It’s Five Minute Friday and I am joining Lisa-Jo Baker and other FMF girls to write flat out for five minutes. No editing, no polishing, and then linking up together. I am loving this challenge! I hope you enjoy it too! Check out what Five Minute Friday is all about here!



You can find her as you enter the double doors of Taylor Elementary finishing up her custodial duties and readying the school building before 600 kids descend upon it. You sense her spirit of joy even before the first words are spoken. Her laughter is worth waking up for Monday through Friday.

This week Bea announced her retirement. As I read the email announcement, tears puddled and my heart ached and cried “how can I come to work each day when she isn’t there to greet me?”

You see… a year of intersecting paths has influenced me and encouraged me when my own sense of loss was overwhelming. Each morning her greeting of “Good morning, Mary!” filled my soul, gave me purpose and I knew I could make it through the day. Her mothering attention filled the emptiness of the loss of my own mom. Her positive attitude was healing for my broken heart.

Not only does she minister to me everyday but every single adult and child in the building have been touched by words and hugs that were meant just for them. When one of my students pulled me aside in the hallway and shared that Bea was his best friend, I recognized the far-reaching power of love and encouragement that can only come from face to face contact. Gifts of love, hugs and encouraging words have been given to each of us. Lessons of a positive attitude are ours to keep. Bea’s examples of encouragement have been etched in my heart and will not be forgotten.

So as the school doors close one more time and Bea walks forward to retirement, remember this…

Even though a door closes, the legacy of encouragement will linger and echo throughout the hallways. May the positive words always remain a shout and never diminish to a whisper because the power of encouragement is contagious. Pass it along today and everyday.

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16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I hope you will allow me a little grace today. Closing a door has slowed down my words and my five minutes was stretched because I needed to say just the right things! Weekend blessings to all!


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