Five Minute Friday


November 30, 2012

It’s Friday, friends, time to write free, and, this here’s the last Five Minute Friday until January. If your new here, and you’re not sure what I’m talking about, It’s pretty simple. On Fridays, we write for five minute (set that timer!), then link your post up over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s place, and share some encouragement with your fellow writers who play along. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it only takes five minutes. Join us, would ya?
oh! One more thing, Lisa-Jo chooses the prompt and today, it’s Wonder.



It’s happened before, when I lost my wonder. It’s easier than it might seem, to forget how good God is, or how great His gifts are–particularly when those gifts come in the form of heartbreak, or cloaked in tragedy. Sometimes I’m too bone-tired to search beyond the surface and when the tension mounts and the bills stack high I’ve been known to forget to wonder.

I’m a Fall/Spring lover myself, and it’s this dead season I can do without. Winter with all it’s cold and starkness, hurts sometimes–a tundra of transition, darkness before the light. I’ve been thinking about the dark lately. A lot. Writing a Lenten ebook as we round the bend into Advent is an experience–I underestimated the impact it would have on my heart.

In wrestling through words written during a wonder-less season past, remembering the dark, sometimes makes it seem dark again. I’m not wanting to go there. It’s winter without the wonderland part. But just yesterday, I read Shaun’s words and he reminded me that some winters are long–400 years long, when God seems to stand still and people wonder where He is, or even if He is.

And for me, it always comes back to His words. He says He’s with us always. He says He doesn’t leave nor forsake and so when the wondering mounts and the gifts pile up in disguise I can’t look at the surface. When winter strips the world bare and puts everything on hold for a season, I don’t have to wonder if the trees will get dressed come spring. I look to His word, and He tells me He cares even for these things without voice–trees, grass, flowers. He satisfies my wondering with truth and yet simultaneously invites wonder through His curious Word and ways. 

Despite my dread of the quiet stillness of this season, there’s great wonder to enjoy in the wait. Nothing is as it appears. Ground frozen hard now, will split and birth new life. A king will be born under wild circumstances, and we will continue to wonder at His love that climbs intentionally onto a tree, and takes it all through the hands and heart for us.

So I’m clinging hard to truth, I’m wondering what He’ll do next–and when. He can be counted on, He does not fail.


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  • Reply Elizabeth November 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Kris, I am sitting in awe and wonder at this beautiful piece. Its lovely and I am soaking in your every word. Missing you and glad to be here on this cold nearly December day. love to you…elizabeth

    • Reply Kris Camealy November 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Elizabeth, it’s such grace to see you here today. I have been missing your words as well. Hoping to have more time to catch up on my favorite blogs again soon–yours included! Bless you, my friend!

  • Reply Mary Bonner November 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

    As always you touch my heart…in deep, deep way. Thank you, Kris. This line speaks to me, “So I’m clinging hard to truth, I’m wondering what He’ll do next–and when. He can be counted on, He does not fail.” I am so thankful that he does. not. fail. EVER. He is always faithful. What a wonder!! Love you and praying especially hard for you today. Hugs~

    • Reply Kris Camealy November 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you for your prayers today, Mary. I have needed them. You are a treasure, my friend.

  • Reply Nikki November 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    And yet you manage to make the winter simply stunning.
    I’ve been praying for your heart as you do the hard work of pouring out your soul for His glory. I can’t even imagine, friend…or maybe I can and that’s what scares me about it and keeps you close at heart.

    Love and hugs to you, friend! Thank you for your reminders. They filled me up again.

    • Reply Kris Camealy November 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you for your prayers, Nikki. Today has be every gloomy indeed. My hope continues but the clouds swirl thick as I hash it all out on the altar. You are a tremendous blessing, and your willingness to be a part of this dream are an answered prayer, for which I am most grateful. Love you.

  • Reply Ashley Ditto November 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Beautiful Kris! You have such a wonderful spirit and it shows!

    • Reply Kris Camealy November 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you, Ashley. You are always so generous with your encouragement, I can’t tell you what a blessing you are to me.

  • Reply James Jardin November 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Great post Kris. If you haven’t heard “Boxing Day” by Relient K I recommend it. The subject matter is very similar and it is a cool mellow song. Love you, sis!

    • Reply Kris Camealy November 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, James. I have that album but didn’t remember that song. Went and had a listen–loved it. Thanks for your encouragement! Xxoo

  • Reply Blessings For Mom November 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Such a blessed post, words that quicken the soul!

    • Reply Kris Camealy November 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you, my friend. God bless your day!

  • Reply Nancy Smith November 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Clinging hard to truth – that’s where I am today. Waiting for the Lord -and praying while I’m waiting!Thanks for that reminder!

  • Reply Karrilee Aggett November 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I love this Kris… and I am so glad I clicked on over from Lisa-Jo’s! So real… so honest… so powerful! Praying for you to discover those piles of gifts in disguise… to really SEE them! I also loved your line, “and we will continue to wonder at His love that climbs intentionally onto a tree, and takes it all through the hands and heart for us.”

  • Reply Rebecca November 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Beautiful as always…I can’t wait for your book!

  • Reply Amy Tilson November 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Kris, this just spoke straight to my heart where I am right now- fighting this growing darkness. Thank you.

  • Reply Julie Wilson November 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I’m so not a fan of winter… but I’m working hard to see God even in the gray days… and wonder! 🙂 thank you for your words!

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown December 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    TRUTH… I’m clinging, too, my friend.

  • Reply lindseyfoj December 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Oh…I wrestle so much with that winter NOT-wonderland feeling! Thank you for writing the truth we all struggle with…and ALL THIS in 5 minutes…you are amazing! Love your new Writer FB page, friend….excited to know you and see the journey Jesus is taking you on!!

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