Five Minute Friday – Afraid

5 Minute FridayIt’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.


If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was AGAIN.

This week, the word is AFRAID.

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Afraid.  Yuck.

My first thought is that I’m not afraid very often.  I’m really brave about killing the big bugs, going on adventures, trying new things.

But then reality hits.  There are plenty of things I’m afraid of.  I have a full blown phobia of walking on stairs made from expanded metal.  I don’t like to see the ground through the stairs.  Glass elevators threaten to give me a panic attack.  I don’t like to walk across bridges.

I’m not exactly afraid of heights.  I can stand on the edge of a cliff without a problem.

But I’m afraid of mechanical failures.  Stuff like stairs, elevators, and bridges all require me to trust in the engineering and construction of some unknown person.   I’m afraid they messed something up – that the stairs will collapse while I am on them.

Silly.  But true.

I feel fear when I should have faith.

And I know it’s not just stairs and bridges.  When it comes to the big dreams and goals for my life I am sometimes paralyzed by fear.  Just when I should trust God the most, I find myself clinging to the ground and unable to move.



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[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
Susan Baker
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  1. Susan, excellent post! I feel the same way sometimes, paralyzed with fear when I should just trust God! Have a wonderful Friday! Jennifer
    Jennifer recently posted..Five Minute Fridays: AfraidMy Profile

  2. Ah, yes. Those mechanical failures…potentially…that’s what fears are for me quite often.

    What ifs conjured up in my head.

    Well said. As usual. : )

  3. I used to have a recurring dream about falling in an elevator. And the elevator always turned on its side and gashed open. I haven’t had one of those dreams for a long time. Do you suppose I’ve overcome some fear? 😉

    I think sometimes, yes, we’re afraid of our own dreams, afraid to move out in faith…and forget that He goes before us.

    Have a great weekend!
    Sandra Heska King recently posted..five minute friday: fingers of fearMy Profile

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