Five Minute FridayHere’s the deal. Five Minute Friday. You go find the little prompt at the wonderful Lisa-Jo’s blog, set the time and write for five minutes, and then just stop. Where you are, no edits, just publish raw words.



I can’t remember the last time my heart was this heavy. It’s been an extremely hard week for me.

After fighting pancreatic cancer for six years, my pastor died this week.

Boston happened, and took me back to 9/11.

I received a text at midnight that a dear friend’s mom had passed away. She fought cancer and won, but then a different type waged war and, after too few months, she left this earth.

Then Texas.

And now Twitter is all a flutter with news of a shooting. This world is crazy and there is so much evil. I spoke with a close friend Tuesday about how it can be so hard to not only FIND the good but even BELIEVE it to be there.

He is Faithful and Sovereign, but when tragedy strikes it’s so easy to think evil is winning.

I truly don’t know how people survive this heart ache without Jesus.

This doesn’t necessarily have to do with jump, besides the fact that I jolt up and gasp with every new tragedy. I jump, not because evil is winning but because people are hurting.

I know one day I will jump for joy because He will overcome.

Scratch that. He has already overcome.

But right now, this earth is full of pain, hurt, anger, frustration, confusion, and unfairness.

Oh Lord, be near.

I don’t know how to wrap this up, and my five minutes are almost over…my heart just hurts for the lost people of this world, the people that are hurting, and so many other “unfair” things happening.

I’m writing with a heavy heart tonight, friends. But the joy of the Lord is my strength and that’s reason enough to jump around and have a dance party…because He is here, He is Faithful, He is enough.


And because I love this Five Minute Friday community, this must be included. We have a mascot, and I decided our alpaca should be named Fluffachu. So, without further ado, please meet Fluffachu the Fabulous.