It’s Friday again (how did that happen?), and it’s time for 5 Minute Friday. Not familiar with Five Minute Friday? Well, it’s simple really.  Women, from all over, write about one word for five minutes. No editing. No self-censoring. Just write and hit publish. Sound interesting? Then I encourage you to hop on over to Kate Motaung’s blog, Heading Home, and join us.



Lately, I’ve been forcefully reminded that in order to move forward, to go through the doors God opens for me, I have to let go or lose something else.

I have to say no. I have to turn something down. Every yes choice I make, means saying no to something else. Because time is finite. No matter how organized or how productive I am, I am allotted 24 hours just like everyone else on the planet.


To gain one thing, I lose something else.

But we don’t want to admit that, so we try to hang on to what we should be letting go of. In our world, anxiety and depression and that sense of drowning in the demands of our own lives is rampant.

And I think it lies in this simple truth – to swim, to stay afloat, we have to let go of or lose what is weighing us down. If we insist on hanging onto it, we WILL drown. 

Mark 8:36 says, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

In many ways, in our culture today, we are losing our soul because we are trying to gain the entire world. There is so much pressure on every front, that it is no wonder our souls feel a bit shriveled and dry.

We go and go and go with no end in sight because we are afraid of losing – an opportunity, a moment, a met expectation.

But we weren’t made to do everything all the time for everyone, and the effort to do that is killing us slowly and surely.

I once read this quote and it has stayed with me. “The greatest freedom is the ability to choose our own prison.”


Each choice we make means we lose the ability to make a different, opposite choice. Trying to hang onto both just tears us apart.

What do you need to lose today?

Blessings, Rosanne

6 Comments on 5 Minute Friday – Lose

  1. “I once read this quote and it has stayed with me. “The greatest freedom is the ability to choose our own prison.””

    I maybe interpreting this quote wrong, but it’s basically saying my greatest freedom is the ability choose whether I stay in fear, or turn towards love. If I stay in fear, I reel past memories or things I’ve said/done over and over until I’m stuck. Or, I can turn my palms up instead of clenching and receive Love, however He wishes to come to me that day.

    Fear of missing out is something I definitely need to let go of. I don’t understand why it’s so hard when God promises Himself to us. His best.

    Visiting from fmf 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Julia! I love the idea of turning our palms up rather than clenching them. 🙂 I have always interpreted this quote as, our choices create certain boundaries in our lives. In other words, if I say yes to this, then I have to say no to that – the result is a prescribed boundary or fence line. I so appreciate your joining the conversation!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I love FMF because I get to “meet” so many new fellow writers. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping over, Tondra! Learning to say no is still a work in progress for me, but remembering that it leads to better yeses helps!

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