Five Minute Friday – Nothing

by | May 30, 2014 | Five Minute Friday

It’s Five Minute Friday! (How can it be Friday already??) It’s that time of the week where I hook up with some of the most amazing people at –as I let my mind race with words and my fingers fly on my keyboard. Without any concern for grammer, punctuation, spelling, all those sorts of things. All centered around a one-word subject. This week’s word is:



NOTHING can get me more frustrated than when there is NOTHING I can do to fix a situation.

Take for example right now my teenage son.

He plays high school soccer.


It’s his thing, and it’s what he loves to do.

Tonight his team (our team) won in the 2nd round of post-season play. It was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever attended.

Yet, my son wasn’t able to play in tonight’s game. He was injured in a game three weeks ago when he took a soccer ball to his face, namely to his left eye. He ended up with a hyphema. Google it. It’s pretty serious.

He could see NOTHING out of that eye that night. NOTHING. Scary. Frightening. Question after question. Prayer after prayer. This mom wanted some answers. This mom wanted to transfer his injury to me. I felt so helpless doing NOTHING.

Thankfully, his sight has returned, but he’s under strict doctor’s orders to do NOTHING physically until after Monday’s follow-up appointment.

Do you know how hard this is for a 17-year old boy?? To do NOTHING?

Oh, I can see in his eyes how he desires to be on that field. I hear it in his cheers for his fellow teammates. And I sense the not-understanding-why-this-happened unasked questions in those silent and saying NOTHING times.

But his injury is completely out of his hands and mine.

There’s NOTHING he can do to fix it, and worse yet, there’s NOTHING this mom can do to fix it. NOTHING.

You better believe I’m praying for complete and total healing! And we’re trusting God for an encouraging report on Monday.

God continues to teach me. When times come and there’s NOTHING I can do about them, I can give them to the One who can do something about them. And so I have.

And that goes for you too. 🙂

This mom would sure appreciate your prayers for this pretty cool son of mine these next few days! We are praying for complete healing and for NOTHING…no serious internal injury, no lasting effects, no complications for either now or down the road.

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I went longer than five minutes here. I couldn’t stop. I’d love to read what comes to your mind with the word NOTHING. Feel free to share below!

Happy Friday, friends!

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  1. Amy Lynne

    Oh how my heart goes out to you! I have a seventeen-year-old son as well. Your post is filled with the truth and you shared beautifully how the Lord is the One who can do something when we can do nothing but sit at His feet and pray. I’m praying that Christ will do the miraculous and heal your son completely and build your son’s faith in a great way.

    Your praying sister-in-Christ,

    • Julie

      Hi Amy! Thank you so much for your words and especially for your prayers. They mean so much. It’s nice to find another mom with teenage children who can relate at least a little to parenting and supporting our teenagers. Your comment put my focus on my son’s faith. Thank you…I’m praying this builds his faith as well! God bless you, sister-in-Christ!

  2. Rachelle

    Zach was one of the first kids out on the field congratulating his team – there’s a great photo of him! He has certainly shown the team what it means to be a genuine friend supporting his team no matter what. He is able to do that because he has the support of a loving family and a heart that knows Christ. Well done Mom!

    • Julie

      Rachelle, you’re a gift. Thank you, fellow soccer mom! I’m thankful Sam and Zach have that bond through Christ! I saw that picture on Twitter, and I’ll be asking Tracy if I can use that in a post. 🙂 Thank you for your encouraging words and beautiful heart that you continue to share. See you tomorrow! Go Hawks!

  3. Holly Barrett

    Oh yeah, in the times of nothing, there is nothing else left to do but to trust the One who loves us beyond life itself. Prayers for your boy!

    • Julie

      Thank you, Holly! Your prayers are priceless. And you are so correct…”trust the One who loves us beyond life itself.” So glad we’re not in this on our own! Blessings to you today!

  4. Elise

    I am praying for your son!

    We can do all things through Christ — even nothing!

    I thank You, Lord, for how deeply you love this family and how perfectly You have orchestrated their today and their future. May You bring glory after glory to Yourself through this extremely challenging situation and comfort Julie who loves her son so well!

    To You who know what it is to love a son, Amen!

    • Julie

      Elise, how beautiful. Wow, thank you. Your prayer just calmed my heart and lifted my spirit. I will be praying it over the next few days. Thank you, thank you. May God bless you as you have blessed me! Thank you for praying!

  5. Lisa

    Oh, a mother’s heart. Aren’t you glad He loves them more than even we do? Believing with you for all to be well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Julie

      Thank you, Lisa. Yes I sure am glad He loves them even more than we do! Your comment blessed me today!


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