Friday, November 6, 2020

Five Minutes of Ahead

Haven't participated in Five Minute Friday in a while, but here's the deal-write for five minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word. Link back to Five Minute Friday, and leave an encouraging comment for the person who linked before you. For the record overthinking is always the hardest part for me, but here we go-

Today's prompt-ahead

I looked back this week at my blog from a year ago to answer a question asked in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, a link-up I host on From This Side Of The Pond. In looking back I realized this time last year we were around the world meeting our newest grandson.

Who turned one year old just a few days ago. 

In the middle of a chaotic US election cycle, with everyone masked and scrubbed like we're all prepping for surgery. 

Raise your hand if you're glad we couldn't see what lay ahead. 

If you're glad God gives us life one day at a time. Grateful He grants grace for the day and instructs us not to worry about tomorrow. About what's ahead. 

He doesn't say do nothing but He does say do not worry. Over and over again we're reminded He alone knows the end from the beginning. Knows how this election will go and how tomorrow and all the days after will go too. Some call even saying that privilege and I'm going to disagree. God's love is irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, and political party affiliation. It's for every single person on planet earth. 

I have to wonder how different our country would look today if Christians, particularly those with large platforms, had encouraged and prayed for our current president as hard as they've criticized and complained? 

Tomorrow is another day, and the very big problems of this world are likely with us still. 

New mercies too, because He promised.  

And so we forge ahead. 


  1. Visiting as your FMF neighbor. Welcome back. One day at a time.We have to keep remembering Who is control. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Every day.

  2. Raising my hand! Thankful God only reveals what we need.

    Amie, FMF #20

  3. Great post Joyce! I'm glad we know the one who holds the future!

  4. Thank you for reminding us all that our merciful God is always in control. Thank you, too, for sharing that sweet boy with us. Hard to believe he is a year old already! Adorable, as is his older brother! xo

  5. Great post! I completely agree and am grateful that He is in control.

  6. Love that you celebrate the fact that a year ago you held your precious little grandson without worry of COVID. We didn't know it was coming. Thank's been a rough year. I agree on praying for our president whomever that is from time to time. Jennifer, FMF

  7. A thoughtful post Joyce. Probably just as well we can't always see ahead. Your grandson is adorable but where did that year go?

  8. Yes, without a doubt, I am glad we cannot see into the future.

  9. He's so darn cute!
    You are right about the praying instead of criticizing. I wonder what the news will talk about after President Trump moves out. I'm sure they will be blaming things on him for years to come. The news definitely changed 4 years ago.

  10. Yeah I'm pretty thankful I can't see ahead. What an adorable grandson; it's amazing how much kids change in just a short year.

  11. It's all we can do eh? Continue looking ahead, and to do so via prayer.

  12. I have been thinking a lot lately about how Christians need to be praying and why aren't we praying more? I am including myself. So much is at stake in our country right now. Thankful for His grace.

  13. Well said Joyce, I agree, praying instead of criticizing. Goodness gracious.. my husband and I started to joke when anything went wrong in our day, like a new recipe not turning out "well just blame it on President Trump." Good Grief!!
    He is not perfect, but boy oh boy, he and his team accomplished a great deal. My son would share each Human Traffic bust with me, so very proud how the Trump Administration tackled this problem, and so much more.
    Continuing to pray for our nation, we are on a long, rocky road ahead.

  14. Love this post. Just what I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing.