The Caged Bird’s Song



Q: What is Five Minute Friday?

A: It is a 5min free write blog event hosted by Kate Motaung. Every Thursday Kate announces a one-word prompt on her blog at 10pm EST. The link-up is open for a full week, until the following Thursday evening. For further details on how to participate visit her blog at: Heading Home.

Dear readers before I continue, I have to make a confession. Although this post began life as a 5min exercise, it has since been amended and refined!


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Five Minute Friday Prompt: SING

 I don’t know why but Maya Angelou’s book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, came to mind, as soon as I saw this week’s prompt.

In the context of this blog’s purpose (which is to encourage women and to motivate us to walk as victorious overcomers), I see Christian woman who are habitually defeated or depressed, as akin to caged birds.

Most birds have the potential to sing joyously with abandon, to soar, to explore and enjoy their freedom but caged birds, in effect, have had their wings clipped.

Continuing with the above analogy, the cage (representing limiting beliefs, negative behaviour and Satan’s lies), both confines and defines.

Now of course the caged bird can sing but is its song true? Does it sing with the same harmony and sweetness as its counterparts that enjoy liberty?

Women of God, it is our choice whether any negative circumstance in which we may find ourselves, serves to imprison us. It is our responsibility to ensure that our Bible-based confession, or our testimony of faith becomes the spiritual song God hears, thus enabling him to liberate us.

Let us follow the example of the following writers, who confidently declared:


Behold God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid;

For YAH, the Lord, is my

Strength and song;

He also has become my salvation.

(Isaiah 12:2 NKJV)


You are my hiding place;

You shall preserve me from trouble;

You shall surround me with

Songs of deliverance.

(Psalm 32:7 NKJV)


So, let me ask you dear Women of Warfare, how do you sing? As a caged bird, or as a potential bird of paradise… a beautiful bird of liberty?




8 thoughts on “The Caged Bird’s Song

    1. Oh dear Emily,

      Thank you so much for popping by, for reading and leaving me this wonderfully encouraging comment. It has really brought a smile to my heart and my face. 🙂
      I hope and pray that you will find your song and that as you sing you will be transported with joy into new realms of peace, grace and liberty. Amen!
      Have a blessed and victorious week Emily.


  1. I love this! That poem came to mind straight away for me to though I ended up writing about something different.
    It is important to sing of the freedom we have in God and to declare it, even when we feel trapped by circumstances. Visiting from FMF#13.

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    1. Hello Lesley, how kind of you to pass by and leave me this super comment. I shall pop into yours later.
      Now isn’t that amazing that we both had a similar response to this prompt! 😃
      So true – whether trapped or liberated we are to sing, sing, sing!

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    1. Hello Leslie,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment.
      How would we cope without God’s grace? I too sing by his grace and am thankful he has enabled me to do so.
      Have a blessed and victorious week! 😃


    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment. How marvellous our God is! And what a beautiful testimony you give. I too sing from the doorway but am looking to soar away towards the heavens.
      Have a blessed day – I didn’t make it to FMF until Saturday either! 😃

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