So, I’ve decided to try out this Five Minute Friday thing for the first time.  Five minutes of free writing–no planning ahead, no editing, no censoring. Today’s prompt is “belong.” Here goes…


For most of my life, I’ve struggled to feel that I truly belong.  I’ve always felt like an “other,” on the outskirts.  The awkward turtle.  Much to my surprise and annoyance, this did not go away when I became an adult. Not even when I turned 30.  Turns out it’s just as easy to feel outside the circle when you’re surrounded by soccer moms and young marrieds as it is when you’re surrounded by 17 year old girls.

Several times in the past year I’ve written about being brave, and about embracing freedom in all areas of my life.  One of the most freeing things I’ve realized? I do belong.  I am a daughter of the king, and He has called me by name to join His family, to be adopted, to take my place at the table.

Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

Girls: can we stop competing and being so intimidated by each other? We’re sisters, and we all belong.

  • Ginger Harrington

    I’m your 5 minute friday neighbor today. Hi Caroline. I love the way you ended this post. Earlier I read a post that talked about how we need to care rather than compare. This must be a message for me to day because here you are with this same good encouragement. I’m glad I stopped by today:)

    • Caroline Grace

      I’m glad it encouraged you, Ginger! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Sabrina

    Yay, so glad I visited your first FMF-post : I hope you will find you can really belong in the FMF-community, because I sure do! Best wishes, Sabrina

    • Caroline Grace

      Thanks, Sabrina!! I’m glad to hear that :)

  • Andrea Corbin

    This is good! There is so much posing and posturing amongst us…we forgot to simply care and get to know each other and value each other.

    • Caroline Grace

      So true!

  • Beth

    Visiting through the Declare Attendee linkup. Taking a peak around to read a few posts but thought i’d say “Hello!” Maybe we will meet next week. :)