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Five Minute Friday – RED


On Fridays, I join up with Lisa-Jo Baker and her 5 Minute Friday prompt.

Hundreds of us write for five minutes flat-no editing, no over thinking and no backtracking.

And, because I’m being honest, try as a may, I tend to write longer than five minutes. Forgive this little perfectionist heart.

Today’s Topic: RED

I was hanging his new, clean and red uniform shirts on their hangers.

It was Saturday. Laundry day.

Everything was red; red shirts, red vest, red sweater, red and navy striped tie.

It was all new for his new school.

The Lions.

His red shirt embroidered with the Lion logo.

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I love Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia. We read the series together last summer and many times I choked the words out through tears.

And, now that we’ve watched the Narnia movies, God’s voice in my head always sounds like Liam Neeson.

Corbin Mom silly

I thought of his favorite song on Christian radio that he sings along with while he plays his Nintendo DS.

My God’s not dead

He’s surely alive

He’s living on the inside

Roaring like a lion.


And, the verse in I Peter 5:8 (The Voice)

 Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone.

That enemy, I see him.

I see where he gets the footholds in our lives. And, I feel powerless to stop him.

A&C Easter 2013

In the midst of my wandering mind and task of laundry, a voice throws me off my routine and pulls me out of the trance.

Mama, is life hard for you?

It’s not a question I expect from a seven year old boy. Yet, this seven year old boy, is a life saver. A tender-hearted and observant kid who brings me back to real purpose.

The answer is yes. Life is hard for me and for many of us.

Isn’t it, Warriors?

AD CD on the beach with text

Setting the red down, I take a deep breath, kneel and look him right in the eyes.

Life can be hard sometimes, but you’re always worth it.

Isn’t that what God tells us? We are worth it.

We are worthy, so worthy that the Lion of Judah suffered a challenging life and an even harder death so that we might have life everlasting.

A good life. A perfect life. A restored life.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals. Revelation 5:5

You, my Warrior friends, are worth it.

10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – RED

  1. Sarah

    Wow. I guess your 7-year-old may not understand the verse about Satan yet, but what a picture for you – to look at the logo on that red shirt and think that the lion of Judah has defeated that other roaring lion! Love that you say your son is always worth the hardship.

    1. Amy Lynne

      I dropped back by to read your post again because yesterday I had a very full day and skimmed through this and the other posts I read. I want to add to my comment that your words are very beautiful and powerful and filled with truth. I pray that the Lord will continue to use your gift of writing to bring His light to many lives. May the Lord bless you and keep you always. Keep shining! :)

  2. Donna @ More Grace

    This is the most beautiful and lovely post I’ve read. Powerfully written as it is obvious the Lord is giving you endurance and much grace every day, Allison the Warrior. With a lump in my throat, I smiled at hearing God’s voice sound like Liam Neeson’s too. (Stopping by from FMF. So glad I found you) More Grace, Donna

  3. Deb Weaver

    This brought tears to my eyes. Yes, it is hard, and they are worth it. Yes, it is hard, and we are worth it. Beautiful.

    (And I’ve written three times using the FMF prompt…posted/linked only once, and EVERY time it takes me more than five minutes even after mulling the topic overnight. You are not alone!)

    Deb Weaver

  4. Norma Barsness

    Wow…..Allison… are a gifted writer! Glad you have signed up for the 5 Minute Friday! Already looking forward to your next posting. –

  5. lauren FitzPatrick

    I have thought about you, prayed for your, shed tears with you for the last several years – all from afar. The circumstances of daily life here has not left me in a place to tangibly reach out, but God brings you to my heart and mind often. Have thought many times of your smile and the laughs during TD… Was so glad to see the email with this link from your mom in my email. Without ever knowing it, you have been a source of strength for me – your realness which comes from a place of desiring nothing but God, because you know nothing else can possibly satisfy, has resonated. Our journeys look very different, yet they hold much commonality. While all of us (whether we choose to acknowledge it or not!) hold only the illusion of control, some lives reflect it much more obviously in the circumstances at first glance…in that we have commonality :). One of my hugest, greatest, most amazing things on my gratitude list – a direct culmination of God in the midst of life – is that my kids, both Seth and Abby, and Jack too before he went to be with Jesus, have a different perspective than most kids – a deep sense of compassion, a sense of what matters. What they have lived and experienced has shaped them into beautiful kids with very old souls….. Your post above reminded me of that, and your son too has a perspective that he will share with others – the perspective is Jesus – He sees Jesus in you every day – and Jesus uses his “old soul” to minister to his mama. Hard not to be in awe of that. You are an amazing woman – always have been, Allison. Love, Your friend from afar:) Lauren FitzPatrick

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