http://FMF Writing Prompt Link-up :: Desperate

The times in my life when I have felt the most desperate –
when I have felt so very
brittle and broken,
tender and terrified,
frail and fearful,
lost and lonely,
confused and cornered,
sorrowful and searching,
helpless and hopeless –
were also the times I most felt your infinite and loving presence.

Thank you for the desperation that draws me closer to you.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NRSV)

(Five Minute Friday is an online writing community. Each week, Kate gives us a one-word prompt and five minutes to write. You may find other posts or add your own at the link above!)


  1. I thought myself a chosen one,
    annointed and thrice-blessed,
    a little lower than the Son,
    so Dad put me to the test,
    and POOF there went away my health,
    and BANG crashed my career
    while debt drained away my wealth;
    “Now do I have your ear?
    You had turned away from Me,
    placed Me on the shelf,
    and embraced a mad idolatry,
    the Temple of the Self,
    and I saw that only amputation
    could melt your heart and bring salvation.”


    • Of course, I thought of you as I was writing. You know this full well. God can use our worst times to make something precious, beautiful, and good. Thank you, my friend.

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  2. The word “tender” really resignated with me, in a “everything that comes near me hurts” kind of way. We are used to having a tender body part from time to time, but I’ve never thought about having a tender spirit (in the injured way, not in an ongoingly sensitive way). I suppose we all need to let God heal those wounds from time to time too.

    Amie, FMF #10


    • Oh Amie, good point. This tender vulnerability that surrounds us these days hurts within and without! Amen. We need God’s tender care for it all. Thank you.


  3. “Thank you for the desperation that draws me closer to you.” Such a powerful truth. Romans 15:13 is my favorite verse. Thank you for sharing.


  4. Romans 15:13 is one of my favorite verses – one that I have actually been able to commit to memory (and has not seemed to get lost!!)


  5. That “cornered” feeling is the worst. Such a lovely reminder that God is with us in the pain, fear, loneliness, etc. Thank you for this, Karen!

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