• Dana L. Butler

My First 5-Minute Friday: "STAY"

So, Lisa-Jo Baker, the community manager for (in)Courage, hosts these “5-Minute Fridays” over at her blog.  This happens every single Friday and I’ve contemplated starting to participate in these for quite a while.  I’ve been a little busy and distracted lately and my writing has kind of fallen by the side and I really don’t want it to, because it is so life-giving to me…and hopefully to a few others. I find that when I write I am more in tune with what God’s doing in my heart and how He’s speaking to me in the midst of my circumstances and just my daily life…. and I find that I’m more able to articulate those things in spoken conversation as well…which I have really struggled with off and on. And so… in an effort to give myself at least SOME “heart-regularity” (which is [not so] different than the type of regularity that’s the opposite of constipation), I want to try joining up with the gals over at Lisa-Jo’s site for a while.   The rules are simple: Take the one-word prompt for the day, and write on it, whatever comes to mind, for 5 minutes.  No major editing, little to no analyzing… just write. So… here’s what happened when I did this today:


The prompt is “stay” and the first thing that comes to mind is the many moments I’ve spent rocking my son before bed.  I remember in his baby-hood, how I’d sit and try to come up with a song for him about staying here on my shoulder just a little longer before growing up.  No song ever came together really, but that longing of my heart has never subsided.  When I’m really living IN the moment, being present to him and present IN this season of my life, this word is so profound to me.  “Stay here on my lap just another minute, buddy.” Reminding me to stay here and build this ridiculous tower with him one more time, so he can knock it down one more time, so I can hear his laugh one more time…to stay here a little longer, cuddling on the couch with my family, watching the Sound of Music.  So… I pray that I do.  I pray that I grab hold of each of these moments and stay present… stay in tune… stay engaged… just STAY.  I pray that I stay.  God, let me “stay” well.

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