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.
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.
Photo credit: Jessica Whittle Photography (Creative Commons)
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