So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for over a year hundreds of people join a kind of writing flash mob over here.
We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that Lisa Jo posts at 1 minute past midnight EST every Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Are you ready
One of the (many) things I dreaded when I became a single mom were the weekends when my child would be with his father. I was sure the emptiness of the house would be tangible, and I feared that the loneliness and the quiet would be unbearable.
But I’ve learned that being alone and being lonely are not the same things.
I’ve always been a person who needed quiet time on a regular basis. I crave serenity and calm. I need time alone to decompress periodically. And I had forgotten that about myself, since I haven’t gotten to experience it in so long.
God has shown me that those weekends alone are an invitation to meet with Him in the quiet and solitude.
The stress, chaos, and NOISE of day-to-day life – making sure we’re up and out the door on time, that my child is at school on time, that I am at work on time, that the bills are paid on time, that dinner is made and there is food in the house - is draining. It steals my strength and leaves me exhausted.
But every two weeks or so, I get a weekend sabbatical – an opportunity to just sit and relax and focus on Him with nothing else to demand my attention. In the quiet, I get recharged and re-energized and refocused.
And I find that, though I am alone, I’m really not.
It IS true. It ISN’T just words. He IS with me always.
It’s when I am alone, in the quiet, that I can sense Him.
Wanna play? Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
- Five Minute Friday: Quiet (joycannis.wordpress.com)
- FiveMinuteFriday ~ The Joy of Quiet *sometimes even in the chaos* (juliejordanscott.typepad.com)
- Quiet Breeze of Grace ~ Five Minute Friday (simplystriving.wordpress.com)
- Five Minute Friday: Quiet (joleneybean.wordpress.com)
- Quiet (atshaibu.wordpress.com)