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collect (five minute friday)

Happy five minute friday! this week’s word:

hm. interesting! here we go:


I am a collector of things.

I blame my mother for this habit– our house has always come close to being hoarder-esque, filled with random knicknacks and antiques and things of the like.


I’ve collected different things over the years: beanie babies, Disney Mania CDs (am I a 90s kid or what?!). pug-related things, books. The list could go on.

But my favorite collection is in my keepsake box.

It’s not a typical collection of pretty things or seemingly important items. It’s a box I’ve had for many years (actually I had to replace the box itself in college, because it got so full it wore out!).

Rather, I use my keepsake box to collect my memories and things that remind me how loved I am.

In it you’ll find every birthday/holiday card I’ve gotten since childhood, notes from church friends or college friends and mentors. Ticket stubs and programs from various events, church bulletins from important days, pictures, small key chains or other random mementos others would probably throw away. I’m too sentimental to let these things go, because they each take me back to a moment in time or a person in my life who means something to me. And that’s important.

As the cliche question goes,what would I take if there was a fire? Besides my dogs, it would be the most important item I grab.

When I’ve been in the depths with my mental health, battling depression and anxiety, the only thing that gave me a glimmer of hope– a small reminder that I was loved and cared for and thought of– was the containments of that box. It gave me peace and reassurance when my brain couldn’t. When I’m low and sad and frustrated at the world, it’s where I go for comfort and hope that maybe I’m still meant to be here.

I know we aren’t supposed to store up our treasures on earth, and I get that. But the items I collect in that box are more than things– they are a lifeline.

8 thoughts on “collect (five minute friday)

  1. I love this. And I don’t think you can be faulted for treasuring mementoes that remind you of how much you are loved.

  2. Beautiful! I love that you collect those things. I often collect cards too. There is something holy about knowing we are loved! Blessed to be your neighbor at FMF this week.

  3. I have a box or few like that too. old shoe boxes filled with college and high school cards, notes, and mementos.
    Once a year or so I pull it out and piece through it.

  4. I think keeping those things that bring us good memories is a wonderful thing. We all need to be reminded that we are loved from time to time. God bless.

  5. They are, for you, a tangible reminder of the good things God has grace your life with. That’s not storing up treasures on earth.. that’s reminders of God’s tangible grace in your life. Live within that grace. 🙂

  6. Jordan,
    I love reading all of the different perspectives on a word. I do believe God gives us memorials along our journey. The Israelites built altars and landmarks to tell the generations after them how faithful God had been. Thank God you have these reminders in your hard times. We never know what another battles with. Praying this week for you. #66 on fmf

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