Five Minute Friday – Time

by | Jan 14, 2016 | Five Minute Friday

It’s time for Five Minute Friday!

The time of the week many of us gather together on Thursday evenings on Twitter. Goodness, these friends are special people to me. I look forward to this gathering each week. We free-write on the same one-word prompt and share and encourage at Kate Motaung’s place. It’s a joy of my week! I’d love for you to join the fun… either on your own blog, in my comments section below, or on a piece of paper at your desk.

This week’s word:




At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.  –Barbara Bush

timeWe each have the same amount of time in a day, in a month, in a year.

And we all know how fast time slips past us. Just look at 2015. That was the fastest year of my life to date.

Friend, how do you and I spend our time?

Do we use our time for ourselves or for others?

Are we busy making money or making memories?

Do we invest our time learning and growing or acquiring “likes” and followers?

Do we stop to smell the roses, or are we too busy to notice?

I appreciate the quote above, as it reminds me what’s important. I don’t want to regret anything at the end of my life, and I imagine you feel the same.

Let’s take a hard look at how we’re spending our time… every moment of every day. May we be about spending time with God first, and with those we love. May we invest our time in making the lives of others better, and in turn, our lives will be better.

Leave work on time and go home to your family.

Stop the cleaning and sit and play with your children.

Close the computer lid and put away the device to sit with your husband or wife.

Me? I’m going to end this post to finish watching a movie with my husband and son.

Time. Let’s spend it wisely.





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  1. Jeanne Takenaka

    I almost went this direction with my post, Julie. Your words are spot on. God’s been talking with me about making sure I’m spending time with my children and husband. And when I do, that I’m all present. Not looking at my cell, answering texts (or only on rare occasions, emergencies only). That I take time to talk with my kids, that we make memories as a family. that I”m a listening and praying ear for friends.

    These are the important things. Thanks for that reminder tonight.

    • Julie Lefebure

      I’m with you, Jeanne. I desire to be present… fully present. Thanks for sharing where you are in all of this. Loved your post too! Happy (early) Friday!

  2. Tara

    Hope you’re enjoying that movie with your husband and son. I love that Barbara Bush quote. Helps remind me of what’s important too. I’m in the #11 spot this week.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Yes, the movie was a great finish to my day. I’m looking forward to reading your post tomorrow… can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Bless you, friend. I sure appreciate you!

  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    It’s come as something of a shock that the BEST way I can spend time is here, online, witnessing to the fact that the end of life can be rewarding, and even fun.

    God really has a weird sense of humour.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Andrew, I’m glad you’re spending your time here. I’m thankful it’s rewarding and even fun! God is providing, my friend. Continuing to pray for you.

  4. Anita Ojeda

    Amen! I always stop to smell the roses (literally)–even if I do get some odd looks ;). I’ve discovered that not all roses smell the same (some don’t even smell like roses), and when one finds a rose bush that produces something worth smelling, it’s worth making a daily detour just to breathe in the heavenly scent. I hope you enjoyed your movie and time with your family!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Oh, Anita, I just love your heart and zest for life. And I love how you stop and smell the roses! Yes, that heavenly scent is truly a gift! We did enjoy the movie. Praying for your proposal today, as well! Keep me posted. Blessings, friend!

  5. betsydecruz

    Great post with a practical point here! I miss 5 minute Friday. Hope to get back to it soon!

    • betsydecruz

      Also wanted to say that your point about closing the laptop is well taken. Gonna do that now,

      • Julie Lefebure

        Amen, Betsy. I need to do that more often. 🙂

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thanks, Betsy! The nice thing is, Five Minute Friday will be ready when you are. Thanks for stopping over!


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