Place: A Five-Minute Friday Post


It reminded me of the verses in John 14:1-10, that talk about the place God has prepared for believers. In these precious words, Jesus tells about heaven.

He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”



The disciples claim they don’t know where Jesus is going.

He answered them, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

The disciples still asked Jesus to show them the Father.

Jesus patiently answered them again, by saying, “Don’t you know me, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”

I realize something else really encouraging in this passage – the last part when Jesus says the Father lives in him and is doing this work. That reminds me of an important truth for me as a writer – often I feel inadequate like I’m unable to write the stories God has put in my heart to write. I need to rely totally on the Holy Spirit of God to help me, he lives in me, and is doing his work.

Thank you, Lord, because I cannot do it on my own!


About Myrna Folkert

Myrna is an author who desires to use her gifts to glorify God. She's created this blog to tell stories of her childhood, musings about life, motherless daughters, grief and loss, faith in God, her family history, and facts about the Long QT syndrome. She also has a hearing condition called Tinnitus. Doing interviews with motherless daughters like herself are of great interest. Join in discussions by following this blog and commenting. She would love to hear your stories about life. Myrna is a Christ follower, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, and cousin. She was an elementary school teacher for 27 years; now works in her church, and a few other volunteer activities such as Hospice doing "Life Reviews" and Vigils. Myrna loves to read, write, listen to music, go to concerts, and take pictures. Her favorite pastime is boating with her husband near the beautiful shores of West Michigan.
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14 Responses to Place: A Five-Minute Friday Post

  1. Kelly Tanis says:

    Thank you Myrna, this was so good to read today. And I so enjoyed Andrew’s sonnet too! It is very humbling I am sure to offer your writing up to God for His use and then see how He touches and blesses others through it.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    As usual, you say it so well

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    • Hi there, I think this is cousin Marilyn? It says anonymous but I think it came from your email. Thank you for reading and commenting. Hugs to you cuz! Have a beautiful Lord’s day!


  3. Love the post, and the pictures, although they’ve got this Asian lad a shiverin’.

    If I may, you inspired a sonnet. I hope you like it.

    I cannot do this on my own,
    I’m at the end of hope.
    Every strength I had has flown,
    and I cling to hard-frayed rope.
    The tumours that were once inside
    now flame against my skin,
    and where can my hurt heart hide
    from the monster lies within?
    And suddenly a shadow falls,
    the burning sun is blocked
    and a cool calm surfer-voice calls,
    “Dude, I’ve got this locked.”
    He died for me on the bloodyCross,
    and shields me now, my Carpenter-Boss!

    #1 at FMF this week.

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  4. Lesley says:

    It’s so comforting to know that God has prepared a place for us, and also that in what we’re doing now he strengthens us and we’re not left to do it alone. Visiting from FMF #18.

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  5. Kim says:

    I too thought of those verses. I like how you unpacked it. These are not our stories. They are His to tell and He amazingly uses us to do it. Such a privilege. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping by my blog! It’s always so interesting how the Lord leads people in so many directions on these word prompts! I never look at anyone’s story before I write mine, so I can listen to what He wants me to share. Then later when I look, I’m so amazed at all the diverse slants and thoughts!!


  6. Jan says:

    I love going on journeys through scripture with you! And you sure know how to make winter days inviting. Once again, lovely and inspiring!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Beth says:

    What comforting verses. What beautiful photos.

    Liked by 1 person

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