27 Jan 2012

Five Minute Friday: Tender

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.

We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.

Won’t you join us?

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
    3. Go a little overboard encouraging the writer who linked up before you.

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




I love to watch him love her.

It’s a new twist in this parenting road and so sweet. So he gets up in the middle of the night and coos at her special. So unexpected. So different and also still the same.

We take turns making her laugh.

And when she peeks over the edge of the bathtub and giggles coy at him broken places in me heal. There is a whole book in that sentence. I read it in his eyes. She is never tired of him and he – even when tired – always has time for her.

Last night we all three lie in bed and there is her hand on his cheek and her other hand on mine. We are whole and beautiful and even in the dark I can see her two new teeth grin.

Sometimes cliches are no less true for being cliche.

We love because he first loved us. I watch this true with him and her. Bible truth takes deep breaths and sleeps in the crook of his arm.



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  1. 1

    This is such a beautiful truth! I love watching my husband with our daughters too. And you are so right, it does heal some of the broken pieces. I see how our daughters are loved by their father and I realize how loved I am by The Father. There’s just nothing else in the world quite like it…

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    I had a {good} physical reaction when I saw this prompt:} There is nothing like diving deep into ‘tender’ and living there…love feeling like I’d run up and give Pete a hug if I ever met him {scare him silly probably too!} and I’m reading this one to my hubby because it’s him too.

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    Oh, what a beautiful post, Lisa-Jo. I can understand this feeling so much. And that verse… 1 John 4:19… one of my favorites and one of my most needed to remind me to love. Great five minutes.

  4. 4

    I really enjoy these five minute sessions! I really tried this time to really (TRUELY) not worry about it. Pretty sure my five minute session was pretty “weird.”

    But it’s all in the name of creativity, fun, and even the “imperfect” words together can be a prayer. :)

  5. 5

    One word….”Awwwww” :-)

  6. 6

    Sweet post & picture – I remember the tenderness I saw in my father with my younger siblings and now see with the grandchildren – nothing like it except the tenderness God has for His children…

  7. 7

    I love ALL that you captured here. Your words hit deep every single time.

    I also feel like you picked this word for me. Like God knew what He was working out in me this week and this was the word to cap it off… And yet I know that there are others in different places this week who must be feeling the same way. I love that about God. And Five Minute Fridays. :)

  8. 8

    It’s amazing to watch an open, loving father with a daughter. God speaks in such vivid pictures in our lives, doesn’t he? Truly, a cup overflows…

  9. 9

    Hi Lisa-Jo, I have read a number of 5 Minute Friday posts that were inspired by your Link Party. I wanted to stop by and say thank you for hosting. Today is the first time I have written and joined this great idea. I realized I haven’t “free” written in a very long time…as in 8 years or so. How do you choose the words?

    And your post on Tender was wonderful. I loved your description of your husband loving your little girl and how that is so similar to the way the Lord cares for us.

  10. 10

    Yes, such a tender picture of our Father’s tender love. Thank you for the share.

  11. 11

    That is a beautifully tender love.

  12. 12

    What a precious post! The first thing that came to mind was my father as well. I wrote from the perspective of a grown up remembering her father’s tenderness. I so enjoy participating in Five Minute Fridays!

  13. 13

    I love watching my husband love our daughter, too. So sweet. As I’m procrastinating “real life” this morning, I thought I’d do Five-Minute Friday. Unfortunately, the only thing that pops into my mind with the word “tender” is chicken tenders. And while I COULD write an entire blog post about chicken tenders, I’m not really sure I SHOULD. :)

  14. 14

    Those little girls have a way of breaking open all the tender places in our men don’t they? That photo tells the story well and I am so thankful that you have this kind of man walking beside you to share life. Blessings!

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    Sorry about posting my link 3 times!

  16. 16

    So very precious!!!

  17. 17

    Loved today’s word! Thanks for doing this every Friday! It’s my favorite writing day of the week.

  18. 18

    There is something so beautiful about a daddy and his daughter!

  19. 19

    This is my first time linking up. I just found your site…love this. I had such an emotional reaction to this word…funny how some words create such emotional reactions….thank you for this link…I look forward to sharing many more…btw…loved your “tender” moment!


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    BTW…just realized I accidently copied the wrong url to another post into the linky…but feel free to enjoy it also (I guess) since I can’t figure out how to delete it off? (so sorry)!!! I did end up linking up the right link afterwards…thanks for bearing with me…please forgive the newbie ;)


  21. 21

    Love this one today. You made me think about all things tender. I love the way that you described it.

  22. 22

    My first time linking up… and it was just what my mind and soul needed…. Thank you for hosting! I truly enjoyed this!

  23. 23

    This is my first time on your blog, and this post left me in awe. I will be back!!! Beautiful!!

    ~Shari (aka: fruitloopgirl)

  24. 24

    Your post had me holding my breath. You always know how to express much with such succinctness. It makes your words so powerful. What a gift from God! And I so surely miss those days with my own children that I love that you share these tender moments of thanksgiving.

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    Alyssa Joy says:

    I just got goosebumps again ;) Such a perfect way to end this snowy weekend

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