I missed out on most of the Twitter party last night because --well, wait for it...
This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: FAMILY
I missed out on the party last night over on Twitter because... well... Family!
My girlie texted to let me know she was headed over to hang out and as much as I love community and friends... she trumps y'all. Hands down. Every time. No apologies.
When I first saw the prompt, to be honest, I was all, "You're killin' me, smalls!" because here's the thing: I knew I would get here... talking about Family... at some point during this series, 31 Days of Truths We Know, it's just that Sometimes We Forget! Actually, Family is really in every post...
Family starts out small... with the one you were born into... but it grows and expands and oh my goodness, how we were MADE to be family... to love and to honor... to hold up and hold close. We were made to need each other... to push and stretch each other. We were made to stand up for, to come alongside, and yes --even to, at times, drive each other crazy! It's how we grow and love deeper, truer, ...more like Jesus!
Family was God's idea... God Himself is Family... Three in One... and He grafts us in and adopts us as His own. He is a good, good Father and He is our example of how it's done.
Is there brokenness?
Are there hurt feelings and poor choices...
Are there words and decisions and rocky paths
thrown, chosen and barrelled on down?
But always, at the end of wherever you run or whatever you do...there is the Prodigal Father... and He runs to you. He runs to me.
Always... Family wins
because Love Wins!
Sometimes it is just no contest, and love wins easily and without a fight.
But other times love wins by sheer determination... by laying oneself down... by pouring oneself out...
Sometimes love wins and it feels a bit like dying to self and a bit like letting go of dreams and hopes... sometimes it happens like that again and again and again...
But always, always... when we follow His lead and we extend grace and love anyway... when we let Him have His way in our hearts and our homes... always (you know, eventually!) ...
...It's just that Sometimes We Forget!
Here's to praying that every FMF Word Prompt fits this nicely into the series this month!
What about you? What are your thoughts on Family?
Whether it is a 'good' season, or a trying one... one thing that never changes for us is this: We are for Family... we are thankful for it --for them... and we will fight.
Sometimes fighting for family means taking a stand and speaking out loud... and sometimes it means laying it down, and holding your tongue. Always it means we choose His ways and His will above our own... it means we offer grace... and we continue to:
Linking up with Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty Community today. 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 "FAMILY"
We'd love to have you join us!
Today is Day Two of 31 Days of Truths We Know...! If you missed the kick-off and official 'Home page' for this series, you can go HERE and catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added daily throughout the month. If you'd prefer to have them delivered right to you, I invite you to enter your email address to the right ('Subscribe Here') and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post is delivered to your inbox in a single email over the weekend and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!
Also... because we are all family... we pray for and with and grieve for and with the small community in Roseburg, OR today. Come Lord Jesus! Come. For the King and His Kingdom, we stand!