01 Mar 2013

Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

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Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
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It’s the default that runs through my head when I’m tired or worried or under a mountain of deadline. How ordinary I am. How small and incapable and full of the run-of-the-mill narrative that a hundred hundred mothers have all shared before me. I have a burn mark on my forehead from the curling iron and didn’t grab a belt when I snuck out in the pre-baby awake darkness this morning so my jeans keep needing to be hitched up.

I left all the make up at home.

And my reflection in the rest room mirror tells me that I’m not the 26 year old that lives on the inside anymore. My oustide is a very ordinary car pooling minivan driving mom and I wonder if my stories are necessary. My friend Christie writes about bread and paint colors and gardening and motherhood and I hear God.

I clean the kitchen late at night and I see Annie’s art print – Be Small. Hidden there behind the stack of apples and not-yet-ripe nectarines. It’s a blessing. Be small. I exhale. My smallness, my ordinary makes room for something else. For someone else. For the Spirit of God to sigh through me and change me and I keep coming back to the keyboard because He writes me stories and I am compelled to share them.

Crazy bangs, burned forehead, old sneakers with the comfortable hole in the toe and all.


{Speaking of great words, one of my dearest friends, Holley Gerth, has an amazing book that releases today. Anyone who dreams of being a writer (or has any big dream for that matter) should read You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream. Seriously.}



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  1. 1

    Oh – how I love this “My smallness, my ordinary makes room for something else.”

  2. 2

    Oh, sweet friend. Your words here – in this place – encourage and remind and whisper grace to me just the same way I hope that print does for you. It’s a good thing to offer these small gifts. So grateful for you!

  3. 3

    Ohhh Lisa-Jo.

    I just want to hug you. Part of me wants to say ‘how can you say you’re ordinary when you write symphonies of words. You encourage the rest of us who are plodding through the muck, the day to day life, and you’re with us’. But I understand that feeling of ordinary all too well. All too well.
    But I’m also reminded that it was John, the disciple who said we must decrease so He can increase, so if that means looking ordinary in the eyes of the world….

  4. 4

    I LOVE love love that He compels you to write the stories He tells you. Never stop telling us those stories please!

  5. 5

    oh, Lisa-Jo, I hear you …may I tell you how extraordinary I think you and your writing are…truly…Thanks for sharing your stories and your heart…Grateful :)

  6. 6

    (psst: can you please delete my first link #24? I had some troubles with my picture. Thanx!)

  7. 8

    Isn’t ordinary awesome??? I love it.

  8. 9

    Thank you for always sharing the stories He writes you:)

  9. 10

    Cleaning your kitchen late at night. I’m impressed! That isn’t ordinary to me.

  10. 11

    “My smallness, my ordinary makes room for something else.” Love that!

  11. 12

    Ordinary is perfect. “For we have this treasure hidden in jars of clay”.
    Blessings on this very last “first day of March” for 2013.
    Hope it’s filled with wonder.

  12. 13

    Three cheers for ordinary – hip, hip hooray! hip, hip, hooray! hip, hip, hooray! Now I must read a bit more before beginning my ordinary, blessed by God morning.

    Thank you for being here for us, you ordinary person, you!


  13. 14

    Love your post and I love this prompt. Thanks for being here. As for ordinary, I’m now “extra”ordinary!

  14. 15

    “He writes me stories.” This. I love this.

  15. 16

    For some odd reason, I’m having difficulty linking up today :-(

  16. 17

    I am the queen of bed-head, so much so, that I recently cut nearly 16 inches of hair off to turn my bed-head into a hair-style! Ordinary is good – it is humbling and honest. It keeps us grounded in what is important and doesn’t let us get too big a head. Just my opinion, anyway.

  17. 18

    I love your kind of ordinary. I breathes of the necessities of life and helps us all remember we need not be the glamour shot version of ourselves that keep us all in isolation. I love the sound of the “be small” picture.

  18. 19

    Love your chat; love your “ordinariness” and the wonder of the things you write. I love how God speaks to you; directs you and you listen.

  19. 20
    Mallory says:

    The Spirit of God sighing through me.

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    They fit so well with what youre trying to say. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say.

  25. 26

    Ordinary is part of the word “extraordinary” I have always liked htat.

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