Since this is Lisa-Jo Baker's last week of hosting Five Minute Friday, I hope you'll consider joining us today. Click the FMF link at the top of this post to link up and to see the rules.
To give you the short version, Five Minute Friday works like this: Write for five minutes, then click Publish. No major editing allowed. It's a little frightening, but it's fun to be freed of the perfectionism, too. Link up at Lisa-Jo's blog, then visit the person who linked up just ahead of you. If you don't blog, you can still participate by writing in the comments at Lisa-Jo's blog.
|Flickr user clevercupcakes|
My fifth decade wasn't all that great. I had some trials, mostly medical. I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 0) and my depression worsened significantly.
But that decade was also a time of blessings for me. I beat that cancer and have been without it for three years now. I started getting help--first through counseling, then through doctors--for my depression. It's finally beginning to seem under control.
It's been a time of spiritual growth, too. Through these trials, Christ has drawn me closer to Him. I spend more time in prayer and praise. I participate in a Bible study now. I have been blessed to pray for others in need and to give support to women going through similar trials. In that sense, it's been a wonderful, amazing decade.
Only the Lord knows what this new decade holds. I know, however, that I can trust in Him to redeem whatever trials He chooses to allow in my life. And so I woke up this morning encouraged by that knowledge.