the oops

It all started as an accident. 

An accident that somehow became an opportunity I’d been quietly hoping for.

Let me explain:

Weekends often find me making a quick visit to, home of Five Minute Fridays and brainchild of Lisa-Jo Baker.  I simply love her weekly invitation to creativity, and I so admire her willingness to create a place for women to be heard and to encourage each another in our writing.  If you scroll through my blog, you’ll notice that more than a handful of posts have been inspired by her amazing one-word topics.

On this particular December morning, I went to the site, read the prompt, set the timer, and began typing.  Nothing particularly new.

But when the 5 minutes were up, I realized I’d put words to some fears I didn’t even know had been lurking in my mind. 

[Sidebar:  During graduate school, my thesis director had the irritating habit of “encouraging” me with this mantra:  “Writing is an act of discovery.”  Well, I have to admit it.  He was right.  The act of writing often works to illuminate the shadowiest fringes of my mind or the remotest corners of my soul.  Putting words on paper can give a long-awaited voice to ideas, hopes, worries, and dreams I wasn’t even aware of.  One friend even equates writing with prayer, which I find to be true sometimes.  More on that later.}

Now, back to the accident.

Excited about my little five-minute piece, I decided to link it to the website.  Until I realized that my still-glazed early-morning eyes had misunderstood the word “Go” (which is the cue to actually start writing) for that week’s topic, which was “Opportunity.” 


“Oh well,” I thought as I saved the document and headed to work.

A few weeks later, I took a nervous breath and sent that same piece to another favorite site—one that offers daily encouragement to women as they walk out their faith in the day-to-day.  Appropriately, it’s called (in)  I hope you’ll visit there soon. 

In fact, how about now?  Just click here.

Because (lo and behold!) they decided to feature my little “accident” on their site.  
I hope you'll make a visit, tell your friends, leave a comment, and (most importantly) celebrate the unexpected, accidental ways God works in our lives.


  1. Can you link directly to the piece? HLS

  2. Yeah, Anne - can't wait to read! God so often works in and through and for us in the most unexpected ways! ~KT

  3. Anne,
    This is wonderful news, indeed! I am looking forward to reading it!

  4. Awesome!!! Love how He does fun things like that! Marisha

  5. Thanks, Marisha. It *is* fun . . . . reminds me of a line from _The Christmas Troll_ by Eugene Peterson: It's important to live expectantly, alert to the surprises of God.

  6. Oh I love hearing that. What a happy accident!! Looking forward to reading you on (in)courage :)



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