Skip to main content

Five Minute Friday: Grow




Five Minute Friday is a writing event that has writers spending five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing them at http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/. This week's word is Grow.

Last summer, my pastor preached a sermon series on the windows in the church sanctuary that represent the 12 disciples. He spoke about how the symbols in those windows conveyed what each disciple was known for and represented in the Christian faith. He then challenged the congregation to create their own symbol, as if one day a stained glass window would be created to represent our faith journey. He placed tins full of pony beads in each pew and we used the beads to create our symbol. The beads were then baked until they resembled stained glass. The photo above is my finished product and here is what I wrote about my window:
 
My symbol is a sprout, my discipleship is growing, reaching through the sky to the light of God.

A year later, I hope I am still growing. I'm not as tall as I would like, not nearly as close to the light of God as I want to be but I am still reaching.

I was shocked a couple of weeks ago when I realized it had been four months since I had written a post. I think my lack of post comes from the fact that most of the time I don't feel adequate to teach others how to go through a divorce and find the life waiting for them. Monday was the 8th anniversary of the day my husband went to court and ended our marriage and some days I feel like I've made great strides and other days I feel the pain as if it was yesterday. But I hope I am still growing into the person I can be, the person God created me to be.

I hope I continue to grow in my faith in God, in my reliance on him. And I hope that in my writing, I grow into someone that others can look at as an example of someone who has grown through the pain and reached for the light of what is waiting for her.


Comments

  1. Andrea, I love your "stained glass" and what it symbolizes. I love your honesty as you reflect on where you are and where you hope to go. I also lost my husband and marriage -- not to divorce, but through the passing of my husband 6 years ago -- and my heart goes out to you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Andrea, I couldn't find your email anywhere but wanted to contact you about possibly guest-posting on my blog. Let me know (pattimiinch@yahoo.com) if you're interested and would like more details.

    ReplyDelete
  3. That's such a profound idea for the stained glass, with profound thoughts to match.

    ReplyDelete
  4. i love your growth 'window!' sometimes when facing a change like yours (been there, done that), or a loss of any kind (right now i'm grieving the loss of my 12-year old dog ~ certainly not equal to the loss of a husband or child, but for me, he was my child), we need to remember that all we need to focus on is the here and now. one step, one hour, one minute at times. self-care is not selfish. it is healing. once we learn that it is okay to take care of ourselves first, everything else falls into place. my aunt's favorite word of advice is to remember what they tell you on every airplane, on every flight ... "put your own oxygen mask on first."

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great idea to create a growth window! May it continue to challenge and encourage you!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Five Minute Friday: Should

Five Minute Friday is a writing event that has writers spending five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing them at http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/. This week's word is Should.

I am constantly looking for signs, my own personal burning bush to show me what I should be doing and this week's prompt is my signal that I need to get back to writing my blog. That I should be writing.

I've thought a lot about this word since seeing this video of Oprah and Tony Robbins.  In it he says we should all over ourselves and that if we want to see change in our lives we should change should to must. That is when we actually do the things, when we change that one word.

I should have done laundry today.

I should have pulled weeds.

I should have posted this on Friday instead of Saturday.

I should pray more.

I should trust God.

What would happen if I changed those shoulds into action. Maybe not as strong as must, because laundry and weeds aren't life changing. But if instea…

31 Days To Change

I started this blog four years ago with the intent of helping people find their way through the same situation I was in - a divorce they weren’t expecting and did not want. After awhile, I didn’t feel like I was helping, just dragging people down with me. I took long breaks from posting then I would start back up again, only to take another long break. The whole time I felt like I was missing out on my calling, to help people with my writing.
I have struggled with just how to do that. Do I keep posting, even on the down days? Do I concentrate on making a life with the emphasis on my blog title “One Is Just A Number?” Do I switch focus and do posts about fixing up my 1930 bungalow? Do I make it a cooking for one blog?
I am going to use this 31 Day writing challenge to figure out my focus. To use the words to look at my life and the areas in my life I can change, prompted by the words suggested by Christine Hubbard. I don’t know what my focus will be exactly but I do know that as long as …

31 Days: Park for Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday is a writing event that has writers spending five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing them at http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/. This week's word is Park.

This is Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. when I was in Portland for my friends' wedding, I really wanted to see the Portland Headlight but the person I was traveling with had been to Portland several times and had no desire to see it again and everyone else I knew at the wedding had left town already. So I did something out of character and called a cab, told the driver to take me to the park, and I found it myself. And I called the same driver, had him pick me up, and bought myself a nice lunch to celebrate.

That simple act of calling a cab and getting to a destination on my own was so empowering. Most of the time I would have just let the fact that no one wanting to go with me keep me from doing something. I would have just taken a safe walk in a straight line hoping to …