It’s Friday! The day a few hundred of us come together at Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday and we share five solid minutes of writing from a one-word prompt. Pure, raw and real writing. No worries about anything else, but to just let the words flow from my mind through my hands and onto my blog. Come join the fun, or try it yourself on a piece of paper–just for fun. You might just get hooked like I did.
This week’s word?
It was a couple days full of self-doubt. I was struggling.
Every writer was better than I. Everyone else in the world knew what they were doing with their lives. Every mom was a better mom than I. Every wife was a better wife… you get the drift.
I was beating myself up over everything.
Tears came out at dinner Tuesday night when I finally shared with my husband and my son exactly how I was feeling.
“I feel like a loser.”
My son had never heard words like that come out of my mouth about myself before. You should have seen his eyes. I thought they might just pop out of his head.
My husband and son ministered a message my heart desperately needed to hear. (Two of the most handsomest messengers too, I might add.)
I woke Wednesday morning to a message on my blog.
The title read, “Keep doing what you’re doing.”
The tears that were cascading from my face the night prior, found their way again down that familiar path as I read this encouraging message.
Get this… From someone I didn’t even know.
He was encouraging me in my writing. What? Really? I couldn’t believe what I was reading. How I needed those words from this messenger. “Know what you’re doing is important to someone.” This messenger had no idea the kind of week I was walking through.
And Wednesday night, a dear friend spoke words of life into my heart about my writing. Her words were “icing on the cake.”
I can’t thank God enough for the messengers He used to encourage me this week. Just when I needed them the most.
There are people in our lives who need a messenger of encouragement. May you and I be that messenger for someone today!
Thank you for allowing me to share your Friday. Find someone you can be a messenger to today.
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I just love coming here to read your words, and again today I am encouraged. It is absolutely true how God uses even small moments, regular old messengers to bring a fresh rain of encouragment. I can not count the ways He has done just that through friends near and far. Happy weekend to you!
Thank you, Brandi. You are so kind. I’m so thankful for those messengers of hope He brings to us just when we need it most. Thank you for stopping by. May your weekend be blessed!
Life is so like that…instead of the cheery “Life is Good” shirts…we often are tempted to stray down that pessimistic path of “My Life is Terrible…I’m Not Good” concept that is from the “dark side.” We are Star Wars fans at our house…I think of the good evil pull from Jesus/God moments to Satan/sin moments. We live it…we endure…we are patient…we stay in the Word and type our words. Go girl! Keep going! We moms need those encouragers for sure! Hopping over from Lisa Jo’s encouraging FMF link up!
Wow, thank you Jennifer. I’m loving your perspective this morning. We like Star Wars too over here. 🙂 “We stay in the Word and type our words.” You are spot on! That’s what we’re called to do, aren’t we? I love it. I’ll be over to visit your place here soon. Thank you for being a messenger to me today! Have a blessed day!
Thanks for your message of encouragement today. So lovely to read your words.
Hi Kaye! Thank you for stopping by today! I’ll return the favor and visit your place shortly. I love the encouragement we find through each other on FMF! Have a wonderful day and weekend!
Love when God works through people to tell us what we need to hear! What a great story.
I love it too, Jess! God is so good, isn’t He?! Thank you for your words today and for visiting. Have a beautiful day!
Julie, Yes! Yes! You are making a difference. You shoot straight from the heart. I read both of your blogs and look forward to new post. Keep that chin up gurl…you are a mighty vessel being used for a mighty purpose! Hope over to the “Life Bubbling Over!” Facebook community.
Hi Cathy! Thank you from the bottom of this heart of mine. Your words bless me this morning. “…you are a mighty vessel being used for a mighty purpose!” I love that. I might just have to write that on my bathroom mirror. I will stop on over today. May God bless you as you bless so many others!
In this short time I’ve been coming here I can say your words surely do make a difference. So blessed to know you. Grateful for the messengers God places in our life. Happy Friday! xoxo
Hi there, Beth! Thank you so much. It’s been a joy getting to know you through your words and your blog. I pray for you daily, as God puts you on my heart often. I’m blessed to know you too! I, too, am grateful for the messengers God puts in our lives. So timely this week. Happy Friday to you too, friend! xoxo right back at ya!
Joining you & desiring as well to be a messenger of encouragement. Loved all that you shared here! Just beautiful!
Hi Joanne! I’m glad we are both desiring to be messengers of encouragement! We all need it. (I seem to need it more than most!) Thank you for coming by my little corner of the world today. I’ll head over to your place soon. Blessings to you on this Friday!
Oh Julie, we all have those moments. I’ve had them all too often and just like what happened to you, God ministers to me through a stranger, through a friend, in so many ways. You are a wonderful writer! Keep pressing on, friend. You are a blessing and an encourager to so many, including me. 🙂
Thank you so much, friend. I appreciate your words of uplifting encouragement. It helps to know I’m not the only one who experiences moments like this. I will keep pressing on. You too, Abby! It’s exciting to see what God is doing with your writing as your share your life through your words! You are a blessing to me too! Hugs!
Julie, I love your words, your transparency. What a blessing you are to so many to share. As a messenger, God will use you to reach more than you may ever realize. Thanks!
Abby, thank you so much! Your words blessed me here today. God uses us and our stories for His plans and purposes. That’s why we do what we do, right? Keeping that in perspective is necessary for me. Thank you for coming by today! Have a blessed Friday!
Love that He always knows exactly the message we need and just the right messenger to bring it to us. Thanks for sharing with us, Julie. We’ve all faced down that discouragement and doubt. You are not alone, my friend!! 🙂
Thank you, Holly. I love that we can encourage each other, and God sends it when we need it the most. So thankful! Thank you for dropping by today. Have a blessed weekend!
Julie, love your blog. The five minute Friday is a great idea. You are an encourager and even encouraragers need to be encouraged. So keep up the good work lady.
Thank you so much, Pat. I appreciate your words of encouragement! Yes, you are correct. Even encouragers need to be encouraged. Join in any time on Five Minute Friday, either by a blog or commenting in the comments. 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Blessings to you!