Five Minute Friday: Welcome

Pausing for a minute {or five} in the midst of my packing, I contemplate Lisa-Jo’s prompt of “welcome.”

No editing, or fixing, just the small amount that my overcrowded brain can eke out. If you feel inclined, join me there {and the other in that community} as we each add our spin to a common theme.


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. {Anne Bradstreet}

Sometimes God feels really far away. Prayers return empty, fasting leaves me hungry, worship seems an act and the Word falls flat. Distance arises, and like a lost child I rush around for a familiar hand to hold on to.

Then, all seems right again. Perfect communion is restored, and peace reigns in my heart. Do I believe that God has forsaken me in that time? No! Rather, through distance from Him, separation from His will and Spirit, I am reminded of my desire for Him. Like the woman in Song of Solomon, I search the empty streets for my lover, asking everyone around if they have seen Him.

Through loss we remember what we have. We welcome it back with open arms.


A slight moving update as we head into the weekend: Yesterday Josh & I got A LOT done! We’re hoping to get the majority of our packing done today, because tomorrow my baby boy turns 7-years-old!! We want to take time to celebrate Elijah, and the day that started our journey into parenthood. Sunday we will get prayed out by our church, and Monday we’re loading up our U-Haul and saying our good-byes. Your prayers are greatly appreciated as we navigate these emotional waters for ourselves and also our children.

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18 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Welcome

  1. I hope, too, that you have an easy move, and that there are no bumps on the way. I loved this post, and what a lovely reminder, that through loss we welcome with wider arms and hearts. Always good to read your 5 minutes! Blessings, Hilary

  2. I love to reflect on children’s birthdays as a celebration of how far we’ve come as parents! It’s not meant to detract from the birthday boy by any means, but to focus for a time on how far God has brought you as parents.

    Praying God feels extra close to all of you in this transition. I’ll be waiting on this end to give you a hug! :)

  3. Moms piled their kids in their minivans, tiny American flags in hand. Farmers threw their American flags in the back of their pick-up trucks. Military veterans put on their uniforms. News truck from all the local news stations drove into town, positioning their cameras to get the best shot. Kids got out their magic markers and glitter to create posters. All these preparations were being made in my hometown this week to welcome home a local Marine. But, instead of walking off an airplane to his homecoming, he was brought home in a flag draped casket.

    Thousands of people stood for over two hours along the funeral procession route just to get the chance to show their honor and respect for the fallen soldier. I had the privilege of being one of those people. When the procession drove by, all the people around me went silent. Hands were placed over hearts. Flags proudly held high in the air. Silent prayers whispered. Many tears shed. It was so moving to be able to be a part of that moment. I am so blessed that I was able to do my part in saying, “Welcome home.”

  4. “Prayers return empty, fasting leaves me hungry, worship seems an act and the Word falls flat. Distance arises, and like a lost child I rush around …” I recognize me here!
    Beautiful. Prayers for you and your family as YOUR FUTURE Welcomes you!

  5. Excellent welcome post! I love that we welcome back what we had all along! Good luck with the packing (I really hate packing) eat lots of chocolate.

  6. Pretty excited that I found your blog.. It is beautiful and so is your way with words… I am on a growing faith mission and I think this may have just become part of it.


    Hannah Katy

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Hannah Katy. :) I like that phrase: “growing faith mission.” Something I think we’re all on, at different places. :)

  7. Oh my! How are you already leaving socal? It was a blessing to spend time with you. I am beyond excited to see how God moves in your family. The desires He set in your heart are lovely and I’ll be checking in here often to read about that journey! Much love to you guys!

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