It’s Five Minute Friday!

Where many of us join together to free-write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. But it’s more than that, Five Minute Friday is community. Where we encourage, bless, pray for one another, and lift each other up. Be sure to read Kate’s post where we gather each week and share our posts, and the encouragement begins. I invite you to try it too… either on your own blog, in the comments below, or at your kitchen table.

This week’s word:




Two weeks ago tonight my husband and I spent time with my friend Jen, whom I met through this Five Minute Friday community. We were passing through her city on RAGBRAI, and Jen allowed us to shower at her home. (Let me tell you, on RAGBRAI a shower is one of the greatest gifts one can receive! Who cares if my hair is wet in this pic… I was clean!) That’s the kind of friend Jen is… she let’s you clean up in her shower.

Julie & JenJen and I have connected a couple of times before that, and her company is always a pleasure. She’s beautiful, inside and out, and I enjoy my moments with her. My heart goes out to her this week. Jen’s mother passed away at 52 years old, unexpectedly this week. Reading her post on facebook, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

It took me back to when my mom passed away, and the pain suddenly resurfaced. I might understand some of what Jen is feeling. Even though the pain of losing Mom was (and still is some days) awful, I am now able to relate to those to walk this painful journey of grief. And I can walk beside them.

Maybe you’ve been there too. I pray not. But, if you have, you can relate as well.

Will you join me in lifting Jen up in your prayers? Friend, how can I lift you, and your needs, in prayer to our Lord today? It would be an honor to pray for you.



I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—

he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—

the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—

he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.

–Psalm 121 Message

Bless you, friends. I’m glad I get to journey through life with you.


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