It’s Five Minute Friday time!

I hope you’re doing well. The sun finally appeared in my town this week and everyone is elated that the much-anticipated spring might actually be here.

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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: STUCK




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Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.

Early one morning this past week, I dreamt that I was in an antique store on a farm with my family, and suddenly realized that the store speakers were broadcasting a podcast interview I had recorded with Melanie Dale. I then drifted into consciousness and discovered that my husband was actually playing the podcast on his computer while I slept.

I woke up in time to hear myself telling Melanie the story about my first day driving by myself on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa. If you’ve read my memoir, you may remember how I stalled my car at a four-way stop during rush hour. A man got out of his car and eventually pushed my little white VW Jetta through the intersection until I coasted down the hill into a parking lot.

Hearing the story again reminded me that sometimes we just plain get stuck in life. Maybe you’re feeling stuck in your writing life in particular. And sometimes God lets us stay there for a while to see how we’ll respond in the awkward and the uncomfortable — but sometimes He sends a stranger to push us through the intersection so we can coast for a while downhill.


(Side note: One of the chapters in my book is called “Stuck” and when I started writing this post I thought the story about stalling my car was included in that chapter, but when I checked this afternoon I realized that I actually titled that chapter because of my near-death experience getting trapped under a whitewater raft. So apparently I’m good at getting stuck. ๐Ÿ™‚ Read the whole story here.)

A Place to Land


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