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 fiveminutefriday.com 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!
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.”
This week’s prompt is WAIT. The timer is set, so let’s GO …
“Can I have some ice cream?” “Wait until after dinner.”
“Can I go outside and play?” “Wait a minute, I’m in the middle of something.”
“Can I watch my show now?” “Wait until your brother is finished with his.”
Wait. Wait. Wait.
We do that a lot in life … and not just children. We are constantly in a state of wait and anticipation. We wait for our big day. We wait for the new child to be born. We wait for special events. We wait in the grocery line. We wait as gas guzzles into our tanks. We wait for the repairman. We often even wait through a death watch as loved ones get ready to cross over.
Wait. Wait . Wait. Often not happily. We tend to grouse a bit.
I wonder if the psalmist was waiting much when he penned those famous words, Be still and know that I am Go. (Psalm 46:10). We know he was thinking about God’s protective presence in his life … STOP
… — our life.
I don’t know about you, but I find it reassuring to think God is right beside me as I wait … whether it’s a life event or an every day event.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You can’t stop someone who knows where they’re going.