19 Oct 2012

31 days to write your story {19} Five Minute Friday: Look

During the month of October I’m spending 31 days writing about writing.

So it makes sense to spend Fridays doing just that – writing. Always just for five, unedited minutes.

Why yes, writers like a good flash mob of words. Wanna join?  –>Click to Tweet this!

{This is me and Trina gettin our “five” on last year.}
How to Join:

Want to know how Five Minute Friday got started and how to participate? All the details are here.

Want to join us in PERSON next week as we get our Five Minute Friday on?

Yup, I. Am. SO. Crazy. Excited because a week from today we get to do Five Minute Friday in person at the Allume Blogging Conference! And if you won’t be there you can STILL join us  on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty {and if I feel brave and can figure out what it is} via a Google Hangout- everyone is welcome!

Turns out like 50 or so of you will all be there so we’re meeting up at 10pm for an in real life Five Minute Friday flash mob of writing awesomeness. All the details are over here – be sure and let us know if you’re in, yes?

 {Five Minute Friday friends: Jacque, Lindsey and me} 

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

OK, are you ready? Won’t you please give me your best five minutes on:::


Sometimes instead of people we see statistics. Or comments. Or Facebook likes. We see their traffic instead of their faces. We see their platform instead of their hearts. We see their followers instead of their voices.

Sometimes I peer through the dark screen of my Tweetdeck and I wish I could cup each of your faces in my hands and whisper,  I see you.

I see you.

I see those words you write at midnight and they are filled with more wonder than time it takes to read them.

Five minutes can split the world right open. Five minutes can build a bridge. Five minutes can open a door.

I can’t stop looking. Away from all this glory wrapped in pixels and hashtags and the love that you all keep spilling and spilling and spilling into each other fills me up all the way to my toes. I hold out both hands to try and see it better and still I’m looking at the reflection of Jesus.

How women can pave a way for the girl next door.

How women can invite over a neighbor.

How women can serve the hot biscuits and the sweet, cold iced tea.

Out here on the front porch of welcome, you all look mighty fine to me.


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I’m spending 31 days writing about how to write your story.
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  1. 1

    Thank you for that. We all want to be seen. We all want others to look at us, but not too much, and for the right reasons! ;)

  2. 2

    Mary Beth & I have got your back on Google Hangout ;) We’re old pros by this point! And your post made me cry. Hugs to you. Thank you for seeing us.

  3. 3

    I give you permission to cup my face and speak those words right into my eyes next week. But Warning…I might cry. Thanks for your heart to bring women together.

  4. 4

    So lovely Lisa-Jo…. Someday I will take a warm hug from you and return it too! You have a way with words! Thanks for this inspiring group of women.

  5. 5

    Oh, Lisa-Jo! You have become the fine southern belle that you think you want to be – no boots required! I really need to go buy you a pink sparkly cape so everyone will know that you have super powers. You encourage and welcome and spread it around like no one else. Can’t wait to see you again next week.

  6. 6

    You can cup my face anytime. As long as you don’t mind the moisture on my cheeks that you bring to me Every. Single. Time.

    Lisa-Jo…I see you, too.

  7. 7

    It’s beautiful, Lisa-Jo. This post, just speaks pure love to all the sister-friends out there we will meet up with next week. I can NOT wait. Thank you for how you always encourage me. You have no idea the impact it has. I can’t even describe it–only to say, thank you. XXOO

  8. 8

    Well I think I’ll just add to the gushing. I am kind of in awe at the God stuff that happens here and how God has used you to build an amazing community. I’ve really never been in one quite like this and I am always welcomed to the table. Such grace and beauty in you and the women that gather each week to make much of HIM. Love our time together and maybe next week I’ll squinch up your face too and we’ll get some really awkward Instagrams. :)

  9. 9

    One day I will have the privilege and honor of allowing you to cup my face in your hands and whisper those words. Your words pierce my heart every time I visit and grow me. So thankful for you!

  10. 10

    Yes, *Real* souls. Remembering this–and us all-is worship. Your encouragement is a rich blessing to me, friend.

  11. 11

    “The front porch of welcome” I love that!

  12. 12

    The kids stayed asleep . . . I got to write! Thanks, girl. See you next week!

  13. 13

    Your words were lovely. I enjoyed reading your take on “look” and found encouragement from Christ in them. Thank you.

  14. 14

    I love this, Lisa-Jo.
    It’s exactly what I needed today!
    I try to remember why I write. It’s not for the number of followers, it’s to honor a gift and a story that God has given me. It’s hard not to get caught up in the numbers.
    Thank you for reminding us that we matter and we are seen by not only our Father in Heaven, but also the people who need it the most.
    I sure do appreciate you!
    Love and Light,

  15. 15

    You painted this so beautifully! Thank you so much for being used to kick start this community and then let God have his way! I love uniting with these ladies every week.

  16. 16

    I love the idea of 5 Minute Friday and I love that we get to encourage each other… and I want to play by the rules… Renee at http://quenchthethirstbefiledwithlivingwater.blogspot.ca/ was linked up right before mine however I could not leave a comment on her blog due “unsupported browser” it told me… so if someone reading this would please post the following comments on my behalf I would be forever grateful


    Thank you for your words today. They spoke to me as I have been feeling like I’ve been stuck in a rut in my own morning quiet times. Your words offered me some insight into how to make these moments with God more special without the pretenses. So thank you. Blessings.

  17. 17

    I see *you,* Lisa-Jo. And I see Him in you. And oh my goodness, I get to cup your face in my hands in just a few months.

  18. 18

    Your words were amazing. Loved this post.

  19. 19

    Thank you Lisa-Jo that was lovely. I especially like the words and sentiment of “I see you”. To often people look at you but do not actually see you. I felt seen through your words and more than that I felt accepted. Thank you.

  20. 20

    Oh, we just need to hear this. To know we are seen, loved, adored. . .Your words here are Jesus’ arms spread wide. Thank you. I see you, too. :)

  21. 21
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  22. 22

    Aww…me, you, and Jacque! Yay! Cannot wait to get to spend some time with you NEXT week!

    Lief vir jou, maatjie!

    • 23

      Thank you for being here always and for the community who understands each other. I definitely thrive in this group.

      Love to know you value our words no matter how small and “un-profound” or how “un-pro” they may be.


  23. 24

    5 minute Fridays are magical for me. I used to write poetry a lot in high school, but as an adult never made consistent time for it. These 5 min. Fridays inspire me to write things I would never write otherwise , on a regular basis! Brilliant words today Lisa Jo! So true about seeing people on the surface with their “stats” sometimes and what not. My favorite line was the very last one :)


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