Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Garden

There are not enough words for me to tell Lisa Jo how much I love Five Minute Friday.  At a time when I felt as if my well was empty there she was.  So what exactly is it?  It is a time when we write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that Ishe posts here at 1 minute past midnight EST every Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party). No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real. It started because she’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Your words. This shared feast. It’s easy to join in, just: Check what the prompt is on my blog. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog. {And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on her post} Link over to Lisa Jo's blog by clicking here and invite friends to join in.  Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of her Five Minute Friday post enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you! Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

The word for today is:  



As I sit and look at this word I am quietly humming the tune to one of my favorite hymns, "In The Garden."  A friend once told me when her mother died that in order to deal with this significant loss she had to find a Happy Place.  I did not understand what she was talking about then....but when I lost both of my parents in an 18 month period I found myself searching for my own Happy Place and found it in the beauty and the peace of Mrs. Betty Jean's and Mrs. Shirley's flower gardens.  I have never felt so happy or at peace.  The smells of the flowers, the beauty of them, the vivid colors and the company of two very special ladies helped me get through a really rough patch in my life.  Both of these wonderful ladies opened up their gardens to me and let me heal.  It was there that I heard these words coming to me from Psalm 46:10.  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The key words for me....are the first ones....Be Still....and in the garden....that is what I am....still.  Bathing in the beauty and the fragrance of God's handiwork....and for a shining moment....I am at peace.


1 comment:

Jerralea said...

Beautiful, Karen! There is just something about sitting outside enjoying nature that makes you feel peace and the presence of God. I'm so glad for you that you had friends who shared their happy places with you!