April 23, 2018

Five Minute Friday: Change

It's been a while since I've participated in Five Minute Fridays, but today's word is a huge thing for me, and I just *had* to write about it. If you're unfamiliar with Five Minute Fridays, here are the rules (as set by Lisa-Jo Baker):   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.   It's a great way to get to know other bloggers, to build community, and to fellowship [...Read More]

Five Minute Friday: Risk

For those of you unfamiliar with Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday, the whole idea is to "Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking." That's harder than it sounds, folks. In this perfectionist world, where the grass is always greener on the other side - it's hard to write for pure love of the words. But it's totally worth it. And so today, we're writing about...   RISK Blogging is risky stuff. It takes guts to put yourself out there, to share your deepest heart and most honest opinion with the world. It takes courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to criticism or - even worse - to being ignored. But we take the risk. We risk being unheard for the [...Read More]

Who I Really Am…

It's been a while since I've participated in Five Minute Friday, both because of busyness and lack of inspiration, but today's topic kind of grabbed me. In fact, it's something I've been musing over this past week. It's the concept of... IDENTITY Sometimes I wonder who I really am deep down inside of me. I wonder if I'm just a whisper of fresh air and springtime breezes. I wonder if I'm a loud cry to be noticed, a bright splash of rhododendron on a mountainside trail. I wonder who the girl inside of me really is, who she wants to be, who she's supposed to be. I wonder about my writing voice. Do I write like me? Am I trying to mimic another's style... am I supposed to preach like the deep [...Read More]

Running on Empty {FMF}

Five Minute Friday gives us a chance to write straight from the heart for five minutes, without worrying about over-thinking or over-editing. It lets us pour out our souls on paper... er, computer screen... for our readers. And this week's topic is once again perfect for how I've been feeling lately. How does she always know? EMPTY I feel like my spiritual gauge has been siting on empty for the past few weeks. It's been one hard lesson after another about being content with God's plan for me right now. It's been one test after another reminding me that His ways are not my ways. I've been trying to focus on Him instead of the waves. Trying to keep my gaze on Him instead of the scary road [...Read More]

Life Requires Trust (FMF)

It's time for another Five Minute Friday, hosted by the Gypsy Mama. It's been a few weeks since I've been able to join in the fun, but I think I can spare five short minutes today! As the Gypsy Mama explains, "We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.". TRUST I've actually been thinking a lot about trust lately, without actually thinking of the word "trust." Does that make sense? Let me explain. Last week I wrote a post about being committed to Christ. You know what commitment boils down to? Trust. Trust that whoever (or whatever) you are committed to will not fail your expectations. In other words, being committed to Christ requires that [...Read More]

FMF: Is Your Heart Awake?

Today's the day for another Five Minute Friday* prompt! It's the day where we write for five minutes without over-thinking, over-editing, or over-analyzing our words. Just straight from the heart, through my fingers and over to your computer screen. I kind of smirked when I saw the theme for today, for I feel anything but awake right now! Oh, my body may be vertical and my fingers may be flexing their typing muscles, but my brain? Ha! Not till I've had my coffee! AWAKE Is your heart awake? Is it singing with the joy of the Lord? Does it beat wildly in tune with the whispers of the Father? Is it aware of the beauty of His holiness and the purity of His love? Does it see Him in everything, [...Read More]

Five Minute Friday: Connected

Every week, the Gypsy Mama brings us a word to ponder, an idea to muse over, to a topic to write about for five minutes straight without editing or backtracking or thinking too hard. This week, the Five Minute Friday topic is: CONNECTED [...Read More]