Grace Filled Moments

| Just Me Traversing Through the Wilderness of an Everyday Mess and Finding Beauty From Ashes and a Little Grace Along the Way |

FMF | Finding Grace in the Awkward Silences

FMF | Finding Grace in the Awkward Silences

This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {{Say}}.

It seems like I often trip over my own tongue. Sometimes I don’t know what to say to someone off the top of my head. I struggle and often have to process in my head first. Sometimes we don’t know what to say, or even worse the accidental foot-in-mouth moments.

 In those cringe-worthy moments, those times when words fail us, are often more opportunities for grace than we realize. Sometimes our journey is woven with moments of silence, missteps, and learning curves.

 So, the next time you find yourself tongue-tied, take a deep breath and remember:

 Silence is golden (sometimes). It’s okay to pause, gather your thoughts, and pray for guidance. A well-timed silence can speak volumes of empathy and respect, offering space for the other person to share or simply be present in the moment.

 Humility is the key. Owning up to your awkwardness can relieve tension and create unexpected connections. A simple “Gosh, that casserole comment came out all wrong! Your cooking is amazing!” can turn a faux pas into a shared chuckle. Remember, Jesus himself washed the feet of his disciples, the ultimate act of humility and service.

 Grace covers it all. We’re all flawed, fallible humans on this messy journey of faith. When words fail, remember that God’s grace never does. It fills the gaps, mends the awkwardness, and whispers forgiveness even when we trip over our own tongues.

 And maybe, just maybe, that next time you face a foot-in-mouth moment, trip over your tongue, or can’t find the right words to say the silence will lead to a deeper listening, the awkwardness will open a door to shared vulnerability, and the lack of perfect words will pave the way for God’s grace to shine through in unexpected ways.

After all, sometimes the most powerful conversations are the ones that happen beyond the confines of words, fueled by the silent language of the heart and the unfailing grace of our Savior.

Yah, I’m over 5 minutes— You know, trying to find the words to SAY.

9 thoughts on “FMF | Finding Grace in the Awkward Silences

  1. I hope I’m not putting my foot in my mouth as often now as I did a few years ago. The skill of pausing and letting the Holy Spirit filter my words a bit is one I’m still learning though! Good advice! Visiting from FMF#22

  2. Sound advice filled with nuggets of wisdom, Paula. I appreciate this, “God’s grace fills the gaps, mends the awkwardness, and whispers forgiveness.” FMF #9

  3. I fill each conversation space
    with ill-timed jokes and oddball glee
    to bring a kind of roughhewn grace
    that puts attention right on me,
    that I may juggle cats and beer,
    and keep the party going strong
    until the rise of sun draws near
    and folks realize it won’t be long
    ’till shop and office beckoning
    will make them prove a sober fitness,
    else there will be a reckoning,
    and with the Lord as my main witness
    I will swear all through the day
    that they were not forced to stay.

Comments are like sprinkles on a cupcake: they make everything sweeter, join the conversation.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.