FMF “After”

I’m a bit rusty at this. For four months I’ve funneled most of my writing into the shape of a book, and not allowed myself the freedom of writing for even 5 min. just for the fun of it. I’m starting up again today because my friend Gretchen encouraged me…she said “making time for beauty during this busy season is what you’re all about, Trina!” (She writes the most exquisite FMF’s, just so you know.) So, here’s my attempt at creating a little beauty with words in just five minutes…


“But Mary was distracted by much serving.”

The words in my daily Good Morning Girls reading scream in my face in the quiet of a rare morning up before the kids, with pink sunrise tinting my livingroom.

Boy, does that ever describe me. 

I’d like to think that the things that fill my day are valid–sometimes even crucial enough that I just can’t take the time to sit down and settle my heart. Let Him whisper. Let Him reshape me just a little bit more.

“…anxious and troubled about may things,”

oh yes. about things I must write, emails to answer, replies to post. About phone calls to make, calendars to update (after I find where the kids took it, that is), piles to sort. Laundry to switch to the dryer before it molds, dinner to put in the oven before I faint with hunger, sourdough to feed before it starves (poor thing!), snotty noses to wipe…

“…but one things is necessary.”

Why is it so necessary? I ask as I SOAP* out the verse for the day. And then He speaks. Because He ALWAYS does. Oh my goodness. I just don’t deserve this kind of attention from Him. But whenever I’m faithful to sit before Him, He meets me where I’m at.

Sitting at my Lord’s feet is crucial to being an effective servant. True service can only happen AFTER I’ve let Him renew my vision, tweak my motivation, mold my heart. Without that time with Him, my service will be for all the wrong reasons, and no matter how hard I push myself, I won’t be impacting the Kingdom.


*The S.O.A.P. method of Bible study involves writing out a passage of (S)cripture, journaling my (O)bservations, (A)pplying it to my life, and writing a (P)rayer. This method has really worked for me in this season of my motherhood because I can take even just one verse and get so much out of it. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but I feel like I’m getting the maximum impact of the Word. To find out more about SOAP and the online Bible Study Group I’m a part of, visit Good Morning Girls.

Linking up with Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday! (Psst! Did you know she wrote the forward for my book?!)

6 responses to “FMF “After””

  1. Amy P Boyd Avatar

    Thank you for the beautiful reminder that I need to take time to just spend tine with my Lord.

  2. Elise Daly Parker Avatar

    Oh I love the idea of SOAP…definitely checking it out. I haven’t been a regular 5 Minute gal…also with so many other things that have to get done. But I like the way your friend encouraged you…it encourages me. I’m going to try to do this thing! And you are so right. Everything AFTER GOD. Oh God help me to put you first. Blessings!

    1. Trina Avatar

      thanks for stopping by, Elise!

  3. Leelee Avatar

    Yes, we need to rest at Jesus’ feet sometimes and forget everything else. It puts everything else in perspective.

  4. denise Avatar

    Amen, very true.

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