Five Minute Friday — Depend

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker  who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. She figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. She turned over the reins to Kate Motaung, where our faithful writers write, and share it with others at her place on Facebook at

As an extra enticement, 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 Diana. I encourage you to listen to the words and visit Kate and her wonderful corps of writers … and maybe be inspired to join in!

“It is Thursday night waiting with anticipation for a post from Kate. What will the word be this week? The challenge is to write for five minutes free writing no correcting the grammar or spelling  [okay we all do because, well, we’re writers and words matter], just free thoughts. This circle of writers has been part of my life since Lisa Jo Baker orchestrated Five Minute Fridays. At that time, I was new to the blogging world. I have to admit somewhat intimidated by sharing my blog, what would people say about my writing style. However what I found was acceptance, encouragement, friendship and love. Lisa-Jo handed the reins to Kate and the circle has only increased and encouragement. From reading the other blogs, friendships bud like a rose, too many to name by names but you know who you are. Lastly, how amazing how the word is used differently by each one of us Five Minute Friday fans. Ready, the clock is ticking and the word is …”

The prompt this week is DEPEND. The timer has been set so it’s time to GO…

Who depends on you? Who do you depend on?

Well, it all depends.

A lot of people depend on us … our families, our friends, our employers or employees. But did you also consider, the stores you visit, the people you interact with in those stores, the people you casually come in contact with, the people you never see but you support in a variety of ways?

Who do we depend on? Same scenario. We depend on family and friends to stand with us. We depend on our employers to give us sustainable jobs and wages or our employees to give us a day’s work for  day’s pay. We depend on the butcher, baker and candlestick maker to have the goods and services we need. We depend on countless backroom people who provide the goods, transport them or stock the shelves, even though we may never see them. We depend on silent prayer partners, people we meet, perhaps casually, who have an impact on our lives.


What about God? Do we depend on Him and His blessings or do we take Him for granted? Can He depend on us to do His work on earth, often by just doing our work with the talents He has given us?

More important, do we recognize those we depend on or we depend on us? Do we thank them?

I guess it all depends.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right — Henry Ford


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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Depend

  1. rosebudmama says:

    “Thank you” are two very important words. This is very good reminder to thank the people in our lives that we depend on. I also think that this week’s prompt could lead to a time of prayer thanking God for the many ways that he cares for us, and asking Him “What do you want me to do today?” I am stopping by from Five Minute Friday. Jolene

  2. Martha G. Brady says:

    thanks for stopping by neighbor:) i have been writing here since lisa jo did the blog as well:) it has been a long time hasn’t it? i was able to attend the first FMF conference when it was held near nashville, TN. it was fun meeting some of these ladies in person.

  3. I like the idea of the prompt and letting loose! Almost like free thought. 👍🙂

  4. Well, apparently WordPress screwed up my first attempt at a comment.

    Thus…we can also depend on tools of the trade, like a ramped and throated M1911 and a Russian-made AK. The Red Star Crowd built the best ones. Good friends to have when you go to Hell, and aim to return.

    On the other side…there are days when I really want to quit writing my blog, as it takes me places I don’t want to go. I don’t want to die; I don’t want to ADMIT I’m dying.

    But then someone will always say how much my post helped them.

    I told The B about this, and she said…bless her boonie hat and jungle boots…”Ruck up, walk on, Semper Fi.”

    #1 at FMF this week.

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