Time for Five Minute Friday … on Friday!
If you haven’t been following FMF in 2018, make it a new year’s resolution to follow — and join us — in 2019. It’s really a fun way to see how your mind reacts to a one word prompt and converts them into letters, words and sentences in just five minutes (more or less). But more important, it’s the encouragement we give to and get from our fellow writers that makes this such a valuable exercise. We get to “know” each other, support each other, lift each other up, pray for each other. It may not be in real life … but it’s certainly in real heart. It’s not just a writing group. It’s a community.
As an example, to entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by Leah. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.
“Five Minute Friday is the first writing community I have ever been part of. Within the group under the leadership of Lisa Jo [Baker] and then Kate [Motaung], I discovered that though we write individually, we can be in this together. Writing doesn’t have to be a competitive thing where we try to one up each other, but can be a way we minister to one another as writers. It was within that encouragement in a Five Minute Friday post that I first called myself a writer and I will always be grateful for that breakthrough.”
Okay. The prompt is WITH and the timer has been waiting to be set, so let’s GO…
As I sit here alone, with Christmas happening all around, with snow shimmering under an icy glaze, I was struck by the fact there is no one around to share this with. I am alone … alone with my thoughts … alone with my mood … only soft music in the background.
At this season in my life, I expected to be sharing these days with my wife. I cherish the memories of the times I had, sharing life’s adventures with my wife and family and friends. But, on this Friday before Christmas, I look around and note I am alone on this journey from here on out.
Of course, that’s not totally true. There is no one to share this time with physically, but I keep on going knowing I have a regular traveling Companion through life. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes I trip and fall but always He picks me up. But each step is measured with the knowledge I am with Someone who will ultimately lead me to a better place where I will be with all those I love, all those I’ve known, … STOP
… all those who crossed my path as angels unaware.
To all, have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Five Minute Friday returns in January.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The Blessings of Peace. The Beauty of Hope. The Spirit of Love. The Comfort of Faith. May these be your gifts this Christmas Season.
I can feel the atmosphere. Bittersweet. Quiet. Thoughts meandering like tumbleweeds. And yet…. God is with you. Praying Emmanuel will remind you of His love and Presence every morning.
Your FMF neighbor.
Amen! Thanks. I do feel His love and presence every day! Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Never alone. Christ is with you!
Amen! I know that. He’s my companion. Wishing you at Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy, Holy New Year!
I won’t be alone for Christmas…not with eighteen dogs and a very brave cat…but Barbara will not be here much. A dear friend of hers is in hospital, very ill, and Barb is spending her free time there.
Which is exactly as it should be.
Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas! Enjoy the companionship.