Five Minute Friday – Release

by | Jun 20, 2014 | Five Minute Friday

Five Minute FridayFriday. I’ve always enjoyed this day of the week, but since I’ve began participating in Five Minute Fridays, they’ve become even more special to me. It’s where many of us come together at Lisa-Jo Baker’s to write for five minutes on a one-word prompt with no concern of punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc. Pure, unedited, maybe not-so-perfect writing. Come join the fun!

This week’s word:



Release: To free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain; to let go.

Watching and listening to the gulf waves crashing against the shore, I am completely grateful.

Pensacola Beach shore

I needed this vacation. More than I realized I needed it.

Pensacola Beach pier

It has been quite the year for our family. A year ago when we were here, I would have never guessed what was waiting around the corner for us. But God has used it all. He has brought something beautiful from each “life event” we experienced. I couldn’t see it then, but I see it now.

What a release this is for me as I pause, reflect on it, and thank God for it all this morning!

Something happens within me when I get away from my normal routine, and when I get near water.

I experience a sense of release. I am able to let go, and to just be me with no extra responsibilities.

Not that I mind my normal responsibilities, but I’m quite okay with pausing work, the laundry, the the cooking, the gardening, the schedule organizing, etc., for a time.

I am released to just be me.

Something else happens on vacations like this. I find my creative side again.

I find the part of me that gets buried under all the other stuff. The part of me that needs this time of refreshment, of rejuvenation, of rest.

That in itself is a release.

The sun, white sand beaches, dolphins, a beach ball water tower and my three favorite people. Drawing close to the One Who provided it all. The perfect combination for refreshing this girl’s heart and spirit!

vacation 04

I would guess you have a perfect combination that’s your release. May you find it, take a step towards it, or fulfill it today.


I wish I could describe the release this vacation has given me. I have a hard time putting it into words. I pray you are blessed in your corner of the world today. Thank you for sharing in mine.

Hugs to you!

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  1. Crystal Twaddell

    Love your picture of release…sun, beaches, dolphins…ahhh! Joining in from Five Minute Friday, and this was a great way to start my Friday:)

    • Julie

      Thank you, Crystal. I’ll stop over and visit your place too. Have a great Friday!

  2. Gabriele

    Time away from normal life is a wonderful release. I’m glad for your joy.

    • Julie

      Thank you, Gabriele. Time away was just what I needed. Thank you for visiting. I’ll stop by your place too. Have a great day!


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