Thursday, September 22, 2016

Five Minute Friday- Five- When I was Five Years Old

Here is to another Five Minute Friday. The word is "five".

As a kid, the world revolved around me. I was clueless to what is going on in life because as a kid I was so self centered. 

My first memories were when I was five years old. We lived in Idaho, on base housing, in this huge cul-de-sac where there was this huge island of dirt and grass in the middle with houses all around it. This is where I learned to ride my bike for the first time without training wheels. Once I got the hang of it, I went in circles around the huge island. Learning how to ride a bike with training wheels was such a big thing. Life was so great.

Another time in that same neighborhood while I was playing outside with my friends Ninja Turtles where I of course was Michelangelo. He was my favorite. My friend and I were fighting the bad guys when mom told me I needed to quit. My friend's mom relative of some sort (don't remember) died. It phased me for like two seconds enough time to get away and continue on playing. Life was all about me.

Now as an adult, I notice things around me. I notice death and getting old. People falling apart physically and mentally. I notice pain and hurting people. People who don't have hope. People who have some hope. People just lost in their sin. It hurts me and as a Christian, I wish I could do more. But I know that the solution to sin, death, and pain is Jesus. It is that simple. It isn't easy for us as humans but He made it easy through what He did. 

So instead of living in my own little world, I need to embrace the world that is calling out to me. What am I going to do? That is something I want to figure out and be more open to.

Ok Just being honest that was more than five minutes but I just couldn't stop. Hope you understand : )


  1. Loved this, Michelangelo...oops, sorry, Kristina!

    The tie-in from childhood to now was beautifully written. Great, touching, and heart-tugging words.

    #1 at FMF this week.

  2. Ah, sometimes I shake my head at myself because I cluelessly still act like a self-centered five-year-old. Thank you for sharing your memories.

  3. Great post, Kristina. I remember my childhood years. I was blessed with a pretty stable environment that allowed me to be carefree too. I wonder if God makes children carefree so they can see His beauty around them? It seems like as we get into "adulting" we lose our ability to simply see the beauty, the lighter things of life. We focus in on the struggles. We can see those around us struggling. This isn't bad. I try to remember to be intentional to see His fingerprints in my days in the midst of the "real life" stuff going on. :)

    So glad we're neighbors today!

  4. I'm so grateful when God puts compassion for others on my heart because I can too easily lapse into my own self-centered world. I pray God helps you in your process of discernment for "what's next." Visiting from FMF#23.

  5. How funny that you lived in Idaho and you loved the TMNT. I've lived in Idaho since I was 2, my husband was born here (though he grew up in Alaska) and he loves Michelangelo! (I think. I get them confused. Wasn't allowed to watch them growing up so I don't really know the differences). Small world. :)

    The meat of your post is so good. I know I need to get out of my own head. It's easy to get trapped there.

  6. Wonderful post, sweet friend. Oh, for those blissful, ignorant-of-life's-pain days of childhood! Sometimes, I wish I could be that free from care again...but, life moves on, and we have to believe that God has us here for such a time as this to make a positive difference/impact. All of us can do at least something to make this world a better place. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and heart, Kristina!


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