Friday, September 16, 2011

Five Minute Friday :: Joy

I'm joining Lisa Jo at The Gypsy Mama for Five-Minute-Friday with the writing prompt:



I'm reminded these last couple of days of how one woman chose joy in spite of her circumstances and now is being called home. I've seen her at In courage. I've read some of her five-minute posts. And, although she could not move outside her condo anymore, I was amazed by what her fingers could do in five minutes. In what I read of her posts, I caught glimpses of her physical pain yet, never did I see it damper her spirit. Instead, I was inspired by her joy in spite of her circumstances.

Her story and others closer to home, lately, have caused me to evaluate my own existence:

How do you grasp death with a sense of joy when your stakes are in all you leave behind?

How do you look death in the face and laugh when you're afraid of it?

How do you press on toward the goal when all you can see is everything surrounding you?

And have given me some perspective:

Uproot those stakes from the seen to the unseen.

Believe death has been defeated.

Live your faith passionately as thought training for the Olympics.

When I pass from this temporary home, may I know the joy of where I'm headed because of where I've placed my stakes, because I didn't just know but believed, and because I had been training for that prize my entire earthly existence.

May people like, Sara, be my example.



  1. Beautifully written. I am always grateful when I see such examples of character in life. I always wonder will I be that example when my time is called upon? Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi neighbor...I too have loved reading Sara and will miss her challenging words. Thank you for your lovely words...

  3. So true. I've been so inspired by Sara's example, too, as I've followed her via (in)courage.

  4. Amen! My heart has had the soil of it's roots loosened in these resent years, ready for transplanting. In fact some days I feel like it's already there. The book Things Unseen by Mark Buchanan is an excellent read on the eternal, poetic and powerful.

  5. I agree, so clear and full you say it. Sara has been so much with me and all that shakes our hearts to what we think matters that we spend SO MUCH OF OURSELVES on...sending you love and a sister hug:} Thanks for being you...I SO very much appreciate you!

  6. Beautiful.Don't we need the examples and inspiration of other believers as they go before us? Like precious Sara.


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