Friday, February 8, 2013

My First Five Minute Friday - BARE!

Today's writing prompt: BARE

Ready, Set Write!

Bare is a scary word. It's a word I came late to living. In the last year I have come to embrace this word, which to me means being vulnerable, being authentic, being my true self - even if that self isn't as acceptable to those around me as my cleaned up cheerful self.

I credit much of this new way of life to the writings of Brene Brown. When I read her book, The Gift of Imperfection, my world was rocked. I read the book in one sitting - on a drive home to Boise from Portland, Oregon (my husband was driving!). I think I read half the book aloud to him with each segment starting on a gasp of discovery. 

I next read Brene's book Daring Greatly, and learned how much of who I am is influenced by the shame I feel. I so wish I could have read something like this when my children were young, so if you're a parent of young children, please grab onto this book!

For me living vulnerably is summed up so well, in the words of Carl Medearis, "I know the one place I can't go wrong is the place where Jesus is.  I can be weak, sinful, foolish, and even rebellious.  I can fail others, ruin ministries, fumble my work, and still, I cannot go wrong when I stand with fear and trembling, knowing only Jesus."

Bare - It's not so scary after all.


  1. It's your first time? So glad you are here to share and I love that you are open for this journey- you sound expectant, exuberant and excited! I will so check out those books and thanks for sharing all! Also glad your hub was driving as you read. I did a brain stutter at first. ;)

    1. Thank you so much, Dawn. I enjoyed the five minute writing limit. A little pressure can be a good motivator for sure.

  2. Amen, Sister!
    Welcome to 5MF! Well done. I have a new author I need to check out now. Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you! I've given the Gifts of Imperfection book as a gift more than once now - including to both my children for Christmas. Great read.