15 Mar 2013

Five Minute Friday: Rest

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This is where a brave and beautiful bunch gather every week to find out what comes out when we all spend five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing ’em over here.

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And did you know there’s a whole community of writers that connect online before the prompt goes live on Friday nights? They use the Twitter hashtag #FMFParty and are about the most encouraging group around.

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.
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..

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OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::



I’m the busiest I’ve ever been. Full time job, a big writing project, kids, kids, kids, after school stuff, pick ups, drop offs, blogging, planning, dreaming, traveling. Sometimes I have to fight the voice in the my head that laughs at my life and raises an eyebrow at this zoo. I reject that. Quietly, I lean back into the God who has called me to this time and place. It doesn’t need to make sense from the outside, it just needs to fit into the palm of Peter’s hand. As we lay under the duvet at night and he whispers an exhausted prayer over my head. Or as we pass at the door, him on the way back from work, me out the door to write, write, write. I have a book burning in my heart and my mind and it so badly wants to come running out my fingers that are otherwise occupied with other deadlines.

But on a Thursday late afternoon I have a cup of hot hazelnut coffee in front of me and a quiet corner to spill out this story that is the one I feel called to write. And there’s rest in that. There’s peace in the following, when your name is called. And you’re convicted to come, to brave, to tell. There’s rightness and welcome and home in the doing. Even if it isn’t a season of rest.

Even if it looks and feels busy. Sometimes the doing the thing we feel made, built, prepared to do – that is it’s own gift of rest. In the moment and sometimes in a pool of sunshine at a corner table in Panera.



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  1. 1

    Oh yes. there is rest in just knowing we’re doing what He’s called us to do…what a gift!

    and what a gift you gave us #FMFParty-ers tonight! Thank you, girl! {HUGS}

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    Lisa-Jo, are you reading my mind? :) I needed this kind word tonight. You have no idea! I never thought to think (hehe) that rest is in the thing He’s asking us to do right now. But oh so right! Yes, I guess I know this deep down…it came out in my fmf post about rest too. And yet I was beating myself up for not resting “better”. Whatev! How twisted is our enemy’s lies no?
    Hugs from one tired one to another – and yet with a rest inside that is a knowing that we are to do this thing right now that God is pressing on us to do.

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    Love your take on how there is rest in knowing we are doing what He has called us to do…yes…blessings, Lisa-Jo as you write your book :)

  4. 4

    Oh my — can’t wait to read this writing waiting to be birthed from your soul! You are a gift! Thank’s for #fmfparty and a timely word.

  5. 5

    Go Lisa Jo-Baker!
    U r so absolutely right!
    We find rest doing what we are called to do.
    Thanks for the prompt you just gave my heart!
    God bless u real good!

  6. 6

    I’m about to enter a season of crazy, and I so appreciate your perspective on this. I’ll carry these words with me:)

  7. 7

    I so agree- there is rest in that calling to write. Knowing He gives the words and it is no burden…when we can get to it! This one resonated strong with me! Thanks as always for Friday morning BLISS.

  8. 8

    what a beautiful view on rest. absolutely beautiful! xxx

  9. 9

    “There’s peace in the following…” Amen!

  10. 10

    thank you for the reflective prompt today. I enjoyed reading yours. Have a blessed day!

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    So resonate with your words today. Its true. Rest is simply follow the Spirit’s leading to what God’s plan in for you right now. Even when its busy, busy, He gives us the staying power. And that is the ultimate rest.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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    There is rest in the middle of the busy when it is fueled by a call or a passion. I hear this. It is almost a paradox. Thanking you for “going with” REST. It is a privilege to have a contribution, albeit small, into the inner workings of this community I have come to love and cherish. Rest well this weekend friend. In the middle and the midst of the all of it.

  13. 13

    Loved the post. I sometimes get so caught up in busy…I forget to be still, listen, and rest to that voice of God whispering in my ear.

  14. 14

    What a lovely way to start the day. I am not a writer but I do want to improve my written thoughts in scrapbooking and journaling. I love photos so I am very visual and will carry the image of your pendant with me for comfort and encouragement. And I would love to read your book!!! Thank you

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    What a stirring thought that you can rest while doing, if the doing is what you are meant to do. I could read your posts forever, love your voice.

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    I love the time when we can get away from it all and simply write. I long for those quiet times of rest. I have to tell you that I so enjoyed your radio interview yesterday with Lisa Shaw. Isn’t she the best hostess? I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of meeting her in person and I can add that she’s the real deal. I look forward to reading your upcoming book!

    Blessings and love,

  17. 17

    Wow. I have no idea how you do all that. No idea at all.

  18. 18

    “There’s peace in the following, when your name is called.” Love this line! I have been deeply encouraged in my writing through visitors from this gathering. Thank you for bringing us all together. I took two years “off” of life to rest and heal. It was painful but now life is “picking-up” and I am almost afraid! Will I be enough, am I taking on too much…will relationships suffer…am I in His will or my own ambition…either way it burns and I wait…Your sharing is precious and passionate!! Thank you…

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    amen beautiful Lisa!!!

    This was was very special for me to write at this busy season in life:!


  20. 20

    I really appreciated what you said here, “Sometimes the doing the thing we feel made, built, prepared to do – that is it’s own gift of rest.” You are so right – I fill too much of my weeks with things I do not feel made or built to accomplish. It’s like forcing a square peg into a round hole. Sometimes they are necessary things, but I have to make time for the other too. I found myself piecing a quilt top together last night without any hassle or anxiety. The time flew by as I pinned and pieced with only my thoughts for company.

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    Thank you for this, Lisa-Jo. Once again it has met me right where I am.
    Blessings and Light,

  22. 22
    bluecottonmemory says:

    “Sometimes the doing the thing we feel made, built, prepared to do – that is it’s own gift of rest” – that is so true:) I love coming on Fridays – it’s a balm to my spirit – the writing, the reading and the sharing:)

  23. 23

    These words are so true, and comforting, and brings about peace which in turn grants a sense of rest. “Sometimes the doing the thing we feel made, built, prepared to do – that is it’s own gift of rest.”

  24. 24

    Amen! That is one of my favorite ways and places to “rest.”

  25. 25

    I loved your post. It hits right where I am, minus the kids, kids and kids. They are grown, but still call out for mom in the night. Several writing opportunities have presented at a time which seems the worse. But, I feel God in them. Thank you for your words. They add to mine and as I listen to the Lord, feel the unction-I know.

  26. 26

    Thank you for hosting. This is my first time joining in and what a timely prompt : ) I feel like each post I’ve read today has been a mini pep talk written just for me.

  27. 27

    Thank you so much for the lovely post! Today was the very first Five Minute Friday I’ve done, and it was oh-so-timely. After writing it, I went and sat by a pond with my camera and took pictures and talked with the Lord. It was perfect. :)

    What really made me smile was that my calendar had a Peanuts cartoon for today that fit the theme well (even Lucy needs her quiet time!)

  28. 28

    I love this one Lisa Jo, and I needed it. I cant help but think of the hymn, Be Still My Soul. You have reminded me to rest and trust. What a wonderful gift.

  29. 29

    You. Go. Girl! This posting of YOURS was so spot on that I decided to skip writing my own FMF post this week. Instead, I’m just gonna soak in the truth and beauty of finding rest in exactly what I’m meant to be doing right here, right now. Your words here, this Friday, just resounded in my heart!

  30. 30

    Thanks so much for hosting and sharing. So interesting how the Lord led you to rest in the writing and He is leading me to rest in the waiting to write. Oh, the beauty of God’s economy and His perfect love for each of us.

  31. 31

    Oh, wow! (That and tears rolling down my cheeks).

  32. 32

    Just getting caught up with fmf today. Rest has been much on my mind. Lively debates in my circles about Sabbath rest—what and when. But in the midst of all the crazy that is my {everyone’s?} life knowing we can Rest in Him is Amazing Grace. I’m trying to take more time to rest form all the activity and write. Thank you Lisa Jo for this forum. For your words.

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