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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: PAUSE
When is the last time you pressed PAUSE and just stopped to take note of everything around you?
When is the last time you stopped to notice the smell of fresh air, to feel the breeze on your face?
When is the last time you got quiet before the Lord, inviting Him to speak into your heart and feed your soul with His Word?
When is the last time you noticed the sound of wind swishing through the leaves of the trees above, or watched the birds soaring through the sky?
When is the last time you sat with a friend and listened, really listened, to their story?
When is the last time you left your phone switched off for an entire day or kept your laptop tucked away in its case for a whole evening or afternoon?
When is the last time you read a book for pleasure, took a hot bath, or went for a walk just because?
When is the last time you journaled, you prayed, you sang in the shower instead of letting the day’s To Do List swarm your thoughts?
When is the last time you wrote down a list of things your thankful for?
When is the last time you called a friend or loved one just to say hello?
As much as I type these questions as a challenge for you, I type them to myself.
“Be still and know that I am God.” ~ Psalm 46:10
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Under the circumstances, I sorta kinda don’t have a choice. But when I’m bent over in pain, I can see the small and quiet desert blooms that before were pressed unheeded beneath my boots.
I’m honoured to notice them.
Yes! Spring is a wonderful time to do this! Peace and blessings. Thanks for the challenge.
I need to take that leave the screens alone for a whole day challenge! I left my phone at home on accident this past Wednesday, and it was intriguing how often I felt the pull to check it or use it…even when it wasn’t there! I also feel it is an additive that can be so good and so bad for our daily living. A twist of different is always good. I need to pause more to take in real life vs. digital news, etc. Thank you for the book rec also! I will look to read so many non-fiction and fiction books this summer. Hope you have a blessed day whatever the pause and play buttons hold for you. Thanks for being our prompt leader!
One of my favorite verses! i think I need it tattooed on my head…
And i’m so glad you shared about Hope Writers last week, and i joined!!!
Kate, I am asking myself these questions too + I loved your recommended read. It was a favorite last year! I am praying y’all have a safe trip and a FUN one!
So needed. It felt luxurious even reading the things in your post. But they shouldn’t be a luxury. Thanks for the encouragement. laurensparks.net
Thanks for the challenges! Definitely time to call some of my favorite people (rather than text) just to chat, say hello and hear their voices!!
Thanks for the questions, Kate. I will be pausing right now to enjoy the view out my front window. Maple tree branches swaying in the wind…
I must confess the question about leaving phones and laptops untouched for a day hit home with me. Thank you for hosting the blog link up 🙂