Day 23: When All Hell Breaks Loose

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is BLOWOUT. Go!



//  Blowout… not a word I use every day. In fact, the only times I’ve ever heard the word in real life is in the hair salon, and in the malls after Christmas for their end-of-the-season blowout sales. So, usually, the word produces warm, fuzzy feelings in me. Looking pretty, finding good deals.

But the reality is that “blowout” is usually a word that implies chaos or disaster. Like a blowout tire (been there) or a blowout temper tantrum (also been there). Or how about a blowout financial crisis? (Flip! I’ve been there even recently.)

The truth is, sometimes, life as a mom gets extremely stressful and chaotic. Those moments when your best-laid plans just dissolve into tears, illness, frustration, or empty bank accounts. It’s not fun, but it happens.

I remember such a season after my second child was born. Everything was going wrong: everyone was sick, the bank account was empty, the car was breaking down, friends were too busy, kids were crying and needy, cupboards were empty, and I was too tired to care. It was only a few months later that I realized that Read more

Day 18: So Much More than “Hi-Dee-Ho, Neighbour!”

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is NEIGHBOUR. Go!




//  I was just about to sit down and write an eloquent speech about “Who is my neighbour?” exploring the various personalities around me each day who qualify for ‘neighbour’ status.

  • The lovely widow next door who greets me with a cheerful smile.
  • The kind man in the wheelchair who patiently asks for handouts in front of the grocery store.
  • The fellow school parents who pass me on the road each morning with a friendly wave.

You know them all.

But then I mistakenly opened Facebook this afternoon and was met by a surprising post by a ‘Facebook friend’ who was passive-aggressively complaining that no one was paying attention to her, no one was encouraging her. What? Are you kidding me? I had been with this person regularly over the past three days. I had paid attention. I had encouraged. I had reached out. Many of us had. How on earth could she say that?

And it got me thinking… Why do some people feel they can’t legitimately ask for help in person? Why must it be over social media? As if that will be ANY more helpful than simply saying,

“Hey, I’m feeling really discouraged today. Can we go for coffee?”

But then it got me thinking, and I realized that being a Good Neighbour is so much MORE than just knocking on the door to make sure the other person is ok. That’s only part of it. // Just as importantly, if you are the one behind the door, it means that you…

  • Actually OPEN THE DOOR! That’s the critical ingredient that allows encouragement to reach its target… your heart ♥

Without the conscious decision to OPEN THE DOOR, kindness and encouragement fall on deaf ears. 

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Five Minute Friday – HEAL

heal-1It’s Friday again! Every week join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HEAL! Go!  (The // indicate the start and stop of five minutes.)


// Healing is a beautiful thing. It’s also a mysterious thing. This is coming from someone who has struggled with chronic tendonitis for 25 years. Have I prayed for healing? Of course. Have I trusted Him for breakthrough? Definitely. Have I stopped praying cuz I didn’t want to be disappointed again? Oh dear… Read more