You guys! This is the final Five Minute Friday link-up of 2014! The grand finale! Can you believe it?

We’ll be taking a two week break during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, but we’ll be back and ready to write the week of January 8th.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you again for so graciously and warmly welcoming me as your new Five Minute Friday host in August this year. Believe me, I was just as disappointed as you were when I heard that Lisa-Jo was passing the baton … yet I’m so grateful that the transition went as smoothly as possible, and that we still have a place to link up, read each other’s words and encourage one another in this crazy flash writing fun!

I really do adore this community and the way you all care for each other so well! You’re my favorite part of the internet, and I so look forward to Thursday nights and Fridays. Thank YOU for making it so great!

If you’re newish here, you’ll definitely want to check out our Facebook page, and also the Twitter party, which happens on Thursday evenings around 8:30pm EST, at the hashtag #fmfparty. And for those of you on Pinterest, you can follow along here.

I’d also love to invite you to a special edition link up right here on this blog starting Monday, December 22nd. It’s a Letters to Grief Link Up, in conjunction with the recent release of my e-book, Letters to Grief.

The topic is:

If you were to write a letter to grief, what would you say?

What you have to do:

Write a letter to grief on your own blog by December 22nd, then come and link-up your post. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your letter to grief in the comments section on December 22nd.

Letters to Grief - Final coverLetters can be as long or as short as you’d like. Most of the letters I included in my e-book are between 250-450 words long.

One entrant will be featured on my blog on Monday, January 5th.

Please spread the word! If you know someone who is struggling with grief, especially around the holidays, writing a letter to grief can be a very therapeutic exercise, even if they choose not to share what they write.

 

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For the final Five Minute Friday prompt of 2014, the word is:

 

FMF - Adore

 

Ready? GO.

 

Sometimes we come to You as if You’re a jolly old grandpa in the sky, with a long, white beard and rosy cheeks, and a twinkle in Your eye. We come to You as if you have a round belly that jiggles like a bowl full of jelly, and we get on our knees and rattle off all the items on our wish lists, fully expecting that You’ll drop our requests down the chimney the next time You pass by.

We kneel there with our eyes closed, waiting, and reciting as politely as possible, “Please give me this, and this, and this.”

And if You don’t grant our every desire, we think maybe we were too naughty this year, or just not nice enough. Or maybe You’re not as kind as the pictures of You in Your sleigh make You out to be …

But we keep up the same routine anyway, and try a little harder next time, and act a little nicer, hoping to rack up enough bonus points to get Your attention and get in Your good books.

And we don’t realize, or maybe we just forget, that You’re not looking for our deeds or our lists.

Then in Your mercy, You open our eyes and help us to say, “Come, let us adore Him.”

 

STOP.

In light of the prompt, this is what’s playing at my house this Christmas:

 

Thank you all for joining Five Minute Friday this year! Praying that each and every one of you has a blessed Christmas as we seek to adore the one, true King.

See you back here in 2015, Lord willing!

 

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