Five Minute Friday {Grace}

November 1, 2013Karen Courcy

2d9122b431fbd28a60755ecee4800d64Welcome to five minute Friday to where us bloggers are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

No editing or backtracking. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Set the timer, have fun, write whatever flows from your fingers!

Today’s Five minute Friday word is {GRACE}


When I saw that the Five Minute Friday word was Grace I practically jumped out of my seat! I love the word Grace! Grace is a huge part of my life, my thinking, my everything!

I love this quote “I will hold myself to the standard of Grace, not perfection”

To me that holds so much meaning this week.  I have gone through something big this week and its a great reminder that I don’t have to be perfect to be accepted. I can have faults and be accepted right where I am. I can fall short sometimes and not matter what GRACE is here with me everywhere I go.

I am learning so much about myself this week. I have worked incredibly hard in sessions with my therapist, and connection has been key to this hard but healing work.

My therapist and I wrote a new line on the white board in his office that says “taking another step towards me, to set my life free” and I couldn’t have done it without grace!

Grace is here everywhere we turn, we just need to focus our eyes on it and accept it.

This week I have really allowed myself to be seen in my weakest, and I notice that when I am not as strong, when I am not forcing myself to be strong and let my weak be seen, people lean in more and respect me a little more. I am grateful for all those around me who accept me no matter strong or weak.

Grace is also another word for movement; something else that I have done this week. I have made a movement towards me and away from something that was taking me away from who I truly am! I am proud of myself for taking steps this week to say YES to me and NO to the lie.

I am also proud of myself for leaning on support and accepting it instead of trying to do it on my own.

I am blessed, and it’s because of Grace that I can accept all those around me and not only those around me, but I accept myself even when I am not as strong.



  • ~Maxine~

    November 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    For mine I wrote a prayer. I hope you read it and know that you are included in those I prayed it for. 🙂 I love you post on Grace, I’ll be back to read more. All good things for you in the future.

    1. KarenBeth

      November 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Thank you Maxine and than you for stopping by my blog .. I will read the prayer …. thank you

  • christywillard

    November 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Oh, Karen! What a blessing to walk this journey with you on the blog. Everything you said — Yes, yes, yes! I’m learning to live this way, too. I love your quote about the standard of grace and not perfection. This is a great way to look at things! Cheering you on!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

    1. KarenBeth

      November 2, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      thank you Christy and I just love your blog as well … thank you for stopping by and reading today

  • Cat

    November 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Lovely post, Karen…and, yes, you should feel VERY proud, particularly for the courage you have shown this week. I hope everything is going well for you

    1. KarenBeth

      November 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Thank you Cat, and yes everything is going great .. thank you

  • Chandra Hadfield

    November 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    This was beautiful! Grace is a very important word for me, too. I really love this quote, too ““I will hold myself to the standard of Grace, not perfection.” It’s my first time to hear it, and I will not forget it. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. KarenBeth

      November 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Hi Chandra.. I am welcoming so many new people to my blog from this word today.. so blessed! I love the quote too, it’s a reminder that if we hold our self to grace, it allows us to be imperfect and accept that.

  • Gel

    November 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’ll join everyone else here and say I love that quote. It is one of the few i will write down to put on the fridge for a while and I’ll memorize it for when I recognize myself getting all twisted up in the all-or-nothing thinking of perfectionism.

    And WOW what a courageous passage you’ve been doing this week! I’m awed and proud of you. I think it is a most powerful combination….your strength and your weaknesses put into the “right” alignment for the deepest spiritual growth.

    I often think of grace in relation to dance. Interestingly in dance I experience gracefulness as well as all the little imperfections and awkwardness that come along the dancing path. When I’m dancing and I stumble or a move doesn’t feel in sync, it is just a part of the whole flow and gracefulness is the bigger flow that includes the little stumbles along the way.

    Love you.

    1. KarenBeth

      November 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Gel .. you made my heart smile this morning with your response. I needed it! I wish we lived closer.. you know so much about the flow of the body and physical-ness that you are learning.. wish I could gather some of your wisdom spiritually 🙂 .. thank you for this 🙂 love you too my friend

  • ziggy40

    November 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    That’s beautifully written, I love that word. Thank you for sharing! Gentle hugs, and positive vibes to you. …
    Love Ziggy

    1. KarenBeth

      November 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Ziggy!!!!!!!!! always so nice to see you here …. I am feeling the vibes, thank you 🙂 ((HUGS))

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