• Dana L. Butler

The Days He Brings Me to the End of Myself {Five Minute Friday}

Hey my friends!  It’s Friday and time for some unrestrained scribbling.  Five minutes on a one-word prompt.

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The prompt this week is:


He zooms into the room, bare feet gripping the wood floor.  He can turn on a dime.

“I’m a SUper hero!”

You are, buddy?  I say it with a grin, for possibly the 5th or 35th time that day.

“I’m BRAVE and STRONG!!  Like DADDY!”

Yup.  Brave and strong like Daddy.  My heart just about overflows with mush, no matter what the day’s been like thus far.

Oh, my Buddy Bear.  How you are so incredibly, creatively COOL and enthusiastic and how you turn me into a puddle without even trying.  You blow my mind and make my heart explode and I never knew I could love a little superhero so much.

You neeeeeeeed an astronaut costume.  Pleeeease?  And a police man costume.  You ‘don your firefighter costume and pretend you’re a cop.

And some days?  Like yesterday?  You bring me right to the end of myself, the end of my capacity to roll with all your 3-year-old punches and love well.  Dang it!  So I cave and I give in to frustration and I pray that Jesus protects and resources your little superhero heart while I am so human and hurried in my parenting.

I’m thankful He fills in my parenting gaps.  All my other gaps, too.  Thankful that He’s more committed to your heart than I can even imagine.  And thankful I can rest in Him because on the days when your super power is making me realize how weak a mama can be, He is my strong.


Man, that was harder to write than usual.  I struggled to wrap words around my heart this morning.

Anyway… Happy Friday to y’all, dear friends.  You bless my heart.   Thanks for walking beside me here.

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