August 1, 2013

Five Minute Friday - STORY

Wow... tonights' Twitter party was Off the HOOK, ya'll! It was crazy busy with all sorts of encouragement and amazing Awesomeness!  So much so - that Lisa Jo gave us the prompt early... and yet - I just needed to sit and soak in the afterglow a bit longer... how is it that there is just so much sisterhood that takes place and goes deeper every week... every day... and we have yet to hear each others speaking voice? Oh - we hear each other loud and clear... we hear our Voice... and we hear our hearts... our hopes and dreams and insecurities and doubts... it is a gathering place where our stories unfold and intertwine and in the midst of it all - His name is lifted High!

But - first - the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is!  Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa Jo Baker.  It is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE!  The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at one minute past midnight Friday morning (EST.)  I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!

So - here goes: Five Minute Friday - STORY...


For generations, we have had a call to write.  My great great grandmother felt it... I'm sure her mother as well... and right on up through the matriarchs to my mother, then on to my sisters and myself.  

My daughter has felt it as well... 

The draw to string words together and evoke emotion... to point to a greater meaning... to glorify the One who weaves our Stories from before we first gasped for air. 

It is in our bones... this desire to create... to paint a picture with our words... to let Love and Grace and Joy and Friendship just seep on through and soak in deep to those who read us...

...and what is required - what I am learning is this:  We must share our Story... and our story intertwines with others'... but it's our Story alone that we write.  I am only called to pen down what I know... 

It can't be like everyone elses'
- and it's not limited to writing it down!
Oh No... it must be lived out loud!  

Live your Story - and don't shy away!

You were created for this life
that you have been given...
let's purpose to live it in a way that
Leaks out Love...
exudes all sorts of Grace...
& Shines brightly for all to see.

In this season of letting go in order to avoid any tearing apart... I am having to remind myself that this precious Girlie of mine... she has her own Story... To live... and to write!

As Mama's - we can forget this...

We can forget that we don't get to write their Story too... and that their Story doesn't get to define us... for all the twists and turns and unforeseen chapter endings, it is always a work between them and the Author of their faith... 

The same is true for us!  Others can influence and encourage - but it must be our own Story that we tap out on these keys... or it just doesn't read like Truth!

Write what you know... write your own Story... 
and then Live it out loud... and let it be read by those who surround you!  


Speak Life, Be Love, Shine On!

Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "STORY"  

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