Five Minute Friday — Still

Five Minute Friday. A staple for the week. It is, of course, a discipline where independent writers join together to transform thoughts on a specific prompt word from their minds through their fingers onto the screen for five minutes. Then we get together and share our pearls of wisdom {okay, some times they’re swine, but the intention is always good} at Kate’s spot on Facebook at http://www.fiveminutefriday.com.

This week’s prompt is STILL, but before I set the timer, let me introduce you to Janel to entice you to check us out. These words were penned in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat reflecting what the exercise has meant to the contributors.

“I had only heard about Five Minute Friday a couple of years ago. I did read Lisa Jo’s [Baker, originator of the group] blog on and off and saw people linking up. I attended a retreat in Nebraska where I met LJ and then decided to get involved. The community was quite welcoming and … I have attempted to faithfully attend the FMF party [#fmfparty on Twitter] on Thursday nights. I was blessed to attend the FMF retreat that was hosted in Nashville 2015. This community has become a sisterhood for me (with a few brothers thrown in for good measure). On the weeks that I have really struggled, being part of this community has kept me going. They are willing to pray whenever it is asked for. If I’ve had a stressful week I often have encouragement showered on me. So thankful for this group and how they and their writing inspire me, both in my Christian walk and in my writing.”

Thanks, Janel. The words echo from all of us in this very special group. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

Her words also reminded me of a new initiative I will be starting with the new year. In an attempt to make the blog more interactive by allowing the platform to become a clearinghouse for sharing, caring and, most important, prayer. On the top bar {and I believe to the right if you’re not a follower yet} there is a “Contact Me” button. I hope it becomes your best friend as you navigate around the site.

Joys and Concerns, is just that … your joys and concerns. It will be anchored on Thursdays and can be as specific or as general as you want. Those petitions will be part of the second change — Prayer, Care, Share — which will anchor on Saturdays. The petitions you bring will be brought to the Lord during my prayer requests … and I hope other readers will include them in theirs as well as they lay down petitions on the Sunday altar.

I am also inviting readers to share a blog post or thought with us as part of our outreach. I’ll choose one to “share” during our Prayer, Care, Share time each week and link others along with the joys and concerns.

But, back to this week’s prompt. When I saw it, I thought we had used it before. Sue enough, it was the word of the week back on Nov. 14, 2014 [https://wisdomfromafather.com/2014/11/14/five-minute-friday-still/]. I was tempted to “cheat” but opted instead to amplify the post. So here goes. Timer is set, so let’s GO …

I’m still here. I’m still plodding through life. I’m still sharing thoughts and words.
More important, God is still very much a part of my life!

Last time out, I focused on Be Still. This time around, it’s Still Standing.

It isn’t easy. Life is an everyday, ever-changing  kaleidoscope of colors and events. Some are bright and vivid. Some are dull and drab. Some are ups. Some are downs. The key is to leverage the two extremes against each other, hopefully to get to a balance that smooths them out.

Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can do that without believing in a Higher Power. At least in my mind, God was, is and will be forever and forever. I still have to remind myself — daily — I am NOT in control. I still have to remind myself — daily — my plans pale by comparison to His plans. I still have to remind myself — daily — … STOP

He is at my side, guiding, poking, prodding, coaxing and chastising me along the way.

My life has been a journey, one step at a time. And through those many steps I have learned God is still there and I’m still standing.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Read the bible from cover to cover.

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9 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Still

  1. rememberingtocountmyblessings says:

    I also have to remind myself daily to trust in His plan, even when I don’t see the next steps. I’m stopping by from Five Minute Friday.

  2. hi, i’m your next door neighbor at FMF:) i think i have been once or twice before as well:) nice to see you again and hear you are still at it!

    • Howdy neighbor. Glad you topped by. Loved your ending, Don’t allow the scared, overwhelmed or broken hearted aspects of your life to take away the hope He came to bring. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. Lesley says:

    I agree, I don’t know how anyone can keep going without God! It’s so reassuring that he walks with us in all the ups and downs and helps us through.

  4. The Dropkick Murphys said it best in ‘Forever’.

  5. I’m glad you didn’t cheat. This is a great reminder of what’s important in our lives. It’s all a matter of a hope perspective.
    A fellow FMF writer who shared on the FMF Community Group page

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