It’s the beginning of February, and if you live in the northern hemisphere and you’re anything like me, you’ve just slipped into the doldrums of a dreary winter where patience runs thin and tempers run high.

You’ve been sanitizing kitchen counters and toilet seats after weeks of circulating germs, and right about now you’d give anything for a breath of fresh air. Or maybe a mocha Frappuccino.

 

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Well, I’ve brought you a breath of fresh air for this week’s Five Minute Friday post.

It’s my great privilege to welcome Five Minute Friday founder, Lisa-Jo Baker, to the blog this week!

She has an exciting announcement to share with all of us, and I’m so glad she’s here!

In honor of our special guest, this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

 

breathe

 

Here’s Lisa-Jo:

 

My stomach hurts. My rib cage feels like it’s crushing my lungs. I’m sitting here at the old farmhouse table with the crumbs trapped in the cracks reminding myself over and over and over again that life isn’t actually an emergency. It’s a gift.

 

So why are my hands clenched so tight?

 

I’m like a kid with a cracker, a treat, a delight that she’s about to crush to death because she won’t open her hands. I’m holding on way to tight to this dream of freedom. You can’t be free if you won’t let go.

 

And I want so many moms to be free from anger from temper from the guilt that they’re doing it all wrong. I want us to let go and exhale and take such big gulps of free air together.

 

I want to breathe deep these promises that God makes all things new. Including weary moms. Including moms who feel like they’re doing it all wrong. When really all that worry means they’re doing all right. It means they’re ready for change. For life, for fresh air and a chance to write new stories in their homes.

 

Altogether now, open your hands. Breathe in. Breathe out. Tomorrow is coming as only tomorrow can. On the promise of grace and a sunrise painted by a God who holds tomorrow in his hand. A God who will complete this good work in each of us and carry us if necessary across the finish line.

 

There are crumbs in the cracks and to many to-dos but right now, in this moment, I can unclench my hands.

 

and just take the next breath.

 

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A Note from Lisa-Jo Baker

If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all then you know that I’ve spent the past DECADE trying to tame the temper I didn’t know I had before I became a mom.

 

breathe

 

Because it didn’t make sense that I could simultaneously love my tiny humans like nothing else on earth while also feeling like nothing else could make my head want to explode in quite the same way. It stunned me to one day find myself nose-to-nose with a six year old screaming my lungs out.

 

What kind of mother feels like that? A bad one, I told myself. I was sure I must be a bad mom because I was capable of a kind of rage that scared me.

What I’ve learned is that we are NOT bad moms!

 

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We are good moms, we are normal human beings dealing with abnormal circumstances (sleep deprivation, zero privacy or personal space or alone time) and what we don’t need is more guilt! What we need are the tools to help get us through.

 

The blog posts I’ve written about my struggle with my temper have been my most highly read and shared posts. And the ones I get the most email about and the most speaking invitations to teach on. I hear you sisters — the struggle with mom temper is real!

So I’ve finally done something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS!

I’ve packaged up everything I’ve learned about my mom temper (the hard way) over the last decade of parenting and everything I teach at my workshops so that you can put it into practice in your own homes.

 

And I’m calling it The Temper Toolkit.

 

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The Temper Toolkit is a labor of love from me to you — a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.

 

All for the cost of one exhausted drive-through dinner with the kids after a day of meltdowns.

 

Just click here to get access to The Temper Toolkit!

 

In this together!

Lisa-Jo

NOTE: The Temper Toolkit is only available through Monday, February 6th, so act fast!

 

 

Side note: I couldn’t let a prompt like “Breathe” pass by without a shameless plug for the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, happening October 6-7, 2017! Click here to learn more!

 

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This year, Leslie Leyland Fields will be the keynote speaker!

 

Lord willing, it will be my third consecutive year attending the Breathe Conference. I’d *love* to see you there!

 

Disclosure: Affiliate links used in this post.

 

Now it’s your turn! Give us your best five minutes of free writing on the prompt, BREATHE!

 

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30 thoughts on “five minute friday :: breathe {+ a brand new resource from lisa-jo baker}

  1. Lisa, as I read your post, I was thinking I should have posted pictures of Hawaii rather than today’s hoarfrost for my post’s pictures. 🙂 Yes, we need to breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out. I’m so thankful that each day God’s mercies are new. On those hard-momming days, when I wish I could have about ten do-overs, I find hope in knowing tomorrow is a new day, with only God’s fingerprints on it.And His presence ready to meet me and help me.

    Thank you for sharing your words!

  2. I have come to love Lisa-Jo…a lot. A real live struggling woman who shares that struggle with all of us. Will this package help with political anger issues? I’m no longer the mom or grandmom of littles but I’ve been known to throw my iPad across the bed in frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on BREATHE. Go. […]

  4. […] Today I’m linking up once again with the Five Minute Friday crowd.  FMF provides a prompt word every Friday, then we write, for five minutes, no editing, no holds barred, just write whats on our heart.  The rule is a prompt word is provided and we write….for five minutes, no editing, just real and raw.   Then post and go back and encourage the prior post.  Today’s word is”Breathe”. The link is: http://katemotaung.com/2017/02/02/five-minute-friday-breathe-lisa-jo-baker/ […]

  5. There is not a mom anywhere who could not use a toolkit at some point in time. Sounds like the perfect resource – one I wish had been available when my own were home with me. May God use it greatly!

  6. Lisa-Jo, it’s me, the spatula-disaster lady from IG 😉 lol So thankful for your words this week (as you know) and I have shared this great kit offer with so many of my mom-friends, because, well, life. Anything that helps us know we’re not ever meant to be perfect, and have it all together, but still gives us the tools to cope is an amazing gift! Praying homes are blessed by your words, resources, and testimony!!! A thousand thank yous! xxoo

  7. Thank you for the raw honesty here. Secretly, we, as a community of sisters, look at each other wishing we could somehow possess that secret superpower that “they” have. The one that appears to breathe calmness into all of their interactions. Yet, truthfully, we all struggle in some way. The irony is that we tend to let our wrath out to the ones whom we love the most because we aren’t afraid of abandonment in the face of our darkness. I am thankful for a Gracious God whose mercies are new every morning. Every. Morning. I’m at spot # 80 at FMF.

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