Five Minute Friday
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. Five Minute Friday is a great place to hone my writing practice and be encouraged by other writers as I write. I will set the timer for five minutes and then write. Here we go! I am excited to invite you in, welcome.


Simple Gathering Adds Beauty in the Mundane

Don't be distracted by the shiny and picture perfect table settings you see on Instagram. Instead look for the details that bring meaning to your table. Like that gorgeous china set you inherited but rarely use. Take out on Monday and set the table in your workout clothes. Maybe you don't have china but your favorite mugs came in a set and you add to your collection each year. Well, take them out and set up an impromptu hot chocolate bar for the ladies on your street, or even for your kids. 

Simple gatherings happen out of the fullness of our heart. They come disguised in hikes, in coffee dates, and pizza nights. They come full of hope though, with light that breaks through the darkness of winter. They don't stop when everyone goes home, they bring and joy and contentment with each memory, with the leftovers the next morning, and the delicious aroma that will catch you by surprise again and again. 

Come, you are invited to start where you are by inviting others to gather in simple ways and add eternal beauty to the mundane everyday moments. 


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3 thoughts on “Simple

  1. aschmeisser

    There are no place-settings here,
    no gracious dining-table;
    drop by and it will be clear
    why we are not able
    to live like we’re on Instagram
    with smiling ease and fancy togs.
    Wife and I are what we am,
    devoted to the dogs
    that through the dark night would roam,
    lost and lonely, “Just a stray,”
    but here they have Forever Home,
    and there are none we turned away,
    and so our best meals, if you please,
    are dishes balanced on our knees.


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