Five Minute Friday, Growth, One Word, Struggle, Trust, warfare


It’s Friday. With another illness sneaking through my house this week (strep throat) I am breathing a half-hearted sigh of both relief and frustration. It is, what it is. While it feels as if we will never be well, I know that is not true, so we are just cruising through this season of germs running wild here. Uhg. But, now, is a moment to write, to lay the chaos and Lysol aside, and just spill the overflow, unedited, uncensored, just let it fly. Joining with Lisa-Jo and others today.

The prompt this week is Trust.

My dearest sister,

I don’t know how to tell you that this valley of darkness in which you wander is not forever. I will tell you but I cannot prove it, you will have to trust me, you will have to trust the One who has led you here, and though you cannot see Him, he leads you still. I read  His words to you, and I pray that you will trust them.

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, Psalm 40:4

I can tell you, and I will, that the blackest of your blackest days right now will not endure forever. You wear a crown of glory that He has placed on your head, you, his most weary princess. Burning in your heart, a seed he nestled in there that grows and stretches with His truths, as you wander parched and shaky in your Egypt. You plod through your days with your head hung low in defeat, and your feet scarred and sore from this seemingly unending path to who-knows-where, and you turn your face away when I offer you water.

You don’t care to drink from it. It is too hard.

I understand. Jesus said, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)

But what I mean to tell you is that the dusty tracks in your sandy hell right now are not yours. You feel weary, you want to lie down and say no more, but you do not see the arms wrapped around you, you do not see the way He carries you from sun up, to sun down, and all  through the long night as your pouring out your last for your children. Trust Him, He is there.He is because his word, His truth says that He is.

But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay. Psalm 40:17

Your days are long and tiresome. He sits beside you as you rock, bleary eyed from exhaustion, from wounds that run messy under your skin. trust me, He knows this pain. He endures this pain again and again. I can tell you this, and to believe it, requires one thing of you, to trust, not just my words, for they are broken and misused at times. But His word stands unshaken, for centuries it has stood and when you collapse, and the words from the page filter up into your ears, into your heart, you will remember His love for you.

Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. Psalm 38:15

He is your God. He is your deliverer. He is with you, He is walking you through. He will lift up your head and wet your lips with the sweetest honey. He cradles you in His arms, and shelters you from harm under His wings. He sets your feet upon the rock and does not fail you, not ever. He crowns you with glory, with his radiant splendor, that you may shine brightly for Him with his word tucked in your heart, with His truth stirring in your soul–

Trust Him. Trust Him. On the other side of this valley, there is glory.

You do not walk alone. 

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  1. Anonymous

    His Word stands unshaken. . . and He is my Deliverer.  those are the words you spoke for me this day.  
    beautiful write, in spite of the weariness you’re traveling through right now.  praying for you.

    1. Anonymous

      Thank you, Steph, for your prayers. Praying taht you cling to your deliverer through whatever wild-winds may whip around you. He holds you tightly in His keeping.  God bless you, sister.

    1. Anonymous

      Thank you, Maria. Yes, I love knowing taht He is there for me, no matter what desert or valley i may wander through. He is unfailing. God bless you!! 

  2. WOW…you did this in 5 minutes?!?!  No wonder you write for Sister in Bloom! 

    I love this post…it goes straight to the heart of the matter…my heart.

    I love this line: “…the dusty tracks in your sandy hell right now are not yours.”

    Thank you for a beautiful post.  BTW, I hopped over from The Gypsy Mama.

    1. Anonymous

      Mary, bless you, sweet friend. In the interrest of full disclosure, I did go *slightly* over the 5 minutes, but I felt the message was more important than the rule. A rebellious act of a wayward heart.  😉 Your comments blessed ME today. 

  3. Anonymous

    Ha, I was going to say the same as Mary … you are flying to write all of that in 5 minutes.  You go girl!

    I am grateful for the days God carries me.  I am thankful to have Him with me at all times.

    It is true — when there are valleys, we walk THROUGH them.  There is always hope.

    Bless you!

    1. Anonymous

      My sweet sister. You are loved beyond measure. When you find a way to rest in that, to wrap that truth tight around yourself like the most perfect blanket, you will find a peace you can not fathom. He LOVES you, and He LIVES in you, beside you and with you in each trembling moment of brokenness and difficult days. What a merciful, beautiful love He has for us, his messy children. My prayers pour out for you, and I trust thatt He hears them. God be with you today, may His love overflow onto you like a waterfall straight from heaven. You are a treasure in his heart, stamped right onto his hands.(Isaiah 49:16)

  4. I just love this — doesn’t everyone need this painted on their hearts? It reminds me of Isaiah 35 — my favorite spot in the whole Bible. God used that passage to heal me from a great heartbreak. I pray that your words will shout truth into the hearts of all who read them, life-changing truth. Blessings today! Alyssa


  5. Your days are long and tiresome. He sits beside you as you rock, bleary eyed from exhaustion”

    This is me lately… Loving that He’s right there with me, comforting and giving strength.

  6. Beautiful, Kris, what a joy that our belief or doubt in what is true doesn’t change it’s true-ness. And he works tirelessly to open our hearts and expand our vision to take in glory! Praying that as you trudge through sickness, again, he will give you you rest.

  7. Anonymous

    I love this statement:  “I can tell you, and I will, that the blackest of your blackest days right now will not endure forever.”  I’m so incredible thankful, Kris!  You’ve blessed my heart once again, sweet friend!


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