Friday, April 29, 2011

Always: 5 Minute Friday

On Fridays around these parts we have a little tradition. 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. You’re welcome to play along. The rules are easy.
  1. Write your heart out for five minutes and show us what you’ve got.
  2. Tell your readers you’re linking up here and invite them to play along.
  3. And most importantly, go visit, read, and encourage the fellow five-minuter who linked up right before you.{Pretty please turn off word verification for the day to make this easier!}

If I Knew I Could, I Would…

Always say the right thing.  Always write the right words.  Always be in the right place at the right time.  I would be completely available to anyone who needed me and I would be able to serve them with an open heart, open arms, and no baggage, no resentment, no looking at my watch to see if I'm still going to have time to do all the things I had planned.

I would live my life by the heartbeat of His.  I would lay down my own ambition, my own plans, my own dreams and desires.  What I really want is what is best -- His plan.  Not what is the product of my own strivings, not what I strain to do because somehow I'm trying to find worth in this fallen world.   I would rise every morning, stand in praise, my arms lifted, joy in my heart, completely open to His voice, His call, His direction.  And each step would be His.  And we would walk together.  Every single day.


Note to the readers:  I try desperately to visit everyone who visits me and leaves a comment, but this week I am snowed under with work.  Just wanted you to know that if I don't make it to your place, it's not for lack of trying.  Much love!


  1. oh! you! trusting you will have grace and strength and balance with work--it is hard!

    and love this and your are so special, sister!

  2. oh to live with His heartbeat. . .love that!

    visiting from Gypsy Mama.

  3. I love how you put into words how you want to do His best and not your own plans and desires. I know that is one thing I strife for myself. That is extremely hard.
    Thank you for dropping by.

  4. This is beautiful. I like reading what is straight from someone's heart, but I don't know if I am brave enough yet to try. Maybe one day soon:)

  5. Amen.

    This is a prayer in my heart as well.


  6. What a heartfelt prayer dear one.

    His heart beat inside of is happening, we just have to let it! :)


    Mrs. M.

  7. You have inspired and challenged me again, dear friend!

  8. Oh yes. Another great five minute post. (I always look forward to reading your five minute posts.) I feel much the same way about serving, loving, following Him (though you wrote much more beautifully than I did!). Lovely, lovely.

  9. I always feel the Holy Spirit in your writings. I love your authentic words and for sharring the messy with us. Nothing is perfect, but we are made perfect in Him. Thanks for linking up today Jen.

    PS Slow Down and REST!

  10. I went and saw Sheila Walsh a few weeks back and one of the things that stuck to me like glue was her morning prayer. Every morning she looks up at the sky and says, "wherever you are going today Lord, I am going with you". I now say this too, and i find it hilarious that every time I say it, I just get giddy with laughter, it brings me so much joy to know I'm never alone!!!

  11. Oh Jen, this is what I want too. Absolutely loved your words today

  12. You are a very good writer.Your post talks to straight to the heart.Am moved.Hope all your desires come through.Keep up with the good work.
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  13. Oh yes!! The right words, at the right time, with the right heart...always! That sounds amazing

  14. Thanks for these good words this Saturday morning, Jen. As always, your heart just shines.

    Diana at

  15. Jen, It seems that I can always relate to your words. Yes, I always want to say and do the right things.

    I was inspired to do the 5 minute on Friday because you did it! I feel like I don't have time...but then it is just five minutes.

    Stephanie -- I don't know if you'll read comments below you but I love this idea of praying each morning & how it makes you giddy with joy! That is so cool! I'm inspired!

  16. Wonderful wonderful thoughts. Hope you have found your way out from that pile of work. Have a fabulous week.


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