A Brave Book-Loving Prayer Warrior Community

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Reflect” Write for five minutes; unedited.

It is almost hard to believe that is already Advent and then Christmas and then a new year will soon be upon us. And as the new year approaches, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year. It has been a great year: meeting new blog friends InRL, starting a tradition of a sister’s trip to Nashville, a youth gathering, and so much more!

I learned what it means for me and my friends to be brave through the words of Annie Downs. learned to savor our Tuesdays because in the words of Emily P. Freeman “It is Simply Tuesday.” I have continued to show love to my friends and family because in the words of Jen Hatmaker we shower each other with love “For the Love.” I have listened to those who have been “Searching for Sunday” and searching for God. And along the way, I have learned too that I am indeed a writer myself. (Thanks Kate, Charity, and Ann!)

For the last several weeks, I have been reflecting on my life and what I have to share. I have sensed a call from God to write a book titled “Chasing our Untils.” I have created an outline and need to simply begin writing. I wonder where this will take me.

Not only has this been a year of joy and happiness, I have also experienced sadness. My friend Laura is now reunited with her husband Rod in heaven. My heart breaks for their daughters but I find joy in knowing that they are not alone and surrounded by so much love. There are so many struggling with cancer and at times, I want to shout “This is enough God!” Yet I know that, even in the midst of sadness, God promises to never leave us or forsake us “Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”–Psalm 30:5

*I am so thankful for the Five Minute Friday community. I have found kindred spirits. I have found a community that has blessed me in more ways than I could ever imagine. We have cried together, laughed together, and even prayed together. We have shared about our love of all things Gilmore Girls, chocolate, and even our love of bacon! We have participated together in the Write 31 Days challenge. I am so blessed by each of you…and as I reflect on this past year, you all are one of the biggest gifts! Love you all so dearly!

During this season of Advent, may you take time to wait, watch, and reflect on the past year and remember Emmanuel “God with us” who, in the words of Eugene Peterson “takes on flesh and blood and moves into our neighborhood”