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. This is my first time taking the plunge into a “quick” write on one word. Here goes!
GLUE – GO
Ribbons of white across the edge of the paper
Puddles oozing out from under the corner of a piece of turquoise blue construction paper
Bottle caps crusted over
Bright orange lids – permanently stuck in place
All visual reminders to me of glue – a messy, sticky substance that as a teacher I ask students to use the default instead – a glue stick – on all projects.
More often than not my life resembles a puddle of messiness with sticky, unformed spots that dry in a hard bubble. Glue is meant to hold things together – hopefully permanently. My life, however, represents all the parts of glue that make me cringe when it is my only choice for a project.
There are moments in my life when I am “crusted” over because my outer shell has hardened over life’s struggles.
Other times, I am oozing emotion due to heartache, loss or unexpected happiness.
Life also has moments that reflect a straight and narrow path on track to accomplishing each task according to plan – the perfect ribbon edging the page in a straight line.
Today as my heart is heavy for all Jesus endured to make my life better, I am reminded that each step toward the cross, each strike of the nail into His hands and feet, each drop of blood shed and the sharp, intake of each breath was for each of us. Jesus’ final act became the glue to hold us all together. Through the outpouring of Jesus’ blood, His grace was given freely – a gift that binds us as glue to His word, His love, His truth and His redemption for all.
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What a wonderful way to weave together the story of the cross into the experience of our lives.
Happy Easter, Christ is Risen.
Thanks, Carolyn! Happy Resurrection Sunday to you too!
I’m your neighbor at Barbie’s this weekend. I’m so thankful for the “glue” of what Jesus did/does for me!
Thanks Elizabeth! Glad to meet you neighbor! Easter blessings to you!
Really enjoyed your post Mary! I pictured everyone of the different glue pictures you described and nice tie in to faith. I’m so glad we’re still having our Friday link up. Happy Easter to you and your family!
Thanks, Mimi!I love our Friday link ups too! The connection and community are precious to me! Easter blessings to you!
So glad you joined! You have blessed me so much with your comments & encouragement! Such true reflections on glue from a teacher’s perspective. Love it! Have a blessed Easter!
Thanks, Joanne! Blessed that you stopped by! I realized I haven’t been present over at your place recently. I always love your posts. Your encouragement means the world to me. Hope we run into each other again soon! Easter blessings!
Oh girl you are making me miss the 5 Minute Fridays! I cannot wait until God releases me to come back. This post? Perfection! Happy Resurrection Day!
Thanks, Barbie! Love the connection we have found with each other through several venues and love your encouragement! Easter blessings!
Praise the Lord, Sunday’s coming! Happy Easter weekend to you Mary!
Sunday is here! I am rejoicing in the light of Jesus and His promises today! Easter blessings!
Great post, Mary! I’m sure that we have all felt like that crusted over bottle. Terrific encouragement for us to remember Jesus as the One who holds us all together. So glad you joined FMF this week! Happy Easter!
Thanks, Holly! Your encouragement, shout outs and spreading the word to the FMF family means the world to me! I look forward to getting to know everyone and to participate more often! Easter blessings!
Mary, Yay! You did it! I am so glad you jumped in and joined us! What a great post! (and thanks for persevering and commenting on mine as well!) Have a Blessed Easter my friend!
Yay! Thanks for your encouragement and even though it felt a little scary I will be back for more with the FMF family!
Beautiful and vivid picture with your words, Mary. I’m blessed to have linked up after you this evening. So glad you decided to join our merry band this week, please continue. Many will be blessed by your words and insights! Happy Easter! He is Risen!
Thanks, Amy! Your encouragement is appreciated and I look forward to seeing you around FMF!