Five Minute Friday: Join

Oh. My. Word. Of. Mercy.  I’m linking up for the first time ever with anyone about anything anywhere.  Ya still with me?  I’ve been reading the writings over at The Gypsy Mama‘s blog for a few years. And I have been so blessed by her “Five Minute Friday” writing prompts and the places it took me.  Today, after Ever So Much chewing of nails and promises to myself and others to just do it, I am.  Hold me…





I am a joiner by nature.  I’m outgoing and get jazzed up by meeting new people.  Sometimes, without any consideration, I join a person, group, or activity that I had no business joining.  And it’s often there, in that messy moment of, “What exactly was I thinking?”, that I find something out about myself that I had not known before.  Or, at other times, by joining and realizing later that I didn’t really belong, I was finally able to acknowledge something about myself that I hadn’t before.


And it’s in the acknowledgement or the knowing that I’m able to learn a lesson.  It’s then that the joining makes sense as a lesson to be learned.  That jumping in and then feeling all wrong in my skin?  It feels like God’s way of revealing something of Himself in me, to me. And if I am honest, sometimes, I join things for all the right reasons and still feel all wrong in my skin.  It’s in those moments of, “Why isn’t this working?”, that I am able to see God’s love for me poured out in ways I wouldn’t have been able to recognize had I not joined in the first place.


I’m keenly aware that there are moments when my joining in proves detrimental to my health (like the time I tried to join a Running Club, HA!), or detrimental to my relationships (joining an outwardly Christian group or organization can be off-putting to those who aren’t).  But, inevitably, if I keep my eyes and heart open to what is being revealed to me, I will see the bigger purpose in my desire to join.  And that is worth it indeed!

13 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Join

  1. So want to do this! I want to chat, too! So much to catch up on! Don’t know if you can talk this morning, but it’s probably the only time I can talk since I’m leaving town tomorrow for a week. (Can my hip take it without my husband and two kids? WE’ll see!)

    • Ha! Yes ma’am a it wasn’t so scary after all to participate and it felt great to write for 5 minutes and just pour out on paper. Yes please on the chat!!

  2. I love how you point out that sometimes you join things for the right reasons and it still feels all wrong (I’ve had my share of those times…. 🙂 ). It’s true, in those moments you see God’s love in new ways. You just have to remember to listen.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I just left a comment, but I don’t think it went through, so I’m sorry if I’m reposting! I’m so glad joining 5 minute friday! I totally understand this, even though I’m not naturally outgoing! I definitely join things and learn lessons…God always working in my heart lessons about myself and His will. Anyway, thanks for sharing and thanks for your comment on my blog. I do hope to meet you next year at Allume 😉

  4. I’m so glad you’re joining 5minute friday! It’s such a great community! And I definitely understand these thoughts, even though I’m not outgoing by nature:) I still join into things I shouldn’t and learn lessons. I also join things I should and learn lessons. Always going back to the work that God is doing in me. Thanks so much for sharing and visiting my blog! Blessings!

  5. I’m so glad you decided to ‘join’ this particular thing. 🙂
    Reading your words on “paper” was a bit like hearing my own thoughts. And God does use situations to reveal parts of us to us in some really amazing ways. We just have to be willing to listen.

  6. Yay, welcome to the club!!! Great, great post. I used to always feel like if I was being asked then it was God’s way of saying I needed to join something…and finally He showed me I possess the power of NO. 🙂 (I’m blonde and therefore a bit slower at times.) Regardless, He uses all things and experiences to help shape and nurture and grow. Love it!

    • Thank you So Much Monica! As a fellow Blondie, I get it. It’s such a feeling of freedom when you can say no. Not that I still don’t need to be reminded of that now and again. Ha ha.

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