REAL {5 Minute Friday}

I look forward to 5 Minute Fridays, linking-up with The Gypsy Mama, and an incredibly beautiful community here. There is something wonderful in allowing words to flow, unhindered — just write what pours after being stirred from reading one word, and then write for only 5 minutes. Today, the word  is REAL. Here is my 5 minutes worth.

I make hot chocolate from scratch, with pure cocoa.

I do not like faux wood flooring. Neither, do I care for imitation leather. I prefer foods that are all natural, as opposed to having artificial ingredients. Replicas of antiques and vintage items may so closely resemble the original that only an expert eye can discern the difference, but I rather wait to come across and pay the price for the real thing.

I have a very difficult time embracing something

that is pretending to be something it is not.

I appreciate what is real, but more so — something that is true. I am hungry for truth in every circumstance of life. I may see something one way, and another sees it completely different. Opinions will be formed, and judgements will be made based on our perceptions. But I am not near as interested in my opinion, or anyone else’s, as I am interested in God’s.

I rather concern myself with hearing from

the One who knows all things.

The One who can see through the imitation,

artificiality and pretense of it all,

to the true heart of the matter.

I am most eager to embrace the One

Who not only knows the truth,

leads me into the truth, but Who is the Truth.

And the truth, is what I am really a lover of.

I woke up this morning with this prayer on my lips…

May my failures or successes or the error of my ways

not ever make me blind, and keep me from seeing the TRUTH.

Please say a prayer for Joanna. You can read her story here.


  • charis

    i came across your blog through barbie. i like how you equated real with truth… God is the true source of both and there is so much facade in this world, but we never get facade with Him.

    i love 5 minute fridays too! fun to see what comes out.

  • Kimberly

    I’m amazed with what you can do in five minutes! Yes, to everything. To real and to true and to the Author of it all!

  • Jessie Gunderson

    What a great comparison! We’ve begun making coffee creamer from scratch. 🙂 But your prayer is the part that sticks with me. Praying it with you, Friend!

    • Michele-Lyn


      Ooh… my daughter would love homemade coffee creamer (from almond milk for her). You will have to share the recipe 🙂

      Love to you,


  • Kelli

    “I have a very difficult time embracing something
    that is pretending to be something it is not.”

    Amen! He is real, He is truth, the beauty that we crave, that is why when we do indulge in the artificial things in life that pose as beauty we quickly begin to see and feel the negative side affects from their processed truth. Beautiful, thank you!

    JOYfully in Him,

    • Michele-Lyn


      I love that… how you said “processed truth”. That’s the devils way, isn’t it? He presents the counterfeit and we have to have the discernment to know the difference. I believe humility is our strongest defense against deception, along with knowledge of His word.

      All of it, only by His grace.

      Blessings to you 🙂

  • Nikki

    Price tags don’t matter when it comes to the reality of needing truth, does it! What a blessing He gives it freely…

    Great post, Michele (and i made your cocoa last night! I want another…that’s the truth) 🙂

    • Michele-Lyn


      Ah… the price we pay can be a high one, but the price of pride is much higher isn’t it. I couldn’t even dare say I possess a humble spirit, I will let God be the judge of that — but it is my cry that He would humble me. I don’t want to know any other way, then to be laid low — even that, only by His grace.

      Did you really make the hot cocoa? I want some now 🙂

      We can walk pleasing to God because He has provided us everything we need to do so… I just needed that reminder 🙂 Blessings and have a wonderful weekend. I will be visiting your place, while I am on vacation this week!

  • Ms. Kathleen

    I am with you. I so appreciate the real in all things, in all people… A real hot cocoa! I love your prayer at the end. Have a blessed and wonderful day 🙂

    • Michele-Lyn

      Ms. Kathleen,

      Real is so much better. Who wants to eat plastic fruit? Only by grace can we genuinely walk in His love and truth. Thank you for your encouraging words 🙂 The hot cocoa recipe is easy — and on A Life Surrendered Facebook page 🙂 It’s my favorite dessert!

      Blessings to you and have a fabulous weekend 🙂

  • Maureen

    Real, not pretending to be something it is not. That is a challenge, isn’t it? In ourselves and understanding others. “The truth, is really what I am a lover of.” Love that line. Enjoyed your post, so much fun to read the perspectives of these beautiful women. Thank you.

    • Michele-Lyn


      Being real is a challenge. Being able to see beyond my own opinion to embrace God’s truth is also a challenge, but it is a pursuit that I will never give up on. This process of transformation is a messy one, but He will never let us go in the process.

      Thank you for your sweet, kind thoughts here.

      Blessings to you,


  • Jana @Grace for My Mess

    Beautiful post today, Michele-Lyn. I’m a firm believer in being ‘real’, even if it costs us. I love that you’re so quick to give God top billing – He is always real with us, to the point of giving all He has. Thanks for this reminder today!

    • Michele-Lyn


      I love your words here! You are so right! He is always real with us, there is no shadow of turning with Him. In Him there is no darkness. He is always the same.

      I just had to praise Him here 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! I’ll be seeing you 🙂

  • Annie

    You had me at hot chocolate… 😉

    • Michele-Lyn


      You made me laugh.out.loud! I needed that 🙂

  • r.elliott

    Michele…I think I just could sign my name at the bottom of this…sweet friend…my heart as well…have a wonderful weekend…blessings~

    • Michele-Lyn


      Oh, I knew we were kindred spirits. Do we have time for anything else, except for what is true? I do not. I love you sweet friend.


  • Erin

    Only Christ can show us truth, true authenticity. Beautiful words! Thank you.

    • Michele-Lyn


      My eyes are fixed on Him, and I know yours are too. May ours be open to see by faith.

      Blessings to you as you walk in His truth.


  • Loni

    Such a good reminder to me in the midst of stress, that HE knows the REAL truth . . . HE is enough1

    • Michele-Lyn


      I do not want my mind to be cluttered with anything else, except His truth 🙂 Only by grace can we walk true,

      Blessings my friend 🙂

  • Jennifer

    Yes, friend, His authenticity is what we need, what we crave, what we are desperate for! Love this. Thank you!!

    • Michele-Lyn


      We see through a glass dimly, but one day face to face. Today, I pray our eyes will be opened to all the truth He would have us see…

      Blessings to you… I loved seeing your face and beautiful smile in your video 🙂

  • Barbie

    He is real and He is truth my friend. Leaning in with you to know Him in a more real way!

    • Michele-Lyn


      Amen! I am so glad for the anchor of His word to hold me steady… seeking Him with you 🙂

      Have a most fabulous weekend, lovely.