My Own Hold ~ Five Minute Friday

It’s Friday once again and we are linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday.  This is where we are each given the same word prompt and we write for 5 minutes.  No over-thinking, editing or working too hard, it’s just a chance to write together.  Come join us here.  Our word prompt for this week is: HOLD


Unpacking the autumn decorations, all the plastic pumpkins are in my arms.  I’ve already jammed the smaller ones inside the larger ones to conserve space…that way I  can hold more.  

I fumble around placing the smaller ones in-between the crevices of space left in my arms.

I drop a few and bend down to pick them up again, but in my pausing and bending, more fall out and soon I’m just in a hot mess.

I’m holding too many things.

I can’t physically carry all that I’m holding onto, but I keep trying only to drop more.

With my arms piled high and full to capacity there is no room for more…more of Him and more of what He wants, desires and has planned for good.

I carry needlessly.  I carry things not meant for this time or occasion.  How easily I empty my arms only to fill them again with things I pick up along the way.

That’s where I fumble and become weary… it’s in that “holding too much” place.


And when I’m holding too many of my own things, my own agenda, and those things I pick up because I feel it’s expected of me… that ‘s when I can’t hold the things He has for me.  No room for Him.

No room for the things I should carry….those things He has created for my fit…created for my arms to carry.

And until I let go of my own hold, my arms are too full to hold what He has for me.

It’s when I delegate all those pumpkins into a large basket and let the basket hold them  that my fumbling and juggling stops and the yoke is easy.

His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Lord, may I continually trust you with my holdings.  Placing all into Your care and holding only what you have designed for me.



15 thoughts on “My Own Hold ~ Five Minute Friday

  1. I can relate, Rachel! I love this post and the truth through transparency you shared! I needed this today. I’m putting some of my pumpkins in the larger basket. 🙂 Blessings, friend!

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  2. Oh yes, how often I do this as well. This reminds me of The Best Yes. Giving our best yes to God and the things he has for us. It’s difficult to know sometimes. So grateful for his grace! This is lovely, Rachel. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I had to let go and let God hold me through many nights of pain before my back surgery and that was a good thing. It made me realize that he is there and will hold us through everything. I woke up this morning with some pain and probably because it is going to rain here this morning. The tears came and then I just said Lord you take over. I just don’t want to deal with this today. That was almost 2 hrs ago and yes I do feel better. Thanks for your words of encouragement.


  4. Such a good message! I hate it when that happens – when my arms are full and everything starts falling on the floor! I’m slowly emptying my figurative arms of the stuff I’ve picked up! I definitely don’t get so frustrated that way!


  5. How true! Lately, I have been playing “minute to win it” with all the “stuff” on my To Do list. Whew!! Thanks for the reminder, Rachel. My arms are free and clear for the Lord to fill them with all His goodness…with not a minute to loose! Bless you ~Zoey


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