Five Minute Friday – Reflect

by | Dec 11, 2015 | Five Minute Friday

As I’m sitting here with my grown son watching Toy Story on ABC, I’m a bit distracted in writing my Five Minute Friday post. A bit of background, my son grew up with Toy Story. He loved Toy Story. I used to sing him to sleep with the “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” song. I’m okay with being distracted. This evening is a gift to me.

So here we are. Five Minute Friday again. Goodness, these weeks fly by. Next week is the last Five Minute Friday for 2015. #wheredidtheyeargo

Many of us join #fmfparty on Twitter on Thursday evenings, get the prompt from Kate Motaung, free-write for five minutes on that word, share and gather at Kate’s, and then encourage one another in our writing. This community is beautiful, and I’ve met so many great people through it. I’d love for you to join in the fun. Write in your blog, in my comments section below, or on a piece of paper on your kitchen table.

This week’s word:





I’m doing a bit of reflecting tonight. The prompt is perfect.

As my 18-year old son and I are watching his favorite childhood movie, I’m reminded how fast time flies. How did 18 years slip by so fast? I mean, wasn’t it just a few years ago I was singing this son of ours to sleep at night? (Mamas and daddies of little ones, cherish each and every moment with them… they grow up too quickly!)

And now, we have a little over 20 days left of 2015. How did this year fly by so fast? Shouldn’t it still be somewhere around August?

I can stop time about as well as I can draw. (I can’t. My dogs look like cows, and my people look like aliens.) Since I can’t seem to stop time, and this year (which feels like it just began two months ago) is nearly at its end, it’s a good time to consider, contemplate, and ponder.

It’s a good time to reflect.

reflectTo think about the year. To ponder what went well, and what did not. To recall all God did in my life and in the lives of others. To thank Him for it all. To consider finishing the year strong, and glorifying Him in all I do. To remember what’s most important.

And to reflect on Jesus’ birth this season, and all He’s done for this imperfect soul.

Yes, it’s a great time to reflect.

I pray we each find moments to consider, contemplate, and ponder these remaining days of this year. And to allow thankfulness to fill us to overflowing.

Thank you for being a part of my life this year. I’m so thankful for you!



Much love,



P.S. I’d love to read below what does the word REFLECT mean to you??

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  1. Tara

    I tried commenting earlier but it wouldn’t let me. Great post. I used a scene from Toy Story when I talk about Baptism. Like Andy writes his name on Woody’s foot to tell everyone whose toy he is. In Baptism God tells us who we are.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Ooh, Tara… great word picture! Perfect for baptism. Thanks for being patient with my site. It’s been a process getting it going again. Thanks for coming back to share! Blessings!

  2. Kim

    Here is what I tried writing the other day. 🙂

    Friday I went for a run. My first in 5 weeks. I ran to my favorite spot by the river and sat on a large rock just breathing, contemplating. Oh, how I had missed this! The last time I was there the river was very full and fast flowing, 4-5 feet higher than normal. My first joy was seeing the very elusive sand hill crane, whom I’ve now seen only 3x in 1 1/2 yrs time! The second was noticing the 2 small trees that have determinedly grown up from cracks in the boulders. They are normally well above the rivers edge, but were completely covered a month ago. Their remaining leaves showed the damage of that event. But looking closely, even in mid-December, I could see new grow on them both. Yep, when I think I am between a rock and a hard place, or in the midst of my own winter, I can still grow.

    The reason I had not ran in a while was I had a bicycle wreck. I ride on paved trails, but hit a wooden bridge that was slick with mossy slime and body skidded about 8-10 feet. I had cuts, scrapes and bruises on every limb. I was very fortunate to not have hit my head (yes I was wearing my helmet), or break/tear anything. But, I had to wait for the soreness and deep bruising to heal.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Kim, it bring me absolute joy to read your five minutes of writing here. It blesses me so that you would join me in this experience this week. Thank you! I love how you took time to reflect on your run, and found a lesson from the two trees among the rocks. Love that! What a great feeling that must have been to get back out there and enjoy your run. Have a blessed week, my friend! Much love to you.


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