Five minute Friday: Encouragement

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 Encouragement. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you 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: Encouragement

be the light

My middle schooler came home with a story of a fellow student who said she wants to die. This story (all true, all unfolding a few miles away from my front door) is about a kid who put those words in a poem on the internet, who was found out, who had a counselor follow her around to each and every class all day.

This kid faced the shame of everyone else’s looks, of their whispered concerns, and their gossip and misunderstanding. This kid is clinging to life, but certainly her soul died a thousand tiny deaths for each and every story that got whispered down the lane of the school corridors.

My son doesn’t know this student, but he knows of her. Now, he knows the rumors too, and I don’t know that he’ll ever eat his way down past the juicy flesh of the gossip to the pit of truth at the core. I asked him to pray, but more than that, I asked him to encourage his friends to stop the whispering, to stop partaking of the fruit. Be a friend, I said. Be a friend who listens, rather than speaks.


Oh, for the wisdom of Solomon when it comes to these difficult conversations. Have you had some tough talks with your kids? I could use your encouragement and wisdom today.


  • Donna Godfrey

    You did a good job with what you said to your son…….To stand up to his friends and ask them to stop the gossip is what a real man does. You had the wisdom you needed to share with him.

  • Paula Kaye

    Middle school kids can be so cruel. You spoke right to your son. My grand daughter (she lives with us) is an 8th grader. She came home last week and told me that when she entered the lunch room she noticed a new girl sitting all alone. So Harley went over and aked if she could sit with her. She introduced herself and asked the girl how she was liking their school. The girl told her that being there was hard. There had been lots of stares and lots of whispers. “Really” said Harley, “Why?” The girl stood up. She is pregnant. Harley came to ask me “What should I do?”…..I told her just because the girl is pregnant doesn’t mean she doesn’t need a friend. We have to get our kids on the road to offering others, especially those who aren’t like we are, words of encouragement. I would encourage your son to not only pray but maybe offer to be that kid’s friend.

  • Oh Kimberly, how painful. And what a blessing that you used this moment to point your son in a better direction. I pray he will take the higher road. I have four girls…19-36, one now a mother herself. My encouragement to you today is always do your best. I know that sounds so simple, but it’s what we’ve got and sometimes it doesn’t look so good in this hard world. But when you teach your son who to be in the midst of such pain, to resist the temptation to gossip and judge and further misunderstanding, you are doing a good thing. And keep praying. There is such power in prayer…for your son, and for that child who wants to die. God is a miracle worker and He hears our prayers. Bless you today!

  • soulstops

    oh, how hard for that girl…you did the right thing to ask your son to pray and to encourage his friends to stop adding to the gossip…and I agree with Elise, about the power of praying for your son, his friends and this girl…I’ve been blessed to be in a Moms in Touch group for the past several years and we have seen the difference prayer has made in our kids lives…I’m sure God will give you wisdom because you are seeking Him.

  • Mark Allman

    Sometimes all it takes to help someone out is to be willing to listen; to be willing to sit beside; to be willing to talk to. We should look for those that are invisible; those that are ignored and step in the gap to let them know they matter. To be ignored can be worse than being picked on. To be ignored implies you are not worthy of any attention at all. Let us be willing to reach out to people like this.