Thursday, September 03, 2015

Saying Yes

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Yes." Write for five minutes; unedited.

Saying yes is graduating college and realizing that God is calling you to seminary.

Saying yes is hearing God call you to a new path; to a new venture.

Saying yes is trying something new.

Saying yes is getting to move into my own house for the first time.

Saying yes is taking on the Write 31 Days challenge for the first time and sharing our family's story of a mental illness.

Saying yes is meeting so many new wonderful blog friends because I decided to participate in the challenge for the first time.

Saying yes is going on a sister's trip with my sister and also getting to finally meet some blog friends in real life.

Saying yes is sometimes saying no so that I can spend time with dear friends and family.

Saying yes is asking others to pray.

Saying yes is living out my one word 365 for the word: brave.
And in being brave, I am hearing God call me to new brave adventures.

Saying yes is getting to hang out with my dear girlfriends on my birthday tonight.
Saying yes is laughing and crying and just simply being me with those friends.

Saying yes is treasuring yet another year of life and celebrating who I am and who God has called me to be in this time and place.

And sometimes saying yes is listening to where God might be leading me next.

What is God calling you to say "yes" too?

38 comments:

  1. Hi, brave writer! I'm so glad I got to comment on your post. Your yeses inspire me. Yes, share your story of dealing with mental illness (it needs to be heard!), and yes, seminary! Go you! And yes, so glad you are here at #fmfparty. Kind of addictive you may find. I write about courage a lot, and it looks like you do too. So glad you read your words!

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    1. Christina, thanks so much. I am glad that my yeses inspire you. Seminary was one of the hardest choices I made. Hard to believe it was ten years ago this May that I graduated from seminary.

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  2. Happy Birthday to you,
    you're Godly and true!
    A reflection of Jesus,
    and the Other Two, too!

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/09/your-dying-spouse-52-i-want-to-live-fmf.html

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    1. Andrew, thank you so much for the sweet poem. It brightened my birthday!

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  3. Hurray for a fellow seminarian! Saying yes to seminary was scary for sure, but rewarding none of the less. It's great to see how obedient you are to God's call on your life. Be blessed my friend!

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    1. Samantha, yes indeed hurray for a fellow seminarian! Hard to believe I graduated ten years ago already. It was so rewarding. Thanks friend.

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  4. Great list of yes's. Your post was a Blessing to read.

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  5. Wow I LOVED this, Tara! What a wonderful post and it says so much. I especially loved the part about saying yes is sometimes saying no (so you can say yes). I get it! Blessings on your bday weekend!

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    1. Thanks Ruthie! Yes, saying yes is also sometimes saying no. It was a great bday weekend! Thank You!

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  6. Saying yes can definitely open up unknown opportunities. [I'll be brave and ask you to pray: for the Syrian refugees].

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  7. So many great yeses! I love the way you are living brave!!! FMF#54 xo

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  8. Tara, so many great things to say yes to! And sometimes saying yes DOES require a girl to be brave. I love your gonna-do-it attitude. You're an inspiration!

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  9. I love your list of yeses :). And I'm so glad to have met you on these pages :). May God continue to bless your acts of bravery this year.

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    1. Anita, thank you! I too am glad to have met you on these pages.

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  10. Happy Birthday Tara! Now I'm doubly excited. My Mom's birthday is also September 3rd!

    :) Great post, sweet darling. And thank you for being my friend. You always remember me.

    Love,
    Tammy (#72 today)

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    1. TAMMY! :) So fun that your Mom and I share a Birthday! Thank you for being my friend too! You always remember me too!

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  11. What a sweet list of yeses Tara! I LOVE that you're doing 31 days for the first time. Happy Birthday beautiful lady! Blessings to you!
    Christy
    #70 today

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    1. Christy, actually it is my second time participating in the Write 31 Days challenge. Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes.

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  12. Way to go after it girl! You are on a great trek and adventure. I am proud of you and all you're accomplishing! What a blessing to know you! Thanks for sharing this with us and giving us excitement toward saying our own 'yes's to Him! Happy Friday to you!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Hope you had a great Friday and Labor Day weekend!

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  13. Looking forward to your Write 31 Days challenge. How brave! And asking others to pray... I'm so good at offering prayers; so challenging to ask for them. Thanks for such a thought provoking post! -Annie

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    1. Thanks Annie! I am excited for my Write 31 Days challenge too. It is hard to ask for others to pray for us.

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  14. I love how you listed so many yeses of all sizes and dimensions from your own life! awesome!

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  15. That's a great list- saying yes can be scary at times but opens up exciting opportunities too. And I said "yes" today and will be joining you in the 31 Days Challenge- thank you for your encouragement in that, and happy birthday!

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    1. Carly, it really can be scary to say yes at times. I am so glad you are joining in on the 31 Days challenge. I truly believe you will be blessed and others will be too. And thank you for the Birthday greetings!

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  16. Happiest of birthdays, dear lady! May this day be full of fun, blessings and many "yeses!"

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    1. Thanks Marie! I feel so loved with all the Birthday greetings I have received from all of you.

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  17. Happy belated birthday! We are birthday twins actually, I also celebrated my birthday yesterday. I like your yeses, welcome to #write31days!

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    1. Katha, so fun that we are birthday twins. I hope you had a fantastic day too!

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  18. I am SO glad you said "yes" to #write31days last year, my friend :) I'm glad that I said "yes" to that challenge too. I remember it wasn't easy for me, but if I hadn't or you hadn't, we'd never have met! I'm glad I said yes to the retreat weekend if for no other reason than a chance to meet you face to face. Thank you for all the times you've said yes to praying for me and my needs. You are a blessing to my life and I thank my God upon every remembrance of you (Phil 1:3)! Love you so much, friend!!! And one more HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish just because!

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    1. I am so glad I said yes too because it indeed introduced us. I am glad you said yes to the retreat because at least we got to meet in person. I love that Phil 1:3 verse! Thanks for the Birthday wishes friend!

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  19. Beautiful yeses, friend!! Thanks for sharing your brave!

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