03 Feb 2012

Five Minute Friday: Real

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. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.

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




We sit in a circle and no one shines a spotlight. We just open our hands to listen. Sometimes to reach out to touch a knee or offer a tissue. Sometimes to wipe our own eyes at the wonder of what makes her brave; or how she’s telling your own story.

We listen. We discover what a powerful gift that is.

Stories are never really new, are they. Instead, they are the retelling of a thousand miles walked by women and mothers through the centuries. Thunderstorms come to us all. Never turn away a friend with an umbrella.

So we let it rain here – in this room 10 steps away from the sanctuary. This room with the orange chairs and table that’s always in the wrong place. We let it rain the real feelings of the week past and no one tries to stop it. Instead we listen and offer arms to shelter some of the storm.

Friends are a safe place.

Stories can pick different endings sometimes.

We write this middle part together. We read each other’s eyes. Mascara runs. But there is always a bowl of chocolates and someone quick to laugh.

This is how bones heal.



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  1. 4

    Loved this, Lisa-Jo! What a great prompt.


  2. 5

    This was a good one, Lisa-Jo. And I loved your story about the bible study, confessing the bratwurst incident,… Oh I have been there a thousand times too often. I loved it. I love your REAL. ;)

  3. 6

    Great thought here! Real. I never want to go back to fake. What a prison that was.

  4. 7

    “Never turn away a friend with an umbrella…” Wow, THAT is a wonderful statement! And so true- as immature mamas and wives, we want to take the rain full on ourselves…it is only with maturity that we realize simply taking the umbrella offered is a gift in itself. Great prompt and great post today!

  5. 8

    I’m joining in for the first time today… nice to meet you and thanks for hosting!

  6. 10

    Thanks for the challenge!!

  7. 11

    Loved this prompt — it just gushed out :)

  8. 12

    Today is the first time I’ve been brave enough to participate in this link-up. I see the button on so many blogs and today I decided to bite the bullet and see what happened in 5 minutes of writing without edit or time to plan and study.

    I could get used to this :) Thanks so much for encouraging people to write!

  9. 13

    I am LONGING for that kind of community here again. Your post yesterday prompted me to step out and try to gather up a Bible Study with women I know… The place where bones heal is sacred.

  10. 14

    Beautiful Post! I am trying to work up the nerve to join in on the link-up- I am just so OCD about posting… one day! ;)

  11. 15

    Great prompt, Lisa-Jo! So happy for you and the other women having a safe place to be real and heal…need the two together…what a blessing!

  12. 16

    I love this, i’ve been doing it in private forever with you and now i decided it’s time to post it! Thank you! I hope you don’t mind me linking you :)

  13. 17

    My first time with Five Minute Friday. I have enjoyed your blog and your writing for quite awhile and love FMF. The whole idea is so freeing, so real. I just had to join in. Thank you for the awesome prompt. And yes, we all need that IRL people meeting, people loving, people embracing.

  14. 18

    Just wanted to share that I’ve been trying to go that extra mile and have been reading the posts before, after, above and below mine. All of these thoughtful hearts have so much to share.

  15. 19

    WOW…I just wrote about this and then came over to read your blog. Seems to be in hearts this week, right?!
    I’m not linking up though, mine was more than 5 minutes.

  16. 20

    I think of all the heroes in my life. People who just keep putting one foot in front of the other, no matter what life brings. They just keep going, keep moving forward, trusting that it will get better. Accepting a hand up when it is offered and offering a hand up when it’s needed. 
    I am often amazed and humbled by the heroes in my life, or as I like to call them… My family and friends.


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