Test {31 Days of Affirmation}

It’s time for Five Minute Friday so today’s Day 6 for my #Write31DaysofAffirmation series is me setting my time and writing for 5 minutes on the prompt. Yay!!!

Ready, and GO…


When I think of tests, I cringe because I assume I’ll either do poorly, fail, or work myself up into a frenzy from which it takes a while to recover. Just the word test conjures up several unpleasant memories. Perhaps that is projecting my past experience on the word, or maybe it’s just the stories of feeling I had to measure up to some standard that was so ridiculously high it would be impossible to pass.

Pass or fail. What a strange and defeating way to think of growing, developing, and becoming. So tonight I want to reframe that word and affirm the more positive aspects of it. In this right-now moment, test is simply an invitation for me to reveal what I can do. It is an opportunity for me to see just how far I’ve come. In a way, it is like a challenge to let the world see what I can do. Oftentimes, I surprise myself.

Testing is a proving ground. It is a space in which we can allow ourselves to be gracefully messy, to risk the adventure, to take on a new brave, and settle into the courage that was always beating in the recesses of our souls. We have nothing to fear. We have no reason to shrink back as though we are condemned to fail.

Here’s the truth. The valley is a test. The mountaintop is a test. We are invited to live deeply into the story. We are called to the table that we might experience the abundance of life that comes from leaning in and pressing onward. It is here that we see the establishment of our unique calling and purpose. When I think of testing in this way, it no longer holds an ominous threat of doom and gloom over my heart. Why this matters? Because it means I can push aside fear, misgiving, and distrust in the going for it –living out the dreams – with all my might.

Tonight I affirm that testing is the Divine One’s way of saying, “See child, you’ve come so far and will go further. And I am with you all the way.” I don’t know about you, but I need to hear those words tonight. I have come so far and will go further. I’m just getting started. Tests are no longer my enemy. They open my eyes to the depth of quality hiding in all I set my hands to do. What an amazing gift to see the range of what we are now capable of doing!

How about you? Imagine what you can do when you reframe testing. You just might surprise yourself.


I’m linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. And this week’s word is TEST.



This is day 6 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.



4 thoughts on “Test {31 Days of Affirmation}”

  • 1
    paulakaye on October 6, 2016 Reply

    I’m your neighbor on the link list. I haven’t written with Kate for a long time. I was called back today. For some reason. I think it is another test. I need to write. It restores my soul. I like how you are going to think of the word test! It is sometimes so hard to remember that He is with us all the way! In everything we do. Thank you for writing these words!!

    • 2
      Marvia on October 7, 2016 Reply

      I hear you. Getting back to regular writing practice myself. Thank you for reading, and happy writing!! 😉

  • 3
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser on October 6, 2016 Reply

    Beautifully said, Marvia!

    Sometimes I wonder…is our acknowledgement of failure the passing of a different test?

    #2 at FMF this week.


    • 4
      Marvia on October 7, 2016 Reply

      Hey Andrew! Good to see you here! And Yes to what what said. Failure is not a loss. It’s another opportunity. What a way to reframe it!!

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