Five Minute Friday: What is New?

“New” can mean something big, scary, or unknown is about to begin.

“New” is different, not normal, exciting.

“New” means the next best thing is about to be released in stores or in a theater near you.

“New” provides a different ways of thinking, of interacting, of becoming who we want to be in life.

New days can give hope that a horrible situation will finally end.

New life in the form of a child provides hope that our legacy will continue.

New friends help us grow and understand the world from a different perspective.

New never existed before, until today.

If you want to read some different perspectives on the word “new,” you can go here.

Five Minute Friday: Change

Change is terrifying, and only the brave accomplish it.
Change only requires one thing: that you give up the belief that things will happen the way you originally planned.
Only the brave accept change because it is full of unknowns that are beyond control. Sometimes change is good and enjoyable, like a new friend or a new job. Sometimes change is hard and painful, like when friends and family pass away and you are left to wonder why you are the the last one to say goodbye.
Change is important, but only the bravest men and women can accomplish it.


Today’s word is change, and the challenge is to write the first thing the comes to mind during a five minute time period, and then not edit it when the time is up.
Some people think of something else when they hear the word change. Feel free to check them out here.

Five Minute Friday: Fill

I want to be filled up with God.

That sentence sounds funny at first glance, but let me explain myself.

God is love. God is the purest and truest form of love ever to be recorded in the history of the universe and even outside of time itself. His love is so powerful that it can bring the dead to life. I want that love, I want to be that love so I can share it with the people around me; not just my friends and family but also with Chris, who I met once at the FedEx store, and the checkout clerk at Whole Foods, and the mom with two kids in the seat next to me on the plane ride home. I want to be so full of God that when people look at me they don’t see me, but instead they see God’s love for them.

And I know that if I am full of God’s love, then I will be better than okay because I will be living every moment of every day in God’s love. And even though I have no clue what my future looks like, being filled up with God is the best life I could ever dream of.

 

Five Minute Friday is when a group of us write for 5 minutes without editing to make us look perfect on the internet.

Five Minute Friday: Bloom

When a flower blooms in the spring, it’s a beautiful sight. After an entire season of winter, of cold air and harsh wind, delicate and beautiful petals unfurl in the sweet spring air. It’s out of the unforgiving cold that new life comes once again. The new flowers bring hope and joy to the world that almost forgot they existed. I think it’s the same for people. We experience the harsh and unforgiving seasons of life and begin to believe that it will always be that way. Then, suddenly, we experience a blooming flower in the form of a child’s sweet laughter or the refreshing beauty of a new sunrise and we begin to hope again.

 

Five Minute Fridays are when Lisa-Jo gives us a prompt and we write open and without hesitation for five minutes (and no editing when we’re done). Check it out, and join us next week. 🙂

Five Minute Friday: Lost

Getting lost doesn’t normally scare me. I’m the type of person who likes to get lost in the woods or city in order to better explore it; I like to loose track of time as I wander. However, when it comes to planing out my future, I don’t like the “lost” feeling that coming with it. I don’t like feeling helpless as I stare into the unknown. I am vulnerable and exposed when I don’t have a set plan for my future, and I don’t like it. I hate not knowing things, it makes me feel useless and ignorant.
Lately, I’ve been dealing with all of those emotions as I try and plan out my life. But the more I do that the more I realize I can’t because I don’t know what’s coming, I don’t know what exactly the future holds. It’s easy to let the feeling of being lost overwhelm me to the point where all I can do is sit in my house and stare listlessly at the walls, unsure of where to go, unsure of what I’m supposed to do, unsure if I am waiting on someone or if I need to make the first move.
It’s easy to get stuck there, it’s another thing to stand up and take back control of my emotions and feelings and thoughts and fears about the future. I don’t have to let the feeling of being lost control me anymore.

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Linking up with Lisa-Jo and the FMF writers again! We “free write” for five minutes about one topic without editing the post when we’re done. It’s a chance to let it out and learn from each other. 🙂 You can check out her blog, and other FMF posts, here. Enjoy!

Five Minute Friday: Hero

A hero is someone you look up to, admire and want to emulate. They come in all shapes and forms from everyday people to celebrities to superheroes. We all are attracted to heroes for different reasons. Maybe your hero came from a rough background and managed to escape from it, or maybe you hero faces moral dilemmas, or maybe you hero lives the life we want to live, or maybe your heroes are everyday people-like your parents. Some people make themselves the hero of their own lives, believing they can accomplish everything and anything they put their mind to.

There are risks with having a hero. They can fail you. They can let you down when you need them the most proving they are not as wonderful as we once thought. Having a hero is a dangerous thing because of the hurt it can cause us when we least expect it. We have learned to be careful who we put our hope and trust into because anyone could let us down.

There is one person who has yet to let me down in my life. He is always there to comfort me and protect me. I don’t always understand what my hero does or why He does it, but I do know that He has my best interests at heart. The beautiful thing is that I know He will never fail me, though I may fail and distrust Him many times over. He still loves me no matter what I do or where I am. He’s my superhero, and when I grow up I want to be just like Him.

Another Five Minute Friday post! We write whatever comes to mind and is on our hearts for 5-10 minutes with no editing. Check out Lisa-Jo’s page for other thoughts on the word ‘Hero.’

Five Minute Friday: Visit

How many times a week do we take the time to visit with our friends? Far to often I find myself shut up in my room working on homework by myself instead of connecting with my friends. It takes more of an effort for me to go find my friends since I don’t go to the school’s cafeteria as often. I am learning how to be intentional and to go out of my way just to say ‘hi’ to someone I haven’t seen in a week.

But while I know I am cooped up in my room, I don’t feel alone or cut off from my friends. I just go online and see what they’re doing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I still feel like I’m a part of their adventures by watching their live on a computer screen, but it’s not enough. Friendship requires visiting with people. It requires me to purposefully take time out of my day and look for my friends. Otherwise I’ll miss out on adventures and movies and late night talks. I don’t want to miss out on those things. Visiting with other people is important, even if I often overlooked it.

 

 

Five Minute Friday is when a group of us are given a prompt and write for about 5 minutes. We do not edit ourselves, but simply write the first thing that comes to mind. Go to Lisa-Jo’s blog to see what other people are writing about the word, ‘visit.’