Friday, September 26, 2014

Thankful Because (Five Minute Friday)

Welcome to Five Minute Friday!  Hosted by Kate at heading home, Five Minute Friday is a group of writers who get together--virtually speaking--and do a five-minute free write.  Then we link up at Kate's blog and visit one another's blogs.

Today the writing prompt is BECAUSE.


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When I first saw today's writing prompt, my first thought was of the song, "Because He Lives."  (This was made famous by the Gaithers, but see below for my favorite video rendition.)  That's now stuck in my head, thankyouverymuch Kate. :)

I've also been feeling a little down, so I'm trying to focus on gratitude.  Here I'm going to combine the two ideas.  And even though it's wildly grammatically incorrect, I'm going to begin my list with a sentence fragment.

I am thankful because:
  • God gives us grace.  Even when I mess up, which happens regularly, He still loves me.
  • I have a family and friends who love me.
  • We have a wonderful family of believers, locally and worldwide, alongside whom we can serve.
  • My surgeon's associate told me this week that it seems my cancer is still in remission.  (I still have to go for a scan, but at this point we're good.)
  • I have a terrific doctor who has found a combination of meds to manage my depression.
  • We have a great pastor who has walked with me on many a rocky road.
  • I'm forgiven.  "I am no longer defined by all the wreckage behind." (Credit to Matthew West)

I'm out of time already, or my list would be much longer!

For more Five Minute Friday, click through the link at the top or bottom of this post.  And I didn't forget:  here's the video I promised:


  1. Isn't it amazing how looking to our blessings changes the way we view ourselves, our situation, etc? Loved this morning!

  2. Ok, how did I not know that you're battling cancer? Bravo for you for fighting and being able to knock two thoughts together! Depression hammers away at the healthiest of us, so don't feel badly that you're depressed--those chemo treatments will mess even the most optimistic person's emotions up. And praise God that you have good health care givers that have found the combination that you need. My daughter is struggling from depression (I'm pretty sure it's fallout from my husband's cancer 12 years ago), and we're still waiting for the perfect combination to really take hold and help her. It's a journey. My prayers are with you, friend!

  3. Thanks, Mrs. K! Good to "meet" you through FMF!

    Anita, no worries. I had stage 0 breast cancer in 2011. No chemo, just one day of surgery, six weeks of radiation, and five years of tamoxifen. But I'm doing well now, thank the Lord!

  4. That song is one that is very familiar - it was sang a lot in church when I was growing up & occasionally as an adult. I think it's one of my mom's favorites.

    Depression is very difficult to deal with and you have to be patient with yourself. I'm grateful that I'm on the right cocktail of meds so it's under control. I may get a little down occasionally, but I never want to revisit how I felt before meds.

    You're a strong person and I know looking to the blessings / positives is very helpful.

  5. Your list made me smile ;)
    Thanks for that ... Because He lives... LOVE LOVE LOVE and that is what I immediately thought as well!


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