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This is my second attempt at Five Minute Friday, a widely followed blog-writing prompt from Lisa Joy Baker. The deal as I understand it – take her prompt (today – beautiful), write five unedited minutes, post.  So here we go:

When I think of beautiful, I think of four girls in my life, girls who have known ugliness and cruelty and neglect that no one should ever know. Girls who were born beautiful,  destined for lives of normal happiness and sadness and normal ups and downs, girls whose “normal” was ripped away from them by the very people who should have treasured them. They were left fractured in mind and spirit and body, but they were still beautiful.

And so these girls have spent the last several years struggling , fighting and clawing their way back through tunnels of darkness towards light and truth and wholeness, and that is beautiful.

Countless people have poured into them, poured security and acceptance and wisdom and truth and safety and love, most of all love, and that is beautiful.

They are getting better, at least on most days, and on a good day they are wise and funny and gorgeous and accepting. They are beautiful.

And I am grateful.

9 responses »

  1. G’day! I’m reading your blog from 5 Minute Friday. I love the title of your blog by the way!
    It sounds to me like there are four girls in your life that are very blessed to know you. I hope and pray they continue to always know how beautiful they are, even though they have known some ‘ugly’ times.
    Blessings and love to you

  2. Beauty from ashes
    Joy comes in the morn
    After sorrow so torn
    Tears fall from lashes downturned
    Light shines through the broken vessel
    Burning inner darkness to reveal
    Beauty within

    • Love this, and have NO IDEA why I didn’t see it earlier. Well, except for the extended blogging break I’ve taken this summer. Maybe that had something to do with it. Thank you for sharing your verse with us!

  3. This reminds me of the verse that says he makes beauty from ashes. Great post!
    I’m here from FMF.

  4. Hi…I found your blog by way of Sophie’s Boo Mama blog. So glad I stopped by. This post is …well…simply beautiful. Just as the previous comment states, HE does make beauty from ashes. Looking forward to your future posts.


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