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Five Minute Friday: Grit

Today is the 5 Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo’s place.  It’s a day where we get to play with words.  We write in just 5 minutes, without worrying about perfection.  No editing.  No backtracking. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Today’s Prompt:  Grit

Ready…Set…Go!

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It was a few years ago.  I was hanging out with some girlfriends after church.  I remember we were discussing our current circumstances, that path that God had us on.  I remember telling my friends that even though I didn’t understand my current situation, I knew that  God was at work.  I was trusting Him for a good outcome.  At that moment, one of my friends turned to me and said, “Girl, you’ve got grit!”

As anyone would who didn’t understand the meaning of the word in the moment, I smiled and said “thank you”.

Grit. It’s like sand.  Or a small granule, small enough to slip through fingers.  But at the same time, it means “firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger”.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)

When times are tough, do you ever find yourself “gritting your teeth”, as if to hold your tongue, for fear you might speak something out of your mouth to change the outcome of your current circumstance?  I know I have.  It’s my “I am standing firm in the face of danger” face. I will not not be moved.

I want to have more grit in my life.  Not the grainy kind that slips through fingers.  But the firm, steadfast, unwavering kind that stands firm, no matter what.  He is the Rock.  And I am the grit.  Together, we are a perfect pair!

How’s your grit?

Stop.

Do you want to play along?  Here’s how:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & leave an encouraging comment.

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9 Comments

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    Kerri Smith
    February 24, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I LOVE this…and I love your grit!!
    Oh how I want to not just have but be that firm, steadfast, unwavering kind of grit!!
    Blessings, my friend!

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    Lisa
    February 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for Joshua 1:9.  This scripture will become a staple for me until I have the kind of grit we both want!

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      Barbie
      February 24, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Lisa, for stopping by today!

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    Nikki
    February 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

    He is the rock. And I am the grit.
    brilliant.
    Oh what words you can spill in 5 minutes….. 😉
    beautiful post, friend!
    (still praying for you this am!)

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      Barbie
      February 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

      That was pretty brilliant, huh? 🙂 Thank you so much for your prayers. They are felt!

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    Anonymous
    February 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I love how you are seeking the Rock and your gritty determination to be gritty no matter the life’s circumstances…inspiring!  Thanks, Barbie 🙂  

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    Jacque Watkins
    February 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “Not the grainy kind, but the firm, steadfast, unwavering kind…” Wow, I want that too!

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    charis
    February 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    You did a great job with this prompt. Our Internet has been down all day, so I didn’t link up this time. I want to have more grit – and courage – too! It seems to be what I pray for a lot these days.

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    Sheila
    February 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Barbie, Thanks so much for visiting Eat2gather and for the recommendation to ck out the writing opportunity.  I will head over there and see about that ; )  I love this.  When times get tough I do find myself gritting my teeth…ugh life is so crazy.  Thanks for the reminder that we need to be steadfast in who God created us to be…one with him.  Love your blog!

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