January 2, 2014

FIGHT - The Glorious Return of Five Minute Friday

I had no intention of partying tonight!  My sweet friend Barbie asked if I knew when the #fmfparty was kicking off the New Year and I assumed it was next week! But Lisa Jo popped in and said it was happening right then and there so I just had to go! Pounding head and sleepy eyes... I pressed through to connect just for a little while but it was oh so good to be back!

Oh 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 10pm Thursday night (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 - The Word Prompt is: FIGHT


Photo by Kim DeLoach

Every time he says it out loud, I admit - I cringe a little.  I shy away and back up and immediately, I am in a battle and I feel the urge to fight for self-protection.

This amazing man of mine... he has this dream.  Well - he wouldn't maybe put it like that, but since God is talking to me and stretching me into a dream of my own - of our own, I can see it more clearly now.

He talks of teaching marriage classes... of sharing on love and family and parenthood and how we could tag team preach it out loud and show the way it has worked for us.

Let me tell you - we are blessed and while it hasn't always been easy or charmed, He has always been at our center and the very core of who and Whose we are.  We rarely if ever forget that.  

We love, we speak life, we are all in and we are FOR each other... and I know, sadly, that for others... well, that is not always the case. 

So when he begins to dream out loud and sketch out outlines and rought drafts of what we would cover, the fight is on because what the enemy WANTS me to believe is that if we stand up tall and open the door to how we live this wonderful life of matrimony and bliss, well - it will unravel, fall apart... at the very least it will be tested... and yet - how can I not fall more in love with him (and Him!) when he wants to dream and preach and live and laugh and do it all side by side... my words finishing his sentences... his worship intermingling with my prayers?

As I silence my fears and cozy up beside him, I fill in the gaps and add my own two cents and we dream together, hand in hand and intertwined!


It went by fast tonight... and I wasn't quite sure where Fight was gonna fit in... but isn't that always the way it goes? For me... it is.  It is most often that internal Fight... the battle that is not won with flesh and blood and so I lean in, I bow down, and I let Him win - over and over and over again! "Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven."

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 "FIGHT"  
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What about you? Does your spouse or significant other have Dreams that scare you just a little? What is it that you are dreaming for in 2014? I'd love to know!


  1. Thank you for sharing your story of fighting your doubts and fears. I am also trying to learn to better turn my worries and fears over to God, and embrace the journey that he is taking my husband and I on. I am stopping by from five minute Friday.

  2. Anonymous12:04 AM

    Morning Karrilee! Thanks so much for this post - I am really blessed to read it - there's a substance and passion conveyed in your words. I can feel how solid your love is for each other, and most importantly for the Lord. As you adventure on into 2014, I pray you will see how firmly God's love is holding you - how secure your husband's love is for you - and that you would both feel a freedom to step out on that foundation into great and victorious battles. I know relationships like yours truly are a great gift and an honour to the Lord who gives them. Even your short post has inspired me again at what the Lord can do in sustaining and strengthening marriages... just think what He might do for others if you take the plunge and start giving marriage classes!

  3. What a beautiful couple. Be blessed:)

  4. I LOVE your picture lady! So gorgeous.
    And I know that pick up and fight when fear and insecurity is at the core- but you let him lead and let God stretch you and you will see Him do amazing things!
    Love your heart~

  5. Teach it, friend! We need couples like you, who aren't afraid to fight for marriage and love!

  6. First of all, I cannot believe the thoughts that come out of your head in five minutes. This is truly beautiful. Yes, we must continue to fight against fear and doubt. What a cheerleader of a husband you have! Blessings!

  7. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Hand in hand and dream. Love that! I love getting to know you! Stopping by from Lisa-jo's place. Happy New Year, Karrilee

  8. Anonymous9:29 AM

    I'm loving this description of a God-Sized Dream! Yes, you might find your marriage tested, but maybe it would just make the two of you even stronger. :-)

  9. Thanks for your honesty! Excited to see how God wants to use this scary dream!!! Sounds like he wants you to FIGHT for healthy marriages!

  10. Love your heart. So precious to read.

  11. Woohooo what a dream!! Praying for you and your fear and can't wait to hear all about this dream.

  12. Anonymous12:37 PM

    THIS is a wonderful dream, Karrilee! And so needed! My husband and I lead a small group study on marriage. It's a wonderful opportunity to reach out and help in an area where so many are struggling. Don't be afraid, go for it! God will use you both abundantly according to His beautiful plan for your lives! So excited for you! I hope you blog about it!

  13. Anonymous1:32 PM

    I. Love. This. Dream! You two can stand strong, back-to-back, and know that you are prayed over mightily by those of us cheering you on, friend!

  14. Hey! Just visiting from FMF! So excited for you and your hubby as you dream with God about how He can use your marriage for His glory!! Loved your post!

  15. I love your honesty and heart! Glad you will fight that fear! I'd love to learn from y'all!

    Deb Weaver

  16. Praying that God guides you and your husband in all that you do. What a beautiful dream; to work together for God's glory! Blessings!


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