Five Minute Friday


July 27, 2012

It’s friday, hallelujah. This week wasn’t quite as difficult as last week (thank God) but it’s been busy. And hot. *gasp* But it’s Friday now, a few of us like to sling words and string sentences together for fun. We turn off the inner critic and we write for five minutes flat. No editing, no second guessing. Link it, share it, and encourage others. Lisa-Jo picks the prompt, today, it’s: Beyond


I slip down the hall peeking in each room, listening to the sweet rythym of deep sleep,their slow, heavy breaths in sync.

I whisper prayers with my hands hovering over them the heat from their tucked-in bodies rises up, brushes againt my palms and I’m full aware that these moments are beyond me.

We whip through our days dashing from chore to chore and errand to errand, and I always forget the eggs I went out for, or the mayonaise and sometimes I forget to pray.

When I stop in the hall, cracking doors a bit, stepping over the clutter and bath towles unhung, I think I should drop right there in prayer, next to strawberry shortcake’s house and the dinosaur I’m careful not to bump (he makes a terrible roar!).

Motherhood treads a path of Holy ground and it’s so far beyond my ability, beyond my expectations, just beyond– and when they’re snuggled between sheets, flush with summer heat, I can only hover my hands above them and pray that God makes me enough–




Joining Lisa-Jo and fabulous others for a five minute write. Join us?

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  • Lisa-Jo Baker


    • alwaysalleluia

      Word! πŸ˜‰ XO

  • Mary Beth

    I just love FMF! I love reading where one word takes each of us! This is so beautiful! I’m always afraid to creep into Thomas’ room to pray over him while he sleeps because I think he’ll wake up. I pray while he nurses to before bed time and those are indeed precious moments!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Oh indeed, praying over a nursing babe. It’s been nearly two years since I nursed my last baby–feels like an eternity ago :( savor it…. beautiful moments…

  • Loni

    And even as moms, when we are not enough, God ALWAYS is!

    Enjoyed reading!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Yes! He’s enough! Beyond enough πŸ˜‰

  • Alia Joy

    My mind was on prayer tonight too. It’s gotten me through this week and the prayers my mother said for me while I slept my way through life, helped bring me to the place where I now do the same for my kids. Lovely.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Oh what a sweet gift, the prayers of your mother over you as a child… what a treasure to hold. Prayers is like air. Necessary.

  • Michele-Lyn

    I always love your mama’s heart. It stirs, strengthens and softens mine, when I read your words.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Bless you for your kind words. You’re a beautiful Mamma yourself, your children are richly blesed.

  • Denise Oldham

    Really lovely.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks, Denise. Blessings, kind friend.

  • Laura @ Pruning Princesses

    Perfect description of motherhood. It could be read as images of moms and children flash on the screen at the opening for a MOPS conference. Blessed for the reminders this morning.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Ahh, MOPS. I am neck deep in planning for our coming year. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your kind words, Laura!

  • Alene Snodgrass

    Love the words on motherhood. That calling is definitely beyond anything I ever dreamed. Priceless moments. Blessings girl!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks, Alene. It’s an amazing gift, too often taken for granted. Lord let me SEE and live it well.

  • Amy Hunt

    Oh so beautiful, and such true worship, my friend. The surrendering to Him, it’s really remarkable how He brings us to that place.

    • alwaysalleluia

      It is remarkable! He is so good to usher us in… praying you are feeling better and back on your feet, my sweet friend. XO

  • Eileen

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Bless you, Eileen. Thank you, my friend.

  • Student Mom (Jenn)

    Oh, that’s my prayer too. Show me how to be worthy of the family and Employer You’ve entrusted to my care.
    In from Gypsy Mama

    • alwaysalleluia

      So thankful you stopped by, Jenn.

  • Nikki

    Oh my dear, you have filled me back up again as you point me towards Him. Thank you. thank you.

    • alwaysalleluia

      ((hugs)) Thanks, Nikki. I enjoy these five minute friday challenges so much, and the pre-posting twitter chatter with you– oh that’s the BEST!;)

  • Elizabeth, wynnegraceappears

    Kris, love this soooooo. Its “beyond me” how much tenderness jumps off the screen from these words from you, they’re beautiful, and other moms and their hearts. Thanks Lord for this community and thanks Kris for beauty in your art today.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Elizabeth, you always breathe such grace in your coments to me. Thank you for encouraging me, and cheering for the Mom’s out there wo just want to do it well. It IS a blessed community we’re in! πŸ˜‰

  • TereasaM

    Kris, I love the way you write. I always leave your blog feeling like I just received a letter from a special friend.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Tereasa, your words to me today– a pure gift. I am deeply humbled and greatful.

  • HopeUnbroken

    love those hallowed moments, especially ones including dinosaurs:-) “just beyond”. . . yes, that’s where i’m feeling this morning. it’s a sweet place to be, truly.
    love to you, friend!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Steph~ may you find His comfort and joy in that place, and may you KNOW the value of your efforts, stockpiling treasure in heaven πŸ˜‰

  • Jamie

    Oh, yes! Pushing through the mud and muck of errands and forgotten eggs, thank you for the reminder of the beauty and privilege of prayer. Blessings!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Blessings, Jamie. πŸ˜‰

  • Tracey Padgett

    “Motherhood treads a path of Holy Ground”
    Oh how we as mothers need to remember this!
    Beautiful words Kris!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Yes, Tracey. I need the reminder as much as anyone. Often daily. Bless you, my friend.

  • Meredith

    My breath caught in my throat as I read the last line.
    Truly, this is the prayer of my heart.
    You have this way of saying everything that I am feeling, and wishing, and hoping.
    I treasure you.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Awwe, Meredith. My friend, I say these words and pray them with you. I just want to be enough, to live out the calling well… bless you, my friend.

  • sunshine


    • alwaysalleluia

      Thank you!

  • Barbie

    Beautifully strung words to my weary heart. I pray that He makes me enough, beyond what I can see, beyond my mess.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Amen. Praying it with you, Barbie.

  • Ms. Kathleen

    What a beautiful prayer and yes this was a wonderful prayer of life to the one true God! I love it! Amen! Have a fabulous day :)

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks, kind friend. God bless your day!

  • StefanieYoungBrown

    “Motherhood treads a path of Holy ground and it’s so far beyond my ability, beyond my expectations, just beyond–”
    Powerful words, my friend! So thankful that He is able to carry us through what is beyond our ability and expectations.
    Have a blessed Friday!!

    • alwaysalleluia

      thanks, Stephanie. So thankful you dropped by today to read. Blessings, my friend.

  • Wendy Douglas

    “Motherhood treads a path of Holy ground and it’s so far beyond my ability, beyond my expectations, just beyond…”
    This. Yes. My prayers about mothering my boys always seems to be sprinkled with the words…Let me be enough. Thank you so much for sharing this today. Blessings!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Wendy, Thank YOU for your kind words. I feel like a fish on land somedays trying to mother my two boys. God is the ONLY chance I have! He is enough and thus in Him, we are too. Only by His grace!

  • Leigh Kay

    Hello again new friend! Alluring thoughts. Prose-perfect. Tempo of a faithful beat, the drum of a faithful heart. Love it! Happy Friday writing sister. :)

  • ThandiweW

    when I read, ”
    Motherhood treads a path of Holy ground and it’s so far beyond my ability, beyond my expectations, just beyond”
    I was done. Beautiful. i love FMF. Who knew there was so much wonderful to read??
    Peace and good.

  • Jana |

    Oh sister, yes. How we scurry and sway and leap and sometimes forget. How their quiet, sleeping bodies remind us of the little hearts entrusted to us and how very much we adore them. So grateful for the grace that sees beyond our small offerings and big mistakes to His plan and His provision.

    I love you, grielfriend (even if spell check *thinks* I’ve spelled that wrong). πŸ˜‰ XOXO

  • Pam

    So, so beautiful!! I love your tender words and the images they evoke. – Pam,

  • Caroline @UnderGod’sMightyHand

    Oh, motherhood. It’s amazing, and yes, beyond.

  • Tracy Jensen

    thank you so much for sharing…beyond beautiful!

  • Jacque Watkins

    Such beauty in this place! I’m praying that prayer with you…that we’re enough…and maybe we aren’t enough. But I know because of Him, we are.

  • Annie |

    Kris, this captures the grit and glory of it. I love this so much. So, so much.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks, Annie. πŸ˜‰

  • Amy

    Love this!