20 May 2011

Five Minute Friday: When seasons change

Take a deep breath. You made it. It’s Friday.

Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and brave and unscripted.
Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go buck wild with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week. And it gives me a chance to give one of you a little somethin’ somethin’ from DaySpring, who I love more than white cheddar popcorn – and um, yea, that’s a lot!

Last week the Victorious Life Charm Bracelet went to Lisa Marie!

This week the God Loves You Like Crazy Wind Chime is up for grabs.

OK, are you ready? This week’s prompt is brought to you by twitter. Or at least, by the responses I got on twitter when I asked for suggestions. Thanks Lindsey for this great one. Or as we would say in Afrikaans, Baie dankie (pronounced “Buy a donkey” I kid you not!)

Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

When seasons change….


God’s clock ticks by outside from dry and brown plaid gardens to the fresh greens and pinks and polka dotted blossoms that color in the neighborhood. Dandelions stretch and yawn and roar their fuzzy manes all about while young boys run them, hunt them down and present them as gifts to mothers who tenderly receive and treasure these spoils of battle in vases of tall water.

The sun comes back. He lingers. And we remember how much we love to be warm.

A hemisphere away his rays are weaker and people shift closer to their heaters, pull coats around shoulders and stack fireplaces full of wooden warmth. We will slip out of bathing suits and swimming pools for three weeks this summer to revel in the crisp cold of a South African highveld winter.

But we will be taking the sun with us. And I am certain we will be anything but cold deep down where it counts the most.


OK, your turn – show me what you’ve got.

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  1. 1

    I can’t tell you the deep breath smile I get when thinking of you going home. i feel like the African soil is going to breathe a sigh of relief to see you again, too.

  2. 3

    I love this idea of carrying the seasons with us in our hearts, wherever we go. And I get all misty-eyed thinking about what a happy homecoming you’ll have. I’ve been thinking so much lately about the relationships we have to the places we’re from, and imagining that *right* feeling you’ll have in your heart, like something’s finally locked back into place… Chills. Good ones. :)

  3. 4

    Ahhh, do you get to come back to South Africa for a bit?! Winter has indeed set in- hot water bottles are out, but so is the SUNSHINE! I love it here :)

  4. 6

    I love the freshness of this description: “Dandelions stretch and yawn and roar their fuzzy manes all about.” What a perfectly beautiful metaphor!

  5. 7

    This is so beautiful! Yes, we love to feel warm. I have loved this season.. Spring. I am hoping that Summer will come with more of Him.

  6. 8

    ” Go buck wild with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.”

    Thanks for the hearty reminder! It is too easy to just write, post, link and be done, but when we forget to read some of the other posts and comment, we are missing out on some great information, a fresh perspective, a message that He might have for us today.

    Love your post and thanks for having us all to the Five Minute Friday party!

    • 9
      thegypsymama says:

      Community is the best part of hosting this little gig – you all write some wonderful words that taste real delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 10

    This is my first time linking up. I loooove this idea & am so excited to begin 5 minute friday! Hope you have fantastic day:)

  8. 11

    beautiful words.

  9. 12

    Did you just say “buck wild?” I have to meet you. haha

  10. 13

    You write so beautifully. My words aren`t quite as eloquent but my heart is there all the same :).

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  12. 15

    I love following your posts and I really like the 5 minute Friday. I will do one of these soon and jump into the fun. Enjoy the moments!

  13. 16

    i wish what i’d written was that beautiful! this was fun. will be back for more!

  14. 17

    Take me with you. Please. I have a jungle full of dandy lions I’ll hunt down for you.

  15. 18

    Aww, baie dankie to you for letting me be a part…so glad that I could be of assistance for the prompt this week…and I love the SA thanks…it’s part of my “children’s” heritage now…so I cherish that!

    Oh….I can truly imagine how EXCITED you are to go to your “original” home so soon…and I can imagine that the countdown of days has already LONG begun!

  16. 19
    Stephanie says:

    Ag, can’t wait to read how you enjoy the perfect Gauteng winter weather, lovely dry sunny days with crisp nights! We’re entering our cold wet and windy Cape winter season. Already burning the fires at night!
    Let me know if I can fly to Joburg to meet you for coffee :).
    Your American SA sister~ xoxx

  17. 20

    Enjoyed participating today and enjoyed reading your warm words. Enjoy South Africa.

  18. 21

    After coming across the 5 mf for the first time it pulled at my heart. However, I didn’t think it would work for me. With all my perfectionism, changing and editing I do… But I gave it a try this week- lo and behold, what a freedom, what an amazing experience to just throw it out there! Thanks for thinking this up and for hosting this Lisa-Jo, I’ll be back for more!


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