Five Minute Friday: Purpose

One of the things I missed most during my 18 month hiatus from blogging is the practice of Five Minute Fridays…and the community there!

I have met some of my best online friends there.

Kate provides the clan with a one word prompt, and we all set our timers to write for five minutes flat.  It is a challenging assignment, especially for those who are grammatically cranky or the poor spellers like me.

I am very out of practice so please bare with me.  This won’t be a Pulitzer Prize Piece, but I need to practice my craft…

The word this week is PURPOSE


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Sowing Seeds of Encouragement at the Ice Cream Shop

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

When I walked into Braum’s, I saw her sitting in the corner.  She had that familiar look on her face.  You probably know the one I’m talking about.  Desperation had lead her to indulge her kids with a sweet treat of ice cream just so she could sit in crowded solitude for the five minutes it took them to eat it.

I have been there too!

The momma heart in me wanted to run over, hand her a $100 bill that I didn’t have, and tell her I would watch her kids while she went out and got a massage.

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What Does it Mean to be Blessed?

When I chose the word “blessed” as my One Word focus, it was because it is a word I use often, and I had a sinking suspicion that I misunderstand it.  For example, when we have had a great weekend, “We had a great time hanging out with good friends.  We are so blessed!”  Or after assessing the Christmas carnage of boxes, wrapping, and bows, “What a great Christmas!  We are so blessed!”

It is such a common misperception in the Christian faith that blessings are material possessions and that pursuing a Christian walk will automatically result in is an easy life paved with good things.

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Autumn Warmth

Homemade country breakfast with my brother. A walk with my boys. Tractor rides for the kids. Birthday party for my baby.  One last boat ride of the year. Pumpkin carving. Fishing with Papa and the kids. Throwing rocks in the lake with my little boy. Steaks on the grill. Fire pit and the stars with my husband. My heart is full.

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