Five Minute Friday | {Hold}

Five Minute Friday {Hold} | meredithbernard.com | Living in the Light


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It happened again today. This incessant need for my girl to be held by her mama in the presence of someone she was begging to see and then once in their presence, she only wanted me.

I shrug my shoulders and just hold her. She won’t be this way long.

I make excuses. She’s shy. My boy, too. They’re both just shy and like to be close to mama. I promise you some days I think they would just assume crawl right back where God breathed life into them.

Somedays it gets to me. Somedays they get to me. Sometimes I find myself saying “someone just hold me. How about that…can someone just hold me?” Blank stares all around.

So I just hold. Hold on to the here. Hold on to the now. Knowing the here and the now will only last a little while longer and I won’t be able to hold on anymore. Not to them. 

Maybe, just maybe, saying yes to holding them today will leave a hold on their heart for tomorrow. A hold of mama’s love that they can take with them when I can’t hold them anymore.

For I, the Lord your God,
    hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
    I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 41:13

Linking up with Kate Motaung and many more for Five Minute Friday.
This week’s prompt is {hold}. And let’s just “hold the phone”, because I’m actually writing on time for a change.

  • I love that you say, “Someone hold me.” Yes, I feel like that some days! My youngest doesn’t want anyone to put him to bed but me. I keep telling myself to enjoy it because it won’t last for long. Loved your words today. So, so true. xoxoReplyCancel

  • I remember when my kids were like this – to some extent, they still are. And although I sometimes wish they would just ‘get out there’ without me – I also know what a gift it is. To be needed and trusted so completely. It will be over too soon. “saying yes to holding them today will leave a hold on their heart for tomorrow”. A wonderful reminder and encouragement to mommas everywhere. Beautifully said. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I love this..and your honesty. I read your posts often but remain in the wings. Your words are lovely and you are truly ministering to mommies out there. Motherhood is a mission we’re called to. And it requires God’s hand and heart…and His community on earth. Thank you for being a piece of that.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my… we are neighbors over at Kate’s today and oh my stars, this tugged on this empty nesters’ heart! I had a shy girlie too… wouldn’t use her words with anyone but me (and sometimes Daddy) for her first 4years but now? Well now, no one would have guess that she used to be shy. All those days/years of holding her close gave her a safe home to run to… and even now, where she lives on a different street and her bed is far away… even now, she runs home to be held! (And BONUS to hear your lovely voice!)ReplyCancel

  • I know exactly how you feel – sometimes I think my children would crawl back into the womb if they could. But of my four, 2 are big and walk to school without a kiss from mom, the little ones still need it. It won’t last much longer…ReplyCancel

  • Great post, friend! Love it! Love the scripture too. Thank you for sharing and for being who you are! I always find hope, love, and encouragement at your place. Have a beautiful Friday!ReplyCancel

  • After I had our youngest, my oldest did actually make statements about wanting to be in my belly again. She’s not much for being held, though, so I soak up those rare moments when she asks for them. And then I wait for that next window of motherly bliss, hoping she will at least remember that I was always willing to hold her – when she wanted it – and trusting that He holds her no matter where I am.ReplyCancel

  • I know that… you give and give when you feel empty, and wonder, ‘What about me?’ May you know God’s infilling and embrace as you give extravagantly through this season. ‘So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.’ Gal 6.9ReplyCancel

    • Yes, Ruth, I can be selfish like that so many days. Thank you for that perfect scripture. Blessings on you today!ReplyCancel

  • Maybe, just maybe, saying yes to holding them today will leave a hold on their heart for tomorrow. – i loved this line. Sometimes the mama mania leaves us all a bit claustrophobic…but i guess theres no better way to be smothered huh? this was beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel