Five Minute Friday: Full…

Here we are again – it’s Friday! And Lisa-Jo is back from her 3-week visit with family in South Africa and she’s given us a lovely prompt for today – here it is in her own words:

On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.

We love to  just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat.

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:



To the brim today, that’s what full feels like. To the brim with gratitude, exhaustion, joy, celebration, connection, happy pride, all mixed together with some trepidation, uncertainty, unworthiness  and yes, I’ll name it – fear.

The happy-full feelings are the residue of a lovely weekend of wedding, a small miracle story in our family circle which I’ve written about here and here and yes, also here. {it took 3 to get all the photos in!} Such a sweet story, such a sweet day. My grateful heart sings with joy at this denouement to what was for so many years a story of sadness. And I am so grateful to and for my family, I cannot find the words. EVERYONE worked hard to make this story happen – from my 90-year-old mom to my brother and his wife to all my kids and their kids to a few good friends who are like family to us. It was a good, good time.

The anxious-full feelings come because today I begin a 2-week in residence training program on my way to becoming a spiritual director. The anxiety is not huge, but the uncertainty and perhaps…curiosity…are huge. I began going down this road in a completely different direction, so this part is new and I am full of wonderment about how I got here.



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  1. Weddings are such a wonderful blessing! What a full and special time!

  2. Lovely photos to go with a beautiful story about your family. I’m so happy for all of you.

    I’m curious about the spiritual director role. A couple of people I know (in full-time ministry) meet with a spiritual director. Blessings to you as you step into this new and important role!


  3. beautiful!

    <3 Traci

    Here’s my first stab at this writing exercise: <3

    It was my first stab at it over at Ordinary Inspirations:

  4. What a wonderful and exciting opportunity for you to be spiritual direction. Feeling a little uneasy is good as that is what makes us rely more on God’s power to work through us.

  5. Sounds amazing, Diana! What a story of redemption and hope and joy – full to the brim is exactly as I would describe it too :-). Sometimes there aren’t any other words.

  6. Praying for you as you begin this next step in your spiritual journey, Diana.

  7. Gorgeous photos! So happy for you.

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