Five-Minute Fridays: Pounding Imperfection

Five-Minute Friday brings the challenge of the word, EXHALE.

Ready – Set – Go:

Pushing . . . pounding . . . pressure.

Her hands whirled over my back with rhythmic furor.

And, all I was called to do was to just lay there. Prostrate. Motionless.

Allowing her trained fingers, knuckles and fists to do their work.

Breaking my knots.

Those things that had bound my back and shoulders. Constricted tightness. Radiating pain.

The taut expression on my face and the constant squirm to get comfortable would soon know relief.

“Breath in and hold.” she gently instructed.

I did so.

Then – POW and PUSH! More like a “shove” actually. The pressure hit its mark and I felt the toxins break within like a firework in the sky splitting into hundreds of little pieces before dissipating to nothing.

“Slowly . . . exhale . . .”

I did so.

And, I knew the value of letting go in the hands of a master.


So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”

Jeremiah 18:3-4

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Lord, I often find myself full of the toxins inherent in this worldly existence. Pollutants pain me, marring my effectiveness for you, and imprison my joy. Cause me to Trust the pressure of your Providential hand in my life. To know your gentle voice when it calls me to inhale your cleansing touch. Silent. Submitting. So, only those things that have bound me in pain and imperfection might be exhaled. And, I will be freed to breathe easy.

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Sharing Pounding Imperfection this week with:

Lisa Jo Baker on Five-Minute Fridays

Sandra Heska King on Still Saturday

Janis Cox on Sunday Stillness

Charlotte on Spiritual Sunday


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"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. I like the way you applied this writing prompt. The massage sounds lovely, but yes, the only One who can truly give us freedom from the “stuff” of this world is God.

  2. Jess Bird-Bellis says:

    Aaahhh… Massages are a great reminder of the things that keep us knotted up! It feels so good to let go & exhale. What a lovely example!

  3. I wish I had a massage right about now! LOL! Happy 4th! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Visiting from Sandy’s place today. Thanks for sharing!

  5. W O N D E R F U L!! I am positive that I could not do this five minute thing. Or maybe, it’s exactly what I need to do. I need to reteach myself the art of just letting go with words and letting something flow out of me.

    In an only superficially related aside: I would LOVE a really good pounding by a massage master. I have tried massage two times in my life (once recently, too.) Neither one made so much as a dent in the pain and tension. They were a big old waste of time. In fact, if anything they made it worse because I left all tense from the disappointment.


  6. Yes, Lord, release the toxins that invade our spirits. Remove the kinks and aches that plague us. Teach us how to live in spite of the many ways that we are hampered by our sin natures. Free us to run like You did.


  7. Hi Kathryn: I love to get a message. Hope you had a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  8. Hi Kathryn. I’m visiting for the first time from Dawn Paoletta’s site. It’s lovely to meet you and view this lovely blog! I’ve enjoyed my browse around, reading this post in particular (a great thought-provoking 5 minutes of writing I could really relate to) and seeing your beautiful vintage images. They are just stunning and have encouraged me to return! Blessings 🙂

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