Five-Minute Friday: Begin

Today I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five-Minute Friday. So, grab a timer, set it for five minutes, and join me!

The rules: Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, overthinking, or backtracking. Just write. Then leave some comment love for the person who linked up before you…and anyone else because that’s the fun and the heart of the community! And this is the last week Five-Minute Friday will be hosted by Lisa-Jo…next week begins a new era and a new host.

Today’s prompt: Begin

Begin, begin. Where?

My heart isn’t even sure I have the words to begin again, not after the week and a few days we’ve had. Loss, heartbreak, so many tears…I feel like I’ve lost who I am…and my words…in all of it.

I know this is how it is, this grief thing. That when there’s a loss, it takes time. It takes a lot of tissues. And then it takes more time, even.

And then, maybe, there’s a whisper in my soul that says it’s ok. To laugh through the tears. To smile when it hurts. To find the joy, even when there’s pain.

It’s how to begin again…this life. The kind of beginning that says We love you so much, sweet baby. And now we begin this journey of forever missing you.

And we can only pray that there’s something beautiful, something that will always whisper of His promise that He makes all things beautiful in His time.

Not ours. His.

And so we trust that there will be beauty here. Somehow.

And until then, we lean on Him to make the ache just a little less.

And we breathe deeply and begin another day.

Because He’s Good.


Five Minute Friday



  1. I’m your FMF neighbor this week and I am just so very, very sorry to hear of your loss. I can only imagine the ache and the emptiness you are experiencing. I’m so glad to read that you are clinging to hope even as you weep. Blessings to you (and a prayer!).

  2. Sending love- beautiful and hard, thank you for inviting us in.

  3. I can’t imagine your loss, dear Mel. But I so appreciate your courage to show up and be a part of tonight’s link up, to write bravely on “begin” even as a season ends. He is good even in the darkest night. Praying for you, friend, that this new beginning brings hope and healing.

  4. May there be the sweetest threads of hope as you grieve, Mel …

  5. Your words are brave and your heart is honest, and He is pouring through you even now. My prayers are with you.

  6. Hugs and prayers for you, Mel. May God grant you tears to heal and laughter to balance them out as you journey through your pain.

  7. sad to read of your loss mel. prayers for you as you heal and grieve…and trust GOD’s ways. we don’t understand them do we?

  8. Dear Sweet Mel,

    I read this and looked back at your last post. I am so sorry for your loss. He does make all things beautiful in His time, and my prayers are with you as you grieve and heal and feel this today! XO

  9. Oh, Mel, I just read your last post and my heart is broken for you. I can’t relate, but I can grieve with you. Yes, He is good and He will bring beauty from these ashes as only He can. But for now, you grieve. And He grieves with you, as do we all. Bless you and your family…xoxo, Meredith

  10. no words to say that you have not said and questions you have not asked…these words are beautifully faithful despite all of the pain and disappointment Mel. love you . I hope that God sends you a fellow daughter who has walked this road no one wants to walk to grieve with you, to know exactly with you what your heart is feeling.

    • God has been good…and I know He always will be. I’m thankful for that promise today…and thankful for you, friend. xo

  11. No words. Just prayers. Blessings!

  12. Oh, Mel, I am so so sorry. I don’t even know how to express the ache and pain I’m feeling for you and your husband. Just know that I’ll be praying for you all and I’m sending you the biggest hug ever and a shoulder to just cry on if you need it and laughter for when you need that. Keep breathing! <3

    • The hugs and prayers mean so much…thank you. :) Looking forward to an (in)RL hug in October, friend! (You’ll be there, right?!)

  13. Oh friend. You’re so right. He is still there, and He is still God, and He makes all things beautiful in His time. I am still praying for you as you grieve this loss. Much love and hugs coming your way!

  14. I know this place well. So so sorry for your loss.

  15. Holding your sweet heart before God right now. Just finished reading Hannah Whitall Smith’s classic God of All Comfort. You’re post reminds me of this book. May you know God’s comfort in ways you could never imagine. This is my second FMF visit to your blog and that was intentional.

  16. Oh, friend, I’ve been praying for you this week! Thankful that you are still clinging to Him in this time and remembering that He is good! Praying that He continues to carry you through this journey!!

    Sending virtual hugs and a little snail mail encouragement!!

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