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, September 19, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Hold

Today is Friday, at last.  I am so glad it is here.  This is the day that I join with a bunch of other writers and write whether it is just right or not.  I hope that you all join in over at Kate's Place with the rest of us.  Don't forget to read and comment on the person who linked up before you did.
Today, the prompt is



One of my all time, favorite quotes is:  "I am sure our Heavenly Father is displeased when we call ourselves, "nobody", as children of God, we are somebody.  He will build us, lift us and magnify us if we will but hold our heads up, our arms out, and walk with Him.  

I have been guilty of feeling like a "nobody".  I have been guilty of letting my head hang down.  I have been guilty of forgetting that I am also His.  
Sometimes, the hardest thing we do is to simply hold on.  To keep moving forward when everything seems to conspire against us to pull us down and back.  Sometimes, we just need to reach out for Him and hold on with everything we've got left.  He never lets go of us.  It is always us who let go of Him.
I remember when my girls were very young, one of them was very stubborn, and wanted everything to be her way.  She wanted to run ahead and leave the rest of us far behind. She wanted to be wherever we currently weren't.  No matter what we did, it was not the outcome that she wanted for herself.  
I was holding her hand and we were in a very crowded place.  She pulled with all her might and took off running.  I did not let go, she did.  She made it impossible for me to hold on.  She got lost.  It took us awhile to find her.  As I wiped her tear-streaked face and held her trembling body close, she asked me why I let go.  I told her that I did not.  She pulled away and slipped off into the crowds where I couldn't see her.  She told me that I was lost and she was afraid.  
"I know", I said to her, "I know.  Tell you what, you hold onto my hand and don't let go and I will promise you that I will never be lost again."  She thought about that for a moment and said, "OK, mom.  I don't like it when you get lost, it scareded me.  Don't do it again".  
So, she held my big hand in her little one and we were both not lost that day.
As children of God, we are all Somebodies.  Hold your arms out to Him and remember that He never, ever will let you go.  


Now it is your turn.  What can you write in only five short minutes?  Don't forget to join the rest of us over at Heading Home.  I can't wait to hold on to your words today.  


  1. I love this story. I have a toddler who is the same way. You handled it really well - and wrote about it beautifully. Thank you for sharing. I'm grateful to find you on Five Minute Friday!

  2. "He never lets go of us. It is always us who let go of Him." So true. Like your little girl, I know what it is to pull away, take off running, and become lost. So thankful that we have a Good Shepherd Who consistently seeks out His lost sheep. Visiting from Five Minute Friday.

  3. This was a nice story Patricia! Thanks for sharing. I really like your blog and I'm happy to be FMF neighbours!

  4. Such a beautiful way of responding to her, Patricia... such a beautiful way of imagining God with us. I love that he doesn't let go. And you're absolutely right, friend: you ARE a Somebody. It makes my heart glad today to read this.

  5. What adorable babies in that picture above! I love this story and how you responded to your little girl's perspective. A great reminder to put our hand in God's hand and not being lost together!

  6. That picture of the little ones is so sweet. This was a lovely post and I am so happy that the Savior will always reach out to grab our hands; and I do need to hang on tight.
    Blessings for this 5 minutes of thoughts.