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Friday, November 15, 2013

Five Minute Friday - Tree

It’s been a while, but I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo and her merry band of writers today for Five Minute Friday.  She gives us the One Word and we will attempt to capture those first thoughts and pull out what lies beneath all the filters and clutter of life.

We are brave, as my friend Jessica says, by showing grace through encouragement to others and to ourselves when we let those words stand- raw, unedited, as they are, not as we wish they were.  Grace is sprinkled across the blogosphere as we begin with the one who linked up just before to read and leave encouragement in their comments.  There are so many amazing and divergent writers that I must travel on.

Join me on this journey today?  Write for 5 minutes of your own and follow the yellow brick below to our Oz.  Here we go:

Five Minute Friday 

Tree

Tree almost rhymes with screen, that’s what I imagined in my head would make a good word for FMF.  Aw, shoot, I forgot to set the timer.  Done.  I do that.  Not forget the timer, but yes that, too.  I predict what is going to happen – in this universe I create inside my own head.  Then I run with that nonexistent phantom through every possible scenario of interaction.

I think we have a word for this – imagination.  I think it’s more likely expectation.  Oddly enough – it’s like a tree.  See how I brought that back around.  My crazy mind is always looking for a connection – no matter how obscure.



Expectations are very much like trees.  They start as a very small seed.  See an acorn that fits in your little boy’s pocket.  Actually, a good 15 or 20 will fit in the pockets of 3T denim.  They are best used to feed squirrels.  We can watch as a creature that will get some benefit gobbles them up.


A lot of the time it ends up buried in the middle of your manicured life, sprouts, reaches down deep with roots and high with branches.  Then it’s all you can do to maneuver around this obstacle in the middle of your life with so many unintended consequences and regret.  Yep, that sounds a lot like expectations to me.


Am I alone here, do you let expectations come in and ruin the party?  What trees do you deal with?


I'm giving away a copy of A Million Little Ways and a matching journal.  I'd love for you to enter.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog today Amy and for giving me some smiles reading your post. Acorns are rather scarce around this part of Florida but expectations seem alive and well. Thanks for your words.

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    1. Yep, those expectations can probably even pop up in the arctic. Loved your pictures of the palms. They were gorgeous. Thanks for coming by.

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  2. Dear Amy
    Oh, when life throws its acorns on the roads of our lives, we have no choice but to steer around the obstacles. But we have the blessings of having having our Lord Jesus who uses all the obstacles of life for our good and His glory. Just a pity that our idea of good does not always agree with His!!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Yes! I am learning, that's it's best to just keep my suggestions to myself. :)

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  3. Ya know, it is interesting to compare expectations with trees. Because lately, I have been looking at expectations as a negative and seeking to hold them loosely. AND YET, I love trees and never see them as an obstacle. So perhaps the message for me today is that expectations do not always have to be negative? In fact, we are entering that time of year, where expectation and anticipation is the most beautiful of emotions! So today, I am choosing to see the beauty in expectations when they are grounded in truth and when they reach up high to bring glory to God.
    And this is what good writing does- it makes us see things from a new perspective! Thank you for taking the time to write on this one, sweet friend! You know I love you.

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    1. Um... yeah... what Becky said! ;) (For real though!)

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    2. Ha, Karrilee!!! You make me smile!!!

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    3. Don't you love it when somebody else says what you were thinking without having to really think about it?? Love you girls!! :)

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    4. I double, triple that, what Becky said. Beautiful post Amy!!

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  4. Love the idea that expectations can be good. We just have to handle them correctly and that's where I always struggle. My expectations get out of whack, couldn't be met if you tried, and I end up frustrated and disappointed. I'm learning to rest in the expectation that God will show up and do His thing and I just need to be present and witness what he is about. Thanks for a great post, Amy!

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    1. Absolutely! My expectations tend to be very destructive to just enjoying whatever is before me. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving these wise words.

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  5. Amy,
    what a wise insight...yes, expectations can derail us...I am slowly learning to rest in expectancy, as a friend once said...expectancy in God's good plans, even when I don't know what He is doing...blessings to you :)

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    1. Yes, resting in them is much better than trying to invent or control them. You all bless me with your wisdom, Dolly!

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  6. Ummm, maybe I have been looking at expectations all wrong. Thanks for changing my outlook.

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    1. I love how everyone is getting something different out of this post. You are welcome, if it's a good change. :)

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