Hey everyone! Welcome to Five Minute Friday, and the end of another week! Can you believe April is OVER?! How did that happen??

I for one, spent my April thoroughly enjoying Crystal Stine‘s online Creative Basics course. Did you participate? If so, what did you love about it?

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One of my favorites from the list is the breaking news that Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig will be joining us via Skype for a live web chat during the retreat!

 

Ann and Charity are co-authors of the book, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (Masters in Fine Living Series), and will be sharing loads of wisdom and encouragement for us relating to our writing lives.

Here’s a bit more about each of them to whet your appetites:

Ann Kroeker

Ann Kroeker grew up near Plainfield, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University as an English Major with a creative writing emphasis. She launched her freelance writing career as a young adult and has been working for over two decades as a writer, editor, and most recently as a writing coach. Author of two books and editor for Tweetspeak Poetry and The High Calling, Ann is a sought after resource for editorial guidance. She continues to explore new writing opportunities, speak in a range of venues, maintain connections in the publishing world, and work with writers to help them take the next step in their writing careers.

 

Charity Singleton CraigCharity Singleton Craig grew up near Greencastle, Ind., and graduated from Taylor University as a Mass Communications Major with an emphasis in print media. After a brief stint in newspaper journalism, Charity worked in several other industries throughout the years, all while attempting to live the writing life. Recently, she became a full-time freelance writer and editor, serving as a content and copy editor for The High Calling, a contributing writer for Tweetspeak Poetry, and a
staff writer for Curator Magazine. She also serves several clients with their corporate communication needs.

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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

 

door

 

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Otherwise, set your timer and let’s write!

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With Every Act of Love - Jason Gray

In recent weeks, I’ve heard this song on Christian radio. It’s called With Every Act Of Love by Jason Gray, and there’s one line that gets me every time. He sings, “God put a million million doors in the world for His love to walk through. One of those doors is you.”

Am I acting like it? Am I allowing Him to use me as a vessel, an open door for His love to walk through?

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I recently went for coffee with a friend (okay, it was actually a bagel and tea), and we were talking about direction and opportunities for the future. We chatted about how God so obviously and providentially closes some doors and opens others — and how sometimes it’s not so obvious. Sometimes there are many doors to choose from, and it’s hard to know which one to pick. At other times, none of the options seem to be open at all.

Then my friend said this: “I heard a pastor speak once, and he mentioned something about how God doesn’t always open doors like we think He does. Sometimes He leaves them closed, but they’re unlocked. We just need to take the initiative to try the handle to see if it will turn.”

So there we have it. Words of wisdom, those.

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I don’t know what’s going on in your life this week. Maybe you’re faced with many open doors. Maybe they all seem closed. Or maybe you are the door, and God is asking you to allow His love to walk through you.

 

 

Add your own five minutes of free writing on the prompt DOOR by clicking the blue linky button below, then visit the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement in the comments!

 

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30 thoughts on “five minute friday :: door

  1. First of all, I call “meeting a friend for coffee” anything that involves meeting with a friend in a public place that involves some food or beverage. So yes, tea and bagel counts. 🙂

    And I really like that perspective: sometimes we need to walk up to doors and try the handles. Like that picture!

  2. What a great post, Kate. It makes me wonder if/what I’ve missed out on because I never turned the handle of a door . . .

    And that song? The first time I heard that line you quoted, I was floored. We are each open doors to the world around us. We have an opportunity to shine Jesus to the world. I love that image.

  3. At one school I attended, we were taught to try the handle first…and the apply the breaching charge…

    Works in life. Sometimes you just have to blow the door you need to get through, if the devil’s holding it shut.

  4. This is along the lines that I have been thinking as well… and almost wrote the same thing in my link-up! Sometimes He leads us to the door but it’s our job to be brave and try it. It’s having courage and trusting Him knowing that He directs our steps. Thanks for these words and the reminder to be brave!

  5. I love that idea! That there’s not just ONE door that is right–God can use us many different ways. Maybe the doors are labeled “Faith”, “Lots of Faith”, “Extreme Amounts of Faith” and they are all good doors which lead to God’s purpose, but he’s just waiting to work with us, whichever door we choose.

  6. You have a lot of wisdom in this one short post, Kate. I love the idea of walking up to the door and trying it to see if it’s unlocked. It takes the pressure off us. If it’s locked and we don’t get it, God locked it. If He left it open, we’ll get in, but there’s no way to know without trying it!

  7. I’m a tea and bagel kind of girl too! SO looking forward to opening the door to see bloggers in real life in Nashville! 🙂 Off to a morning run…need to open that front door and go! Have a blessed weekend. Jenn

  8. “…Sometimes He leaves them closed, but they’re unlocked. We just need to take the initiative to try the handle to see if it will turn.” NOW that will preach!!! Great perspective…xo

  9. That song has been on my mind as I seem to hear it every day on my commute to/from work! Such a great point – doors may appear closed but it doesn’t mean they are locked! Thank you 🙂

  10. Kate! I’m here late, but better late than never, right? I loved your imagery here and your encouragement to turn the handle on the blessings God has to offer us. It takes humility walk through the doors that are open and to not bust down the ones that aren’t. Thanks for your thoughtful words each week.

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