16 Dec 2011

Five Minute Friday: Connected

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

~John 1:1-5, 14.

Words matter to me because they are the tools that God first used.

He spoke and worlds, waters, deserts, jacaranda trees, figs, watermelons, kangaroos, meerkats, and turtles came into being.

God spoke and painted the sky. God spoke and mapped the milky way. God spoke and roots drank deep from the soil.

God spoke.

The Word.

And on a dark night in Bethlehem God slipped into the wet and newborn skin of His own creation.

I write, because how can I not? Created as I am in His image. How can I not pick up the tools He gave me and speak a testimony into being. So, on Fridays we practice with our words – and in it I hear echoes of the making and remaking of truth and beauty and sacrifice. I hear baby cries and a mother’s sleepless nights.

I hear your hearts and I want to cup them here on the other side of the screen.

Your words are sacred. I don’t take them lightly. I see you sculpt your story into being with the abc’s of your life. Your value transcends how many read, comment or like what you write. Your words live beyond the reader. Your words live because you spoke them into being.

Your words live.

They breathe and teach and whisper back to you the truths you need to learn.

“The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

He still does. On Fridays, on Tuesdays on ordinary every days. The word lives with us and within us and we are the living story He came to write.


Won’t you join me?

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
    3. Most important: visit, comment, encourage the person before you.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on Connected.

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{Next Friday is nearly Christmas eve, so it will be quiet around here. Let’s spend our words in real life instead.}

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  1. 1

    Great post. I loved the line: “Your words live.” We need to be living and stay alive in order to connect with one another and remain connected.

  2. 2

    Oh that picture just melts me…and yes words are sacred…I want to live a life of sacred words…spoken first…then written…thanks for this fun place…I am still fairly new but I have come to look forward to every Friday…blessings to your Christmas time…see ya after…


  3. 3

    Wow, this is sooooo beautiful. “I hear your hearts and I want to cup them here on the other side of the screen.” The passion also comes to life, burning our hearts to love others. Thank you for this precious post filled with precious words. Words with substance that a broken heart can trust.

    <3 Kendra

  4. 4

    Beautiful, lisa-Jo. What sweet and generous words you have shared with my heart here… you bless me so much! Wishing you and your family a lovely and blessed weekend!

  5. 5

    “They breathe and teach and whisper back to you the truths you need to learn.”

    beautiful and poetic and so true.
    encouraged as always sweet friend.
    thank you for your words!!

  6. 6

    Thank you for the connections that you have encouraged through your sweet spirit and love for Jesus. He has used your words in my heart this year and I will be forever grateful!!!
    Wishing you a sweet first Christmas with your baby girl and your “men”.

  7. 7

    Love this Lisa! This is so clearly your heart for us, this community, (in)courage and I love how you pour it out every chance you get…thank you for loving us and encouraging us and for the Word you lift up as you do!

  8. 8

    Absolutely beautiful words!! Life-giving, hope-stirring, soul-building words. So glad I stopped by to be encouraged by the Word in you.

  9. 9

    Fantastic words and Truth spoken here! Thank you for creating a place for people to connect with one another, and to the Father.

  10. 10

    Yes, Lisa – Jo. You have put my feelings about the power of words, His – ours, into just the right words. Thank you for always encouraging and for always being real. You bless dear one.

  11. 11

    great post. i linked up, but i missed the part where i had to stick to the “connected” theme. (my first time.) is that okay?

  12. 13

    Love this little space here… to write … to connect… to love. Traci

  13. 14

    This took my breath away this morning. Beautiful.

  14. 15

    Love that He dwells on the most ordinary of days. Beautiful words (as always)!

  15. 16

    I am so thankful for your words… and for the way you encourage words in so many of us.

  16. 17

    Lisa-Jo, you are so precious. Thank you for giving us all a wonderful place to make connections wtih others and share our story…and thank you for sharing yours…



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