Every Friday, Lisa-Jo asks us to write – unedited – for five minutes on a one-word topic. Today’s topic is “unexpected.”

Unexpected.

Even though it comes every few months, I’m always surprised when the darkness rolls in. In the midst of declarations that “I’m okay, really” and promises to myself and everyone else that “It’s fine. Not a big deal!” I find myself slowly shutting down.

I list the positives and look for more. I truly believe what I find. But still it comes.

I know the truth. The Truth. I know that I am wonderfully made, beloved and a daughter. I know that my worth does not come from numbers or sales or other’s careless words or tone of voice.

And yet . . . the darkness comes. And every time, it is so unexpected.

I know about the armor of God. I think I’m wearing it. But somehow, the darkness gets through every now and then. And even though it happens – and I know it will probably happen again – it’s unexpected all the same.

The good news is [even now, I’m still listing those positives and looking for more] that no matter how often the darkness comes, it also always leaves.

I woke up this morning, and I was awake again. That is not unexpected, not really. But since I wasn’t sure it would happen today, I’m still pleasantly surprised.

Five minutes went fast. And that was unexpected, too.

I’m going back to add some formatting and links to Scripture. Just in case the darkness comes for you, too. But other than that, this is what you get in five minutes this Friday.

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