Out of shadows

Welcome to my first Five Minute Friday post here. I’ve been writing them for some time over at Words of Joy.

It’s a challenging creative writing exercise where we write freely, as it comes, pouring out words in 5 minutes flat in response to a one word prompt, with no over-thinking or editing. Then we link back, and read the post next to us to encourage one another.

I have found that memories often rise deep from a well within, and a degree of soul-searching occurs. Most of my attempts lean toward the poetic. Such is today’s offering.

The prompt is:‘She’ 


‘Hope rising’


Some days she is shadow

mere wraith

going about her ways


as grey smoke

insubstantial, barely there


between colours vibrant

alive and bright

while she moves silent,


out of mind and sight

dull, invisible

energy quenched

nothing left

except vapour

and mist disappearing

when One calls

her name

His Light  piercing

the gloom

of sadness and shame

she’s dwelt in

for too long


He beckons her

to an open door

she hears a new song

as hope rises

phoenix bold

from the ashes

of her life

and fire ignites

her heart once more




Linking here with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday.

You are very welcome and warmly invited to join in.

I have written about coming out of the Shadow-lands I have inhabited for many years.

Shadows can be painful issues from the past that still spread a stain on the present and cloak us in invisibility, making us feel disconnected from ‘real life’.

They are also the deep places of suffering and struggle, whether with depression, sadness, shame, pain or sickness, whereby we are unable to live as freely as we desire.

But they are not our permanent home.

There is always hope with God in our lives.

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” ~ Isaiah 40:31

16 thoughts on “Out of shadows

  1. Dear Joy
    This one gives me goosebumps! It is just there where we hear His voice and enter into His garden of love! I love your new design. It is as if I can see the words better through the Fibrofog.
    Blessings XX

    • Dear Mia, I’m sorry to say I nearly missed this as it inadvertently went into spam! But I rescued it in time to see how much the post spoke to you. Thanks very much for commenting here. Blessings Xx

  2. Dear Joy
    Sorry. I wanted to contact you personally but couldn’t find an email address. I am asking permission to publish this poem at my Poetry Cornet at His Loving Embrace.
    Blessings XX

    • Ah, I have forgotten to add that detail yet! Sorry. This blog is still very much a ‘work in progress’ – just like me. Mia, I would be honoured and delighted if you want to publish this in the Poetry Corner at His Loving Embrace. Thanks for asking! Bless you, my friend. Xx

  3. Oh, me too, Kathy. I’m so pleased this has blessed you. When we write out of a dark place then it can sometimes be hard to see the light emerging from it. You certainly put a smile in my soul! Xx

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