Nov 16


Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

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..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::




What does it mean to stay?

Staying when the going gets tough….

Knowing that it will take everything in you and the strength from heaven above to stay….

Realizing that to stay means to give up yourself and give of yourself more than you ever have before…..

Staying to be the woman God has called you to be….

To the man He created for you to stay with…..to cling to…..two becoming one….

Remaining when all around you doesn’t think you’ll make it….

Staying put when the only strength you have is not your own….

Not moving when others say they don’t understand why….

Knowing that God has you here for a reason that He alone understands completely…

That you’ve been called to stay and attempt to love as He loves you….

Staying….takes all that you have and the strength from heaven above….

Without this strength and guidance…..grace and love…..

Staying….not moving….remaining would be impossible.



Staying though the going gets tough…..

The tough will get going….

By staying….By remaining….

With strength from heaven above.



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  1. Lisa D

    There are many times in life where one must make choices,
    sometimes hard and confusing others quick and simple.

    Its the confusing choices that will leave you feeling low and wondering
    where you are in life,family career etc.

    You made the write desecion to stay, believe in yourself you are blessed with love.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, choices we face in life will range from easy to hard, right and wrong. It isn’t always the easy answer that is the right one. I’m very thankful that I chose to stay. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by! Blessings!

  2. A Little R & R

    Yes! In this throw-away world we have forgotten the value of “staying” it out to the end…and the satisfaction of knowing that through effort, determination and willpower we “finished the race”. I think so many marriages would work themselves out if couples were determined to stay and make it work. Z and I are in the “rough years” – this is our 5th year of marriage but for us there is no option of leaving. There is so much security in just knowing that we WONT give ourselves that option. And I’m so grateful for those out there who have passed the 40, 50 or 60 year mark and are not just ‘hanging on” but really enjoying married life, are still in love, and are an example for us in this cynical world where sometimes it seems that no marriage has a fighting chance! Because it does! We just have to stay…and make a haven where staying is a pleasure! Thanks for linking up!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Such truth sis! It is a rough and rocky life sometimes, but staying when you know you’re not allowing yourself any other option is key! God is the 3rd strand that will hold you together if you just allow Him! My parents hit 35 years this week, and their love is inspiring and encouraging! Thanks for stoppin by girly! Love ya!

  3. EvieJo Wilson

    Bless you for staying! It definitely pays off.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      That is what God has spoken to my heart! Thank you for stoppin by 🙂 Blessings!

  4. Beth

    I have stayed….for 18 years with my husband. Having 5 children during all seasons of our marriage. Ages 17, 14, 13, 8, and 2. There have been times when I found myself alone, crying in the bathroom where nobody could see, begging God to help me stay one more day. Well I did. I refuse to ever give up because I am a Christian, I am where I am suppose to be, and I will stay. The good times are easy to get through, and lucky for me I am now there.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Oh yes, the bathroom is the best place to cry…..especially while in the shower! Thank you for the encouragement! Hugs and Blessings!

  5. Elizabeth @ DogFurandDandelions

    Visiting from Fellowship Fridays… this is a thoughtful reflection on the idea of “stay”! Have a blessed Friday!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Thank you for stoppin by! 🙂 Blessings!

  6. Falen


    Staying, admittedly, isn’t always the easiest… Without His strength and guidance… Staying would be impossible. Oh… I feel that.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Oh yes, without Him, staying would indeed be impossible! Blessings sis!

  7. Lynda

    Oh, so true! Many aspects to staying… all of them showing great character. Thanks for sharing.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      🙂 Yes, there are so many ways to take the words we get for FMF 🙂 Thank you for stoppin by! Blessings!

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