Five Minute Friday: Rest

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 Rest. 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: Rest


It continues to snow, even when the daffodils push through the soil and the forsythia forces its blooms. I wait for spring with a longing and a dread. I know the time for dormancy will end. The furniture movers will arrive and we will say a million goodbyes–to friends, to neighbors, to the blue-green lake, and the chattering birds come down from the forest.

We will leave this season of rest, of roots lying dormant in the ground, and we will re-enter a life of responsibility. A life of extended family and church and community commitments. We will spring into action, and push tender shoots into the mellowing sky, and in our new home we will take root. Summer will bring full bloom and more change as we prepare for new schools and activities. I will write, and write, and write. New words unfolding like petals on the heirloom rose bush I decide to plant in the back yard.

I’ve had my rest. A season of growth lies ahead.


We’re preparing for an international move. Give me a few weeks, and you may find me clutching a bag of chocolate and a bottle of wine, begging for a moment of rest from the chaos. What season do you find yourself in right now?



  • Boy can I relate!!! Except a couple months ahead… we just moved this last August from California to Germany. Yes, there are seasons of rest and growth, aren’t there? Enjoy every moment of your final hours… they are beautiful and will follow you into Spring and Summer. 🙂 Blessings on your adventure!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much, Marcy. I hope you’re enjoying Germany and settled in. It surprised me how much I loved visiting Germany when we moved to Europe.

  • renee baude

    “season or responsibility”–oh my! I think that started as soon as I found out I was pregnant over 13 years ago. And now we enter the season of “soccer”–where their is NO rest.

    Your words inspire–good luck with your move.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Renee:) I’m secretly grateful my kids don’t play soccer.

  • Kimberly Amici

    I am seeing the spring flowers push through the ground as well and couldn’t be more thrilled.

    Spring marks the beginning of the weekend sports in my house. Baseball and Lacrosse mean no more sleeping in on Saturdays. We are getting ready to reno our kitchen too. Lots of leg work to be done before the kids are home for the summer. After being through a basement reno they are not thrilled to tag along with mommy from store to store to pick things out so I hope to save them the trouble…

    prayers of peace and efficiency for your move!!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      This season of rest was due in part to renting a home. I remember for a number of years, my only date night with my husband was a trip to Home Depot:(

  • I don’t really know what season I’m in, can’t find the right words.
    But I’d describe this stage in my life, like a butterfly trying to get out of her cocoon? 🙂
    *finding my legs* haha.
    Sometimes getting “tired” and maybe resting a little while longer inside. heh!

    It must be hard to move away from your friends and family.
    Why did you choose to move?

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Esther. Three years ago we moved to Switzerland for my husband’s job. We’re moving back to the US in a few months, so we’ll be returning to roots and obligations we didn’t have as ex-pats in Europe.

      • Oh~ eeps! “All is well with my soul” ~ Suddenly thought of that song lyrics but I don’t know if it applies to your situation.
        but yes, I do hope the transition is filled with joy despite the frustrations that may result from obligations 🙂
        In Chinese (no I’m not from China, haha) I’ll encourage my friends by saying ‘Jiayou!’, and in Korean (no I’m also not Korean but I love watching their dramas!) I’ll say ‘Fighting!’ 🙂
        It’s like “all the best, keep going!’ yeah ^^

  • Kristi R Atkinson

    Beautiful. I always love a new adventure on the horizon.

    I am in a season of setting roots and taming children. 😉

    • KimberlyCoyle

      The season of taming children…do we ever outgrow that one? 🙂

  • “New words unfolding like petals on the heirloom rose bush I decide to plant in the back yard.”
    Beautiful, Kimberly. I hope you will trust what you have gained in your season of rest to give light and life to this new season.
    Seems like I’m in a season of wandering, waiting, still.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Kelly. Before this season of rest, I spent a very prolonged season wandering. I had a number of reasons for it, but I think much of it had to do with parenting littles at the time. Praying for you today.

  • Kara

    “We will spring into action, and push tender shoots into the mellowing sky..” a beauitful image and words crafted like music. Always a great read.
    I think I am in a season of waiting. Waiting for God to provide new direction. Waiting for patience and friendships and possibility.Waiting to know if singleness will be my constant season.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Waiting is a difficult season. Praying for you, Kara.

  • I love this… I have been thinking and writing about seasons lately myself… feeling a shift coming as well… the end of a season and beginning of a new… I will pray for you when I feel myself grasping for Rest (and chocolate and wine!)

  • Sharon O

    OH a move, how exciting and sad, Hope you continue to write you are gifted in it and bless many through your words.

  • I’m glad someone’s getting some rest!! It’s good that you’re shoring up for your transcontinental adventure! Can’t wait to hear more about it.