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This week’s prompt is:
“Live with abandon. Love with abandon. Laugh with abandon,” they say.
But what happens when you’ve boxed yourself in with that same life, that same love, that same laughter? What do you do when you’ve fenced yourself into a tight rectangle of commitments, promises, and “must-do’s”? When the mere thought of abandon would look more like neglect than freedom?
It’s borderline claustrophobic, living in that space. When deadlines loom over every dream until even your sleep is invaded.
And the temptation beckons, “throw it all off, break those chains, give it up …”
But what then? And for what?
So we close our eyes and take a deep breath and recalibrate our definitions ever so slightly until the main thing becomes the main thing and we remember that all will be okay
as long as we never abandon
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I hear you! I’m learning the art of saying ‘No.’ It’s not easy for this people-pleaser. I’ve also learned how to take time outs–I deserve them just as much as my kids did when they were little ;). I can abandon my busy for a breather and it’s ok. Because the bigger thing–that hope in a future with God–never gets abandoned.
Amen friend! Never abandon hope. Thank you for always opening up your writing home each Thursday night.
I love your post, Kate! We have to be intentional to have some abandon in our lives, don’t we? To live with hope and trusting God? Great thoughts tonight (as always!).
Love this, Kate…”never abandon hope”.
For what it’s worth, one thing I learned to do was to freely abandon myself to my obligations. Once I cut away my personal dreams and accepted service as not only a virtue but a life-paradigm, it made things a lot easier.
Sure, I sometimes felt a bit wistful seeing people going where I had always aspired to travel, but duty called me back to the life that God had ordained.
And I was OK with that.
First of all, NEVER ABANDON HOPE because #hopechangeseverything! However, it sounds as though you need to loosen up on some of the things that beset you. Sounds like you are overbooked and under-joyful because of it. Yes, I’m sounding like a Mom but I love you and I’ve lived this overwhelmed life and now looking back? Just do the next thing and not the zillion things in-between. xo
Amen! Never abandon hope and forever fight against temptation that dare leads us astray. Great post, Kate!
I understand the must-do hustle, Kate. I was walking through Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, and saw a sign that said: “Trust me. -God” Ha! I said to myself. Easier said than done. But really, isn’t that the rub? For me: Shutting off the laptop at 3:30 and trusting God with the undone must-do’s. Leaving the Dr. appts. and haircuts unscheduled. Some days the essentials are: survive, eat, laundry…I can’t imagine how hard that is for you some days being the primary breadwinner. Praying help and rest for you. Thank you always for sharing fr. the vulnerable places.
Such a beautiful take on the word abandon. I especially want to keep in mind to never abandon hope. Love your insight. Have a blessed weekend.