Five Minute Friday- Ache

 

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Won’t you join us?

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Today’s prompt is:  Ache

Ready? GO!

As I swing my legs over the edge of the bed and slide feet to carpet, I feel a familiar pain slice through my left foot. As I stand full weight balanced and drop heel to the floor, sharp pain becomes dull ache…*sigh*

Oh there you are, you haven’t been around for a while…I hadn’t missed you. The conversation with the ache goes something like this.  I had nearly forgotten what you felt like.

It’s my own fault, this ache that plagues me today. A failure on my part to do what was best and fully warm up/stretch before our volleyball games last night. Instead, I jumped straight into a pick up game, muscles cold from sitting, blood flow diverted to stomach from dinner.  Instead of taking it slow, instead of digesting, instead of preparing, I just jumped in….and now….now my near forty year old body aches.

Life, love and God require warm up too, don’t you think?  As I look back on life’s heartaches, I realize that so often they were my own fault…I  just jumped in…I didn’t wait, I didn’t pray, didn’t take it slow, or digest or pray…I just jumped…and ached.

STOP!

Five Minute Friday- Trust

 On Fridays around these parts (ok so it’s been a while…)we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just writewithout worrying if it’s just right or not.

Won’t you join us?

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Today’s prompt is:  Trust

Ready? GO!

“Cari, we just need to trust God.”

I just stared at the text on the screen. Black words in blue bubble. Simple. Quiet….Searing.

Big breath in and out and relief and calm sweep over me.

Oh, yeah…trust God. Why didn’t I think of that?

In the midst of a situation I was working so hard to “handle.” In the middle of my wheels spinning tight, all wrapped around the axle frenzy…one sister…one sentence….one truth….trust God.

Trust God that He knows what He’s doing.

Trust God that when He whispers He is rescuing a heart, even when…no, especially when…it doesn’t look like how you would do it, that He is indeed rescuing.

Trust God that when He needs your help, you will be the first to know.

Trust God that he’s got this…that he will heal this….that he will be victorious in this….

WHATEVER “THIS” MIGHT HAPPEN TO BE.

STOP!

Five Minute Friday- Grow

 

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just writewithout worrying if it’s just right or not.

Won’t you join us?

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Today’s prompt is:  Grow

Ready? GO!

It’s amazing how quickly life grows when it’s watered and fed properly, isn’t it?  How saplings and buds and puppies and children become trees and flowers and dogs and young men and women….in just a heartbeat….with love and care and warmth and nourishment–they all grow so fast, so beautiful.

It’s amazing how quickly death grows when it’s watered and fed, isn’t it?  How irritation and hurt and sadness and disappointment become anger and self-loathing and resentment and discrimination….in just a hearbeat….with fatty, greasy junk–they all grow so fast, so ugly.  

Amazing to me how growth occurs….it’s all about the input isn’t it?  It’s all about the focus.  Today I choose to grow beauty. Today I choose to grow life.

STOP!

Five Minute Friday- Unexpected

 On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just writewithout worrying if it’s just right or not.

Won’t you join us?

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Today’s prompt is:  Unexpected

Ready? GO!

I was going to write about God and His grace and how it so often catches me off guard.  It does, you know….catch me off guard so often…you, too?

But then I realized that what is unexpected today is something so much more, well….mundane (?)….common…everyday-lifeish.

Today, I’m in the mood to clean house….(those of you who know me personally, know how…ahem…unexpected this is!) Not only that, but I have a fairly open free day to do so!

A day to clean showers and do laundry and mop floors without trying to figure out how to get the kids involved, how to explain to the husband that “doing dishes” in Cari’s world actually means “Clean up the kitchen.”  A day to blast worship music, sing at the top of my lungs and dance with the broom (yep, I said dance…and I didn’t keep a pivot foot either!- I’m such a heathen!)

I think the most unexpected part for me was the joy that I am experiencing today.  Just hanging out- me, Jesus and the vacuum cleaner. It’s a beautiful thing! Maybe this post really is about God’s grace catching me off guard (again) afterall!

STOP!

 

Five Minute Friday (on Saturday…Again:)- Relevant

Oh, “Five Minute Friday!” How I’ve missed you! Seems hard to believe, but lately I don’t even feel like I’ve had five minutes to participate….a sad, sad story I tell….and well, just know…I’m working on it…and God is too.

So, flex your fingers, and let’s play Five Minute Friday.

Where we throw caution (editing, revising, and worrying) to the winds and just write. Without wondering if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat. Then link up here www.thegypsymama.com.

Today’s prompt is:  Relevant.

Disclaimer: Ok…I admit it…1) it’s Saturday and 2) this actually took like 12 minutes to write- but there are quotes and links and other fun stuff in there! Forgive me? 🙂

Ready? GO!

I am scared of what God is asking me to do.  For a couple of years now, God has seeded in me the desire to lead a women’s conference in conjunction with a Pastor’s conference my church helps support in Northern India.  For a couple of years the excuse I used was “I am not sure how my ministry will be culturally relevant. What will I speak on?”

My pastor (who teaches at the conference each year) has done his best to allay my fears. The conference coordinator has met my ideas with excitement and enthusiasm.  Still, the question has batted around in my brain…paralyzing my efforts to coordinate such an endeavor.

And then my friend, Geof Kimber came to lead worship at our church for a weekend conference.  We traded books, my Living Life with Strings Attached on godly relationships for his Fruits and Roots on worship.

I was 22 pages in when Geof rocked my world with this statement:

“God’s Word overrides culture. We are certainly to be effective in reaching people of other cultures; nevertheless our calling to that end is not to mold the Word of God to our various cultures, but to mold our cultures to the Word of God.

The notion that we are relevant to our own culture, but irrelevant to others, is still missing the point….Being irrelevant to other cultures is simply evidence that our own cultural views have so shaped our understanding of Scripture, that they are engrained into the way we apply them.”

Bam! OUUUCHHH!

Geof just performed the writer’s equivalent of a 2 x 4 to the head….It stung a little at first (who am I kidding, it stung a lot), but I was heartened by his words. I don’t need to make myself cultural….I just need to teach the Truth. Which is exactly what Geof says the answer is (and he should know, he travels the world leading worship and walking his talk…you should check him out…he’s amazing!)

He says:

“The solution to ministering effectively in a cross cultural setting, is proper exegesis of what the Word of God actually teaches, so that the Scriptures will shape the way we understand our cultures, not the other way around.”

This is exactly what I needed to understand.

I’m still scared. I still  have questions. But I am moving forward anyway.  Plans are in the works for a 2012 Women’s conference.  I will need your help…with prayers, with funding, with encouragement…but I know you will come through!

STOP

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Five Minute Friday- Joy

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Today is Friday….Don’t you just love them? As I sit here wondering what to wear to this evening’s Princess Banquet, I decide I will take a break from my ponderings to weave together a few words….will you too? Here’s the rules:

We throw caution (editing, revising, and worrying) to the winds and just write. Without wondering if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat. Then link up here www.thegypsymama.com.

Today’s prompt is:  Joy.

Ready? GO!

I have a picture on my vision board of joy….really I have a few, but one stands out in particular….

It’s a picture cut from a women’s magazine…an airbrushed picture of familial perfection with a ruggedly handsome father and a beautiful perfect-teethed mom with no dark circles or creases or such.  They are snuggled in bed with a matching boy and a girl all laughing. The picture is in black and white, an ad for cotton I think or time management or maybe antidepressants. I’m not really sure, but it captured me when I saw it.

I want that joy. That freedom to laugh and jumble and nestle together on a Saturday morning.  That’s why it’s there…on my board…

As I think about this prompt I think about that vision board and how far I am from the person I was when I created it over a year ago…far from it not because I’ve out grown it, but because I’ve grown into it. I look at that picture and I think about last night…

Snuggled in bed with my dear husband (who is, by the way, ruggedly handsome) and my matching  boy and girl squeezed into the “parent trap” between us.  Bubbly giggling washing over my ears and heart….there it is….joy.

STOP

Five Minute Friday- In Real Life

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Flex your fingers, and let’s play Five Minute Friday.

Where we throw caution (editing, revising, and worrying) to the winds and just write. Without wondering if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat. Then link up here www.thegypsymama.com.

Today’s prompt is:  In Real Life… ready? GO!

 

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In real life I am writing this “friday” post on Saturday because I didn’t quite make it to this item on my ‘to-do’ list.  Buried behind ‘do laundry’ and ‘and mail sales tax paperwork’ was this five minute breath of life that I look forward to, that I love so much.

Number 14 on my list of things to do in the six hours while my children were away at school yesterday.  Number 14 after ‘take Lucy to the vet’ and ‘go to bank.’ And I didn’t get there….not even close….I got to number 6.  Not too bad given the day and the way it played out, but here’s the thing…in real life, I didn’t get to the “LIFE”.

Why do I do that? Why do I set parameters on the life-giving things that I do? Why do they need to be rewards at the bottom of my list only to obtained when I do something really special, something really miraculous…I feel like it’s one of the dog treats we have for our dog, Lucy. Sitting up on the shelf for her to look at and pine after, but only really coming down for very special occasions.

God has blessed me with such beautiful life-giving gifts, and he wants me to have them.  It’s not God who puts ‘Five Minute Friday’ at the bottom of the list, it’s me. No, see God created (through Lisa Jo) a space for a little Sabbath every week.  A little place to create and then sit back and say, “It is good.”

But in real life, for all my trying and striving to get this REST and SABBATh thing nailed down, I still don’t understand it fully. I still don’t embrace it fully.  And Five Minute Friday stays down there on the list…waiting for me to get to a place where I take five minutes to breathe regardless of the rest of the list that awaits.

So I guess in real life, for all my talk about peace and rest and Sabbath, I still struggle to find it consistently.  I still have to fight for it and I still wonder if, in the fighting some of the peace and rest and sabbath is lost.  And in real life, that troubles me.

So today is not Friday…in real life it’s Saturday…and today, I moved the “Life” to the top of the list and the “Stuff to do” to the bottom…maybe I will mix them together and make a kind of rainbow sherbet from them….and finally sit back and say, “It is good.”

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