Five Minute Friday: Future

Writing for five unedited minutes on the Five Minute Friday prompt “Future.”

For the longest time, I had an orphan heart. As a child of divorce, loneliness and turmoil were frequent companions. My present was so painful, I didn’t dare waste energy hoping for a better future.

After decades of struggle, therapy, and faith construction, I finally broke free from my painful past. Just this past year, I’ve learned to lean into hope and dream with God about a bright future.

The verse that inspires my hope:

Look, I am making everything new! Revelation 21:5 NLT

Jesus says this about the new heaven and the new earth, in a glorious future that waits for me.

Hope used to elude me, because hope is future-based. Since I was so tied down to my past, I struggled to focus on a hopeful future.

But God rescued me from my past. He broke the enemy’s strongholds and set me free. He destroyed all the roadblocks, heavy chains, and walls of defense. In his protection and his shelter, I am now free to lean into hope.


Questions for reflection:

How has God rescued you from your past?

How have you been set free to hope for a brighter future?


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29 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Future

  1. I love the hope it gives us to know that no matter what happened in the past we can look to the future knowing that God is with us and has good plans for us and hold to the amazing promise of our eternal future.

    1. Hi Lesley, thank you for visiting. Catching up on my replies today. Blessings to you this week!

  2. Sarah, such an encouraging post. We surely do have a wonderful and blessed hope and future in the Lord. His plans for us are for our growth and good.

  3. Amen, Sarah! For most of my adult life, I struggled with the voices of my childhood/youth past. Once saved, I continued to sit in a self-imposed jail even though He had flung the doors wide open. Thank you for encouraging others to move past their past. Blessings!

    1. Hello Esther. I understand your metaphor for a self-imposed jail. Yes, I spent time in my own, even though the doors were open. I had to gain trust in God to get out of there. He is good to lead us out of our prisons!

  4. I’ve been studying Ephesians chapter 1 this week. God chose us before the foundation of the world, to be his. To be loved by Him, to be sinless in His eyes. Because of who He is and for His glory. What a great hope we have, but Satan wants us to stay stuck in the past, defeated and alone. So glad you have broken through the chains. Keep fighting! The lion is on the prowl.

    1. Thank you for sharing this encouragement, Sarah! Yes, I am learning not to stay stuck in the past, but to keep moving forward in faith. Praying the same for you in your writing journey, friend!

  5. Yes, we can lean on Hope everlasting and that hope will never let go of us. I am nothing without God but with Him…I am a daughter of King. How awesome God we have! So glad to be your neighbor, Sarah. Thank you for your post. Hope-filled Blessings to you and yours!

  6. Hope is everything. And, the devil loves to attack it. This morning was a battle. BUT HOPE PREVAILED!!!

    1. Glad to hear your victory report, Susan! Praying blessings on your upcoming launch, and for hope to fill you!

  7. I always love hearing stories of people who have overcome painful pasts. Thanks for sharing this, Sarah. It is life-giving and hope-bringing. “In his protection and his shelter, I am now free to lean into hope.”

  8. What an encouraging story, Sarah – so glad that you feel that freedom to plan for and invest in a hopeful future now…. sounds like you have come a huge way in peace, understanding and belonging xx

    1. Hi Emma! Thankful for your visit. God has been good to me…he gets all the credit for my spiritual growth!

  9. Beautifully written! We always have a new life and a hope in Him. Blessings to you!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing. I have struggled with anxiety and depression over the years. He has given me peace, hope, joy, and a bright future. 🙂

    1. Hello Susan. I have struggled mightily with depression, but God has given me those wonderful gifts of faith that you mention too. Blessings to you!

  11. Thank you so much for this. I am so glad I stopped by. It’s lovely to hear about people’s lives and how they were once broken and now are free from the chains. I can certainly testify to that too. Joining you late from FMF #103 ?

    1. Hi Lynne! I’m glad you stopped by. Getting ready to write this week’s FMF post. See you there!

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