08 Jul 2011

Five Minute Friday: Grateful

I’m in South Africa. And sometimes I can barely catch my breath at the ache and the wonder of it. Sometimes it feels like I can barely capture it in words. But I keep trying, with every spare minute.

Want to take five minutes with me and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

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

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.

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



Grateful for the family and the friends and all the familiar. Grateful for the food and the fruit and the evenings eating biltong with my dad. Grateful for the sleep and the talks and the drives and the plans.

Grateful for the steep, steep drive and the swing at the top of it.

Grateful for the bed and the hot water bottles and the clean sheets and the feet beneath waiting to curl into mine. Grateful for the small boys and the big yawns and the loose limbs all tucked in beside one another. Grateful for the cold nights and the warm days.

Grateful for the five roses tea.

Grateful for the church and the worship and the remembering with old friends. Grateful for the climbing and the swinging and the big kids holding little kids’ hands. Grateful for the soft serve ice cream with flakes.

Grateful for the music and the early morning feeds and the names of three children I get to call mine. Grateful for the words and the Word and chapters I read in my own life. Grateful for you.

And you.

Grateful for you.


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  1. 1

    I feel so happy for you to be home.

  2. 2

    so, so grateful for you. and grateful you are exactly where you are meant to be.

  3. 3

    Your smile, your joy at being home, just leaks out of every word you post here. What a blessing! Enjoy your time! (I know you are) ;)

  4. 4

    Love it. “Small boys, big yawns and loose limbs” love that image.

  5. 5

    That was a fun five minutes..loving your post and what great pics!!

  6. 6

    Big grateful sigh. :)

  7. 7

    Beautiful post, as always. And I am very grateful for you too! I can’t believe I went so long without knowing about Five Minute Friday!

  8. 8

    Your heart flies across the miles and brings us beautiful glimpses of your home. Thank you for sharing this precious time with us Lisa-Jo. I feel the emotion through your words and pray that the Father will multiply the moments and bless this time is miraculous ways.

  9. 9

    Am I the only one not able to “Like” any of these because I have some favorites

  10. 10


    I am grateful for you. For allowing me to participate. For encouraging me to write freehand.

    But more … for creating in me this new routine of reading all of these lovely posts, every Friday, for encourgement, for the beauty of the hearts written here, for the relaxation of delving into the heart of God via the hearts of likeminded women writers.

    I am blessed by you. Thank you, so very much for these Fridays, I look forward to them, even at the end of the hardest weeks.

    Many Blessings to you and yours.

  11. 11

    Hi Lisa-Jo! So glad you are able to be home with your family – love your posts about South-Africa…!
    I am a little late, but have come to love the 5 minute Friday linky! I just seem to have a problem linking up, *snif*
    When I copy and paste my long link from my post, it doesn’t want to accept it. Would you know what I am doing wrong?
    Have an awesome time of what’s left of your holiday!

  12. 12

    It’s difficult to find well-informed people about this subject,
    but you seem like you know what you’re talking
    about! Thanks


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