I haven’t done this in a month, but here I am again on a Friday, unleashing myself on the world for five minutes flat. No over thinking. Which is just what I need this week. The prompt is “Open”.


I’m open. That is a fact. As I look forward to the weekend, to next week, to next year. I sit here getting ready to drink coffee as I open my Bible and I know that on Monday, when I roll out of bed I will sit here on the couch with a glass of water–or maybe a mug of hot water? Part of me cringes at this. Ugh. No coffee? No chocolate pick-me-up later in the day? I’m starting a Daniel Fast. My idea. And then I opened my big mouth at church so now I can’t bow out gracefully.

But even though it will be a hard three weeks in ways, I’m also immensely excited. And open. Open to what God is going to do in my heart. I’m scared. Mama doesn’t act pretty without her little crutches to get her through the day, so I’m expecting a lot of my prayer to be for patience and for the right attitude. The point is to turn to Him for everything I need, instead of to the comfort of food. I’m open and eager and looking forward to a fresh new year.


Okay, I’m not sure that was exactly five minutes. My birthday was three days ago and Todd bought me a MacBook Pro which I’m totally stoked about. I’m still getting used to it, though, and I can’t see the time on my computer right now, only on the wall clock . . . so I may have cheated a little bit. Sorry. Enjoy the read anyway.

  • Carolyn Counterman
    Posted at 07:29h, 30 December Reply

    Visiting from Gypsy Mama. Praying the your Daniel Fast will bring about great things in your life. Maybe you will view your "crutches" differently once it is over.

  • Alison
    Posted at 07:33h, 30 December Reply

    I hope so! Thanks so much for the comment, Carolyn.

  • HopeUnbroken
    Posted at 08:12h, 30 December Reply

    "turn to Him for everything i need." yes. anything that brings us closer to that reality can only be a good experience. but i know how difficult it can also be! praying for you through that.

  • Alison
    Posted at 10:11h, 30 December Reply

    Thanks Steph! I appreciate that.

  • Clare Loranger
    Posted at 10:46h, 30 December Reply

    Ah, Alison…I love the five minute Fridays! I actually do a version in school with my Sophomores called free write friday. As much as they complain about it, they love it and look forward to it every friday! Thanks for sharing!
    Prayers and positive thoughts are sent your way as you take on the Daniel fast.

  • Alison
    Posted at 20:57h, 30 December Reply

    Thanks, Clare! I've always loved free writing as an exercise. Great to hear from you.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:31h, 30 December Reply

    Blessings on your fast and throughout the new year and always, Alison! Love you. Dem

  • Alison
    Posted at 21:44h, 30 December Reply

    Thanks Dem! And I will see you just a few months in. 🙂 Love you and miss you.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:00h, 05 January Reply

    have I told you how much I love reading your blogs??? consider me one of your groupies 🙂 btw, if you need any help with your mac, I'm your chick – I've been using them for about 15 years and never looked back…I've actually managed to build two of my very own laptops out of extra parts that fully function;)


  • Alison
    Posted at 10:18h, 06 January Reply

    That's amazing, Chrissie! And so nice to hear you're one of my groupies. 🙂

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