Mile Markers

One of the "mile markers" on US 192

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thegypsymama

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..

Today the word is: PATH

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I’ve often thought about my path in life. I sort of think of it like mile markers on the highway. Significant things that have happened to me, that have changed or somehow altered my path. Sort of like if I opened this “door” and this would happen. If I didn’t do that, than this wouldn’t have occurred, kind of thing.

I look back at all I’ve gone through over the years. The ups and downs. The struggles and doubt, mixed with elation and success. I’m grateful for where I am right now, and the choices that I made to get myself here. Sometimes I look back and am unnerved by stupid decisions that I made and what could have been. The thoughts are not always good ones. I shudder to think.

On occasion I will think back on my life’s journey and smile. The people that I have met along the way have been both interesting and inspiring….and most people that have come across my path have changed me, if even in some little way. Some for the good–and some for the not so good. Either way they helped me get to where I am now.

I can definitely say, without a doubt, that as I look back on the map of my life….pointing to those mile markers….I see God. There is no coincidence, there is only providence. His hand has been on me my entire life. I know there have been times when I’ve made Him happy, and other times that my decisions have grieved My Heavenly Father……but, He was always there.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV

 

Just Stay In The Race

The Gypsy Mama

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..

OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on:  Expectation

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I tend to have high expectations. There is nothing wrong with that on most days….

But, sometimes it can backfire.

Expectations. Standards. Measurement.

An imperfect person in an imperfect world. I set the bar and try to meet the expectation(s) that I have for myself. The “list” is in my head…. but,what I want and what I do, do not always match. As a matter of fact, many times they are not even close.

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Romans 7: 18-19  NIV

How many times have I felt this way? Paul said it all, didn’t he? We all have expectations. We try. We fail…..but, we keep on going.

Paul later wrote to his young friend, Timothy:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7  NIV

I think I’m going to chance my expectation. It will be short and sweet.

Just stay in the race.

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