Five Minute Friday: Grace

It’s time to join the writing party with LisaJo Baker and her amazing group of writers.  Each week on Friday she gives us a word to write on.  We write for five minutes, no editing and from the heart.  Just let the fingers fly across the keyboard and see what spills out.  Here we go!

Today’s prompt: GRACE

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This weekend I sit in the company of two other remarkable women who are friends, business partners and encouragers in this crazy world of life and blogging.  We are bound together in Grace as we create, explore, fail and learn.  We gladly give (and receive) Grace when posts don’t happen on time, when the world collapses in on one of use and despite our best intentions we fail to even write a single sentence for the week.

We sometimes need to sit in Grace and let it seep into our pores and down into our souls.   We need to grant ourselves Grace.  The laundry can stay sitting in the basket for another day, the house need not be perfect even if we are hosting friends for the weekend.  For the goal is to enjoy each other’s company not sit in judgement of the water spots on the sink.  But oh, how we must continually remind ourselves of this and give that love.

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“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

It’s easy to join in, just:

  1. Check what the prompt is on LisaJo’s Blog.
  2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
  3. {And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post}
  4. Link over at her blog and invite friends to join in.
  5. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url http://www.lisajobaker.com but your post url http://www.lisajobaker.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ }
  6. Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of LisaJo’s Five Minute Friday post enter your link.
  7. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky.
  8. Your post will show up in LisaJo’s Five Minute Friday linky.
  9. 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.
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3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Grace

  1. Grace is undeserved

    Grace comes from the heart

    Grace is amazing

    Grace is felt

    Grace is given

    Grace is taken

    Grace is that first smile your baby makes

    Grace is the end of a long temper tantrum, after many prayers.

    Grace is a card and rose from my husband after a long, hard day.

    Grace is a phone call from friend.

    Grace is a big hug at just the right moment

    Grace is a smile from a stranger

    Grace is knowing you are not alone

    My daughter’s middle name is Grace. It is very appropriate. We chose it because it was by the Grace of God that we were finally pregnant after a year of trying. And then by the Grace of God again, we were blessed with our son. Without them, I wouldn’t be the woman/mom that I am today. They are my light, they are my happy place, they are my GRACE.

    Grace is……….

  2. GRACE…

    My definition of GRACE is undeserved love.

    First and foremost this reminds me that Jesus saved me. I didn’t earn or deserve it! I wasn’t even asking for forgiveness. But in His grace and mercy, He found me and never stopped loving me, until the day that I realized I need to be saved.

    In turn, grace is what I need to share. Family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and even strangers need to be on the receiving end of my grace. UNDESERVED Love… It’s easy to give love to people who deserve it. Your husband comes home, sees you folding laundry and helps. Your mom calls just to check on you and see how your day is going. Your children put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket without being asked. Your coworker helps you finish a project so you don’t have to stay late. Or the stranger lets you go in front of him at the check out.

    BUT, it’s not so easy to give love to people who DON’T deserve it. Your husband comes home and says, “Looks like you had a busy day, didn’t get my laundry done for tomorrow.” Your mom calls to remind you that you haven’t called in a week and your should visit your aunt while she is in town. Your children are disrespecting each other and you. Your coworker “throws you under the bus” in the meeting with your boss. Or the stranger has a few choice words for you when you accidentally take “his” parking spot.

    GRACE is undeserved love. Love is a choice. It is an action. It’s not a feeling. Choose to share grace with others this Holiday season. Remember… undeserved… YOU don’t deserve to receive it from others and others don’t deserve to receive it from you. But I guarantee that you and others will be blessed when you choose to give GRACE.

    Be Blessed!

  3. A beautiful and timely reminder that as easily as we extend grace to others we must offer it as freely to ourselves. If only we had a constant reminder to be still and let grace seep into our pours and our soul. Visiting over here from 5 minute Friday and very glad I have found another great blog to bookmark.

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