Friday, July 11, 2014

Belonging - Five Minute Friday

It's Five Minute Friday!  You know the ropes:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. (On your own blog or in the comments here).
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Today, because our hostess Lisa-Jo is on vacation, FMF is hosted by Crystal Stine.  Click through Crystal's name for more information or to link up your own post.

The writing prompt is Belong.

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I don't know when I started feeling as though I didn't belong.  I know it had started by the time I was in high school.  I had a small group of friends, yeah, but I was most definitely not part of the "in" crowd.  That was okay.  I was a geek and didn't expect to be embraced by the jocks and other popular kids.

Later it was even more so.  I can be a little quirky, and my family is that way, too.  Maybe it takes people a little time to know us and like us in spite of those quirks.  Several years ago we joined a homeschool support group that was fabulous.  We loved it ... until one of those "popular kids" did something not very nice to me.  I definitely felt like an outcast.

But then God ....

Isn't that the start of so many happy stories?  I love seeing how God works.

But then God brought us to our new church home.  He surrounded us with genuine people, authentic people who don't say one thing to your face and another behind your back.  People whose love we can trust.

Maybe those years of being "outside" left me craving the belonging so much that the Lord used it to lead my family to this particular church.  We know that He redeems everything, and that our pain is never wasted.  I know He was at work in all of this, even though I couldn't see it at the time.

As I read recently on Facebook, "Even when you can't see His hand, you can trust His heart."  Amen.


Okay, now it's your turn!  (But first, leave a comment for me, please. :))  Click through Crystal's name above to see more FMF posts or to link up your own.  Have fun with it and don't stress over it!


  1. Hi Melissa, we're FMF neighbors. I'm glad you've found a place, a church where you can belong. What a gift God gives us when he brings us into his family.

  2. I'm happy you found a place to belong. God is good right?

  3. I love these words and I really needed to read them tonight: "Even when you can't see His hand, you can trust His heart." Thank you!

  4. I am so glad that you found a church.. growing up, I was raised in church, but once I moved to Atlanta -- school, work and the social scene took me away from any church...I know it is a shame, but it is the truth...
    I am glad that we found a church when we did... the friendships made... the memories... that is just smaller parts of the good things HE give us...


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