18 Jan 2013

Five Minute Friday: Cherished

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to finger paint. For joy in the process. No matter how messy the result.

Got five minutes? Come and write with us! (<—Tweet this!)

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 in their comments. That is like the one rule we all really care about. For reals.

OK, are you ready? I’ve had this word on my heart for you all week. Usually I’m wondering what the prompt will be right up until nearly midnight myself. But this week – this week I think a few of you at least need this word…




His hands have always fascinated me. So much bigger than mine. He can curl each finger wrapped tight around my hand, like a wing I often think. My palm curls up into the wing of his hand and I am safe there. His hands are always warmer than mine and they reach for me in church, he taps time to the songs on the back of my fingers.

We have been friends for a long time. It was a cherry blossom spring when I leaned into him behind the fountain beside the Capitol. Tonight I lean into him and this mattress that has known us together now for more than a decade. Some nights we ache into bed after the marathon of bedtime. He sleeps with his head on his hands and I have to burrow to find a finger, to hold onto. A hand to meet mine in the dark.

This center, this coming home, this safe familiar hold.

It makes the world feel less big and this bedroom a reliable island. We weary gypsies. Cherished in the palm of His hand.


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  1. 1

    I love the peacefulness in your words. I can feel cherished as I read them. I am amazed how your prompts so often seem to be exactly, perfectly for me. You are a blessing to many.

  2. 2

    I love how you have to find his hand in the dark…that is exactly what I have to do too, wedge my hand under his pillow. You painted such a sweet sweet picture. Thank you.

  3. 3

    Your Cherished Time with your spouse is a lovely reflection of your love. Thanks for sharing your raw intimate writing with your readers.

  4. 4

    what a sweet portrait…like your hubby, my hubby’s hands are always warmer and I always love to hold his hand…and not just bc his are warmer (wink)…

  5. 5

    Love. Beautiful words, Lisa-Jo.

  6. 6

    Hi Lisa-Jo
    Your husband must surely get tears in his eyes when he reads this for I surely do!!
    Much love

  7. 7

    smiling thinking of these tender moments. mine has been away two weeks and comes home tonight and i’m giddy.

  8. 9

    What a lovely picture of that beauty and peace between husband and wife. The gentle, quiet love.

  9. 10

    Love your writing! I am certainly no great writer, but I do love this linkup because it’s helping me work through my perfectionism :) Great fun! See you next week :)

    • 11

      So glad April. This is where we finger paint – nothing is perfect; everything is beautiful.

  10. 12

    Absolutely love the beauty and truth in your writing here. And how the word “Cherished” took on that meaning for you. It makes me ache to hold my husband’s hand right now, and gives excited anticipation for the day I will hold my Lord’s hand.

  11. 13

    Ah, this love. Such a beautiful earthly representation of the perfect acceptance and safe place we have in God. So grateful for you, Lisa-Jo!

  12. 14

    I love to read about wives loving, needing their husband. We as a sex have gotten too tough and self-sufficient. Not a simple silly needing “a male” but a wife reveling in the beauty and intimacy of marriage, based on the strength of trust. That’s what I read.

  13. 15

    “My hair looks wonderful”…that made me LOL because my hair, at the moment is pulled back into a greasy ponytail (in need of hair dye!) as I get ready to do some Walking Away the Pounds! But I needed to finish this FIRST. My “create before I consume” project for this year. How awesome to be cherished by another human being. What a way to begin grasping the way he cherishes us! Enjoy the weekend friends {what is a week-end?? Quoting Downton Abbey}??

  14. 17

    So lovely. If you could only see my hair at this moment…ha! I too have to hold a finger as we drift off to sleep. I love how you wrote about that.

  15. 18

    I love Five Minute Friday. Thank you for launching this! Your post beautifully captures love. Makes me wish for my husband to hurry up and get home. Can I ask a technical question to all the FMFers out there? (I started a blog just to join you all, so please forgive my utter ignorance but…) How do I get that little Five Minute Friday into my posts, and how do I link back up to FMF? I’ve (through blood, sweat and tears) figured out how to link my post but can’t figure out this next step.

    • 19

      Hey Elizabeth – you started a blog just so you could write with us? Well, that about knocked my socks off! OK in answer to your questions:

      1 – to get the image into your posts you just copy the code for the badge, which you can find in the footer of my blog and pate it into the html view of your post. Voila – it will bring people right over.

      2- You link back to FMF by include a sentence or mention of Five Minute Friday at the beginning or end of your post and you insert the hyperlink for this post (so copy everything up there in the web url address) and paste it into your post. Does that make sense?


  16. 21

    Cherished in the palm of his hand–and His hand. This was lovely, Lisa-Jo.

  17. 22

    I am new to Five-Minute Friday. I pasted my link, and it works… but I don’t understand why there is a red X by my post… AND how to I add a thumbnail image?? I’m #225.

  18. 23

    My husband is going to wonder why I’m insisting on holding his hand all evening… Beautiful!

  19. 24

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much LOVE shared from my post!! Thanks for letting all of us play along with you!! :)
    Love you sister!!
    see you soon??

  20. 25

    That’s not only a cherished feeling but a treasured one as well, for me. I love holding my hubby’s hand…long for it sometimes. I feel so completely safe in his hands and in His hands. Thank you for sharing.


  21. 26

    This is so fun and encouraging, can’t wait for next Friday!!!

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