Friday, April 5, 2013

5 Minute Friday: After

I have put my hope in the after.

I have woken up before the sun spills over the horizon and thought...
After my children get to school, I can have some quiet time.

I have sat in my quiet time chair, surrounded by my bible and my books and thought...
After I my class ends, I'll have more time to dedicate to the book.

I have come down the stairs, looked at my surroundings and thought...
After the house is clean, I'll feel peace.

I have awoken my computer, looked at my calendar and thought...
After next month, I should have a break.

I have written a particularly witty statement and thought,
After they read this, they'll think I'm stellar.

All the after.  The imagined after that doesn't seem to pan out just quite the way I thought it would.  The after that causes me to block out the joy of the present, that doesn't let very presence of God restore my soul.  No, I keep looking at my schedule or my house or my own sense of magnificence to do that.

The after is not the point because God wants me to be so wrapped up in Him that the after simply becomes an afterthought.

Praying that you would be wrapped in His arms, dancing with Him, this weekend.  There's no better time to start than now.
 "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13
I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

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..


  1. Beautiful post, Jennifer! I love the idea of being so wrapped up in God "that the after simply becomes an afterthought."

  2. You always know just what to say! Oh, yes, getting caught up in the after...guilty as charged! It is such a waste and I so agree how it takes away from presently focusing on God and the gifts, experiences, etc. he gives us. I love your thoughts! Thanking you for encouraging me today to stay in God's presence and not in the after...Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I so understand that mindset! It's so easy to keep telling yourself "After X happens, everything will be perfect." Thank you for the reminder to live in the present and in God's presence.

  4. Beautiful and I too have thought that after I get this or that is done it'll be better but it is not true, only after we know God can we, have peace. Love you and have missed your blessed words.

  5. Love this! Praying you have a wonderful day today in the NOW. Hugs!

  6. Dear Jenn
    If we truly stop and think about all the afters, we realize that it is always in the future and we only have this moment to live and love our Lord and our families and friends.
    Bless your beautiful soul

  7. What a wake-up call! Thanks for this fine post and reminding me that I am in Him and not living in those "after" moments. I do not want my life to be "that the after simply becomes an afterthought". He is my very Present help at each moment. Thanks, ~ linda

  8. your words have given me some much needed inspiration. I want Him to be a part of my every moment. Thank you!

  9. oh, yes! i live too much in my "afters." you have captured the whole essence of my blog. while our hope is in the eternal, we are to live fully in the here and now. it is a gift that He has given to us. and i never want to miss the opportunity that any one of those moments holds. never want to miss out on now for the after.
    my biggest one this week? "AFTER i get some sleep, i'll be much more pleasant to be around!" LOL!!!
    have a blessed weekend, jen!


  10. Such a beautiful post! I always thing that "after" I take care of my list, then I will be able to rest. But I know that God wants to fill me right where I am, no matter what I am doing.

  11. Waiting until the after's that never come is Satan's way of suppressing the advancement of the gospel in our own lives and in the world. It is when we move on despite the things in our lives that He is able to use us. Thank you for reminding me to not wait until the afters.


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