22 Apr 2011

Five Minute Friday: The Hard Love

The end of Holy Week – a good time for few words.

Want to take five minutes with me and see which ones bubble to the surface?

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing or tweaking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard. {And if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to leave you some encouragement}

It’s a great way to exhale at the end of a beautiful week.

And it gives me a chance to give one of you a pack of my very own hot-off-the-presses first ever DaySpring greeting card – a beauty I leant some words to for mother’s day.

Motherhood should come with a cape…A really cute one with sparkles, don’t you think?
Happy Mother’s Day.

It’s based on my twitter tagline and is for sale over at DaySpring; you can pick ’em up here and I’m told there are only 50 sets left.  {Heather won the “Ask, Seek, Knock” wall hanging from last week}.

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

The Hard Love …


It took a four inch scar to bring my daughter into the world. I cut and bled and she gasped her first breath. Beginnings are often like that, aren’t they. Anything remarkable costs the maker something. I cut into my own life to reach in and draw out hers. Birth dances so dangerously close to death and the hard love surrenders, lays down and says, “Do what you will with me so that she can live.”

That scar aches tonight as I sit in the yellow rocking chair and nurse the baby that gave it to me. Still I pour into her because her life is wrapped up in mine. Only a heartbeat apart.

I watch as she curls into the nook of my arm and waits with perfect faith that I will feed her. And all I can think is this is what He does for us. This is what He did for me. Bled, cut, laid down His life so that I might be born into a new one.

And still He rocks me in His bosom with His scarred and tender hands.


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  1. 1

    This was my first time attempting 5 minute friday… (on Thursday night :)
    Wanted to admit that I did change my post title.
    Not sure why I tried to title it before I even knew what was going to spill out.
    Thanks for letting me join in…

  2. 2

    your card looks GREAT. i remember hearing about it from you months ago, but seeing it all done? just amazing. so excited for you.

    and your post? simply beautiful, my friend. just like your heart.


  3. 4

    Precious words on The Hard Love, thanks for sharing them.

  4. 5

    How can you do it in just five minutes?! Your post was poignant, poetic, and perfect. ( You set the bar too high for the rest of us my friend, but I’m ever so glad you do.) I’m sitting here with a faded silver scar that lost its numbness a year ago, and still I could totally relate to your experience. You brought me tears and joy. Thank you.

  5. 6

    I am so grateful to find myself still laying in His arms!

  6. 7

    The doctor who delivered Sarah, in an over-the-top scary life-threatening scene, was the hospitalist on call. My midwife sat at my head and tried to keep me calm. The doctor was amazing, nothing less than a miracle. When it was all over, she came into my room to chat. In an accent very much like yours (she was South African), she said, “It’s well-known in my country that giving birth is like standing with one foot in your grave and another on a banana peel.” Truth is, all of life is like that and we don’t often recognize it.

    • 8
      thegypsymama says:

      Wow – just wow. I can’t say I’ve heard that expression before. But trust a South African to put the truth as bluntly as possible :) And yes, amazing what mother’s risk for the sake of their children. It doesn’t stop at childbirth, does it?

  7. 9

    As I read your sweet characterization on hard love, I thought of how Christ feeds us, too! Sometimes milk, but sometimes so much more :).

    LOVED this week’s prompt! Sometimes I have to sit and think a spell before writing in response, but this week? It just poured out of me! Thanks for inspiring me each Friday; even if I don’t write, I peek at the theme and wait to see if inspiration comes quickly :).

    And you’re card? MORE CARTWHEELS THIS MORNING TO CELEBRATE! You should see me–THAT would make a fun card! Congratulations, Mommy…such a FUN Mother’s Day coming up for YOU!


  8. 11

    BEAUTIFUL… just lovely! {And your card is so fantastic!}

  9. 12

    What a beautiful post and congratulations on your new baby. :)

  10. 13

    this is so powerful. what a perfect way to begin the Easter weekend.

    thank you for the reminder of what Love has done for us! & i hope you have a wonderful Easter.

  11. 14

    Such a beautiful, poignant reminder of servant leadership … of the giving it takes to bear new life and sustain it … of the giving He did to bear in each of us new lives and sustain them. Feeling blessed to have read this. Happy Good Friday and Easter. :)

  12. 15

    This is lovely. And count me in as a newbie for next week!

  13. 17

    Oh, I love this today. You said it all with just a few words. Happy Easter!

  14. 18

    I’m sorry that I didn’t post a comment before…this is such a precious image…so many thoughts stirred and simply gorgeous five minutes or not, but so amazing that it was just five minutes!

    And I love your first card!!

  15. 20

    Beautifully put. Wish I could express myself like you! Patsy from HeARTworks

  16. 21

    Touche. Great arguments. Maintain the good effort.

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