Five Minute Friday: Wonder

This week is the the final Five Minute Friday for the year, and I have so enjoyed spending every week with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute crowd. I look forward to this one day a week where I give up searching for perfection and simply write for the love of words. I always find it harder than I expected and equally rewarding. As always, thanks for stopping by, for making these Fridays a joy. I plan to blog through the holiday season, in a desperate attempt to maintain some semblance of sanity. Come again soon.


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Wonder

I know the feeling, this one of mystery, of miracle, and maybe even a little bit of magic thrown in too. I grew up in a family of down to earth realists, a family that avoided myth and magic in favor of fact. I didn’t believe in Santa Claus. I never watched a Disney film. I never read myth. Much of the mystery of this time of year lay abandoned at the feet of  The Facts. 

In growing older, raising children, and finding my feet in faith, I learned to hold on to wonder. To reach for everyday magic. I had to say, this faith of mine is more than fact. It is mystery wrapped in a makeshift blanket, lying in a manger. It is God incarnate, a Savior indwelling, Emmanuel. Over time, it grows in wonder and so do I.


This weekend I plan to enjoy the wonder of a German Christmas market, which basically means I plan to stuff my face with sugared crepes and feed my soul a steady diet of Christmas carols and ancient churches adorned in lights. As always, I try to post a few photos on twitter when my hands are crepe free. If you care to follow along, you can find me here @KimberlyACoyle.


  • Oh, seriously, I feel like you have captured so much here in a two paragraphs. Mystery wrapped in a makeshift blanket. You’ve got it, sister, and I’m right here with you.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      So glad I’m not alone, Annie. Thanks for stopping by:)

  • Awesome. May God continue to reveal new foundations of wonder to your reasonable feet. Enjoy the Glogg if you get a chance….though that might be Scandanavian…..

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Wick. The Germans call it Gluhwein, and it’s delicious.

  • I agree with Annie…you captured SO VERY MUCH in two paragraphs.

    Beautiful, Kimberly…just beautiful.

    Enjoy your weekend…sounds wonderful!

  • so much about this time of the year just lends itself to wonder, doesn’t it?

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Absolutely, as long as I don’t allow myself to become too distracted by all the crazy that comes with it too!

  • Wanda

    You crafted such depth and meaning in those 5 minutes. May you enjoy yourself as you marvel in the wonder of this season. I love the color of your blog as well. Wishing you & your family a Happy Holiday season.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much for visiting, Wanda:)

  • sarahannrogers

    Enjoy your weekend!!

  • Janis Cox

    What a lovely opening to Wonder… “reaching everyday magic; … simply breathtaking. Am in awe how God leads us to others – linking to you as #24.. after linking to others. Love reading your post. Will miss this until January.
    Jan htp:// @authorjaniscox

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I’ll miss it too. I love the community Lisa-Jo creates with FMF. Thanks for visiting:)

  • I think there is wonder in imagination; wonder of what could be, wonder of how to make something happen, wonder of stretching your boundaries, and the wonder of taking being inspired by someones imagination to make something real in ones own world.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Wonder surrounds us, if we have the eyes to see.