Thursday, August 7, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Fill

Last week we spoke of beginnings – a perfect prompt for handing the torch off. Today, we celebrate with Kate Motaung in her space for the Five Minute Friday. It’s a milestone, but a good one. A reminder that even when things change, the heart of a community can still remain and carry on. We’re still building relationships and connecting. Lisa Jo is still with us and still writing. Grace covers all of this and I’m so blessed to call these women friends.

And as always … On Fridays a bunch of brave writers gather here to all spend five collective minutes writing on a single prompt. It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week. This blessed, beautiful place where we open our hearts and let words and tears and the inner workings of our lives bleed and flow and dance across the virtual pages. Yes, this community opens wide and invites you in to share. Come and visit and read. You will be blessed.

This week: Fill


I’m so glad this Five Minute Friday comes at the end of this day. I’ve been blessed to have had a short day at work (so much so that I was positively giddy as I walked out the door – acting just like my daughter when she’s at her happiest and most excited). I was able to get back to the pool just as my girlie’s swim lessons were finishing up and surprised her with a little slurpee. We carried the fun further and had lunch at our favourite sushi bar – where the staff and chef know us by name and welcome us with hugs and special treats. More fun ensued at two used bookstores and the post office, and I get to end the day chatting online with the wonderful friends in this community before heading off to the kitchen to whip up some tasty bruschetta with toasty bread and cheese for my love and my girl.

And all of this reminds me of something I often forget in the midst of the hustle and bustle and quickfire scurry of my day.

I need to make time for joy.

It seems so simple to say, but I am not an optimist at heart and can so easily become mired in the worry and stress – allowing it to seep into the heart of my being and make me forget – if only for a moment that there is so much more than this plane of existence.

All of these things today – from the grin on my husband’s face as he picked me up; to the neon bright colours shooting into the cup at 7-11; to the tasty bits of rice and fish; to the delight of new-to-me books – reminds me that it’s the details that matter. And cliché or no, God is in the details.

He concerns himself with the very inner workings of our day and desires to walk with us and enable us to find our best selves as we pour ourselves out and allow Him to fill us.

He fills us with joy.
He fills us with peace.
He fills us with hope.
Take a moment to breathe – and allow Him to fill you with all of these things.


How to Join
Want to know about how Five Minute Friday got started, and how to participate? All the details are here at Kate's space. No editing or second guessing. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

I'd love to connect with you some more - stop on by the Three Bees Facebook Page or connect with me on Twitter @3BeesBlueBonnet. Let's continue the conversation!


  1. mmm, yes. It doesn't take much--even a glance at the clouds can lead to an afternoon of open eyes that scurry to every gift He has. Thank you for this reminder. --an FMF neighbor

  2. He fills us with everything we need. Love to you Rebekah!

  3. Amen! I can honestly say that I felt calm as I read your words because I could feel myself unwinding and God's joy, peace and love filling me. Blessed to be part of this community with you. Mary

  4. So glad you had such a wonderful day! Praying that we all choose more joy as we allow Him to fill us up. Much love!

  5. Yes, yes! We do need to slow it down and find God in all the glorious details of life. Because He is so good to us.

  6. How refreshing it is to have a day like this once in a while, or better yet--to make it a way of life. Truly, He fills us with all good things.

  7. Amen, neighbor! I'm so glad that I don't have to sweat the details because someone infinitely wiser than me has them covered. Now, to just remember that second my second when I get in my worry wart mode...

  8. Oh I live this! You know how I am sort of a Joy Junkie... I love to find it out in wide open spaces, as well as hiding where we would never expect to find it! Love you girlie! Choose Joy! (and then #PutABirdOnIt) ;)

  9. Slurpees, sushi bar, used books, bruschetta .. You're my new best friend. ;-)

  10. What a wonderful day! God is so cool! Not only does He offer us joy, peace & hope, but He fills us with those things and much, much more too. I hope you enjoy many more days like today :)

  11. Ooh yes, I am not an optimist at heart either. Thanks for so eloquently stating things I've felt too, and may you make time for JOY this weekend! =)

  12. Hello sweet friend. I arrived home safely from my dr's appointment but then didn't know what to write. I am thankful that it was given to me this morning. Thank you for sharing from your heart. I am always blessed when I visit your space.

  13. I am so thankful that He does fill our lives with all that we need. He even give us beautiful friendships across the country. Love ya girl.

  14. The trick is to take the time to look and to see and to give thanks and to listen. I sometimes rush myself into that worry and stress...wonderful post.

  15. Oh yes, I need to make more time for joy. Stopping, slowing down and leaning into His presence are what I need. Hugs!


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