Friday, July 31, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Try

I'm very excited again this week to join a talented group of women bloggers in an online, unedited flash mob free write. This week, the word-prompt given to us by our fearless leader Kate Motaung (whose wonderful blog can be found at is "turn". My timer is set for 5 minutes; ready, set,

Try! I have to wonder if Kate has been peaking into my head a bit this week as she chose this word, because the issue of trying has been on my mind.

The truth is, I'm not very consistent in my trying. In some areas, I try too hard; in others, I don't try nearly enough. In both cases, the results aren't satisfactory.

Trying too hard has negative outcomes:

  • I try too hard to understand what is, to me at least, illogical --> frustration

  • I try too hard to make friends and develop a social circle --> hurt

Not trying hard enough also produces undesirable results:

  • I don't try hard enough to get into shape --> still-flabby upper arms

  • I don't try hard enough to get projects done around the house --> guilt & hidden clutter

  • I don't try hard enough to get my novel written --> aggravation with myself

Sometimes, my efforts aren't too much or too little; at times, they are inconsistent. My spiritual life is a perfect example. Some days, I'm a spiritual trooper. Morning devotions, check. Morning quiet time, check. Jotting several things in my gratitude journal throughout the day, check. Evening Bible study, check. Evening prayer, check.

Other days? Well, suffice it to say no devotions are read, the Bible isn't opened, I'm too whiny to be grateful, and the only prayer I can utter is "I'm tired, Lord!"

I know I'm not alone. I'm just one member of an imperfect group of people who try too hard or too little or without consistency.

I try to savor and celebrate the days when I get it right.

I try to learn from the days I don't, forgive myself, and do better the next day.

I try . . . really, I do.



  1. Thank you for sharing!

    We certainly never do anything perfectly no matter how much we try, do we? Soooo glad to know we have a God who loves us abundantly through all the ups and downs and walks with us each through each step of trying!

    Tammy ~@~

  2. Try is the optimal word. At least you are trying. I do not try to lose weight or enhance my spiritual life. And both are areas I need to and want to improve. I think I don't try because they are huge undertakings in my mind. Losing weight is hard and will hurt and I have a long way to go so I have to try really hard! And enhancing spirituality takes time. Quiet time. Something I don't seek and embrace.

  3. Sometimes I think I'm trying, but I realize that maybe I'm not. Not as much as I think I am, anyway. And sometimes I try, but then get discouraged and quit. But I reckon all we can do is keep shaking ourselves off, getting back up, and keep trying!

  4. I wrote on the word try also. Love your blog.

  5. You are so right -- we are truly blessed that God never gives up on us and is with us!

  6. Thank you for your honesty, Cindy. But don't be too hard on yourself. You've undertaken some huge tasks and made major changes in the past year. You'll work on the things you need to when the time is right. :)

  7. I completely understand what you mean in those first couple of sentences, Lisa! I'm the same way. I realize then that I *say* I want to do this and to do that, but I don't do enough *doing*.

  8. Thank you for your kind words, Diana! Now that I'm back on the blog and things have settled down, I'm going to read what you shared as well. :)