Today, I’m trying something new. I am joining other writers and linking up with Lisa Jo Baker for her Five Minute Friday link up. Lisa Jo gives us a word prompt and we set our timers and write for only 5 minutes without over thinking and no editing.

Now if my kids will just give me 5 minutes today’s word prompt is Broken.

Alright timer is set… On my mark… Get Set… Go…

Ha Ha okay so this is my first time to do this and it wasn’t as easy as it looks. LOL I only had one paragraph and it was terrible. So I know. I know… But I’m going to try that again. LOL I guess my brain was broken. 😉

Here we go again. Timer is set.  Ready… Set… Go…

Hannah and Jonathan fixing a broken chair.

Hannah is using the hammer she got for her birthday to fix our broken chair with Jonathan’s help.

If it’s not broken don’t fix it. However in our world today we need to be aware of things that are broken. If we don’t realize we have an area in our life that is broken we will never fix it. We need to know when we are broken.

It’s like a chair that has a broken leg. If we don’t realize that chair is broken then we won’t fix it. We might sit down in it and wind up broken ourselves. On the other hand if we saw that it is broken but don’t fix it and just turn a blind eye to the problem then someone else might be hurt by our lack of caring.

We need to see those things in our lives too. We need to know the areas that are broken in our lives. It reminds me of the verse where Jesus taught we need to remove the beam from our own eye before we can remove the speck that is in our brother’s eye.

Before we can help other broken people we need to realize where we are broken. It is good to help others but we first need to work on our own broken areas.


Okay, I’m leaving that one. LOL I don’t think it was too bad for my first time.

If you’re interested in reading other bloggers’ Five Minute Friday posts click on the link and check it out. If you decide to join in please leave me a comment and let me know and I’ll be sure to check out your post as well.

Have you ever come to the realization in your life that there was something broken and took the steps necessary to fix it? As always feel free to share with me in the comments.

Five Minute Friday

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5)


About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not busy counting her blessings she's writing about them right here on her blog, encouraging and strengthening families.

14 Replies to “Broken”

  1. Erin Putman

    Very nice post! Can’t believe it was your first Five Min Friday! I agree that in order to help other people with their needs and brokenness, we need to acknowledge our own.

    • Anastacia Maness

      Thanks, Erin! It was harder than I expected. My first try I went blank after just a paragraph and then the timer went off. So I started over. 🙂 I imagine after a little practice it gets easier.

  2. Marisa S

    I am so happy you took the plunge and joined in! I am not quite sure where Lisa gets the word prompts but they are definitly thought provoking and often eye opening. I so love being able to look at the other blogs and I love yours as well. It was quick and to the point. The picture you shared with us is adorable and your analogy is so true. If we leave things broken everything else will eventually break down as well. It is beautiful to see that you and your family recognize this when so many don’t so many would just toss the “chair” and get a new one instead of caring for what we already have. God bless you and yours and I pray you all have a happy easter weekend!

  3. Kathleen Caron

    So true, we can’t possibly help people that we think are broken, as long as we have a huge old log in our eye. I’ve heard it said that helping other people isn’t a matter of pointing out what is wrong with them, so much as it is intervening in prayer for them. Blessings to you and yours on this Good Friday.

  4. Shannon Cochran

    So proud of you for, again, trying something new. I love how you write so sincerely, with good humor, and from your heart. Refreshing and true–your message about “plank-and-specking.” Clear your own log that God may use you to clear specks of logs. And I so appreciated your photo of that broken chair. Why is familiar so comforting?


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