It’s Five Minute Friday time! YAY!

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This week we’re writing on the prompt, LIMIT.


Five Minute Friday Limit




Being bedridden from illness in December and concussed in January after a head injury, I’ve become so much more aware of my limitations.

I’ve had to force myself into habits of rest, sitting down or going to bed early for the sake of my own wellbeing.

It’s been frustrating at times. I’ve been lying in the dark, not sleepy, but unable to focus my blurred vision or stop the pounding ache in my temples. I’ve had to set down the book I was reading for my kids mid-chapter, and close my computer before clicking “send” on that important e-mail.

The God who “shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,” who “fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place;” the God who said to the sea, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’ (Job 38:8-11) — He has also wisely set His limits upon me.

He’s shown me that my “days are determined,” that He has “decreed the number of my months” and has “set limits I cannot exceed” (Job 14:5). 

He’s reminded me of Genesis 11, where His people sought to build a city, with a tower that “reaches to the heavens” so they could “make a name for themselves.” But in His wisdom, God thwarted their plans and limited their success.

I believe God sets these limits so we can see our own frailty against His unlimited power.

He’s shown me that His grace is indeed sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9b).




Related post: On Being a Writer :: LIMIT — Check out what co-authors Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig (and 12 other bloggers) have to say about how LIMIT relates to the writing life.


By the way, thank you all for your prayers and sweet words of encouragement after I told you about my illness and my fall! I so appreciate each and every one of you! Also, I’m happy to report that I’m doing a lot better! The post-concussion symptoms have significantly diminished. Praise God! So grateful for this community. 


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31 thoughts on “five minute friday :: limit

  1. Kate, our themes are similar this week. 🙂 God has a way of limiting us so we learn to seek Him more, yes? And you put in what I couldn’t in the time frame. He reminds us of His power when we come face-to-face with our own frailty. I’m so, SO glad you’re feeling better!

    Great post!

  2. Kate, love how you took the word and showed the “limitations” of God and I took the word and showed how His power has none!!! It’s going to be rich to go through the posts to see how Holy Spirit worked in each of us! A little FYI…I’ll be MIA for the next two parties – we are taking a road trip, with LIMITS!!! Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  3. Kate, oh how these words resonate with me today: “I believe God sets these limits so we can see our own frailty against His unlimited power.” So, so, so true…and though I hate to walk this path of human frailty with you, I’m being blessed by doing so, as it forces me to lean into His arms. Praise be to our powerful, almighty, redeeming Lord. Thank you for your words here. You’ve encouraged me through them and through your leaning.

  4. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on limit. Go. […]

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