29 Apr 2011

Five Minute Friday: If I knew I could, I would…

On Fridays around these parts we have a little tradition. We throw caution (editing, revising, and worrying) to the winds and just write. Without wondering if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat. You’re welcome to play along. The rules are easy.

  1. Write your heart out for five minutes and show us what you’ve got.
  2. Tell your readers you’re linking up here and invite them to play along.
  3. And most importantly, go visit, read, and encourage the fellow five-minuter who linked up right before you.{Pretty please turn off word verification for the day to make this easier!}

Easy peasy.

Oh and there’s always a little fun something-something in it for one five minute artist. Last week I got to give away my very own DaySpring Mother’s Day card (how cool is that?!) to random winner Dancing Joyful. It’s not too late to order your own right here.

This week there’s a totally cute All Things Are Possible Water Bottle by DaySpring up for grabs.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

If I Knew I Could, I Would…

Write something longer than a blog post. Write words to encourage women, tell them they matter beyond their mounds of laundry and the car pool lane. Write about this remarkable time in history when we have incredible tools of communication at our disposal to share the Good News, spread arms wide across oceans and span continents for tea dates with mothers living in Kyiv, London and Pretoria.

I would write a love story to the Internet and how it levels the playing field, how it gives a platform to any stay-at-home mom, how it equips women for such a time as this to connect, to challenge, to learn, to love, to grow alongside one another and deeper into the heart of Christ.

I would write all the words that clog up my head and beg for a page to pour out onto. I would write for hours rather than sporadic interrupted minutes. I would write only pausing to eat chocolate and read Ann Voskamp.


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  1. 1

    Writing for hours rather than sporadic interrupted minutes sounds delightful…I would do that too.

  2. 2

    Well I’m thinking that sounds Heavenly, and just so ya know, sister – you write it & I’ll definitely read it :)

    (Love love the picture. It’s beautiful!)

  3. 3

    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    A MILLION thanks to you.
    This made me realize how strongly I want to write my memoir and that I have to stop being afraid and just GO FOR IT.


  4. 4

    “pausing only to eat chocolate and read ann voskamp”

    i love that line! and i’m with you. i would love to write more….just more.
    words are so powerful. they can tear down or build up.

    great post.

  5. 5

    Oh you should!! Your words already reach the heart of your readers. You should write and give more women, more people the chance to be inspired!

  6. 6

    What I love about your post this week is so much of what you want to do, you’re already doing! Yours is always the voice of encouragement to others and championing their dreams. It’s a lovely song :).

  7. 7

    pausing only to eat chocolate and read Ann Voskamp – I love it!

  8. 8

    Oh, I love the way you think!

  9. 9

    I loved your post. It is such an inspiration and says things that I would like to do, too. I want to be able to write more and write right, things that people want to read, that help people, like you do. I may never fully recover in this regard, but I will work to do better with what I have available to me. Thanks for such an inspiring post. :)

  10. 10

    I look forward to these 5 minute friday’s Lisa Jo! Thanks a million :)
    Sherri @sdg

  11. 11

    Wow, do I relate to your post! Mine is 3 weeks old now (along with a two and a half year old and a four and a half year old) and I FEEL YA! Beauty.

  12. 12

    Eat chocolate, read Ann Voskamp, can life get any better than that? Maybe a cup of hot tea to go with it – now that’s perfection!

    I spent two whole days thinking about what to write, and I couldn’t think of anything. Except that if I could, I would have a do-over on this horrid week I had. And maybe run a marathon.


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