Friday, February 6, 2015

Five Minute Fridays- Keep

Keep working,  your fingers to the bone.

Keep studying, even as you grasp at the material.

Keep shooting, even if the shots don't fall like you'd like them to. Even if you're afraid to try to take that last second shot. Even if the rim is small and the ball is huge and you don't have enough strength to even throw it toward the goal.

Keep on keeping on. 

Sometimes, we all just need a little encouragement.

A little bit of a cheerleader, someone to let us know they believe in us, even though we feel like quitting.

It's cold outside this morning, 14 degrees, and the frost on my windshield was thick.

What I really wanted to do, what I've really wanted to do the last few weeks, or really since winter started, was to stay in the bed.

Turn the electric blanket up to high and burrow deep, and just keep sleeping...

but sleep is overrated, I guess, and sometimes even when you're awake you can sleep through life.

The struggle is real somedays, but then there are days that make it all worth it, and you remember why you started...why you're trying.

One of my favorite quotes is "When you feel like you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

Keep hanging.

Another one is "When you feel like giving up, remember why you started in the first place."

Keep going.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Keep persevering.  Keep pushing. Keep climbing, even when your muscles ache and you're dripping in sweat and you know you'll crash to the bottom...

keep it up.

You may feel weary, but He who endures to the end shall be saved... and in temporary, earthly means, that can be translated to the one who perseveres, who keeps working, who never gives up...

Well, they'll be at the finish line.

They may not be first. It may not be the prettiest finish.

But in the end, they'll be there...

because they kept up the race.

Linking up this week with Five Minute Fridays, where we write for five minutes on a one word prompt, no editing, not much thinking... This week's prompt? KEEP. ..

I'm not feeling like quitting anything, but someone reading this may be...

Keep hanging on, dear one, because The One who is in control will keep you.


  1. Amen! Spring is on the way! This time of year always reminded me of Narnia when I lived in Montana and winters seemed to drag on forever--always winter, never Christmas. But the good new is, spring IS on the way. Hope HAS come. Keep letting the light of Jesus shine in and through you.

  2. I had a day last week where I didn't want to leave the house or even get out of bed. It hit me like a ton of bricks and it was tough. This is such an encouraging word though. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ah yes... we all need encouragement to keep on keepin' on! Great post! For in all our keeping, we are kept!

  4. Winter can make it so easy to want to hide from the world. huh? Great encouraging words, Lauren. Whatever it is you are called to do, keep doing it.

  5. What a great encouragement and I love how you used keep to provide such great encouragement. Keep on keeping on. So beautiful and so true. Living in CA after living in Ohio makes me feel so blessed to not have to deal with winter, but it doesn't change the fact that some days I just want to stay snuggled in bed. :)

  6. I don't normally wait to read the post of my FMF neighbor, but I have been buried under a list of todos and didn't get to it until now. I needed to read this tonight. Truly, these words were the encouragement I needed at this very moment. Thank you for words of life.