• Dana L. Butler

How I Burn White-Hot to See {Five Minute Friday}

Oh, Five Minute Friday, where have you been all my life?  Or all my December….  And all my first bit of January.

Goodness gracious, I have MISSED these precious ladies and their hearts and their words and these courageously spontaneous outpourings of our guts.


SO.  Even though I posted yesterday, participated in #AskAwayFriday, I couldn’t resist writing on this week’s FMF prompt.  Because it’s a dang good one.  And because my heart might explode all over tonight if I don’t write a little and I don’t have time to clean up that mess.

If Five Minute Friday is new to you, here’s the scoop:

5 minutes. 1 word. No editing. Just write your guts, then link up.  Then encourage some fellow bloggers by reading and commenting, particularly on the blog of the person who linked up before you.  

It’s easy and fun and the friendships formed — I have no words.  Just mush oozing up in my heart.

Join us here this week if you’d like?   You won’t regret it.  Fo’ real.

Okay.  So this week’s prompt is….


It’s Friday, 9:30 pm and despite my steadily growing exhaustion, I plop into a chair at my dining room table.

I have got to write tonight.

See, I’ve lived today with eyes open wider than they’ve been in a long time.

I’m not sure why.  Perhaps because Stan is out of town for a night and there’s this abundant extra measure of Jesus-grace to parent single handed for 36 hours or so.  And to embrace the moments as I do.

Perhaps because I’m looking ahead at all 2014 has to offer — all the unknown and the long awaited and the unexpected and the way He’ll make Himself known to our hearts in it all.

It might even have a tiny bit to do with the fact that last night I got the coolest haircut (same style – she just did a great job) I’ve had in a while and I have a feeling I’m gonna look in the mirror and feel pretty for the next few weeks.  That’s always a plus.

Whatever the reason — and it’s probably a combo of all of those and more — today my eyes have been open, and I’ve seen.

I’ve seen my kids’ hearts and enjoyed them.  Wide open, full-blown, extravagant enjoyment.

I’ve seen my life through lenses of thanksgiving and I’ve come right to the edge of exploding my heart all over the place with raw gratitude and joy and anticipation before the Lord.

I’ve seen my heart with Heaven’s perspective and I’ve burned white-hot to live as an artist rather than a technician — to live wholehearted, engaged, present, authentic, awake.

Aware of Him.

To look inside and look around and look up… and, with faith-filled eyes, to see.

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