Friday, May 9, 2014

Growing Grateful

Over at, the fabulous Lisa hosts a weekly blog party called Five Minute Friday.

The rules are simple:

  1. She decides on a one-word writing prompt. This week it is "Grateful".
  2. Bloggers everywhere set their timers for five minutes.
  3. Our pens fly....can you hear the frantic scritchety-scratch? 
  4. We publish our five-minute masterpiece & share with the world.

I am grateful for....

the house imperfect,
the marriage lows,
the parenting struggles,
the relationships dissolved,
the pain of rejection,
the hurt of words,
the struggle with addictions,
the struggle to submit,
the struggle with "self",
the suddenness of death,
the gut wrenching sight of suffering,
the hurt before healing,
the loss of innocence,
the trusts betrayed
the lonely nights, 
the barren days,
the past rocky,
the future uncharted....

Because, in it all, God is there

Growing me up,
Growing me strong,
Growing me faithful,
Growing me trustworthy,
Growing me gentle,
Growing me....

~James 1:2-4~
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that
the testing of your faith develops
must finish it's work so that you
may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything."

Sharing with... What Joy is Mine


  1. Wonderful reminder that we can choose to be grateful for the difficulties in our lives!

  2. Love what you did with this 5-minute Friday! Praise Him in the storm, indeed. And that verse was exactly what I needed to hear.

    1. Hi Laura! So glad you were encouraged. He is with us always! Praying for you!

  3. So true - gratitude grows! Simple but powerful!

    1. Thank you for reading & leaving kind words!

  4. Once again my friend, God has spoke to me this morning thru you! Your words inspire me to approach my day with gladness & hope! Thanks from a old friend. ;) Happy Mother's day Kaylene!

    1. Hi Jenny! Happy mother's day to you too! Glad you were encouraged, dear friend.

  5. Lisa-Jo's FMF is legendary, isn't it? Happy Mother's Day!

  6. He grows us up through the lows, makes us strong through what threatens to crush us... grateful that He's always there and has it all under control.

  7. Yes, we are ever growing in our faith, persevering until He returns. You have written simple yet profound truths here!

  8. Beautiful!!! You can just feel your grateful-ness radiating from my computer! Thanks for linking up to #MADMLinkUp! xoxo

  9. The verse from James is one of my favorite. Beautiful poetry to describe gratitude! Blessed I stopped by today!

  10. It's all about out attitude and perspective, isn't it?