It’s Five Minute Friday time! Here we are in the second half of July already . . . Slow down, time!

I know summer can be a difficult time to keep a steady writing rhythm. I hope this weekly five-minute writing challenge offers you at least one opportunity to get some writing in each week, even if the rest of your routine is a bit out of the ordinary. 🙂

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: CHANCE




In my Five Minute Friday post last week, I shared my hopes and dreams of a day off at the beach with my husband. That day came and went, but it didn’t play out in reality exactly as it had in my head when I envisioned it.

I had dreamed of blue skies, sunshine, and warmth. I had hoped for uninterrupted conversation without the usual busyness of life’s demands.

Instead, we packed up the car with beach chairs, towels, books, water bottles, and a picnic lunch and drove the 30 minutes to the Lake Michigan shoreline.

As soon as we opened the car door, we wished we had packed sweatshirts. It was freezing.

We trudged up and down the dune with our heavy bags and folding chairs, then found a place to park. Instead of sitting on the blanket or towels to bask in the sun, we had to use them to cover ourselves in a vain attempt to get warm.

We sat for about five minutes before someone we knew came up and greeted us. As we chatted, another friend we hadn’t seen for years came up and started a conversation.

We talked for twenty or thirty minutes with these two friends, then the rain started.

So we packed everything up and went back to the car.

I said to my husband, “I feel like I need a do-over. Another chance to try again.” He said it wasn’t likely that we would both get another day off soon.

That evening as we read the Bible for our nightly family devotions, my husband reminded me that God is in control of everything — even unexpected conversations on the beach. Those meetings earlier in the day were not by chance; they happened for a divine purpose.

Even though I had other plans for my day, I can’t pretend it didn’t go exactly as God had ordained.

Maybe I’ll get a do-over, maybe I won’t. Sometimes things go the way we hope, sometimes they don’t. But the Lord knows all and sees all, and orchestrates all things — even the cold and rain — for the good of those who love Him.






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