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Five Minute Friday returns …

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back and invite others to join in, http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/. 3. 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…OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on: OPPORTUNITY

"Nothing about my life is lucky. Nothing. A lot of grace, a lot of
blessings, a  lot of divine order, but I don't believe in luck. For me,
luck is preparation  meeting the moment of opportunity. There is no
luck without you being prepared  to handle that moment of opportunity.
Every single thing that has ever happened  in your life is preparing
you for the moment that is to come." — Oprah
http://www.oprah.com/own-master-class/Oprah-Winfreys-Master-Class-Quotes/2#ixzz2HB9NCybH

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I recall repeating the prayer affirmation as directed by a minister at a women’s conference I attended a few years ago, “Lord, give me opportunity to use the gifts you have put in me.”

Don’t we all want to be used of God? Don’t we all want to be a blessing to the Kingdom?

But are we prepared or preparing for the opportunity we’re praying for? Can we carry the weight of it? Can God trust us with it?

“Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in  the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important  question is: “Are your ready?””
~ Johnny Carson

So much goes into being prepared. Gifts and talents are not enough. We all have gifts and talents, but godly character and integrity are even more vital to be effectively used of God.

Occupy until I come (not in the context of the scripture) is a command to do something, work, prepare, study, train, learn, listen, hear, network, invest, save, store up.  We cannot sit idly doing nothing, expecting something.

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Then there is the process. Then there is the waiting. Then there are the times when we are overlooked, not chosen, it seems the opportunity passes us by. In the waiting, we must occupy. When we think we’re ready, God knows we are not. We must trust Him, His will, His timing. We must keep preparing until God (not man) determines we are prepared for the opportunity we seek, the one(s) He has ordained for us.

“I will prepare and someday my chance (opportunity) will come.” ~
Abraham Lincoln

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” ~ Ecclesiastes 9:11

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And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:9-10

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