Welcome back! I’ve missed you all! Welcome to the very first Five Minute Friday link-up of 2024.

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: PATTERN




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


Toward the end of last year, it occurred to me that much of my life follows a pattern. The same, predictable routine.

Alarms go off in the morning. Get up, get ready. Do your thing for the day. Get ready for bed, go to sleep, repeat.

Day and night, night and day.

Winter, spring, summer, fall, repeat.

Someone gives you something, you say thank you.

You do something wrong, you say sorry. (Usually.)

Church on Sundays, school and work on Mondays.

But how much of it is on autopilot, and how much of it is intentional?

As we start the beginning of a new year — which is, in itself, an undeserved gift — what new patterns do I want to implement in my life for my own good and the good of others, and which old patterns do I need to discard?

Sometimes I look back on a week and think, “What actually happened that was significant? What did I do that mattered?”

I don’t want to live my life on autopilot. I don’t want to coast through my days without paying attention or aiming to make some kind of difference or impact, however small.

As we look ahead to this new year, may the Lord teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain hearts of wisdom (Psalm 90:12) and live out the rest of our days for Him, continually seeking ways to give Him glory.





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