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Five Minute Friday: Choose


Every friday Lisa-Jo hosts a link up for writers all writing for five minutes on one word. No editing (except maybe punctuation and spacing). Straight off the cuff and through the fingers to the screen.


It’s funny, but really kinda sad.

As we were preparing to go to the Philippines, I gathered art supplies from every missions closet offered to me to browse.

I shipped them halfway around the world and put them in my art closet.

And there they pretty much stayed.

I clung to them with the thoughts of; “I don’t want to waste them” and “I can’t replace this stuff over here”.

And so I didn’t do as many crafts with my kids as I dreamed about. I lived with a fear of using them up and then what?

So, we dragged them back around the world and here they are in my art closet, on the shelf.

Much of my stash is still unused.

I know in my head I need to CHOOSE to use them.

I must face that old fear again and forget about messing them up.

Which in itself is a bit weird.

But to make anything beautiful I must CHOOSE to loosen my grip on those pots of pigment and colors encased in wood and put slashes and blotches on the white of paper.

It is funny that I am afraid to paint but I am not afraid to snap a million photos.

… However, I rarely print them.

What is the deal with that?

Maybe it is because I can only afford to print a few and have them done up in frames and matts for the walls of my home and I am afraid to CHOOSE…

… because once I do … surely I won’t be happy with them and wished I’d picked different ones.


I know. I have issues.
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  • CrystalMarch 1, 2014 - 3:14 AM

    You are so talented, please CHOOSE to share the beauty of the gift God has given you, it brings joy to those who are blessed to see! I never tire of the matted photo you gave me! <3. "Dragonfly"ReplyCancel

    • Sharon @ Hiking Toward HomeMarch 4, 2014 - 10:02 PM

      I had forgotten about that photo! So there are a few I have printed but very few. Thanks for leaving an encouraging comment. Miss you! When are you coming to see me? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AbbyMarch 1, 2014 - 12:29 PM

    I love your last line. It’s ok, though, because we all have issues. 😉 I know what you mean, though! There are certain “treasures” that are hard to use or let go of because of the memory behind it or the fear of messing them up. But you’re right, you have to make a choice about what’s important. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith)March 1, 2014 - 12:35 PM

    Oh, Sharon, please choose to share! It’s like a new journal or blank page. We want it to be perfect. But He specializes in Perfection and we surrender to His beauty…and rlease our beauty through creating imperfectly, yet still the joy as we share in creating- I so love that He is our Creator and whenever I create, a poem, a post, collage or a prayer in my journal…I am joining Him in a small, precious portion of His creative spirit. Girl, you need to push throughthose issues to joy- I bet there is a gift in you the enemy wants to keep you from using because it holds great power in blessing you and others. OK, hope that all was not too preachy…My heart on caffeine does runneth over. After you at Lisa – Jo’s place!ReplyCancel

    • Sharon @ Hiking Toward HomeMarch 4, 2014 - 10:04 PM

      LOL!! It was not too preachy! It’s what I need to hear/read. And I completely get the “heart on caffeine does runneth over.” Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debbie WilliamsonMarch 1, 2014 - 12:37 PM

    So funny . . . “I know I have issues.” A few years ago I discovered an unused, brand new box of crayons, still with the pointy tips, with my maiden name on them clearly written when I was in elementary school. I am 53. :-/ I think we might all have issues! But I really resonated with your writing today and the confusion about why it is hard to choose to jump on in to whatever. Something for me to ponder today. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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