When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Backwards

Today, I am back with one of my very favorite challenges over at the Gypsy Mama. Yes, you are right. It is five-minute Friday. The rules are simple and the challenge is fun. Time yourself and just write for five minutes. You don't worry about whether or not it is right. You just write.
The challenge this week is to write about: Backwards.

That's it. So come over and join the rest of us as we work on our writing.



I have discovered
In the moments of my life
That things happen for a reason.
Sometimes it seems as if
You must go backwards
Before you can go
Forward again.

I was married very young,
While still a teenager.
I had several children
And thought we were all happy.
I went, seemingly backwards,
Not understanding why
I became single once again.

The demands of single parenting
Were a constant struggle
Of sweat and tears and love,
It wasn’t until much later
That they learned
Home is not necessarily a place,
And families are not all alike.

I never thought I was good enough.
I was always lacking something
That I thought I needed to possess
In order to be better.
I had to go backwards
To discover that I really am
Better than I ever thought.

I had to discover the parts within myself
That needed healing;
The woman within
Who needed to be cherished.
I had to go backwards within myself
Before I could go forward
And start over again.

I had to go backwards to learn
That whatever I am
Is somehow enough and to spare.
God will give me whatever I need
To complete the task He has given me.
He will make up for any difference,
That I might lack.

STOP  (but I just had to finish the last verse)

And so, my journey continues
Sometimes forward
And sometimes back
As I learn, love, need and hope.
He teaches me that He is always there
Even, in the times I find myself,
Going backwards.

So, come on over to The Gypsy Mama's Place and join us for a five minute spell.  You are going to love it!


  1. Well, blogger just lost my first comment.

    Great post! I am very encouraged by what you wrote- I am struggling with the feeling of moving backwards in my mothering abilities with one of my kiddos, and it's so great to know others have been there- and to see the truth that sometimes, moving backwards is what it takes to be able to move forwards. Thanks!

  2. So I am glad you went past the 5 minutes to finish the verse. I loved this:Even, in times I find myself, Going backwards.

  3. Great post, you are a great writer. I love your thoughts on backwards!

  4. You're an amazing writer. I started doing five-minute Fridays but I am horribly intimidated by the talent out there!
    Awesome job, Miss Patty Ann

  5. Yes indeed, He is with us, whatever direction we're moving in, even when we can't find Him, He finds us!

    Great post.

  6. I can't believe you were able to write this out like this in just five minutes! Really impressive. Great insights too. I often find myself moving backwards just before making a big leap forward.

  7. You wrote my heart here...
    I feel the same...
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

  8. Wow! That is a lot said in five minutes! Your words of Gods grace and sufficiency is such an encouragement. None of us has it all together.. we go backwards and learn we need Him... and go forward ... praying that we keep our eyes fixed on Him and He will be faithful, even when we are not. What a wonderful Father we have.