Five Minute Friday

Friday greetings, y’all!

On a whim I decided to jump on here and share a bit of the randomness in my head. It’s called five minute Friday. It’s not new. It’s not original. But it’s sometimes fun and a lot of other bloggers do it, so why not jump on the bandwagon this morning?

So, I’m setting my timer for five minutes, literally, and at the end of this post, I suppose we’ll all see where my finger tapping took me. Beware, none of it will have anything to do with each other. Okay? Okay.


– I’m learning more and more that it’s always better to give more grace than you feel like giving. Whoa. That’s hard. But where would we be if the Lord only gave us grace dependent on how He was feeling that day? Oh no. We’d be a puddle.

– I’m also learning, probably the hard way, that sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut. If you have nothing kind to say, don’t say anything at all.

– I’ve had to administer drugs to myself in the form of NyQuil all week long. I can’t decide if the scratchy throat and stuffy head is due to allergies or sinuses, but either way, I’m ready for the junk to move along.

– Fall is sloooooowly creeping into Houston. And by slow I mean the high is 84 degrees today. What?

– I am currently wearing a t-shirt that says, “Y’all”. That’s all. I kind of love it. I recently got it from an antique shop called Junk Gypsy in Round Top, Texas and it makes me so happy. As Kinky Friedman once said, “Y’all is singular. All y’all is plural. All y’all’s is plural possessive.” And all the Texans said amen.

Yup, I just took a selfie. It’s five minute Friday, y’all. What more could you expect? Plus, I really wanted y’all to see the cuteness that is this t-shirt, you know, since I don’t typically wear t-shirts. Smile.


– When one’s throat is sore, chocolate milk for the win. (I don’t want to hear if it’s bad for me, I just want you to know that it feels good.)

– Yesterday we had some visitors at LPM. Jefferson Bethke and his wife Alyssa. If you’ve not heard of Jefferson, he recently (this week) released a book called Jesus > Religion and also, Jefferson is very gifted in the way he brings the Word to people. He brings it through a poetic stance that we sometimes label as spoken word. If you’re looking for something to do today, go look him up on YouTube. You will not be disappointed. They were so genuine, so easy, so fun and so clearly love Jesus. The kind of people you just see yourself being best friends with. (Side note: Beth and I both only knew Jefferson through Twitter. That is what is so fun about social networking, one day you’re Twitter friends, and the next day you’re real life friends. Or, like many of you have experienced, one day you’re blog friends and the next day you’re real life friends. So crazy, y’all.)

Beth, Alyssa, and Jefferson.

And then I hopped in the picture. So fun.


– Oh, I wanted to tell you all (y’all) thank you so much for your sweet words about my Grandpa. I read every last word. And thank you for sharing your struggles and losses, too. Your authenticity and vulnerability encouraged me. Life is hard. But how fun that we have this neat community to encourage each other and lift each other’s heads up? I’m so grateful.

– I was reading through an old journal very recently, (some old journals make me want to sob and some I want to shred and throw away, can you relate?) and anyway, I ran across this sentence I wrote and it was a fresh wind to my soul. While faith is the doorway, grace is where we stand, but hope is our fuel.Β 

– This I know, if we’re not being fueled by the hope of Jesus Christ, we’re looking to something else to keep our weary engines rolling, and sister, this I know, it will come up dry. Every time. The hope of Jesus Christ is our fuel. Hope in Him today. He’s got you. He’s carrying you.

Welp! My timer just went off. I’m going to cheat now and add one picture.

Your turn! But to keep the comments slightly bearable, let’s make it one minute Friday. I promise you, one minute will FLY by.

That was fun! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I love y’all so very much.


65 Responses to “Five Minute Friday”

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    fuzzytop says:

    Lindsee – I love love love your t-shirt! So cute. And I liked the Junk Gypsy TV show. It was fun to see how they could transform a room with…well…junk!. Are they making new episodes? Just wondering….

    Have a wonderful weekend!


    • 1.1
      Lindsee says:

      You know what, Adrienne, I don’t know if they’re making a new episode or not?! I do know that they just moved their headquarters to a new and fun little house in Round Top, so who knows what’s around the corner!

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    Colette says:

    Thanks Lindsee! My world is crazy right now and your randomness is just what I needed! Your shirt reminds me of a man I saw yesterday who had a shirt that said “Hi” and he told me he forgot he had it on and a lady said hi to him and he was like “Well Hello!” And then she just kept walking and he realized he had that shirt on! It was so funny to hear him tell the story! He is a widow who is looking for a companion so it was kinda sad too! But he laughed anyways! Ok my minute is up! Haven’t read your last post yet so I will do that now! πŸ™‚

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    Hope in Jesus is my fuel….what a perfect truth for today! Thank you! I so enjoy your posts.

    I look forward to meeting you in January at the SSMTC! (I watched you help lead worship on Christmas Eve in 2011 when my husband and I were visiting Houston!)

    • 3.1
      Lindsee says:

      Oh, Judy! That Christmas Eve is one of my favorite memories of our baby church ever. So fun that you got to be there! Blessings to you.

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    Julie Reynolds says:

    Loved your t-shirt Lindsee! Five Minute Friday is great fun, there is a twitter party on Thursday nights #FMFparty and a prompt is given for five minute friday posts – this friday’s prompt is Ordinary.
    Grace is never ordinary – it is extraordinary that God would even extend it to us, He does this so faithfully that sometimes we miss the miracle.

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    Kim Safina says:


    First, please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of your sweet Grandpa. I will be keeping you and your family in prayer! I LOVE HIS POCKET PROTECTOR!!! πŸ™‚

    Second, HAPPY FALLidays or HAPPY FALL YA’LL !!!!

    I love your T-Shirt.
    I have had SEVERAL SIESTAS send me “YA’LL” GIFTS from Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas and each one just brings me such JOY!!

    Harvest is my ultimate favorite time of the year.
    Living on the coast of California, the temp. ranges between 50-72 pretty much year round.
    May your “BER” months be filled with crisp mornings, falling leaves, brisk walks and blessings galore.
    OctoBER πŸ™‚ NovemBER πŸ™‚ DecemBER πŸ™‚

    Re: sniffles and cough etc..
    Remedy = VICKS VAPO RUB – rub all over the bottom of your feet and then put your socks on. DO THIS AT NIGHT.
    Add to chest and nose area. Drink LOTS of H2O!!

    One more thing… giggle giggle

    Could you do me a HUGE favor? Please go in and give Kimberly a big HUG from me! πŸ™‚
    * Or just give the entire office a group hug!!!

    Have a blessed weekend!
    With Love & “Heaven Bound” Blessings,
    Kim Safina

    ps if I want to change my photo on blog, how do I go about doing it?

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      Lindsee says:

      Hi Kim! Thanks for the kind words. Here is how you would change your gravatar: Go to <> . Click the first button “Get your gravatar today ->”, and it will walk you through a simple process to select a picture. (Or get a new one.) Hope that helps!

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      fuzzytop says:

      Hey Kim – I’m heading out to your part of the country next week! Would love to see you again!!!


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    Michelle says:

    I so “one minuted” my sweet and awesome sister in a text this morning all about how I had five mosquito bites and three ant bites and how I have now taken to doing my middle daughter’s hair in the car in that awkward time between kinder drop off and time for my class to start at the gym and people must think I am weird because I am crouched in the backseat doing hair…ok, that’s all! Happy Friday y’all!

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    Linda Williams says:

    LOVE the shirt!!

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    lynda rickey says:

    Hey guys,
    So, I got to come home early from work. Not really early but early for me. I usually lesson plan until dark in my classroom but due to circumstances beyond my control had to lesson plan yesterday so happy Friday to me. Drove home with the radio cranked up and a huge smile on my face because Jesus has seen fit to allow me to work with someone I truly love. She loves Jesus too and it is just a sweet oasis in all the chaos of an elementary school. I feel loved and appreciated every day. What a rare find in today’s world. The Lord continues to bless me beyond it all. Love you Lindsee and how totally fun you are.

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    Kim B. in az says:

    I am sorry about the loss of your grandpa.

    I love the randomness of this post. I kind of reminds me about the crazy ball of thoughts that run threw my head at any given moment. It drives my poor hubby a little nuts cause when we are talking I am all over the place and back again. Poor guy.

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    Sandy Bowers says:

    Hey Lindsee! You are so stinkin’ cute with your random posts. LOL. Here’s my five (one) minute Friday: Week full of crazy kindergartners is finally over. Whew! But I love them! Weather is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. I have a scratchy throat and head stuffy, too, along with a voice that is disappearing as the evening progresses. Friday night football finds our local HS at 7-0 with 3 games to go! Playoffs, here we come. Sending siesta hugs to all!

    P.S. One minute is not enough….I must confess that I cheated and paused the timer while I thought of what to write. πŸ™‚

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    Andee says:

    I’m smiling as I Swype this. Your first point was grace. Yesterday I had to choose to not be angry, hence, giving grace. Right now I’m at a woman’s retreat and although our theme may be chocolate,, we are studying the grace of Jesus. I’m thinking that I’m supposed to be paying attention. What do you think?… πŸ™‚

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    Beth says:

    Just got back from our little town’s football game. Middle of the 3rd quarter and we are winning 40-0. I know it is weird, but I always want the opposing team to at least score, even if it is only 3 points. I love football, and am from Oklahoma, so tomorrow we have the big OU/TX rivalry!!!! I love all my Texas siestas, but oh, I’m so hoping OU wins! Either way, I hope it is a really tight game, those are the best!

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    Donna says:

    Something that hasn’t left my mind all day is the attitude of a friend that came back into my life via facebook. (I hate facebook; just use it to see family photos), anyway, she’s getting married, I was rejoicing with her but in a funny way and she took something the wrong way. When I tryed to explan the joke she just “unfriend” me from her list. Woosh… into my life and woosh out of my life. It’s been on my mind all day. Is our world really becoming that cold and heartless. πŸ™

    Also, if you are a fast typest you can write a lot in a minute. πŸ™‚

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    Kaitlyn says:

    Very unrelated buuuut… can Beth PLEASE do a video tutorial on how she does her perfect hair? Com’on!! We’d all love it so much.

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    sharon says:

    Smiled every minute of the five! and more! …here In Ga, yall is a staple word along with hey πŸ™‚ as in hi or look or listen or just about anything, depending on context or facial expression! BUT times are changing! and for southern posterities sake alone ..I promised to slap myself silly the next time I got caught sayin you guys! lol! A military town truly is a melting pot! and Its fun to hear it rub off both ways! Ps no shortage of fuel for the believer EVER! …Love that.

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    Cyndy says:

    Work ran a little late this afternoon. I don’t mind. I love my work ~ I’m a dental assistant. I’ve had two jobs that I really loved. The first one was a homeschool mom for 20 years. I homeschooled both my boys all the way to college. Then I became a dental assistant. I wanted to be a dentist when I went to college, but 2 years into it, I got a Mrs. degree instead. πŸ™‚ I’ve been a dental assistant for 5 years and I love it! God is good to me!

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    michele says:

    Girl, I know what you mean about fall slowly creeping in. I lived in far NW Houston for three years. Now in the Keller, TX area so we’re getting glimpses of fall! I say it’s my favorite time of year but, I also say that during the first snow & beautiful spring days lol. Thanks for the randomness. You speak my language.

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    Michelle Mason says:

    This was great. I took a break from my fb addiction and now rely on your blogs as my weining medicine. Side note:I’m loving the break from the social network head trip. However, your blog gives me just the right amount of technology driven gratification that I’m not completely missing out. Stay bright!!

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    Okie Murray says:

    My heart is so full of sympathy for your family in the loss of Grandpa! I am praying for your Grandma! How the disciples must have missed Jesus. One of my verses is, John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you and your joy may be full.” Dance everyone sing, Make music! We have Jesus!

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    angela says:

    Hi Lindsee!
    Hope you’re feeling better! I have to tell you my Y’all story!
    I started attending a new church after a long and wearisome search for a new church home and I didn’t know anyone…my friend’s husband was pastor at my old church and they got called away to another…so I was missing her so! I prayed to God that He could replace her with someone just like her and even “reminded” ha! Him of her southern accent and the way she would use the oh so cute term Y’all. The next morning as I walked into my new church, this cute little lady comes walking over to me and says “How Y’all doing?”
    Wow! That was fast!!!
    We are becoming fast friends and I am Loving How God Sees each one of us!!
    Happy Fall Y’all!!!

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    Judy says:

    Hey Lindsee,

    So sorry to hear about your grandpa. Bittersweet memories as my mom went home to the Lord 3 years ago this week. Will pray for God’s peace and comfort to just envelop you.

    Love your phrase about faith being the doorway but grace is where we stand and hope is our fuel. Hhmmm, might have to make that today’s motto!

    Looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the wonder staff at LPM at the SSMT in January! Just so excited to being able to attend (it’s my Christmas gift from my hubby!)

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    Sarah says:

    I wish I had seen this yesterday! I was sitting on the couch holding a sick toddler all day, all but a few quick trips to the bathroom anyway. Umcka is an amazing very concentrated cold care remedy available at health food stores. I went in with my toddler and they recommended this product (all ages) so I purchased it with hopes of it helping her (after being up 6ish times Thursday night). Sudafed type of products do not work in our family, however Umcka worked! Wheezing stopped, fever broke, congestion was greatly reduced and she even laughed at her big brother’s antics! She still wanted to be close all day. She was able to sleep during the night except to eat 2x. That probably is enough randomness but I have to throw in I am a very cranky person when woken too many times during the except when I have prayed…patience and compassion are pouring from me even on the 5th time. This is a time I know when it is God’s compassion and patience pouring out of me to my little ones because I do not contain that level during the night!! We certainly serve an amazing God and I LOVE it when there are times that I can see Himself pouring out of me as a result of the prayer request for it. Tears of thankfulness and awe at God are in my eyes now. His heart is very tender for the little children!

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    trisha : ) says:

    heard this about “what to speak”
    is it true? is it kind? is it necessary?
    and about “when to speak”:
    is this the right time? is this the right person? is this the right place?
    {wish I could remember to use these guidelines All The Time…..}

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    Sharon says:

    I just received this today so it’s 60 seconds Saturday! Relaxing watching a 1950’s movie. Dectective/mystery, would they be surprised how far forensics has come. Trying to get my groove on to work on my first ever quilt that I started two weeks ago. Blessings, my time is up!

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    Bethany says:

    One minute Friday has turned into one minute Saturday πŸ™‚

    1. I am sitting on the floor of a bedroom in my clients house working on language programs. He’s autistic and poor kiddo has to work Saturdays. No lazy cartoon mornings for this little first grader πŸ™
    2. I love Jesus!
    3. I wish that I was in Israel with 50 others from my church.
    4. I’ve been so incredibly blessed by our churches blog about the trip!
    5. Lord willing, I will attend two years from now!
    6. I’m anxiously awaiting cool temperatures and shorter days! Tempe here in central California have been mid 70’s to low 80’s.

    That’s all folks!!!

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    Rosa says:

    Fun post. Good advice. Love the randomness. Love your shirt. There are also t-shirts out there from the home tee that have an imprint of the state of tx on them and y’all spelled out. They also have a shirt that says home in an imprint of the state of tx. I found out about them on the big mama blog. Super soft tshirts!

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    Warm In Alaska says:

    Oh. I’m late to the party. It’s Saturday now and “One Minute Saturday” sounds kinda lame. But I can hang with you on the random side of things; in that, sometime earlier today I heard a Christmas song and now my head is just bursting with little one-line snippets like, “…come and behold Him, born the King of angels” and “…let every heart prepare Him room,” and “…peace on earth and mercy mild.” Goodness. Apparently Christmas can never come too early for my liking ~

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    Gargle with a peroxide/water mixture … will knock out a sore throat. Guaranteed! Get well.

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    Deborah Mott says:

    I LOVE THIS, YOUR QUOTE: “While faith is the doorway, grace is where we stand, but hope is our fuel. This I know, if we’re not being fueled by the hope of Jesus Christ, we’re looking to something else to keep our weary engines rolling, and sister, this I know, it will come up dry. Every time. The hope of Jesus Christ is our fuel. Hope in Him today. He’s got you. He’s carrying you.” End Quote. Wow I love this! Thanks!
    This really hit me tonight of all nights. Been contrasting “HOPE” definitions: ones from the world/from nonbelievers contrasted with WORD/believers. WORLD/WORD= difference=L= LORD…LORD= HOPE! So many contrasts to what “HOPE” means between these two kingdoms and even within the KINGDOM (religion /relationship contrast of HOPE) and what it means to me. I loved the clear HOPE IN CHRIST you quoted! He is the ONLY ONE who GAVE ALL HE IS AND HAS for our atonement, ransom, redemption, restoration, reconciliation,…….. re-connection to THE FATHER! HE IS HOPE INCARNATE, HOPE EMMANUEL, HOPE INFINITE, HOPE ETERNAL! HE IS CHRIST THE LORD, CHRIST THE HOPE OF GLORY!
    Thanks for Five Minute Friday. I should have timed this and made it seven minute Saturday! Saturday night is alright with me…remember that song? Probably before your time. O well. Fondly and IN ALL HOPE OF CHRIST, Deb

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    Elise says:

    Love your shirt Lindsee! Can you find them online? πŸ™‚
    I have been know to drop the all y’all, so this shirt makes me smile!
    As for the chocolate milk, it has calcium and vitamins and if its dark chocolate it has antioxidents–so it is good πŸ™‚

    • 30.1
      Lindsee says:

      Amen to the chocolate milk word. Ha! And you might google “Junk Gypsy” to see if they sell that shirt online!

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    katiegfromtennessee says:

    I guess this is my one minute Sunday instead:) Ok deep breath. This past week, I realized anew my intense need for inundating myself with God’s Word. The enemy is ruthless and will try to tell you half-truths all to try and get you to believe a lie…listening to God’s Word out loud is really comforting and soothing, isn’t it?…My favorite quote from a book study I’m doing right now by Kay Arthur is this “Life is much more than food and clothing and shelter. Real life is in the spiritual dimension, in the kingdom of God, in full dependence on God and on the bread of His Word.” Alright my “minute” is used up now πŸ™‚ Love ya’ll:)

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    Sarah S. says:

    LURV the shirt!! Too much cuteness!! Yes …. fall in Texas. Please come and stay so that I will stop sweating in my boots. I’m a 44 year old wife and mother of teenagers back in school spending my rainy Sunday afternoon studying for General Chemistry2 (you KNOW you’re jealous!! πŸ™‚ ) and sending out speaker kits. And laundry. Always the laundry.

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    Stephanie Volkmer says:

    Lindsee!What a great post, I am doing a minute answer so I’m trying to type as fast as I can!
    I just love your random posts, mainly because I am super random as well! (It’s like normal random but with a cape!) I also can’t wait to actually meet you face to face come January!
    I Love the t-shirt! So cute! Whoops, there’s my timer, have a fantastic Monday! πŸ™‚

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    Diana A. says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! well it is here πŸ™‚

    G I R L !!! You look so good with a sore throat & NyQuill racing thru your bloodstream!

    Great shirt! Have a blessed day! πŸ˜€

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    Sarah says:

    I LOVE that shirt! I looked at the picture before I read what you wrote and was hoping it was from a place I could shop at as well. My boss actually works with those girls a lot so I may have to pick one up!

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    Beth says:

    Hey Lindsee,

    We love the T-Shirt – so cute! … And I love your glasses. They are exactly the ‘shape’ and style I am looking for. Can you share the make and style?

    Love the reminder to grace others and say less. Thank you for your openness and for all you do for us!

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    Denise Basden, Frisco, TX says:

    Ephesians 3:16, NLT
    I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his spirit.

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    Dana Banks says:

    Dana, San Angelo, Texas

    “Search me God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139: 23-24 (NIV).

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    Megan JOY says:

    -I love ‘all y’alls’ (the phrase AND y’all) and I so want that t-shirt – but I’m not being covetous about it

    -Chocolate milk is GOOD for you! Honest! It’s especially great if you’ve just had a muscle-trying workout. Tons of protein.

    -I can’t type fast enough

    -I’m going to check out Jefferson on Twitter and the int. right away – thank you for the introduction πŸ™‚

    All y’alls have an abundantly, crazily, thrillingly blessed week!

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    Megan JOY says:

    PS – I LOVE this 5 minute Friday thing! Keep it a’comin’

    PPS – how do I get my pic on here – grrrrrr πŸ™‚

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    Megan JOY says:

    Lindsee, do you have a Twitter account? If yes, what is it? I LOVE your mind πŸ™‚

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    candifer says:

    i do not want to hear any complaints about fall. autumn got buried under 4 feet of thunder-snow in my neck of the world, causing me to be snowed-in at my employer’s house, downed trees & power lines, widespread power outages, and the most heartbreaking part: loss of cattle. my heart hurts for the ranchers in our area πŸ™

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    Kathleen says:

    Kathleen, Georgetown, TX
    Romans 5:3-5 NIV 84
    Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

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    Lynn, Raleigh says:

    Daniel 11:32 Living Bible “He will flatter those who hate the things of God and win them over to his side. But the people who know their God* shall be strong and do great things”

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    Leigh Ann says:

    LOVE that t-shirt!!

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    Connor says:

    Connor, San Marcos, TX
    James 1:19 ESV
    Know this my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

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    Fran McCurry Plott says:

    Both October verses:

    Song of Songs 2:15 (NIV)
    15 Catch for us the foxes,
    the little foxes
    that ruin the vineyards,
    our vineyards that are in bloom.

    Ephesians 5:33
    New International Version (NIV)
    33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

    Opelika, AL

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    Megan JOY says:


    It would be so fantabulously fantastic if you did a 5 minute blog as a weekly or bi-weekly thing.

    I’m an author but trying to fit everything into my day seems to leave no time for writing. Right now I’m just at the whole writing prompts, partial short stories, poems place but you have inspired me.

    I once had a creative writing teacher (very encouraging) who stressed the importance of writing EVERY day and I have read Tricia Goyer say the same thing. But how on earth? A 15-minute writing session! What a superb idea (I use uncommon or “big” words to sound silly, not nose-in-the-air smart) Thank you. I hope some day you pick up one of my books and say to yourself ‘hmmm, I really got that girl going!’ (and then buy it and read it :). Cheers!

    I’m hoping to see some more 5-minute posts in the near future!

    God bless y’all.

    • 49.1
      Lindsee says:

      You’re so sweet, Megan! There probably will be more in the near future. I do try to write everyday, they just don’t always make it to the blog. Grin. You keep writing, Sister! Blessings!

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