Celebrate :: A Five Minute Party in the Trenches

It’s raining and my “to do” list is long, my prayer list even longer.

The house needs cleaned. There are bills to pay.

My elderly parents need help packing up their home and downsizing for their move to an apartment.

I have sons in distant cities with needs and trials I can no longer handle with a hug and a band-aid.

I have dear friends facing trials and seeking wisdom as we journey together.

It doesn't exactly feel like a party around here, but today I'll celebrate life in the trenches. Click To Tweet

Celebrating on a rainy Friday when my burdens feel as heavy as the misty air in my Indiana valley, I declare that God has already taken them in hand. He knows their weight and has taken them all, one by one, and gone before me. He knew they would be here on this exact day at this exact time and He knows their outcome.

I celebrate because I can pray and cry out and open my hands to release them all to Him, and then follow Him where He leads to join in the work He is already doing.

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These words face me every morning as I sit in my prayer perch, seeking God and pleading for wisdom.

I celebrate today that the Lord is my strength, because today I am weak. In His strength I can face down that list of prayers and responsibilities and heartaches. In His strength I can find wisdom to not only endure, but conquer.

Cut the cake, toss the confetti and sing “Hallelujah”! Jesus is on the throne and He is King.


Celebrating today with other Five-Minute-Friday-4bloggers at Five Minute Friday.




  1. Janet

    “Cut the cake…” indeed. Ingrid, I am thankful to be your neighbor at FMF today – Well said. I know how it feels to realize that the world revolves whether I like it or not, and there’s nothing I can do to change some circumstances. But I can change my attitude and can operate with gratitude and I can know that the Lord IS my strength… May we both find that strength to endure and to conquer.

    • inkspots53@hotmail.com

      Thank you, Janet. So glad you stopped by. Yes, it’s all about perspective. Life is a crazy, wild gift, full of surprises. So glad we know the Giver!

  2. Tara

    Amen! I am so thankful that God promises to carry our burdens with is and hears our every prayer. Parked in the #6 spot this week.

    • Ingrid Lochamire

      Thanks, Tara! I’ll be stopping by!

  3. Anita Ojeda

    Yes! We can celebrate in our uncertainties and our fears–because God has our back and he knows our future. I, too wish I could patch up my adult kids’ boo-boos and problems with a hug and a kiss–much as I’m sure God wishes he could step in and intervene for us when we’re ignoring him.

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