02 Dec 2011

Five Minute Friday: Tired

This week got away from me. Literally. It hiked up it’s skirt and belted outta there before I even realized it was Monday.

I haven’t even had five minutes to write.

But today? Today is Friday. And on Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

I’m so relieved to have these five minutes. 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 importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

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



I sat in the car last night and cried.

It was dark and cold and the mini van was warm and quiet. Kids inside with Pete and me returning late from working out of Panera’s comfy, wi-fi friendly, blueberry scone serving booths.

So many things to juggle and my head had been spinning and my heart beating too fast on way there. But on the way back, shoulders eased from some lists checked off, I turned on a Christmas CD and just let the music wash over me.

I didn’t expect it.

To realize how much I’d forgotten about this season. That December 1st doesn’t mean deadlines it means the most wonderful and holy of months is here. I passed Catlet street and the house with the Christmas countdown on it’s front lawn and the tears washed away all the details I’d been worrying. Washed them clean and my eyes could see the moon and it was smiling.

Smiling a crooked crescent grin at me.

I smiled back and got caught in the hugeness of that black sky with all its mystery and million million twinkling eyes that got see first hand the night an angel choir burst into song and a baby boy stormed the cosmos.

So I cried.

With the beauty and relief of it all. And I felt small. And it was exactly the right size to feel.


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  1. 1

    Oh my stars, what a beautiful post, LJ. And written in only 5 minutes! It’s soothing message will stay with me much, much longer.

    I love you to that crooked crescent grin and back. So much!

  2. 2

    Okay, so I am obviously tired and stupid. I am SO SORRY! I didn’t read the rules and linked up some posts from the week on Christmas gift ideas. SO SORRY! Feel free to delete them! My apologies! I need to pay closer attention!

  3. 4

    I’m always amazed at the beauty you type out in just 5 minutes. Absolutely perfect! And thanks so much for the reminder that this month is not about deadlines and rush and busy, but about the holy.

  4. 5

    Oh my I love how you started in regards to your week…”It hiked up it’s skirt and belted outta there” I laughed soooo hard. I think mine not only hiked up it’s skirt but tripped over the hem and tumbled down a flight of stairs! I CANNOT believe the word this week is TIRED. Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. How apropos =)

  5. 6

    Ahh, tired. Yup, even as a mom of one – I know what that is ;). Thanks for always providing a space for me to write and express.

  6. 7

    I’ve been there before … over the real meaning of Christmas … over other things … most of all Christs love. I hope that you have a fantastic weekend. Get some rest :)

  7. 8
    Manju Sara jacob says:

    oops.. sorry double linky entry… I thought I pressed something wrong and thought the linky things didn’t come up…
    I truly agree that we as moms need constant reminders of the true meaning of this season.. it is so easy to get carried away… Bless you! as you wait for His peace and true joy this Advent season.

  8. 9

    Beautiful post…”And I felt small. And it was exactly the right size to feel.” Love that line.

  9. 10

    Lisa-Jo. This post made me chuckle and then cry a tiny bit. This business with the skirt hiked up and then you crying in your car… This is such a wild season, the rushing the waiting…. thank you for this glimpse, this little snippet of truth. xo

  10. 11
    TRACY ANN COOK says:

    Tired, of sitting waiting, of wondering, what your doing and who your with, tired of feeling the constant pain of betrayal, to me to your daughter, Your daughter, that most precious of beings, I am tired,Tired of not sleeping as I lay with your daughter in my arms, I am trying to protect her from the pain of it happening again, Tired of watching the hours tick by , of knowing how much you are killing me…………I am tired and cant sleep

    • 12

      Dear Tracy

      I’m so sorry you are going through this.. especially at this most holy and special time of the year when familial love and togetherness is so important. Lean on God in this time of trial and ask Him not to let your heart become bitter, it will only hurt you in the end. I pray that you will find peace in the Lord. May His Spirit be with you. Please feel free to contact me via my blog if you should need someone to talk to.

      God bless you and strengthen you.

      • 13
        TRACY ANN COOK says:

        PLease…………Just pray

        • 14
          Alyssa Joy says:

          Praying! As so many people have said to me, this too shall pass… And in the meantime, let Him feel everything you’re feeling. Above all else, be comforted by the fact that you are never alone.

          Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
          Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
          -John 14:27

  11. 15

    You beautifully captured an emotional moment…one that we have all experienced at one time or another…or at least something similar.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. 16

    First…beautiful post…yes…feeling small is a good thing…
    Is it just me…or are other’s having trouble…I did the link up and now when I click on the page none of the links are showing up….just wondering…

  13. 17

    Great post Lisa Jo! I loved your opening paragraph. I can SO relate to it too. I did write a piece but I can’t seem to find a linky. I’ll check again later to see if I can link up. Hope you have a blessed weekend. Thank you so much for this lovely piece of inspiration.

  14. 18

    oops…funny just came up…

  15. 19

    Am I the only one unable to link up?

  16. 20

    Ok, after about 8 reloads it came up. I’m a techno-genius, clearly.

  17. 21

    I can completely relate! Last night, I was looking for a worship song to match our Names of Jesus chain and ended up listening to “O Holy Night” sung by Celine Dion. I felt my heart in my throat and had to get up and walkaway for fear I’d weep uncontrollably in front of my daughter! I can’t seem to listen to any Christmas songs without crying anymore. I feel so overwhelmed by the gift…so overwhelmed. Of course, maybe if I weren’t so sleep deprived…….lol. Joining your link up for the first time today! Blessings to you!

  18. 22
    Alyssa Joy says:

    Love this! It’s so easy to forget how cool this season is, and your post is the perfect reminder of Him :)
    “I smiled back and got caught in the hugeness of that black sky with all its mystery and million million twinkling eyes that got see first hand the night an angel choir burst into song and a baby boy stormed the cosmos”

  19. 23

    So wonderful how God met you where you were and you were able to receive it and be reminded of Him and Christ coming…lovely! It is amazing what you can write in 5 minutes!

  20. 24

    It’s not that I wanted to be on here 3 times…it was technical difficulties…I promise! :) I don’t know if you can delete 2 of the 3… sorry! hehehe

    Anyway, I’m excited to link up with you and write, write, write!


  21. 25

    Totally forgot it was Friday. And today’s topic was too appropriate to pass up!

    Sara@ http://yourthrivingfamily.blogspot.com

  22. 26

    It’s a common theme right now. Every woman I’ve run into so far has shared that they are anywhere from tired to exhausted. Praying for us to be refreshed, rejuvenated, and restored in resting.

  23. 27

    it was so great stumbling upon all you gifted souls..this was FUN, didn’t get much done today..LOL now better make supper; FISH TONITE..woot woot tata

  24. 28

    A friend pointed me to your site, and it has been an inspiration to me. 5 Minute Fridays are a great way to get it all out, all within a time limit. Thank you so much.


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