Five Minute Friday-Stretch

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Hi Everyone-

I’m doing this 5 minute writing challenge again…and again.

As just a reminder, here’s what this challenge is all about-

This is a weekly writing “game”  from my bloggy friend Lisa-Jo Baker, who blogs (and writes heart-breakingly, beautiful words and stories) at

So, here’s the challenge: you write for 5 minutes, free, like you have no fear or shame or no editor inside your head (that’s last one’s a hard one for me)…and then you link up to her blog, and encourage the writer who links up before you.  This last piece is crucial, as we need to encourage others.

Each week is a new word, a new thought starter, and you have 5 minutes to write….and are you ready? go-

 StretchOh it feels so good some daysTo stretch

And run


to let the length and the stress out of my legs.

Some days it feels so good, yoga, stretching out all the parts of me that are cramped, scrunched, bent-up and pent-up in an office cube, in the somewhat huddled position of daily living life.

And it feels good to stretch all cat and dog-like out of bed; first the arms, then the legs.

But the emotional and spiritual stretching I could do without, God.

I could do without the rounds and rounds of working out the kinks in my tight, impatient attitude.

I could do without the long lengthing practice of trying to be compassionate.

And I could really, really do without the long, hard, bumpy road that is life some days, the long wait of days just waiting with bated breath on a negative diagnosis, a desperately needed answer, the long walk of a wait from just trying to wait on Your will.

It’s clear that I love the satisfaction of stretching; my body tells me that daily.

But the soul stretch-Lord, have mercy.

And let me learn that this is exactly where stretching is needed most.

2 responses

  1. Maria Dunn

    Amen. The stretching of ourselves spiritually is just as necessary as the stretching we need physically. Though it can be difficult, I am grateful that the Lord doesn’t give up on stretching me for my spiritual health. Thanks for your post. Maria


  2. Judith

    This is so unique and was a good thought provoking stretch 🙂 of physically, emotionally, and spiritually as you took me through your life, and mine, for that matter. Thanks for posting. It takes time to post but it is an encouragement to others.


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