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–




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  • Reply Lisa-Jo Baker July 27, 2012 at 12:20 am


    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

      Word! πŸ˜‰ XO

  • Reply Mary Beth July 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    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!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

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

  • Reply Loni July 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

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

    Enjoyed reading!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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

  • Reply Alia Joy July 27, 2012 at 12:58 am

    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.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      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.

  • Reply Michele-Lyn July 27, 2012 at 1:16 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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

  • Reply Denise Oldham July 27, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Really lovely.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Denise. Blessings, kind friend.

  • Reply Laura @ Pruning Princesses July 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

    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.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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

  • Reply Alene Snodgrass July 27, 2012 at 6:48 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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

  • Reply Amy Hunt July 27, 2012 at 7:12 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      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

  • Reply Eileen July 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Bless you, Eileen. Thank you, my friend.

  • Reply Student Mom (Jenn) July 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

    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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      So thankful you stopped by, Jenn.

  • Reply Nikki July 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      ((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!;)

  • Reply Elizabeth, wynnegraceappears July 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    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.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      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˜‰

  • Reply TereasaM July 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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

  • Reply HopeUnbroken July 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

    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!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      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˜‰

  • Reply Jamie July 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

    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!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Blessings, Jamie. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Tracey Padgett July 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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

  • Reply Meredith July 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    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.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      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.

  • Reply sunshine July 27, 2012 at 11:18 am


    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Barbie July 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Amen. Praying it with you, Barbie.

  • Reply Ms. Kathleen July 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks, kind friend. God bless your day!

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown July 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    “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!!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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

  • Reply Wendy Douglas July 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    “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!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      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!

  • Reply Leigh Kay July 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    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. πŸ™‚

  • Reply ThandiweW July 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jana | July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    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

  • Reply Pam July 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand July 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

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

  • Reply Tracy Jensen July 29, 2012 at 3:18 am

    thank you so much for sharing…beyond beautiful!

  • Reply Jacque Watkins July 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

    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.

  • Reply Annie | July 31, 2012 at 12:38 am

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

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Thanks, Annie. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Amy August 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Love this!

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