A number of weeks have passed since I was last able to participate in Five Minute Friday. But tonight, the rain canceled our bicycling plans, and I am home. I missed the Five Minute Friday Party on Twitter, but at least I was able to write for my five minutes! It feels good to be back.

If you’ve never tried writing on a one-word prompt for five minutes, without editing, or if it’s been awhile, I invite you to join in. Even if it’s on a piece of paper at home. Feel free to write your five minutes in the comments section below. I’d love to read it and encourage you! Those of us who blog, gather at Kate’s place to share and encourage. Check it out!

This week’s word:



We have an alarm system that protects our home.

While bicycling we wear helmets to protect our heads.

We wear seat belts while traveling by car to protect our lives.

We obey traffic signals, speed limits, and cautions on the road to protect us.

We lock what’s valuable, and take care of what’s important.

Guard your heartBut what about our hearts? How do we protect them?

I’m not talking about our physical, beating heart that resides in our chest, but the heart of who we are. The heart that encompasses our inner being.

Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life. Proverbs 4:23 VOICE

What can we do to guard our hearts?

Read God’s Word. Soak it in to let it sink deep to keep our hearts aligned with His.

Pray. Ask God for His protection, wisdom, and guidance.

Follow the remainder of Proverbs 4…

24 Do away with any talk that twists and distorts the truth;
    have nothing to do with any verbal trickery.
25 Keep your head up, your eyes straight ahead,
    and your focus fixed on what is in front of you.
26 Take care you don’t stray from the straight path, the way of truth,
    and you will safely reach the end of your road.
27 Do not veer off course to the right or the left;
    step away from evil, and leave it behind.

Can you think of anything else we can do to protect our hearts??

If God says our hearts are worth protecting, we can take His word for it. May we be about spurring one another on to keep doing so, and may we be teaching our children to do the same.



I went seven minutes, and could have kept going!

Bless you, and thank you for being here, friend!



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