Friday, July 8, 2011

5 MInute Friday: Grateful

From the Gypsy Mama:

Want to take five minutes with me and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}
3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:



This morning, the alarm chirped at 5:45 am, and as I lay in bed for a few moments before my feet hit the floor, I found myself saying "thank You" to God.  

My mind does not usually achieve such clarity in the mornings, and truthfully, I felt much like I was on auto-pilot, that my heart had spilled over my mind and out of my mouth, as the sun started to peek its way into the day.

I was spilled over in gratefulness even though I'm still worn-out, a bit stressed out, and longing for something more than I have.  And I realize, I am more than I appear to be.  By His grace, I can see beyond the temporal.  I can live beyond the expectations.  I can revel amongst the imperfections.  I can be grateful, even for the things I do not have.

I appreciate the gratefulness that welled within my soul today.  I appreciate that it was gut-driven and not just a repetition of thanks for all the things for that I must indeed be thankful.  I am grateful for the haze of the morning light and the foggy mind.


Linking with the Gypsy Mama today.


  1. Jen--what a great post. I just love mornings that begin with clarity, even if that doesn't happen very often. :-) Look forward to reading more posts!
    I was up next after you on The Gypsy Mama. -Jen

  2. Love those moments! This was nice "I can revel amongst the imperfections" So true! Happy Friday Jen!!

  3. Just loving this today. I am more than I appear to be, living beyond expectations and grateful for the things that I don't have. The idea of having gratitude for the things I don't have hit me strongly and a bit differently today. Yes...He certainly knows best.

  4. So much to be thankful for! Loved your words and heart full of gratefulness.

  5. And, your heart welled up in gratefulness while still in bed and not promted first by a blog hop. That is a sign of a heart turely in love with God.

  6. Very's good to record those days where we actually wake up on the right side of the bed...with GOD. HA! Loves ya!

  7. Hi Jen

    I loved this post and I can so relate to it "By His grace, I can see beyond the temporal. I can live beyond the expectations. I can revel amongst the imperfections. I can be grateful, even for the things I do not have."

    Love these words and I'm trying to live them every day in this season in life where so much seems to try to crush us.

    Thank you for so much inspiration!

    God Bless and have a great weekend!

  8. I love spending my mornings communing with God...praying and being thankful!
    Thank you ... yours was honest and beautiful.

  9. Don't you find that when you begin your day like that, it just seems to go differently? Blessings, friend.

  10. Wonderful, I love how we both wrote about spilling! I think the more we practice gratitude the more we can instinctively respond with praise, even in the early morning fog!

  11. I Really, really need to wake up early to pray and reflect. Thank you for this beautiful entry.

  12. The last few years I have grown more and more grateful and feel more and more healed in so many ways. What a great way to start the day!

  13. Being grateful and content for all that God has given me is something I'm working on. A sense of pure joy in the giving.

  14. Sounds like a wonderful morning. I so wish I could actually hear my alarm clock to get up that early-I do like the stillness of the morning with the animals awakening. But instead, I'm awake at 2:30 with anxiety. Ugh!

  15. I love this: "I can live beyond the expectations. I can revel amongst the imperfections. I can be grateful, even for the things I do not have." Great five minutes!

  16. Love your blog. I need uplifting people in my life.


  17. How beautiful to wake up with Praise in our lips.

    I am sure your day was thoroughly blessed!



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