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Begin: Unexpected Beginnings

Bright Zinnia

My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—Begin. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out Lisa-Jo Baker‘s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!


By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka


There’s something about the chance to begin a new thing. Have you ever felt it? That anticipation at the possibilities yet to unfold?

I’ve had a few times in my life when a chance to begin a new thing came unexpectedly. I suspect God knew that if I had a chance to think things through—to analyze the pros and cons—I would have said no to His divine opportunity.

August Zucchinis

Whether it’s something as small as planting a garden on a whim, like I did this year, or something as potentially  monumental as beginning my master’s program . . .

There are times when I wake up in the morning thinking it’s going to be the same old sort of day. But within the time when the sun rises and the sun sets, I’m heading in a completely new direction.


Zucchini blossom

God has a way of using those unexpected chances to begin something in our lives— to begin something within us.

He plants a seed, nurtures it, waters it. In time, sprouts unfurl from the soil of our hearts. Leaves unfold to embrace the Son and the blossoms promising fruit begin to bloom in their beauty.

Sometimes a new beginning does this in our lives . . . produces fruit we had no idea was waiting within us. Waiting to grow into something beautiful.

Summer zinnias

And it all came about because we were willing to begin something new.

When I begin something new, the anticipation thrills my heart and puts a smile on my face. God is behind it all, probably grinning just a little bit, as I catch a piece of the vision He has for that new beginning.

What about you? What do you feel when you begin something new? Have you ever talked yourself into or out of a spontaneous new beginning?

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10 thoughts on “Begin: Unexpected Beginnings”

  1. I remember the first time I was offered to interview a missionary from Brazil in Africa. I was so scared. I didn’t feel qualified and nearly talked myself out of it. I said the sweet young lady needed someone more qualified to do her story justice. My SIL encouraged me. I’m so glad I pressed on. It will always be one of my favorite interviews! I talked to her on the phone!! 🙂

    Are you starting your Masters? Really? If so, I’m super proud of you. You will be super busy. Keep me posted. Love, Shelli


    1. Hey Shelli. What a beautiful opportunity to share someone else’s story! I love that you had the chance and you didn’t talk yourself out of it.

      Actually, on the master’s…..I got it years ago. In a five minute free-write, sometimes rather important details get lost. Like that one. 🙂


  2. Congratulations on starting your Masters’! What will it be in?

    I am fortunate to have a chance for something of a new beginning every day. Nights are hard; I can spend them sitting on the edge of the ottoman on which I try to sleep, too tired and sore to move, or I can crawl – literally – to the computer desk and start writing.

    It’s a matter of choice, to take that first lean into the “this is gonna hurt!” and start moving, but each time, things somehow seem fresh.

    Maybe it’s the small victory of movement over stasis, but whatever it is, it’s kind of nice.


    1. You bring to mind something I’ve been thinking about today regarding “begin.” You have to move to actually begin something. You can’t stay still, can you? It’s a choice. And I’m glad you keep choosing to move forward.

      As for my masters’s program, I should have added a little more detail. I got my master’s degree in curriculum development (for elementary education) years ago. But I did begin the process on impulse. 🙂 When I’m in the middle of a five-minute free write, those “minor” details sometimes get lost in the flow of words. 😉 I’ll probably never aspire for a doctorate like you did, though.:)


  3. Another lovely post, Mrs. Takenaka! Thank you for sharing your heart in this subject.

    I try to think of the Apostles when I consider a new beginning. Every day, they had the choice –

    “Should I follow Him? This might be dangerous, for He has enemies and we may become guilty by association…”

    “But what new thing will He say today? What Grace might I miss if I allow my fear to rule my feet?”

    And as He walked the Via Dolorosa, yes…He said it. “See, I make all things new.”

    Our Beloved Lord, the Source of New Beginnings!

    How can I then turn away?


    1. Surpreet, I love your perspective on this topic. We do have a choice, each day, to begin—or not. To begin following Jesus, and to choose to begin each day intent on following Him isn’t always easy, but it’s always fresh and worthwhile. I love your name for the Lord: Source of New Beginnings. So well said.

      Just so you know, I’m comfortable with you using my first name, if you want to. Have a great weekend!


      1. Thank you, Jeanne!

        I was taught that one should always, as in Scripture, slip into the lowest seat at the table; to be on a first-name basis is always a privilege, but should never be initially assumed as a given.


  4. Sometimes, Jeanne, I long for new beginnings~ something new and exciting to begin. But sometimes God just gives me a new perspective on what I am already doing. Thank You Lord!


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