June 27, 2013

Five Minute Friday & Friendly Get Aways

Whether it's the kids with Church Camp or Sleep-Overs, or it's the grown-ups with Weekend Concerts or Events out of town - traveling with friends feeds the soul! This week I have been writing a series on Vacations and I would miss out if I didn't touch on the importance of get-aways with friends! So - I am hoping to combine my series post today with this Five Minute Friday word prompt... here goes...

But - first - the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is!  Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa Jo Baker.  It is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE!  The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at one minute past midnight Friday morning (EST.)  I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!

So - here goes: Five Minute Friday - In Between ...


There are all kinds of Family Vacations... and some of our most favorite ones have been with Friends who are like Family to us!  While we love going just us three... and we love going with extended family... and we love going on our own from time to time... we also LOVE to Vacation with friends! These are the 'mini' Vacations that we take In Between...

Whether it is to attend a conference,

or we rent a cabin up in the woods for a Winter weekend...

Or we get away to our favorite beach
(yes - this is a path that leads down to the gorgeous Pacific!)...

Or just an impromptu weekend at a friends' house out of town...

...we LOVE connecting with the friends who are Family to us... The friends who have lived life with us - the ups and the downs... who know us beyond any Mask we may be holding up... who will call us on our stuff, and love us through our issues... friends who know when to press and when to pray, friends who pour into us - and we pour into!

We have friends that we go to the Beach with, and friends that we go to a small touristy town with; friends that we go to concerts and Jazz festivals with, and friends that we like to explore somewhere new with... 

Vacationing with friends - no matter which couple, family, or group we go with - always includes a lot of relaxing and catching up, great food, lots (and LOTS) of laughing (Laughings my favorite!), games, walks, prayers, and worship... we always come home refreshed and revived... ready for the Every Day to Be Bossy with us again... we LOVE the going... and we LIVE in the In Between! 

The Going feeds our souls - it helps us to know that we are - in fact - not alone! That we matter... and not just because we're related and we 'have' to... but that we are investing now in friendships that we will get to spend eternity growing deeper and deeper! 

And in the feeding of our souls, it makes the LIVING in between fuller, better, more with purpose! 


Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "In Between"  

Join me tomorrow morning for a Link Up as I wrap up my series on Vacations... I'd love for you to share your Best (and/or your Worst) Vacation ever!

Five Minute Friday

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