Life has been beautifully full lately, and I’ve missed the last couple of Five Minute Fridays. But I’m back! I appreciate this wonderful Five Minute Friday community. When you have to step away for a time, they welcome you back with open arms. FMF is when many gather to free-write on the same one word prompt for five minutes. Kate keeps us connected at her online space, where we share and encourage. I invite you to check it out and try it on your own.
This week’s word:
There’s just something about the cheers of others.
Something happens inside of us when we hear others spurring us on to keep going, to keep moving forward, to make it to the finish line. Triumphantly.
I can remember in high school sports my parents in the stands cheering for me. Their presence and words made a difference in how I played.
I remember my husband speaking words of encouragement to me during childbirth. I’m not sure I could have done it without his help, and his encouragement.
Just the other day, someone out of the blue voiced words I needed to hear. They cheered me on in my writing, and in my calling.
We all can benefit from the cheers of others.
We all need another’s words of encouragement, of inspiration, of “you can do it,” of “I believe in you.”
Life can get downright discouraging. Problems can overwhelm us. Schedules can run us ragged. Success can seem so far away. At times we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Then there’s laundry, and raising young ones, and caring for aging parents, and paying bills, and illnesses, and death.
We all can use some cheer, and someone in your life and mine could use some today.
If we look around us, we’ll see them. That one who has more month than money. The one who could use a reminder she is capable and talented. The one who needs to be reminded “tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” The one who has stopped along the journey because it’s just getting too hard to keep going.
And quite possibly, that one is you. Friend, keep your chin up, and your eyes raised. God has you in the palm of His hand, and He’s with you, guiding you safely to the finish line. I’m cheering you on, every step of the way.
(Okay, I wen’t seven minutes instead of five.)
Praying you feel God’s mighty presence today. Let’s go about cheering others on in this journey called life.
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