Failing the Test: FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY {Day 7 :: TEST}


We’re smackdab in the throws of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. It’s Day 7 already! Can you believe it? Today we’re sharing the word prompt with our Five Minute Friday cohorts.

If you’ve never done Five Minute Friday but are doing the 31 Day challenge, I encourage you to link up today’s post at Kate Motaung’s blog too and prepare to feel the love!

Words on a Mission

Have you heard about the Five Minute Friday book? Proceeds go to two charitable missions in South Africa. Inspiration for you + help for the hurting. That’s a win-win, if I ever heard of one!its-a-five-minute-fridaybook2-1

Now for Day 7! The word is TEST. Set your timers…


The real test is not what I’m studying for, how I walk, paint, skateboard, fall, or give the real me grace. The test is like an essay, not a multiple choice. There’s no grading scale based on crammed, memorized knowledge. The test of being a well-loved woman is if I will live from that deep river, crashing over rocks into a mighty, beautiful waterfall.

In Oregon, our family clamored up to falls on rainforest trails, peered up at their power and over their crashing heights to the great below.

At one waterfall, I found what appeared to be the missing (rather expensive) flip flop, a match to one my son lost before our trip.

Turns out, it was not.

This one was for the wrong foot.

I kicked myself for believing coincidences happen or little goodnesses like that. The truth is they still do.

They come out in hidden toy bins dumped out, a waterfall of memories, and out comes the matching shoe (post-trip, of course).

I pick it up and remember no one is grading me anymore. This is not high school. I am letting God write this now. I just wish it didn’t feel so much like falling and failing.

This post is Day 7 of Skateboards + Kisses: A Rebellious Poet’s 31 Dates with God, part of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2016 writing challenge. 


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October 6, 2016