Five Minute Friday – HAPPY

It’s Friday again! Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HAPPY! Go!



I’m sick. I’m so sick. What a week to be writing about “happy.” Not even smiling pancakes can make me happy today. The sniffling, the aching, the coughing, the headache, the scratchy throat, the chills, the noise.  Just shoot me now. Or in the words of my daughter, “I can’t even…”

Or maybe I can.

I’m soberly reminded that the Word says that “Surely grace and mercy will follow me ALL the days of my life.” (Psalm 23:6)

… even the sick days. Even the days when it’s just too much to get out of bed.  The days when I forget to buy milk and the underwear drawer is empty. Aaagh.

It’s those days when I NEED to remember that Grace and Mercy are following me.  I’ve heard my pastor say it this way… “When I look over my shoulder, I have a stalker called GOODNESS AND MERCY following me relentlessly, day in and day out―and so do you!”

What does that look like? It looks like a roof over my head, clothes on my back, vitamins on the side table, friends who miss my presence, and a family that serves me tea (just don’t look at the state of the kitchen later).

It looks like Psalm 6:68 that says “He places the lonely in families where it pleases Him.”

That’s me. In a noisy, messy family that loves me, even when I’m too sick to get out of bed.

I’m happy!



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10 replies
  1. Rone
    Rone says:

    I love this… (this will most probably be my comment every time Shauna…since I value your wisdom and your pure heart!)
    me and the other lady in the office were just discussing THE GRACE PERIOD… since my husband is a workaholic (for now… business only 2 months old) and my 38year old maide is pregnant and having difficulties… and been sick 2 weeks…so this mommy is sick of being empty and seeing the glass half empty instead of half full.. therefor I have decided to hang up washing 7am WITH A SMILE because I get to be the first one of the household to experience GOD’S MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY SINGLE MORNING… and I can even tell the weather predictions for the day to hubby rushing off to work… (he slept late, so he never even noticed the amazing sunrise…or the washing done and hung up … wink wink…sigh ) haha
    I have the privilege to get up at 2am to take out yet another bundle of washing to hang out, because it rained… and then be wide awake and softly kiss all 3 my men in the house and whisper how much I love them (and then I say to them – “you better dream of me!” 🙂 )
    so after a teething 13 month old with a fever of 41, toddler issues and moods, and a husband that has work-language verbal diarrhea 24/7… and me working full day… I can say yes I am happy to be reminded that ALL THINGS ARE FROM GOD AND TO GOD… worship and praise Him even in the little details of life…

    I salute you Mother of 4 Shauna Blaak!! what an inspiration you are…
    get well soon xxx

  2. Carly
    Carly says:

    I’m sorry you’re feeling sick. Praying that you feel better soon. I love that verse and the reminder that God’s grace and mercy follow us, and that there are blessings to be found however we’re feeling. And the picture of the pancakes made me smile right away!

  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says:

    Great post, and I hope you feel better soon!

    I can sort of relate – this morning I woke with an angina-like pain that is an artifact of a lethal pancreatic malady. Felt like someone was trying to cut me in half with a chainsaw while his pet elephant was stomping on my chest, and I thought, “OK, where’s the happy in this?”

    I had to find it; I’d written my FMF post on happy a few hours before, and this was apparently a required verification.

    The happy was in the fact that the pain would rise and then break,in waves…and the slight diminution was a boon.

    Ha! I win!

    #1 at FMF this week.

  4. Emma Hughes
    Emma Hughes says:

    Oh so sorry to hear that you are sick 🙁 Life sure takes a lot more effort in that zone! Love the ‘stalker’ idea and that you were still able to find perspective, peace and even happiness in the midst of a situation that is not ideal – that is the best kind of happiness!


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