Five Minute Friday – BEGIN

 

Five Minute Friday

For going on two years now I have reached across the miles with a few strokes of the keys to bravely write with others.  We call it Five Minute Friday.  One word, five minutes and no second guessing.  We write for the sheer joy of it.  For the last four years the inimitable Lisa-Jo Baker as lead this group, this stalwart of writers, encouragers and all around beautiful people into honing a craft and then stood by and cheered us on as we delivered unedited honesty week after week.  

Four years is a long time and as Lisa-Jo puts 

“It’s my finish and someone else’s beginning. Because stories they just keep going as long as there’s a reader and a writer. As long as there’s five minutes to snatch right there in the middle of your extraordinary ordinary.” 

We know she’s not leaving, she’ll still be there with us as we write, she will continue to cheer us on in our extra-ordinary ordinary and we are so grateful for her leadership, her love and her “me too” spirit.   

Taking up the torch, because us writers must write, is my beautiful friend Kate Motaung and I can not wait to see what God has in store for this beautiful community! 

WORD:  Begin

Behind every goodbye is something that begs to begin.  We often think about goodbyes as an end, a time that we must mark and capture because life might just up and stop in that moment.

But what if, goodbye meant hello?  What if an end actually signified a beginning and we chose to see how life moves forward instead of staying glued to the past.

Goodbyes, they’re part of life, the remind us of where we’ve been what we’ve done and yet somehow they pave the way to the future.  Somehow seeing the last reminds us that there is always a first.

There is always a beginning, waiting to be uncovered, its newness and sparkle being pulled back so that we can gaze at the beauty that was hidden.

Goodbyes can mean closed doors, but you close a door once you step through it.  We can stand facing that closed door or we can turn and glimpse at the promise of what it might mean to begin again.

Behind every goodbye there is something that begs to begin.  Will you lean in to its beckoning?  Will you come close to the whisper that holds the promise of beginning a new?

STOP. 


11 Comments

  1. I love this: “We can stand facing that closed door or we can turn and glimpse at the promise of what it might mean to begin again.” I’m joining you in turning and facing what God has in store for us ahead!

  2. I was going to comment on the exact same line Asheritah loved! I’m at a season of “ending” and it’s so encouraging to be reminded that it is also a season of beginning. Thank you!

  3. Behind every goodbye is something that begs to begin! Love this! I pray we can all walk through the door an take that chance that what is on the other side is a beautiful beginning! Blessed to be here in this community!

  4. I love this. LOVE it. When we lived overseas, I often had to tell myself that every goodbye meant a hello, every ending meant a new beginning. And there was always something good waiting…usually better than I ever could have imagined. Grateful for you, friend. 🙂

  5. Looking back with fondness. Gazing ahead with hope and confidence that something good is going to happen.

    Yes!

  6. Goodbyes can mean closed doors, but you close a door once you step through it. We can stand facing that closed door or we can turn and glimpse at the promise of what it might mean to begin again.

    Oh My Word. YES! Standing with you and turning to hope with His promise! Loved this Friend! XO

  7. Leaning. There’s something about leaning into the new that requires trust and in the same way it’s like snuggling into the arms of the Father who won’t let us fall. In just one word there you’ve unpinned and challenged my fear of the unknown. Thank you.

  8. Love the image of the door! This is so vivid, and something I need to keep in mind as I continue to settle into our new place. Also? I love you.

  9. So glad you’re back, friend. I know a Sabbath was needed but was still thrilled for you to join in, especially this week. And I agree with the myriad of comments, the door? Yes, that. Turn into what God is doing in the next space. Love that image and love you!

  10. Love to see what God has on the open side of the closed doors. Lovely post, sweet Tonya!

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