Friday, September 30, 2016

31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes

By Emily Conrad

This post is part of the 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes challenge. Though I don't plan to do all 31 days, I did want to jump in at the start, so the below was written with the group's prompt and in 5 minutes. Check out this awesome community of writers! You'll find the link up and what the challenge is all about here.

I'll also use this post as a landing page for my future posts for this challenge. As the month progresses, I'll add the links here. Links will go live no sooner than 7 PM the night before.

Day 2 Paint
Day 3 Wardrobe
Day 4 Brew 
Day 5 Silence 
Day 6 You
Days 7, 8, 9 Test, Muddle, Post-It
Days 10 and 12 Unknown Skies 
Day 13 Aware 
Day 19 Notice 
Day 21 Parked on the loveseat
Day 22 Off (by myself with You) 
Day 27 When Poetry Leaves
Day 28 Eat 
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Day 1 Prompt: Walk

When I walk through the valleys, Jesus walks with me.

When I walk down the hillside and down from the mountaintops, I’m not alone.

The fact that I do head downhill sometimes doesn’t surprise or alarm him. My tired feet don’t delay his plans. They are part of the plan, I think. When I rest and invite Jesus into the seat beside mine, he talks with me in ways I didn’t hear along the trail. As I pant after living water, he calms me into realizing I’d tried to push the pace of our walk into a sprint.

My hound does this, constantly fighting against the halter-style collar we fitted him with specifically because of his pulling. If he’d just slow down and walk with me, we’d both have a more enjoyable time of it.

Jesus asks that of me. When I pull to get ahead of him, he holds the line steady. When I tire because of my efforts, maybe it’s him who invites me to a seat, rather than the other way around. While I rest with him, he retrains my thoughts, and when we start off again together, my steps match a little closer to his.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll check out the challenge and join in the fun!













When I walk down the hillside and down from the mountaintops, I’m not alone. via @novelwritergirl

15 comments:

  1. Yay! Happy to see you linked up right next to me. Enjoy the adventure. I look forward to reading your posts.

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    1. Heidi! I'm so happy to be doing this challenge with you! I'm off to check out your blog now! :)

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  2. Very nice Emily! Thanks for joining in even if it's just for part of the challenge.

    You can see my landing page here:
    https://awifesreflections.wordpress.com/write-31-days

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly! I'll pull up your page :)

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    2. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Emily! =-D

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  3. Hi Emily. I love how you handled the "walk" challenge. Beautiful. I ventured out this morning early and shot a bunch of pictures for a walk. We are doing well so far. HA!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I love photography, too. Sounds like a great way to start a day :)

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  4. Encouraging words to harness the hurry in this Mom! I'm visiting and folloiwng from Five Minute Friday's 31 day challenge link up.

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    1. Hi, Bonnie! I'll find you in the link up. Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. I love the perspective of Jesus wanting to keep us next to him-whether taking a seat and resting or pulling back from running ahead. The illustration of your dog hit home. That's a constant struggle with our dog-especially when she is distracted. We get distracted too.

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    1. Yes, the struggle is real- both with the dog and myself :) Glad the post resonated with you!

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  6. Super relatable and encouraging post!

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I appreciate you reading :)

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  7. This is beautiful. I have strained so hard so many times. Rushing on and leaving His will behind. Thinking all the straining was getting me somewhere when all along I was just a walking partner like U say not a trail blazer.

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    1. I like that-- walking partner, not a trail blazer. Jesus blazes the trails. We walk down them with him :) Thanks for visiting, Somer!

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