Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday link-up of March 2023!

Each week we gather around a single word prompt and freewrite for five minutes flat.

Learn more about the link-up and how it works here.


This week’s FMF writing prompt is: REACH




Setting a timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 


At five feet, four inches, I’m not exactly what people would classify as tall. Some may even say I’m vertically challenged. Certainly those who have seen me climbing the grocery store shelving units to reach that bag of chips on the very top shelf. For my husband, of course. Ahem.

Thankfully the Lord blessed me with a teenage boy who is now nearly six feet tall. I frequently call upon him to hand me things that are out of my reach. Of course he gladly obliges every time I ask.

Needless to say, my reach is limited.

During my recovery period from a recent surgery, I became even more aware of my limitations. Over time as I started to feel stronger and gain mobility, I gradually returned to some of my normal activities. One day a few weeks after my surgery I tried to reach into the washing machine to take out the clean clothes and transfer them to the dryer.

That was a mistake.

The Lord quickly reminded me of my own physical weaknesses and inabilities.

On my own, I could never reach Him. I am wholly incapable of reaching out to God in my own strength.

In His infinite grace and unending mercy, He reaches out to me, not the other way around.

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” ~ Psalm 18:16

While my arms are far too short, “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear” (Isaiah 59:1).

Praise God for His everlasting arms that reach for us in spite of ourselves.





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