Five Minute Friday: FLY

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday.  A blogger named Lisa Jo posts a random prompt every Friday with the challenge to write for five minutes, a free write. We silence the inner critics and just write… whatever comes out is what comes out… but I might correct spelling and grammatical errors.  But I guess you’ll just have to keep reading to find out…

This Friday’s prompt?  I’m glad you asked:  FLY

Ready, set, go…

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4:47 am

My brother’s a pilot.  First things I think of when I hear the word FLY are all the memories built around the free flights/trips I got to take to fun places when I was listed as his “other” (before he got married).  For instance, on a whim I decided to fly to Aspen for New Years.  One weekend a girlfriend and I hopped over to Boston to check out the historic sites.  Denver, Washington DC, Baltimore, Portland, Dallas… I had a blast.

And as freeing as it was… it was always so good to fly back home, to my nest, to my little craftsman cottage in the historic district.

While I love to fly and be free and adventure and experience new things… I also love the opportunity to nest.

But then I get restless again… and want to FLY.  And then I don’t sit still again until I feel like it’s time to nest again.  And right now, I want to nest.  I don’t want to FLY.  As intriguing at it sounds… I want to be in my studio, organizing, purging, cleaning… nesting.

Good thing it’s Friday… and with no other weekend plans.  The only flying I plan to do this weekend is fly directly home from work so I can keep working… but in my space… in my space where my creativity SOARS…

4:52 am

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

fmf

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

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Five Minute Friday: TREE

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday post even though it’s Thursday.  I like this “free write” exercise so much that I want to catch up with last week’s challenge before the next one rolls around.  Thanks for understanding.

A blogger named Lisa Jo posts a random prompt every Friday with the challenge to write for five minutes, a free write. This last Friday’s prompt?  I’m glad you asked:  TREE

Ready, set, go…

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5:48 am

When discussing life’s heartache and pain due to loss, I’ve always loved the analogy of pruning a tree.  The tree grows strong and tall… but sometimes the rogue “sucker” branches pop out here and there and have to be pruned back, because they “suck” up all of the nutrients the rest of the tree needs.  

Or, think of the branch that gets diseased or old and endangers the life of th rest of the tree… it must be pruned.

It’s painful.  It’s loss.  It’s sad to see a once beautiful part of the tree being pruned… but the core body of the tree, even the roots of the tree need to be cared for to maintain the life of the future of that tree.  And sometimes that requires loss…

It’s a part of life … death is.  And it has meaning just as much as the joys of life do.  And we are stronger and better and will thrive because of it.  It’s painful… but it is required.

5:53 am

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

fmf

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

Five Minute Friday: GRACE

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday post… a blogger named Lisa Jo posts a random prompt every Friday with the challenge to write for five minutes, a free write. The topic this Friday: GRACE

Ready, set, go…

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5:17 am

grace. grace. god’s grace… grace that is greater than all our sin…

that ol’ hymn, sung every so often in the church i grew up in. but until recently that song was just a song.

growing up in church i was taught about grace. but now i KNOW about GOD’S GRACE. it’s THE MOST amazing, undeserved, freeing, redeeming, challenging gift anyone could ever give… or receive for that matter.

but why would someone give that away? i firmly believe that the motivation behind grace, especially God’s grace (the ultimate grace) is LOVE.

My Heavenly Father extends His grace to me. And God’s grace is all I need… it truly is.

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

fmf

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

Five Minute Friday: TOGETHER

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday post… a blogger named Lisa Jo posts a random prompt every Friday with the challenge to write for five minutes, a free write. The topic this Friday: TOGETHER

Amazing… you’ll see why…

Ready, set, go…

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4:12 pm

I’m sitting on the back porch of a vacation house on Palomar Mountain. The occasion? My hubby and I decided to rent out the lodge so that I could celebrate my 40th birthday. And as I thought about who would be invited to this event and the deeper purpose of this event I settled on the fact that I wanted to feed back into the lives of several women who have fed into my life, being supportive friends, inspiring friends, great connecting friends, fun friends, completing the definition of “friend”.

All I wanted to do to celebrate this moment in my life was to be TOGETHER.

I wanted to bring them together to meet each other, to have a chance to learn about each other, to give me a chance to pamper them, to give back to them… but mostly to simply be together with them all at the same time, in the same place… celebrating TOGETHERNESS… TOGETHER.

So I’m out on the porch… to do my post. They are inside telling stories and laughing … TOGETHER.

4:17 pm… I will soon go back inside… to be TOGETHER with these wonderful women… my life would not be the same without their inspirational influences.

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

fmf

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

five minute friday: ORDINARY

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday post… the topic this Friday: ORDINARY

Ready, set, go…

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Home from work on an ordinary Friday. And sitting down to write my Five Minute Friday blog post. And I look around me at the mess that I want to work on this weekend… the pile of mail that needs to be sorted, the half-finished craft project that needs some attention, the fur-kid who needs a bath… and it all just feels so ordinary.

And ordinary is not something that thrills me. What thrills me is unique, exciting and inspiring. And I long to instead go straight to the studio and start creating something, dreaming up a new something-or-other to list in my Etsy shop, working with my hands to give a recycled item new life …

But I know that those ordinary things need to get done. And I shouldn’t only and always pursue the unique, exciting and inspiring.

I know that our Lord asks of us to commit whatever we do to Him… the unique and the ordinary.

So, this weekend I will do just that… commit both the unique and the ordinary to Him, and know that He will bless whatever I put my hands to… He has promised He will…

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… http://www.lisajobaker.com Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.

3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

fmf

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

Five Minute Friday: WRITE

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday post… the topic this Friday: WRITE

(and it’s a good thing… ‘cuz I only have about 7 extra minutes this morning!)

Ready, set, go…

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Writing. An opportunity to spill out the words in the brain, without being interrupted. Without questions that derail the train of thought. Without … and without writing I’d feel a lack of personal expression.

It is a goal of mine in the next 12 months to get more of my writing published. Just yesterday I downloaded “submission guidelines” from a website … for a publication I’m just dying to be a part of.

So, write I will continue to do. Dream I will continue to do. And one day, that book that I started over 20 years ago will be reality.

Write… let’s just write!

Blog about everyday, write authentically, share intentionally, challenge in order to promote accountability…

That’s why I write…

Why do YOU write?

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

Five Minute Friday: TRUE

Here’s another Five Minute Friday post… the topic this Friday: TRUE

Ready, set, go…

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Truth vs lies.  Applying this personally… do I tell myself the truth about my worth?  My priorities?  My down falls?  My adequacy?   Is my mind traffic productive?

Or do I get stuck in the dangerous circle of being too harsh on myself, allowing that tape to run over and over again in my brain that constantly repeats things like: “you dummy… what were you thinking?”  “you can’t finish anything, can you?!”  “why do you even try?!”   “why do you do that over and over again?!”  “what’s your problem?!”

Or do I allow the TRUTH of God to infect my values, motivations and thoughts?  I KNOW that my worth is found in God.  I KNOW that God loves me in spite of my down falls.  I know that He has equipped me with what is required to be me.  I KNOW that He wants me to be focused on good, not bad… on His beauty, His grace… He wants me to be focused on what is TRUE, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious…

Are you telling yourself the TRUTH?!  Let this be a challenge to you as it is to me today…

Philippians 4:8 (The Message)

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.

– See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/08/five-minute-friday-lonely/#sthash.JLvjWS85.dpuf

Five Minute Friday: RED

Here’s my second Five Minute Friday post… the topic this Friday: red

Ready, set, go…

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the color itself evokes memories of the silk blouse I wore that night when I sang karaoke for the first time.  when I laughed so hard I snorted.  when I made new memories and felt loved and appreciated.  it reminds me of that truck I used to drive.  I was trouble back then.  I caused trouble back then.   i sought trouble back then.  red seemed appropriate…

red.  rebel.  lipstick.  late nights.  dancing.  tequila… too much tequila.  laughing… lots of laughing… and rebelling, red rebellion.

today red also reminds me of the blood that was spilled on The Cross … Jesus Christ, my Heavenly Father, made the ultimate sacrifice for my red days and nights.  He took my red and hung it on the cross, assuming it at His own.  And in those moments He showed me how much He loved me, accepted me (red and all) by showing His sovereignty.

John 3:16 – 18, translation by “The Message”

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

thankful for red.  and the Cross.

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/

Five Minute Friday: lonely

I am sitting down to write out my very first Five Minute Friday post… the topic this Friday: lonely

Ready, set, go…

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A fear for most.  But I thrive off of quiet time.

Then it dawns on me that loneliness doesn’t only occur during quiet times, during moments of solitary.

Loneliness lives deep in a heart. It’s a spot that only my God can fill. When I find my purpose in the my Heavenly Father, who gave me life… and I find my companionship.

And maybe this is why I’m not fearful of loneliness.

God has already filled those moments of time with His presence, and His guidance and His love.

And I am reminded of the Bible verse “I will never leave or forsake you.”

Thank you, my Heavenly Father … your presence and influence is felt in many moments of my day.

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker… www.lisajobaker.com

See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/