Place: Does Everything Have One?

The Five Minute Friday word for this week is place. The plan is to set a time and write for five minutes. This can be hard when the time is done but you aren’t quite finished. Today when the time ended, I had a few more words that insisted on being written.

A place for everything and everything in its place – a nice saying but far from the state of my house. Sometimes I look around and wonder how did it get so bad. So much clutter including too much furniture, too many papers and too many objects with no place to go. 




Methinks it’s time to get ruthless and begin a thorough clearing of space. Is it really possible to have a place for everything? I think maybe if we can only press on until we have rid ourselves of all the unnecessary things and only keep what we really want. It is easier said than done when things have collected for nearly 20 years and you inherit a lot of stuff that was your mom’s.

Making it even more difficult we have had fleas take up residence in our lowest level, and they are really hard to get rid of. We’ll think we’re on top of the problem and then we find more. We’ve taken steps now to finally be rid of them, I hope.

Enough said about clutter and minimizing. Let’s talk about things that do have a good place. Like my garden. It might be messy, but we’re enjoying fresh tomatoes and bell peppers. There are different kinds of flowers to enjoy. (And now my five minutes are up.)




Do you ever wonder what your place is in this world? Are you where you should be or want to be? Do you think you would be better off somewhere else?

I’m sure we all have those questions now and again. It’s fine to take stock of where we are. It never hurts to stop and evaluate, but not to the point where we become discontent. When we’ve made mistakes or missed out on something it’s easy to become discouraged.

We might think what’s the use to keep on trying, but that is never a good idea.

While we do want to improve, we still need to accept ourselves right where we are. God has done just that. He came to us in our brokenness and offered life and peace. We don’t have to do this life alone. He has promised to be with us and to give us wisdom, showing us mercy, grace and love – much more than we deserve.



Right now let’s thank God for giving us life, for putting here in this time and place where we can make a difference. Every little thing we do to bring beauty or show love adds up to make this world a better place.



I am thankful that God has put me right here in this particular place. He has given me a loving family, friends who are faithful and true – online and in person, and a desire to encourage others. This life may be hard sometimes, but there is much joy and beauty to be found if we only seek it.

Where can you find joy in your particular place on this earth?


You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #TuneInThursday, #HeartEncouragement

10 thoughts on “Place: Does Everything Have One?

  1. Dear Gayl,
    I love how bright and cheery those orange zinnias are. My Mom and I always grew them together when I was growing up. It’s so good to remember that the place He’s given us is the best one for us. But I know what you mean about the discouragement that can come in when we look around at everything that is not getting done. It’s been a hard year for us with bugs also–little chiggers and spiders in these wooded lots! Thank you for these sweet thoughts to look up, and enjoy the good things that are set before us. Blessings, Love and Hugs to you!

    1. Fun memories with your mom. ? I love flowers and would like to get more.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts, Bettie. It is easy to get discouraged, but it helps to remember who we are and who we belong to, doesn’t it? And to look around and enjoy what we do have.

      Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, dear sister! xo

  2. In anticipation for a possible (and hopeful) move, I’ve been doing some major purging of items. It’s amazing how much we collect in a short amount of time. I’m over in the 62 spot this week.

    1. I think it might take a move to get us to finally get rid of all the extra stuff, but I hope we can get started now. Hope things go well for you with a move. 🙂

      Blessings to you!

    1. Yeah, fleas are awful. I’m not sure what the problem is with the social media sharing. I just tried them and they worked for me. I’ve had a problem like that on other websites where I can’t get something to work from my computer, but they don’t have any trouble.

      Thanks for visiting! Blessings to you, Susan! xo

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