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Five Minute Friday: Writer


Lisa-Jo’s book , Surprised by Motherhood, came out on Friday, and I am so incredibly excited about it!!  I cannot wait to read it! In honor of her book, our prompt is…


Fresh out of college and clueless as to what came next, I applied to graduate school in non-fiction writing. I enjoyed writing, I had a degree in it and so this seemed the logical next step. I applied to 5 or 6 schools and didn’t get in. To a single one. To say this was a shock for this academic achiever would be an understatement!
Funnily enough, by the time I received rejection letters from the schools my life was taking a different turn and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a professional writer any more. I was starting to understand that sometimes the things you love to do aren’t necessarily good career choices. I experienced something similar a few years later when I realized that working in outdoor education was taking away the joy I had in being outside. There are things we love to do, things we are good at, that we can most beautifully use in the margins of our life.
For me crafting sentences and stories is one of those things. Those rejection letters did a number to my confidence as a writer. But I can remember that, even in the midst of the confusion, there was a steady whisper from God: Not yet, my child. This is not how I want you to use this gift. Wait and trust me, and when the time is right I will show you how this piece fits into the puzzle picture of your life. And so I held it close and poured my heart into stacks of journals and drove my architecture professors crazy with five page papers turned twenty pages because I had too many words pent up in me- and brevity has never been my strong suit! Now, in this crazy season of life, I have found an outlet in this little space as I pound out the words swirling in my head.

( I am typing this on my phone so I’m not going to bother to include all the links and fancy buttons and such. And my son just crawled down the hall with a contraband pencil so I must hit publish if this is ever going to see the light of day!)


Five Minute Friday!


I met a group of ladies a week ago who a part of a unique an wonderful writing community. Five Minute Fridays is a chance for us to write for five minutes, unedited, on a prompt provided by our lovely hostess Lisa-Jo Baker. This is my first link-up (yeah, it’s Monday but the weekend was nuts!) so with nervous fingers I write about…


We names our son Johnathan.  The baby name books said his name meant “gift from God” and he certainly was that, a little bundle of smiles and big blue eyes we weren’t sure we could have.  Since then I have learned a better translation is “God is gracious.”  This seems even more appropriate.  His grace pours out daily through me and through this little man.  Grace covers the mistakes I make as a new mama.  Graces gently relieves me of the burden of perfection.  Grace gives me the joy to be a mama when I miss my job and my profession.

Grace is often defined as giving us what we don’t deserve.  Who of us deserves the privilege of  pushing new life into the world?  Of holding a tiny human that God knit together deep inside us?  Johnathan’s mere existence is a miracle of DNA and cells and chromosomes that takes my breath away.  That God would chose, would allow, women full of sin and shame and brokenness to bring new life into the world speaks a hope to my soul.  And for me, the woman who fervently declared she would never be a mom, who shied away from motherhood like it was a contagious plague, that He has allowed this pride-filled heart to love a son of my own is a shocking gift of kindness that makes no sense in the economy of earn-and-deserve.  He truly is gracious.

Five Minute Friday