Don’t Box Me In

Five Minute Friday: Wide


It’s Friday and, once again, I’m participating in a writing flash mob for two reasons: 1. to get more connected with the larger community of bloggers (aka I don’t wanna feel alone!) and 2. to field a kick in the butt to practice writing more consistently.

Five Minute Friday

The marching orders: Write on the word prompt for 5 minutes flat. No extreme-editing: “Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” The idea is to get past our perfectionism and just. do. it.

Today’s prompt: Wide

You lost me at “keys.”

Take out a piece of paper and make an acrostic using the word “helper,” the directions stated. List ways in which you can fulfill your role as helper to your husband.

Minutes passed, pencils pushed, thoughts landed. We took turns reading and while some lines were probably good. Probably right and holy even. I got stuck on one line, one word: “To help my husband find his keys when he loses them.”

That’s the moment I first got lost. A general malaise took root. Is that what I was created for? Is that my purpose? That’s enough to sideline me to the bed right there.

For years, that lostness stayed. Pushed down into the inner recesses of my mind, most of the time. Rearing up only on occasion when push came to shove.

The language. So important. So forgotten. So out of reach when we don’t take the time to go there and truly understand. Coming into a rainy day with open hands–that’s the difference between catching the right meaning and going home dry.

Ezer: strong helper, as in the Lord is my helper. Warrior, as in fully equipped for battle. Now, that….that speaks my language. I can sink my teeth into a good fight.

Ding, ding, goes the timer.

This is probably the beginning of a larger piece. This topic is a theme for me right now as I’m teaching a women’s bible study from a superb book, Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis-James. It’s helping me to heal. 

Thanks for showing up here to read and allow me to improve my craft. Head over to The Gypsy Mama (hostess of these beautiful mobsters) for your own five minutes to read, write, or share a word of encouragement.

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  • Angela Nazworth

    Oh I loved this! I want to read more! And I am so glad that we found each other in the blog world! Your words bring beautiful blessings.

    • Samantha Livingston

      Me too…glad that we connected through blogging. My heart feels warmed. :)

  • Denise Oldham

    Good post.

  • RaZella

    Wow. I really liked this, and can connect. I’ve dropped by from the Five Minute Friday Challenge. Love seeing how your writing flowed with this. Thank you for sharing!

    • Samantha Livingston

      Thanks for visiting RaZella! Glad to know this hits home with you too. :)

  • Leigh Kay

    Good afternoon! Coming from our lovely hostess Lisa-Jo. First time to stop by. I love the layout and feel of your site. Comforting, welcoming, soothing. And this post is intriguing. Does make one want to read more of where your heart is going! :) How great! Lovely to stop by, thank you for writing.

    • Samantha Livingston

      Thanks so much Leigh! Your words are very encouraging!! “Intriguing” sounds lovely – definitely something I can build upon! I really enjoyed reading your post.

  • Melanie Gillgrist

    Samantha- Stopping by for the first time via Five Minute Friday. I’ve read your post a few times, letting the words sink in, creating such an invitation. “The language. So important. So forgotten.” I love that…and yes there is so much meat to sink our teeth into, but often are offered small presentable bites.
    Thanks for sharing your words.
    PS I love Carolyn Custis James book When Life and Beliefs Collide. I have the one you mention above but haven’t read it yet, that will have to change!

    • Samantha Livingston

      Thanks for the encouragement Melanie! Interesting…I’ve thought of reading the first book you mentioned of hers. I’ll have to add it to my list. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Jacqui

    Samantha, this feels big…like you do have a lot to say and I’m so sad I’ve just got a glimpse. I want more:) I love the way you write! It’s so unique and descriptive. Grips at the soul. I’m so glad we’ve met! Prayers and love in your healing!

    • Samantha Livingston

      I think you’re right, this is big for me. :) Your words carry life, and weight and authority! If only I had more time for writing…hopefully in due time. Thanks for your support and such incredibly flattering words. Feel humbled. I’m glad we’ve met too!! :)