Five Minute Friday: Afraid

Hello, Friends! Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Afraid. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Afraid


I opened the bedroom door to find her sound asleep with the light still on. She stirred and eventually got up to dress. I asked about the light and she pointed to a corner where the wall meets the ceiling. There sat a smudge of something dark in the corner. She pointed again, It’s a spider, Mom! Kill it for me!  She fell asleep to the glow of a bulb in order to keep her eye on an eight legged smudge, to be sure it never moved.

It started with spiders on the wall for me too. My mom still tells the stories. It grew to bigger things, to witches, then bad men, then the man you think you know. The one who shows up on the nightly news and neighbors say, I never would have known. I can’t keep the light on anymore, but I have nights where I want to. Where I want something to shine away the dark, to glow against the growing fears perpetuated by scared mamas and nightly newscasters.

I want to sleep and eat and breathe in the light, so it dispels every fear. I want to keep my eye on the smudged out ceiling and know that light always destroys the darkness.


Friends, I could write a book on fear. Seriously. Fear was my steady companion for many, many years. I’m just now learning to live fully in the light.


  • Oh me too! A really, really long book! Your writing is beautiful. Isn’t it so true that our fears take on different faces but the same dark shadows as we grow up? I love this, Kimberly. And that “just now learning to live fully in the light” thing — yeah, I’m right there with you. 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Different faces, but same dark shadows…absolutely.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • YES! This: “light always destroys the darkness.” Choosing to focus on this is our living worship.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Sometimes living worship looks like me hanging on by my fingernails, but yes, it’s what we focus on, not what we look like that makes it worship.

  • KimberlyAmici

    I can totally relate… when my husband works late I can hear every noise in the house as I lay in bed, keeping the phone close at hand. When he is home I hear nothing. Funny thing about fear how it works that way.
    I love that we can know that when we keep our eye on the light, His light dispels the fear.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      My husband travels overseas a lot, and I’ve really had to cling to the light these last few years while he’s gone.

  • KJL Interrobang

    I love your line “I want to sleep and eat and breathe in the light, so it dispels every fear”. How I wish for that on many days. Beautiful!

  • Light always destroys the darkness. Yes! Amen! Linking up with you are 5minuteFriday. ~jana

  • Love this my friend! I have lived this! So glad His Lights Shines bright and He is always near!

  • AJ Collins

    🙂 Great post. I love these FMF posts. short, sweet, deep… have a blessed day!

  • I read this book and it is a great book to learn how to help your children with their fears and learn something about yourself too: Things That Go Bump in the Night: How to Help Children Resolve Their Natural Fears by Paul Warren and Frank Minirth”

    • Thanks for the recommendation:)