Five Minute Friday — Support

Time for Five Minute Friday!

Five Minute Friday is an opportunity to focus on a prompt word for five minutes (more or less), write a pithy (or sometimes not so pithy) post, share it with others at Kate’s place on Facebook at and sit back and enjoy other posts from other writers. It’s an exercise that keeps your mind sharp … and introduces you to a world of thought on the prompt from the other talented participants. It’s free. It’s easy (okay, not always). It’s addictive (in a good way). You should visit and check it out or — better yet — join in the fun of expressing yourself!

This week’s prompt is SUPPORT. The timer is set, so let’s GO …

Each week, I send a note of encouragement to my family and friends. A couple of weeks ago, it was a story about James Dobson and his interaction with a seventh grade student when he was teaching in the public schools. She looked him up years later and when asked why she went through so much trouble, she told him, “Because when I was a seventh grade student in junior high school, you were the only person in my life who acted like you respected and believed in me and I wanted to know your God.”

That’s support … support of your belief system put into action.

I like to think my meager contributions to family and friends are also support, catching just some one some day at just the right time to lift them up to see the Light.

That’s what we do here at Five Minute Friday … support each other by writing, sharing our thoughts, reading and responding to others. That’s what drew me here — that’s what keeps me here.

That’s our role as Christians … to support each other, spiritually, mentally and, when able, physically … STOP

through prayer, an understanding mind and an open heart.

In fact, I’ve been using testimonials about the group and the exercise from other members as collected in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Flat. This week’s it’s Amanda. I encourage you to listen to the words and visit Kate and her wonderful corps of writers … and maybe be inspired to join in!

“I started Five Minute Friday shortly after my son was born. A new mom struggling to survive and Lisa-Jo’s [Baker, the blog exercise founder] posts were a life line I clung to in those hard early days. I was transitioning from being a captain in the Air Force to a stay at home mom. It was hard, so very hard. I went from rock star to failure in a matter of weeks. I was searching for a way to cope and I found writing. Reading blogs was the start and then when I learned about Five Minute Friday I jumped in. As a new mom I didn’t have a lot of time, but I started to commit to writing for five minutes each week and found so much joy I started writing more and more. Eventually, it led me to starting my blog. Five Minute Friday opened up a door to a part of me that I didn’t know I needed.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: When you help someone up a steep hill, you get nearer the top yourself.

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4 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Support

  1. Weekly notes of encouragement… What gifts you give, Joe! To walk alongside each other in encouragement during good times and bad is exactly our calling as Christians. To love our neighbors (whether physical neighbors or the “man on the street” whose name we don’t yet know). Your habit of encouraging others is certainly one we’d all be wise to emulate. Thank you! (Your neighbor #31 at FMF)


  2. Spot on.

    My ministry is support of the dying and their caregiving spouses, but I do pray that the message might be more universal, that I can illuminate the message that the life God has given us here is worthy of our best efforts.


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