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[at a] Loss … in five {not}

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       Happy Friday Loves ♥

       I’m joining the ladies over at The Gypsy Mama again this friday.

       Where we share our hearts, in five minutes or unedited, unchanged writing. This prompt is not about the writing. It is about the heart of the writing, the story or the writer and the unedited emotions evoked by the prompt.

So put your eraser and your inner critic away for 5 and show us your heart on this weeks prompt … [it’s a hard one, and Lisa-jo has loosened the time limit …]

{ I have battled this prompt for quite a time this morning. Typing and deleting thoughts and concepts, not for asthetic writing purposes, but because I would get to a point and be at a loss … pun, very much intended.

I find my best writing is words that actually belong to the Spirit of God. You, my loving readers, resonate best to what God has to say through me, rather than me trying to convey God through my writing. So I struggled and then God, faithful always, tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, “are you at a loss?”

Loss … Go …

I stand at a loss with this subject. Literally!

In my constant quest for Wholeness and Serenity I find that this subject flies in the face of those positives.

Loss asks me to view the tatters of my life … the discarded things that made me ill; physically, emotionally, mentally and Spiritually.

So what have I loss(t) that was good to loss(e)?

I’ve lost the priviledge of ignoring my health. In this I have found a better way of living.

I’ve lost my desire to please my mother. In this I have gained a peace that is only troubled when I allow her to rattle the latch of my gate …

I’ve lost my parenthood to my son’s adulthood. In this I am gaining [I haven’t mastered this one yet] a different view of the boys who have become men.

I’ve lost my bustling full house to an empty nest … not sure what will be gained here, now.

Over the years I’ve lost and discarded some hard things. Mostly little by little. Somedays I think, ‘when was the last time…?’ Therein is a great loss, because I didn’t even realize there was a loss.

When we look back we will realize there has been tremendous losses … tiny losses that we didn’t feel fall away, and tragic losses that took huge chunks of our hearts with them. But at the end of the day this is a life.

And life does what life does … it moves and adjusts and fills in where things have been lost.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed
away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

STOP…

{not sure I am happy with this post. but that is what five minute friday is about, right? I wrote, at the end, my heart. when I look at this one it seems small and unexplained. but then, how does one really explain the loss in a life accurately in these tiny containers we call words? Loss is an integral part of life … without it new cannot be added. and God wants to add to our lives, abundantly, and that requires us to loose those things that are not of Him.}

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see
it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the
dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

Blessings Loves.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

14 thoughts on “[at a] Loss … in five {not}

  1. This was a difficult post to resolve. I wasn’t happy with mine either and almost didn’t do it, but I also knew the subject was one my heart has wrestled with this week.

    I liked what you said about loss forcing us to look at the tatters of our life. So true. I like ends tied up neatly and loss doesn’t seem to leave much room for that, does it?

    You also had some good examples of loss that I hadn’t thought about in that light. Or about the times I didn’t stop to count the loss and kind of wasted the lesson in it.

    Glad you participated and that you were the post before mine so I could stop by and read your thoughts!

  2. I meant to say this was a difficult topic to resolve in a post, not that your post was difficult to resolve. I know we aren’t supposed to edit our 5 Minute Friday posts but I should probably edit my comments a little better! 🙂

  3. This was lovely, andrea! I especially love “When we look back we will realize there has been tremendous losses … tiny losses that we didn’t feel fall away, and tragic losses that took huge chunks of our hearts with them. But at the end of the day this is a life.”

  4. What a powerful line to finish with. And a great verse to go with this topic. Thank you for sharing this.

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  6. Reading this post reminded me of all the things I have been through and losses there has been in my life. I could be made ,upset ,disappointed or discouraged but in Christ we have to forgive and go on. You learn that you can’t control anymore or manipulate but you have to let go and let God!

  7. I agree with the above comment – this was a difficult post to write. I also loved the “tiny losses that we didn’t feel fall away”. SOOOO true. I don’t think I’ve heard it stated better.

    Also – thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such kind words!
    Blessings,
    Lisa

    • It was a very difficult topic. Later, after reading some of the posts you ladies wrote God poured another whole post from me…and I actually put that one up as well, though hours later! [on my other blog].
      So as tough as it was God ministered to me through it mightily, all day long!

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, it means the world to me.
      Blessings
      Andrea

  8. I really like this post. I think you did good.

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