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Once again, Five Minute Friday has arrived again!  And it is November 1!  Wow!  October flew!!

The rules for Five Minute Friday are as follows:

  • Write for 5 minutes.
  • Link to Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday page.
  • Stop by and write encouraging notes to the person ahead of you for sure…and anyone else you’d like to visit…this is a non-negotiable.


This week I have had new experiences of grace.

In small groups…with people I am still getting to know.

Isn’t it interesting to watch others reach out in love to

People you sometimes can’t say the right words to?

But GOD placed them in your small group.


It makes no difference

If the group is your family, an informal group from church,

Or an assigned small group.


There are days you go to the group and you have nothing to give.

Sometimes there are people who are very needy…

But GOD puts people there who can give just what is needed.


All of us who are in Christ have received abundant grace from GOD.

We need to pass it on freely.

But some days, there isn’t much to pass on.


We are weak.  We are weary.

We are broken.

It is all we can do to be kind and show love.


Graciously, GOD puts us with others who are also able to give love…and grace…

In ways we can’t on a given day.

Often their way of giving grace is just what is needed.


It is GOD’s way of giving us grace.

We don’t always have to be the giver.            STOP


We can be quiet while someone else gives.

And receive the grace GOD is giving us

While another receives what she needs.


If we claim to have fellowship with him

and yet walk in the darkness, 

we lie and do not live out the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

I John 1:6-7