Five Minute Friday: Stay

Nov 16, 2012

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


Ha, Ha! This word is so ironic seeing yesterday, November 15th, marks a year when we walked away from our house of nine years and Oklahoma City for ten into the great unknown. Now a year later, we have lived in 3 apartments and three states. Stay!?!

For me this means “Stay and rest in God.” “STay with me, Tara, don’t run, don’t try to escape, don’t try to figure it out or plan very far in advance, just stay. Stay here with me in the moment in this place of change.”

This staying is so hard for me! I want to run. I want to PLAN. I want to settle down and build a home. But instead I’m asked to stay. Instead of decorating and building a physical home, I’m asked to build a relationship home. One where instead of buying that curtain, that probably won’t work in the next location anyway, I need to take my boys to lunch with their new friends at Chick-fil-A (or Chick-fil-play as Ethan calls it). It means that instead of resting today and putting up Christmas decorations or straitening my house after our trip this week, we’re going to go to the gym and meet our new friends and hang out.

Why choose going and this type of “staying” over creating physically? Because our time here is limited. We have no idea how long we have, so relationships become that much more valuable. Humm….

Do you find it hard to study the Bible?

It doesn’t have to be.

Let me help you learn a technique for studying that makes it simple. Join me as we study one chapter each week and memorize two verses of scripture each month.

You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your life.



    My husband is in the ministry. We are Methodist and our system is one that is itenerant. We move. I grew up with a father who was a traveling electrician….we moved. II think that is why I get restless from time to time…I am used to moving about. I wish you well in your moves. Stopping by from 5 Minute Friday.


    Thank you for pointing out the necessity and importance of fostering the friendships over the nesting that so many of us take for granted. I pray you have many chick-fil-play moments ahead!

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