Matthew 7 says that we cannot love both God and money

So which one to seek after?  Only the One who gives life.





Rest everyone needs it and all of us like it, but what is it in the Bible? 

Jesus said he gives us rest, he says come unto me all you who are weary and I will give you rest.  We also find in Hebrews that there is a rest we are to enter into.  A rest that the Israelite’s did not enter into a rest that we can miss.  I do not want to miss that rest, because that rest is the real rest we need.  As I have been asking God about rest and what that means it seems that it is something we can have and do even when working and busy with life.  His kind of rest is a rest that eliminates worry and stress, but not the work.  His rest is entered into when we Trust Him, trusting is resting, resting is trusting.  So although we like the rest that is a stop and sit down and relax, whether with a book or a movie or a cup of coffee with a friend.  The rest we really need is so much deeper and so much more needed.  To rest in Him, is to cease from striving, and working on our own, it is to connect with the Holy One and work from that place of connecting so we are not striving in the flesh to complete whatever work He has given us to do, whether at a 9-5 job or sitting writing.  So do we need a day to cease from work and rest YES but we can also enter into The Lord’s rest while we work and care for others.  As always the Lord wants to take us deeper into Him, into His Word so we do not miss entering the rest He talks about, the one that has His yoke which is easy and light.  I am still learning about rest and practicing what I learn because I do not want to miss entering in to that place of real rest in Him.