Five Minute Friday: Friend

I’ve been craving participating in a five minute Friday again. It’s been too, too long. It’s an old weekly link-up that I have truly missed. I pray that life may be settling down enough that I am able to begin taking part in this again.

If you haven’t heard about it, I encourage you to check out the home page. Every week there are hundreds of writers who dare to write without editing. To share our hearts on the given prompt. We’d love to have you join us.

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I love today’s prompt, as I woke up with this e very concept on my mind.

Today’s prompt: FRIEND

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Friends often come and go. It’s a rare gem to find one whom will last a life time. We never anticipate the ending of a friendship. Especially when they leave such a bitter taste in the mouth upon their exit.

We can be assured of this one thing, we have a Friend who will never leave us. He has promised that He will always be there. Always faithful, always ready to accept us, always willing to listen. Yet, so often, He’s the one we forget about.

We all know what we want from a friend. Do we really know how to be a friend? That’s almost just as simple. To be friends, we do life together. We allow another person to hunker down with us in life. In the good times. In the bad times.

As someone who has a hard time making friends, and keeping them, when I finally find a friend who I know I can count on, it’s a joyous day. I can thank my Father above that He has given me a handful of them. I am blessed to call them not only friends, but sisters in Him.

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Cousins make great friends.

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Even furry ones.

{FMF} Bare

Linking up today with over 200 other writers. Each week Lisa Jo selects a prompt. A one word prompt. Then we write. We write blindly for five minutes. It’s always fun to join in, write my post, link up, then visit other writers. Some of my nearest and dearest friends have grown out of a FMF discovery. Won’t you join us?

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Baring my heart is something I strive for here. As of late, there’s not been a whole lot going on. Well not at least inspiration wise for this little home of mine.

The bare naked truth is, there has been a lot going on outside of this comfort zone. If I’m honest, a lot of it drains me. To the point that by the time I get my day started, I’m already exhausted. Even more so by the end of the day. Not leaving a whole lot of time for things I loved before.

I love being a mother. I love having a son. I love co-parenting with my husband. The one downside is that I find myself missing some of my old friends. My old hobbies that I used to have so much time for.

Things like my crocheting, reading, and yes, my writing. By the time I even sit down to look into this little home of mine, my mind is bare. Left with nothing more to give. Even now, my brain just feels all used up.

Leaving my heart bare on the page. Yes, that is what the point of each and every post that I write on here. Do I get into a groove, where I cannot stop talking about the same thing in every post? You bet I do. I believe that’s okay…because at least I’m being real. I’m bearing my soul.

I have missed baring myself to you, my reader, my friend. I truly have. Hopefully soon, I will find the energy to do so again.

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Five Minute Friday: Graceful

It’s time again for one of those weekly link-ups that many of us love so much.
Dare we be so bold as to write for a solid five minutes without second guessing ourselves?
Today’s prompt?

Graceful

How is it that so shortly after just studying about a very topic, we forget that it’s meant not only to be taken into my heart, but also poured out onto others. It almost never fails that on the days that we’re prompted to study or write on a subject, it’s that very subject we’re tempted with.

To be graceful is to show grace just like our Father has shown to us. How can it be so hard for us to freely give to others what was freely given unto us? Is it because we so often think that the grace we have been given falls on us because of something we have done? Forgetting that it’s a free gift that HE gave unto us. Unto me.

Can we stop trying to earn it, and just let it fall on us. To allow it fill us to the point where it just naturally just pours out of us onto others? To be full of grace is to be full of God. For at His very core we’ll find grace.

Father,  Forgive me when I fail to show grace to those around me. Forgetting that you have given me grace, free without condition. May I learn to extend that same grace to others. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Won’t you Join me?

It’s that time again friends! Another Friday arrived. Meaning another week is behind. It also means that it’s time for another round of 5 minute Friday.

If you’ve stopped over from Lisa-Jo‘s place: Welcome new friend! It’s so nice to have you here. I hope you’ll come back again.

To my regular readers: Hello there! I love seeing your face around here all the time!  Whether you’re a new comer or an old friend, I hope that you’d take the time to jump in on our conversation.

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If you’ve been around here with me for any length of time, you know my challenge is to create a place where I can be completely real. Not only that but a place where my readers can come and feel like they can just be themselves as well. After all, I’ve found that if it’s not real, then it’s not worth your precious time.

I’ve never been one to just immediately jump in and join others in what they’re doing. I’ve always been a shy one. The cautious one. In many ways I still am.

However when it came to blogging and making friends that way, I joined right in. Which totally goes against my natural instinct-a true introvert. I have found that when I joined in (in both big ways and small ways) I find that God has given me the courage to open up some. To love on those who need loved on. To put the right people in my path that won’t judge me for or be scared away by my quirky-ness.

So friends, I encourage you to join in on His cause. When we do, we will find that we’ll be able to exceed our own expectations. Joining with God in His cause will more than likely be uncomfortable and scary. But I promise, if you join with me in joining with Him, it will be worth it.

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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..

Five Minute Friday: Remember…

It’s been a while since I’ve participated. This week’s been kinda hectic, so my Thirsty Thursday posts will hopefully resume next week. 🙂

If you remember, 5-Minute Friday’s are when a group of us gather at Lisa-Jo‘s place and write on the same subject. We write…just write for 5 full minutes. We do not edit, nor do we worry about word-age. This week’s prompt is: Remember.
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What do I think of when I hear the word remember? I think of memories. Many of my memories growing up aren’t the best. My life has had many curve balls thrown at it. Through it all, I’ve managed to make it through, in one piece…physically anyway.When I remember the things I went through, I can see where bits and pieces of my heart stayed in those tough situations. 
Sometimes when I sit and think, I find that I am kicking myself, often over things that were out of my control. Other times, I look back and can’t help but smile. Smile over the people I’ve met. Smile over the situations that brought me together with some of my closest friends. Smile because the pain is over. 
Then suddenly I remember the real reason that I made it through in one piece. Had my God not swooped in and given me the strength to make it through each day, there’s no way I would be where I am today. I remember that it’s because of His faithfulness, His grace, and His love that I was able to smile through the roughest of times.
Sometimes memories are all that keep us going. Other times they remind us of what we’ve made it through. Often, however, they remind us of where we never want to go again.
Tell me friends (either here or on your blog) What comes to your mind when you hear the word:
Remember

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5 Minute Friday: "Joy"

It’s Friday again. That means time for another 5 minute Friday. I’m linking up with Gypsy Mama again. Each week she gives us a word or phrase to write about. We write for 5 minutes, no correcting, no worries, just write. 


Today’s topic is joy and my 5 minutes start….
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Joy. Joy has been my life jacket all through out my life. It wasn’t until after I told someone my story that I realized how large of a help joy had been. When I was asked, “how did you go through all that alone.” The only thing I could think was that I had my God with me, and had it not been for Him, I wouldn’t have made it.
Joy is one of the hardest things to maintain in my life. If I let go of it too soon, then I find myself in a pit of depression. If I choose to be an optimist, I can float along anything with the joy of my Creator in my heart. 
Sometimes we all need someone to give us an extra dose of the joy they have. The best way to help someone who’s down is to love on them, helping them find their value in themselves and reminding them they are not alone. By offering them support, it helps their joy get refilled, especially when it’s the hardest.
So lets go about this week pouring joy into others rather then judgement. 
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Now it’s your turn. Pop back and leave the link to your 5 minute friday post, and I promise I’ll join on your page and leave some love. 🙂

Blessings.