5 Minute Friday: Release


What can you write in 5 minutes? I’m not really sure, since all too often I’m a pretty slow writer. Today I am participating in Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday to practice simply let the words fly. So here goes.

I have been storing up and holding in. Hanging onto hopes and dreams and trying hard to reach distant goals.

What happens when I store up all the setbacks, discouragements, and overlooked moments? Day by day, I pack them in tight and the weight of discouragement begins to slow me down.

With a hunch in my spirit, words like I’ll never and I’m not good enough echo forth from this holding-in place. Words begin to be measured by responses and I begin to see myself as I think others see me. All this stuffing away can become claustrophobic as I struggle to let go and release.

When did I become so self-conscious? So worried about the notice of others? Truth be told, I’ve been this way as long as I can remember.

It’s time.

Time to release the desire for achievement and affirmation and simple enjoy being. Write to express and release the creativity that God has stirred up inside.

It is in  the releasing that victory comes!

Today I am linking up with Five Minute Friday.5minutefriday


  1. Hello Ginger, I was your FMF neighbor today!
    oh my..so much good stuff that I resonate with.
    You speak of ‘storing up and holding on’…I sometimes describe myself as a hoarder of memories and words. Sometimes I save things that are meant for my ears or mind alone, but other times I think i hold on so tightly because I’m afraid to share or not sure of the words. I hear you on this all becoming a burden.
    There is so much hope in this statement that you made, “its in the releasing the victory comes” AMEN sister. Praying that you will continue to step forward in this.

    • Ginger Harrington

      Hi neighbor! This was my first hop in on FMF, though I’ve meant to for a while. Thanks for your gracious comments. Thank goodness releasing is not a one time thing–we can do it over and over…as many times as we need to. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Exactly! I do the same things. And then I vow to release them and find this wonderful lightness. And then I go back to my old ways and have to start over…but you’re right – it is in the releasing that victory comes! Stopping by from FMF. Wonderful!

  3. I needed this today! Thank you!

  4. I needed this today! Thank you!

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