Five Minute Friday: Small

[Hello, there. I’m new to this whole Five Minute Friday thing. My friend Hannah introduced me today. An honest word? Writing for five minutes straight without pausing to edit or backtrack my thoughts is daunting. I’ve never written anything in five minutes, short of a grocery list. Plus, she said I wasn’t allowed to think, just to write. I can already feel my perfectionism getting twitchy. But I’m taking a deep breath and saying here goes nothing…]

I’m in a season of transition: recently graduated from college, newly married, moved to a new town, and searching for a job.  It is enough to make anyone feel small, isolated, and unaccomplished. Because when you’re starting over in a new chapter, it can be difficult to remember that God honors the small things. Even as I write, the lingering Spirit whispers just keep going. 

Hemingway said that when you have writer’s block, start by writing the truest sentence you know. Could the same be true of life? That when I feel small and directionless, the best way to begin is by living the truest thing?

Because at the end of the day, the truest thing I know is the love of the Father. I know that the world aches regardless of where we are or what season of life we’re in, and we have been called to carry shalom into the dark corners.

  • “The truest thing I know is the love of the Father.” Erin, this is beautiful, and such a wonderful reminder of something I forget far too often.

    So glad I convinced you to join in :)

    • Erin Salmon

      Me, too, sister! LOVE you.

  • Welcome to FMF! Your words resonate with me–I, too am starting a new chapter (daughter just got married, new job in a relatively new place). Here’s to living the ‘truest thing’ this hour, this day, this week, this chapter!

    • Erin Salmon

      Thank you so much, Anita. A blessing that you found a small bit of meaning here.

  • Honey, for a first attempt – this is just grand. Actually for ANY attempt, this is just grand. Thank you. And welcome to the party.

    • Erin Salmon

      Oh my… thank YOU, Diana. I’m excited to be part of this lovely community. :)

  • Oh my goodness, that was AWESOME!! Love how you put words together, Erin. Please tell me you’ll consider linking up on a regular basis. :))))

    • Erin Salmon

      Thank you, Dara. What a lovely thing to say. Yes, I will be linking up to FMF from now on! :)

  • “Just keep going”…a simple yet enormously courageous thing to do, especially as it applies to the vulnerable expressions of our hearts here in this public forum. Girl, you can write!! Can’t wait to see what other beautiful bouts of expression come in future 5 minute exercises!

    • Erin Salmon

      Dina, in just a short time, I have been enormously blessed by your words. Thank you for the grace.

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