5 Minute Friday: If you met me…

If you met me…

you’d see that my hair is whiter than my teeth,
my face speaks volumes about my life,
my size is somewhat smaller than it has been for the past 40 or so years,
my personality can come across as either
a.) warm and welcoming or
b.) more than slightly intimidating.
What you would probably not see, at least at first glance is…
I battle insecurities up the yin-yang
I wish I were both more and less than I am – more centered in my identity in Jesus, more open to adventure, more certain about who I am at this stage of my life;
less guided and girded by oughts and shoulds, less critical of myself (and others sometimes), less bothered by what others think of me.
I hope you would see that I am happy beyond words to meet you and to hear your story and to share pieces of my own. I hope you would feel welcome, respected, valued.
And I think you’ll see even less of me six months from now.


As always, joining with the lovely Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama for her wonderful and thoughtful 5 minute assignments each and every Friday:

Take a deep breath. You made it. It’s Friday.
Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and true and unscripted.
Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minuter who linked up before you.

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  1. That was fantastic! It was nice meeting you {;0)

  2. So good, so fresh, so real! Thanks

  3. Oh, I just loved this! “less guided and girded by oughts and shoulds” really hit me in the heart…that’s me! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  4. love this:) i feel like i know you much better.

    oh that we all would be less guided and girded by oughts and shoulds!

  5. i love this post. ‘I hope you would feel welcome, respected, valued.’- i love this.

  6. This is beautiful and honest 🙂 I got choked up reading this!

  7. I appreciated this, thank you! Staying centred in Jesus shifts everything else into perspective. It makes it easier to be honest about ourselves and less critical.