Five Minute Friday is a day of community and creativity combined with encouragement.  Hosted by Kate at Heading Home, this week she has given charge to write on the word, Hold. It’s a soul-filled charge with the taking… writing for 5 minutes, letting words flow and fingers fly. Ready, set, …. Go.



hold on to hope


There is a place that I am finding my feet are settling themselves in; a well worn path that I take often.  I find myself drawn there as I feel the day’s turbulence rising nearer the surface where my breath can escape. I want to hold on to the life-preserver, trying to balance it all, and find that I can’t keep my hands and my arms and my legs moving all at the same time.  And then I am gasping for breath because it comes in quick succession and I can’t gulp it down. Unsure of what to grab, I reach for my shoes.

It is somewhat involuntary, this moving toward movement. I am not sure when it started but I am learning that it can be sacred; it is healing. My body in motion shuts my brain off and I can get a HOLD of the glorious as I allow His voice to penetrate my hearing.

Every day we have a choice to choose the good and relinquish the bad, because it is there for us to see.

Every day we have the choice to triumph over the trial, not because we can control the outcome but because we know that He does.

Every day we are bombarded by the hopeless, but can sit in the stillness that holding onto hope offers.

Hope reaches our hearts when we hold on to the good. It changes the course, as quickly as my feet can carry me into the run that pounds out the cacophony of noise which steals my thoughts from focusing on His goodness.

As I escape to the place of release, my grip, a tight-fisted hold on the things that weigh me down is broken, and I am free. Able now to raise my hands palm up, I am ready to receive the lifeline that pulls me out of the vortex tornado which is spiraling away from grace.

Open-handed I reach for the hope that persuades joy to meet the moment and I am refreshed, renewed, and restored by goodness. The trial may be a test of our ability to recognize the hope that has already been held out for us to reach and pull near.

It is time to recognize the moment that is being presented and look for the good in what is before you. Hold fast to the promise and run towards hope.


1 Thessalonians 5:21 – But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.


What good thing are you holding fast to today? I’d love to hear from you! Share your hope moments in the comments section or send me a note at



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Linking up with Kate and friends at Five Minute Friday today and joining hearts with Lyli at Thought Provoking Thursday, Laura at Missional Women, Julie at Fellowship Friday  , Susannah at Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop, and Deb at Counting My Blessings. I’d love to have you  visit them and all those who are journey towards the hope of holding fast to the faith and the blessings that give them courage to testify as they write.