Friday, June 21, 2013


Five Minute Friday
It's 5 Minute Friday - where you can join Lisa Jo Baker here and a lot of other writers and write for 5 minutes on a word prompt. No editing. No second guessing - just writing. Today's word is rhythm.

When I was little, all I really wanted to do was dance. I bounced in those little plastic booster seats at Pizza Hut to the music playing from the jute box. I tapped my way across our front entry way - leaving little black scuff marks from my patent leather shoes (much to my mother's annoyance since she was the one who had to clean them up).

When I was about 3 years old, I calmly informed the pastor's wife at the church we were visiting in, having just moved to town, that when I grew up, I wanted to smoke and be a dancer.

My poor mother was mortified - even though we laugh about it now.

It seemed to me that life was full of rhythm. It seemed to rise up from the soles of my feet and I could hardly keep myself still.

Although I never took dancing lessons (not for want of begging either), intricate steps never really mattered to me.

It wasn't ever about the steps though - it was about feeling the music inside of me and letting it flow out. If I tried to concentrate too hard on steps or what I should be doing, I lost the rhythm.

I find this to be true in many things in life - my writing, my walk with God, my relationships.

When I try to force certain steps on the outside, I lose my way. Walking in the Spirit, which is the only way I can live this life with any thing resembling victory, involves being moved from the inside out, not forcing specific rules and breaking the rhythm the Holy Spirit builds in each of us.

While there are certainly Biblical absolutes, my God has a unique rhythm He created for each of us. Let's not lose our rhythm trying to follow someone else's steps.

~ blessings, Bronte


  1. Brilliant...just brilliant. Visiting from FMF.
    From another Rosanne.

    1. How cool that you are a Rosanne too, and are spelled the same way and everything! : Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Roseanne! I am over here from FMF.

    Great point about not losing our rhythm by following someone else. How boring it would be if we all didn't express life in our own way? So really, each person's rhythm is the stamp of God, right?

    Good post :)

    Peace in Christ,

    1. Glad you stopped over from FMF, and yes, like would be very boring if we were all the same! :)

  3. You write so beautifully. I could see you at Pizza Hut ~ jumping in the chair. I also saw you looking up at the Pastor ~ professing your true desires.
    I love the desires of our hearts that are reflected on FM F; I love the unique expressions found here. All in rhythm with the One. All performing perfectly according to His plan!
    So glad we met today.

    1. I'm so glad we "met" today too. You are so kind in your encouragement. I hope to see you again! I love FMF!

  4. This line 'I try to force certain steps on the outside' reminds me of the song 'Steady On' by Point of Grace:

    "We run on up ahead, we lag behind You
    It's hard to wait when Heaven's on our minds
    Teach our restless feet to walk beside You
    'Cause in our hearts we're already gone
    Will you walk with us steady on?

    Learning to stay in rhythm with Him is where we find peace and comfort.

    1. I don't know if I am familiar with that song. I need to look it up now. :) Thanks for stopping in and sharing.

  5. Wonderful words of truth. Everything changes and flows when we're in tune with the Spirit. Loved this!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you stopped by and shared with us!