Five Minute Friday: HOLD

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'” 

~ Ann Landers 

Hold your head high.

Hold on!

Some days it feels like I’m holding on for dear life; other days it feels like fear is holding on to me. But I make the conscious choice to decide that the troubles will not capture or defeat me.

I’m not going to write about those troubles or give them any publicity!

Instead I’m going to hold them hostage and force them to listen to my blessings:

I am blessed to be a child of the Almighty God.

I am blessed to be able to love and be loved.

I am blessed to have daily bread.

I am blessed to be able to hold on, regardless of the troubles, because I believe that God has it all under control even when I know that I do not.

I choose to hold onto faith rather than fear.

How about you? What are you holding onto?


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About Shari Risoff

Shari Risoff is an author, editor and consultant based in Raleigh, NC, USA. She studied business and spent years building client relationships in the corporate world and is passionate about communicating. She is the author of two books, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage and Accidental Sabbatical. She began to consult and write full time during her own accidental sabbatical. She writes, and edits books for other authors, as well as helping small business owners with infrastructure or communication or projects of many kinds. She is devoted to her husband Stephen. When she is not working on her new book, or hanging out with Stephen, she is reading books or studying human behavior. Readers or writers in need of an editor can get in touch via email: projectmavens @ or follow her on Twitter @ShariRisoff.
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10 Responses to Five Minute Friday: HOLD

  1. Darrel Anderson says:

    Birthed from your troublesome day! Good thinking and good words!

  2. Shari Risoff says:

    Thank you! Despite their best efforts to destroy us, troubles can be useful at times. 🙂

  3. crookyt says:

    Short and Sweet. A great message and reminder for us all not to hold on to negativity, but to hold on to the truth that sets us free. Thanks! Visiting you from #FMF

  4. jodiesdye says:

    Wow love this statement, “Some days it feels like I’m holding on for dear life; other days it feels like fear is holding on to me.” #FMF

  5. Shari Risoff says:

    Thank you Jodie. #FMF (Daniel is not the only one). 🙂

  6. ssandrax says:

    I love your post!!! My best part is “hold onto faith”… We don’t know who difficult will be our troubles, but God be with us in each step we’re facing. Thanks for your words

  7. Tanya Anurag says:

    Such a sweet message to all of us. I am in the process of learning to ignore what troubles me and there have not been happier days.

    Fellow FMFer,


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