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Five Minute Friday: a chance for us to develop our writing skills and meet at Gypsy Mama’s blog.  The rules?

  • write for 5 minutes and don’t edit.  
  • link your post to her blog.  
  • stop and write an encouraging note to the person ahead of you.

photo: © Matthew Benoit |



They come in bursts

Almost always while I am busy or preoccupied.


My child quietly comes into the room

with a look on her face that tells me her heart is broken…

or something has happened that day that has crushed her spirit.

Or my words have crushed her soul and the hurt is pooling up in her eyes.


I tell myself that my own pursuits are much more important right now.

I don’t have time to spend with her, comforting this over-sensitive child.

She needs to toughen up so the world doesn’t crush her.


But that still small voice of the Spirit quietly whispers,

“This is an opportunity that will soon be lost.”

“You won’t have many opportunities like this to show your love.

To show her the love of Christ.”


This time I stop…

Not like some of the other times.

This time I listen to her heart.

This time I try not to preach, but to love her.


I was learning.  And each time I learned a little more…

When I accepted the opportunity I was given.

GOD opened her heart a little more

to the gospel that changed her life!



“…Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,  

but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 

it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck

and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

  Matthew 18:1-6 

(full context)