Five Minute Friday: Beloved

Hello, Friends! Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Beloved. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t youΒ join us?

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: Beloved


I sat down with a warm cup of water this morning. I sipped it and I thought about how much better it would taste with a teabag steeping into the heat. My husband looked across the room at me and laughed. He said I looked kind of sad, sitting there with my little cup of flavorless water. This is my first year observing Lent. Ever. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know that when you love someone you show it through sacrifice. I’ve had the best example.

After I finish my mug of water, I will gather my ski gear and head out to the mountain. This too is a sacrifice. If you’ve ever seen me ski, you would know it is a personal sacrifice of epic proportions. But, it’s important to my family, and therefore must climb the list of importance for me. I’ll be honest, my attitude isn’t there yet. I need to work on it, to force the smile until it comes from somewhere other than the deep cavern where I squeeze it from my cold, cold heart. Sometimes a smile is sacrifice enough.

I feel better when I receive the love, when I am the beloved and not the lover. Sacrifice flips things on it’s head. It says, You are beloved and let me show you how. Today, love looks like a sad mug of water and a frozen smile.


  • Extravagant Joy

    I have to admit, this is my first year observing Lent..ever…but I am observing it slightly differently (as us Lenters – well thats what I’m calling us people who do lent in my first year of ever doing lent) do.

    Thank you so much for sharing and I’m so glad that I popped by from Five minute friday!

    Many Blessings,


    • KimberlyCoyle

      Glad to know I’m not alone in this first observance:) God bless you as you seek Him more this season.

  • Oh Kimberly, I could just hug you πŸ™‚ there is nothing real flash about hot water he he he. I am doing lent for the first time this year, I think anyway well, I have given up soft drink and I think it just coincided πŸ™‚ Praying for mountains of joy to fill your heart. Stopping by from FMF. Have a blessed weekend. Tara.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I’m so glad you’re here, Tara. Believe me, I wracked my brain for anything else I could coincidentally give up at the same time:) Exercise, perhaps? πŸ˜‰

  • KimberlyAmici

    love this, skiing would be a sacrifice of love for me too.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Yes! I’m so glad I’m not alone in this!

  • Mia

    Hi Kimberly
    Yes, it is truly easier to be the receiver, but then, we can only give His love from the abundance we have received, and that is a fountain that never rins dry! Enjoy your skiing trip!!! This is precious. Over from FMF?

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Mia. I have an overabundance of goodness, and I need to work harder at pouring it back out.

  • I just had to catch up with your stuff and get me some Kimberly words. i love this. I love the contrast between cold and hot, and the observations about sacrifice. This is digging deeper into love. Thank you for this write.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I love when you stop by, Tanya. Your words are always so encouraging:)

  • janetb1

    A good reminder. Thank you.
    Our church does not “do Lent.” We acknowledge Ash Wednesday and then boom Easter. This is the first year I am missing it. There is something special to be found when we give God ourselves, lay bare, and allow Him, us to fill. I am not so much giving up anything but reading a few devotionals and books. Allowing Him to go deep and pour me out, to fill me up again. This year I need it and maybe I have for far too long. God bless you.

    Have a beautiful day!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Enjoy this time of filling, Janet. Thanks for stopping by:)

  • Kara

    I love the point about sacrifice and we are beloved because of such a painful yet glorious sacrifice. I was trying to decide if I would participate in lent this year and it felt like it snuck up on me. with a little prompting from God I made the decision too, but it made me sad to think I have so much trouble with one small sacrifice and my Lord willingly made His for me. Your writing always opens my eyes to truth about my savior and myself. Thank you.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Kara. Observing Lent was a last minute decision for me as well. I have a lot to learn.

  • Oh sweet friend… yes… the beauty of sacrifice… the sadness of flavorless hot water… the boldness of pushing through and climbing the mountain for the sake of the family… the sake of the memories! Praying for you… so honored to catch a glimpse of the sacrifice you are making to step in to the Beloved all the more!

    • Karrilee, you always do my heart good:) Thank you!

    • Karrilee, you always do my heart good. Thank you!

  • I love Lent. I love the idea of making a decision to give up something important to us for Someone important to us. Last year I gave up music. Geesh. I think it was the hardest sacrafice I’ve ever made for Lent. Once in second grade I gave up Scooby Doo. . . it didn’t last long!

    • I can’t even imagine giving up music. Now, Scooby-Do? That I could handle:)

  • I feel better when I receive the love, when I am the beloved and not the lover.

    We need to be on both sides of this. We need to speak up to our spouse if we feel like it is not going both ways. I for a long time thought that it was not noble to speak out. Relationships need that honesty. Speaking up is fighting for the relationship.

  • I have sipped many a cup of hot water sans teabag myself and thought the same thing!

    • It does make one feel a bit sad:(