Category Archives: [5 min. Friday]

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Hungry Souls [5 min. Friday]

When I see the move of God, His hand at work in someone’s life, I burst at the seams with awe and excitement. I love to watch Him work. He deserves the glory for it all.

This week I was able to have a front row seat to God’s healing hand. It was awesome! I don’t write this post to toot my own horn, but to express the message that God is still in the business of healing. He’s alive and well. He cares about our aches and pains. In 2011, I experienced my own personal healing touch from God. He healed my kidneys. And even last year, when I was struggling with fatigue, I doubted it actually happened and had my kidneys rechecked. They’re fine- His healing stands firm.

This week, as I was volunteering at a ministry that gives food and clothing to people in need, God brought Polly into my counseling room. Jesus says, “Anyone who takes care of a little child like this one is caring for me! And whoever cares for me is caring for God who sent me. Your care for others is the measure of your greatness.” Luke 9:48

At Safe Harbor the purpose behind the clothes and food is to present the Gospel. To earn a place at the table with these people, giving them living water to nourish the soul because the food and clothes are temporary. Every guest that walks through the door is able to speak with a counselor and receive prayer. Polly is a widow who lives alone and on a fixed income from her husband’s pension. She had some unexpected expenses come up this month and needed a little boost to make it through the month. Polly believes in Jesus and has even been baptized, but as I was talking to her she started to cry. In the moment, I thought she was crying because she was lonely and needed to talk to someone, but now that I look back I recognize it was the Holy Spirit beginning to move on her heart. She requested prayer for her hand. She said she had pain and tightness and it had been hard for her to fill out the intake form and to be honest, her handwriting did look a bit shaky. As we prayed, I did not feel anything, nor did I touch her hands. I said my normal words and used my normal tone of voice, nothing dramatic about it. Afterwards she started stretching her hand and I could tell she was in shock. She was crying and telling me how much better it felt. The pain was gone and she was in disbelief. Praise God!

From my own healing, I know that shock and disbelief are normal. When it’s really real, people have a hard time believing it. It’s just how it is. That’s how I felt at first too. We have such a deep core of doubt that runs through us. It’s hard to believe God loves us. His love is so wide and so deep and nothing can separate us from Him. I continued to say, ‘thank you Jesus’ as she continued to move her hand. She came in for food and clothes and got a bonus healing. Or maybe, God brought her in for the healing and heart change and used her needy circumstances as the vehicle. Either way, isn’t God so good? It was like the light in her face returned and she smiled. God is still in the business of healing.

As I was reading in my Bible this morning, Jesus goes on to say, “Heal the sick; and as you heal them say, ‘The Kingdom of God is very near you now.‘” Luke 10:9   The Kingdom of God is near to those who are healed because it’s the gospel of Grace in action. Being rewarded for doing nothing and only because God is love. He sacrifices for us. Oh, how He loves us.

Blessed be the name of the LORD.

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The most effetive fire drill ever [5 min. Friday]

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When I first started this blog, I intended it to be a digital scrapbook of sorts for my kids. Anticipating that my brain would not hold 100% accurate memories, I hoped that this would be a place for them to refer to as they began their own adventures of growing up and raising kids. Now, I am kinda starting to think I was romanticizing that. It could very well be that embarrassing scrapbook no one wants to show people, but inevitably gets pulled out for the obligatory wedding video. I guess we’ll see how that cookie crumbles.

It was a regular Friday morning at the Hopkins household and everyone was trying to get ready for their respective jobs for the day. My husband has been on this kick of hash browns and eggs for breakfast lately. He’s the type of personality that finds something to like, obsesses for awhile, and then drops it without warning. It used to be oatmeal.

So, we had run out of all cooking grease. I was due to go grocery shopping and we simply did not have anything to cook the hash browns in except coconut oil. I introduced our family to coconut oil a few years ago for it’s health benefits, and I love it, but it’s simply not a good oil to try and fry or brown things in. Low burn temp. As he’s patiently cooking hash browns for the entire family, all of a sudden the fire alarms go off. It should have been an obvious cause and effect for me, but it was not and all of a sudden I start rushing around trying to turn off the noise that almost made me eyes hurt it was so loud. Now, because I knew it was a fire alarm, and not a real fire, I was not overly concerned for the welfare of my children, but all of a sudden I see them crawling out of the hallway on their hands and knees! Ainsley is directing the group, and yelling at Balin to “GET DOWN”, while Ashden is frantically  crawling as fast as his legs will go. Balin is still on his feet, following them with the most confused look on his face, and somehow Jesse is thinking this is a toy that needs to be turned off and never aloud to have batteries again.

After I dismantle the eye piercing noise, it dawns on me that my children are crawling on their hands and knees, preforming the most effective fire drill protocol I have ever seen! Except for Balin of course, who has not been trained by the very competent public schools in this area yet. I can’t keep the smirk off of my face.

When I asked them what on Earth they were doing, Ainsley was still in a panic, thinking the fire was real. “I told Balin to get down but he wasn’t listening,” she says. “Yea, we’re supposed to crawl on our hands and knees out of the house,” Ashden adds. And in that moment I could not be more proud of my kids. They have learned the procedure and executed it to perfection without prompting. Their teachers would be so proud! It does actually sink in! Fire drills work. As I reassure them that the alarms were only going off because of burned coconut oil, they still seemed hesitant to fully believe me.

As we get in the van to leave for school, the automatic doors decide to stop working, which happens to cause this annoying beeping noise while the van is in (D)drive. Nothing I try to do is fixing the noise so we drive to school with the annoying beeping noise. It’s a miracle they were on time for school and once I arrived back home, silence had never sounded so good.




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Labor and Delivery [5 min. Friday]

A birth quote for you! When thinking about labor and delivery, think on this…

“The family is born in the delivery room.”  -Johnny Lind, M.D.

Labor and DeliveryHere I am, days before my daughter was born; days before my family was born. As I look back on my growing family, this quote remains so true. God talks about marriage and the union of the husband and wife as two becoming one. They are of one flesh and one body. Marriage is a holy union in which I highly respect, but it’s in the delivery room that the family is born.