Five Minute Friday: Ache…

I haven’t joined in a Five Minute Friday for a while… but this one resonated with what my heart has been dealing with this week. For those of you who are new to this concept, Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa-Jo. She challenges us to write for five minutes… no editing… no correcting. Just for the sake of writing. It is a good prompt exercise, and really gets to the art of our words. Want to join us? Make sure you stop by today.


It comes and goes with the seasons… the months… the weeks… the moments.

That ache that won’t seem to leave me alone for good.

It comes back with a word spoken, a glance given, an insecure feeling on my part. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason. It just hits me. That ache from days past.

The ache of guilt.

The ache of who I was.

The ache of judgment.

The ache of bitterness.

The ache of feeling as though I’m not good enough.

The ache of never living up.

These aches feel like gentle waves in my heart, coming and going softly during different times in my life. But like crashing waves in my mind, never wanting to let me forget. Wanting to make sure I keep at the forefront that I’ll never measure up.

I don’t even know exactly what it is… that deep feeling in the pit of my soul. The emptiness that I can never fill. The ache that can only be soothed by One.

There is One who wants to take away my ache… to bring me to a place of surrender… and fulfillment.

After enough giving in to the ache, I finally give in to His ointment.


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20 Replies to “Five Minute Friday: Ache…”

  1. “After enough giving in to the ache, I finally give in to His ointment.”…and what a healing balm HE is.

    So thankful you have found in HIM the healing for your soul-
    Rejoicing with you as you stand on and believe HIS truth~

  2. After enough giving in to the ache, I finally give in to His ointment.

    oh how I loved that, Paula!

    amazing write. oh the words you can shed in 5 minutes 😉

    1. Thanks, Nikki! I think I\’m going to start doing this again every Friday. Such a good exercise… So many times, the editor in me tries to correct everything WHILE I write, instead of just letting the words flow.

  3. yes..don’t we all struggle here…oh the healing balm of His Spirit…His Love…His ointment…beautiful…blessings to you as you continue to give into His ointment.

    1. I think it absolutely has to be applied daily! That ache (whatever it looks like for each person) tries to sneak in every single day. Satan knows exactly how to get to us… and we need to allow God\’s ointment to heal all different pieces each day. Thanks for stopping by today!

  4. I know this ache, and I know His coming, just like you say, to anoint us with His blessing, His beauty, His healing. I appreciate the looking back in that I see how much He has healed me, and it overwhelms me to think on where I might be without Him, what my heart and life would look like now. Thank you so much, Paula, for your sweet, heart-achingly real and good vulnerability here. We are sisters here, desperate for Him.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Jennifer! Yes, I am definitely aware of where my heart and life would be without Him… and how quickly I could pull back away from Him. So thankful for His grip on me! God bless you, my sister!! 🙂

  5. I’ve known those aches too ~ of guilt, of judgment, of bitterness. I’m so thankful for the Healer all aches, the ointment for all hurts.

    I spent some time here on your blog, and I must say, I love the name! And I love that passage in Isaiah 61.

    Your blog is now one of my new favorites. I’m so glad you joined Five-Minute-Friday. It’s so nice to “meet” you.

    1. I so appreciate your encouragement today. This blog has been a work in progress, but the concept behind it is my main passion in life. When we embrace where God has \”placed\” us, we can truly see who He wants us to become. So glad you stopped by! 🙂

  6. This is such a beautiful description of those aches when we feel we don’t measure up. My measuring stick I create for myself is often too steep and high. How we long for only Him who can heal us. Also loving your title and the greenest grass being right under my feet where God has placed me. Great encouragement to grow and live in the moment, right here, right now. Thank you for your words today.

  7. What a powerful statement: “After enough giving in to the ache, I finally give in to His ointment.”

    The word FINALLY… My self-reliance and self-sufficiency keeps me from that word at times. Then, finally when I reach “finally”, his soothing ointment does ease the ache. So thankful…

  8. Although, there is “ache from days past”… instead of hiding the ache in darkness… bringing it into the Light, where healing and freedom is found… also brings so much life… then we behold something beautiful from the ashes we have brought to Him and we can bring Him glory by it… this is what your post made me think of…

    and surrendering to the One Who takes our ache away… beautiful…

    1. So beautifully said! YES! the Light brings such healing and freedom. And I\’m thankful for the beauty He alone is making out of my ashes. So glad you stopped by! 🙂

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