Okay, I am aware that it is Saturday, but I couldn't seem to find 5 minutes to think quietly yesterday, let alone write, so I'm fudging a bit and doing a 5 minute Saturday.
    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back to 5 minute Friday and invite others to join in.
    3. Most important: visit, comment, encourage the person before you.


Open mind, open home, open heart, perhaps this is the Lord's message for me as 2012 dawns in just a few hours.  I am not a resolution maker because I know I'm in need of improvement all year long.  But I do like the idea of a fresh start, a new beginning, a new work in my life.  

Maybe being open, honest, giving, transparent, real, hospitable, forgiving, understanding are all areas that need to open up in my life.  It is easy to become like a little walled-in fortress protecting ourselves from the slings and arrows life and other people throw at us.  I don't like to be vulnerable, out of control.
But if I really want to open up my life and heart to others I need to be willing to be hurt and rejected too.  I need to be open to God's plans and be willing to take risks even at the risk of falling flat on my face and failing.

So maybe I do have a resolution for 2012; I will try to be open.

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