Friday, May 3, 2013

When you might need eight tissues

This is the first time I've been 'brave' enough to join in with the 5 Minute Friday group at This week the prompt is the word, "brave".

The idea is to write for five minutes straight, unedited. Just raw words. Here is what I wrote today. Head over to Lisa's blog to join in!


I picked up my pen and grabbed my notebook. Experience tells me that this neck pain is not from a physical or structural cause. It is from negative emotions. I start to write about whatever comes into my head. My lack of good, consistent sleep, blah, blah. 

Then, I start to hit on something deeper. Some feelings that are very hurt. Some feelings that my sub-conscious has been holding onto for while. This time, just a short week or so, but long enough. As I write these feelings down, unedited, I start to sob. I sob so hard that my stomach aches into a tight knot. Before I know it, I’ve used up my napkin from breakfast and eight tissues to mop up the tears.

Why did I not realize that my body was holding on to all of these negative emotions? I kept writing and sobbing and before I knew it, forty five minutes went by.

I could feel guilty for holding on to these emotions.
I could put that on myself. 
But, I didn’t even know that I was doing it!

I’m choosing this time to let myself off the hook and instead embrace my inner self for being able to tap into these feelings and release them. I tell myself, “Anne, you are a brave soul to look deep inside at the pain and write it down. You are brave and I’m for you.”

As my pen layed down on the page, my pain lifted. I’m free.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dear America...

This week at, we were encouraged to write a letter of encouragement to a fellow God Sized dreamer. I realize I took some creative license this week in writing this kind of a letter, but America has been on my mind especially today, The National Day of Prayer.

Dear America,

You were birthed with God Sized Dreams. I don't really think about that too much. I have many, many benefits of living on your soil. Thank you for all that you make possible for me.

I want to urge you not to forget your roots. The roots where God was given glory. The way your Constitution was formed from Biblical principles. The way God's Word was elevated inside and outside of your schools and families.

We've drifted away. 

I want to remind you that there is still good in you. That 'good' is from God. All of the blessings we still experience are because of His glorious work in you.  

We can worship freely.
We drink clean water.
We are free to vote as we choose.
We have fertile soil.

The list could go on and on.

I want you to know I am committed to furthering the good that is in you. I am committed to the core beliefs you were founded on. I lift up the God who made your birth possible.

America, keep dreaming your God Sized Dreams.

And His blessings will keep flowing to you.


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

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