Five Minute Friday – Bare




Buck nekid!  That’s how my four year old likes to streak through the house at night before it’s time for her to jump into the bathtub.  And her brother, five years ago – when he was the same age – enjoyed the very same thing.  Isn’t it funny how two so very different personalities separated by nearly 5 years could be filled with the same wild abandon? Their little bodies, bared, without a care in the world.

That’s how blogging makes me feel. Truly.  I expose my heart with wild abandon and there are times, be thankful this isn’t phsycially true, that I feel bare.  Exposed for all to see and judge.  And every once in a while, I must remind myself that I signed up for this.  Literally.  Especially as I reveal my concerns for my children’s hearts and minds.

In the grand scheme of things, though, I do believe that this exposing of the very things that matter to me will resonate with others.  Maybe even others for whom the thought of laying bare their own hearts is far too scary.  And it is! It is nerve-wracking to let others read your heart in the words that are written.  Especially when those words come out in a rush and tumble of passionate thought that hasn’t quite been worked through yet.

Ultimately, we connect.  Hearts laid bare on the screen are connected word by word.  And it is good. Oh yes indeedy!  It is good.

I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker for her Five Minute Friday prompt.  This community writes for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt without editing.  Then we link up and make sure to encourage another writer, or five, as well.  This act reminds me of why I love being part of something bigger than myself every. Single. Week!  Click the button below to join in.



24 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Bare

  1. Love this! The two I chose to comment on from the list BOTH talked about that joyful freedom of toddlerhood which let us run around without shame or fear. And I love the tone of the place – fun, yet real. Good for you.

  2. It is skkeeeery isn’t it? At times to be buck nekid writing/ 😉 Metaphorically of course but still. I love that we have such a safe community every Friday to write our hearts, knowing that we will be there to cover each other in grace and love.

  3. It’s funny. I was much more bare nekid when I first started blogging many years ago. On a blog that doesn’t even exist anymore. Not that I’m only shallow and vapid these days — but I’m much more protective of what I say. I thought this post was perfect expression of the transparent blogger.

  4. Yes, so… buck nekid was “running” through my mind as well… It’s been a while since my kids ran around like that but it’s definitely a “wild abandon” thing… Kind of like flinging out our bare souls on the blogs…
    So, were we twins separated at birth or what?
    Good to “see” you again this week!

  5. your little girl reminds me of my little girl when she was that age…thanks for reminding me…and yes, this laying bare with our words on our blogs…I have been wanting to run away and not write lately…so I need to run to God and let Him hold and comfort me…sigh! Grateful we’ve connected via our blogs, Missy 🙂

    • Dolly, your words bless me more times than I can count. You stay courageous and know how grateful I am that we’ve connected, too. Big hugs!

  6. Ahhhh, to be young and wild and free, running around buck nekid again – okay, maybe not that last thing. But at least free enough to lose our inhibitions to bare it all. You gotta admit, we must really love this beautifully vulnerable process because we keep coming back to it over and over again. Thanks for making me chuckle.

    • Tanya, you speak my language. I am SO glad to provide the chuckle. You bless me with your words. And coming back just proves that indomitable spirit we were given is alive and kickin’!

  7. Hi Missy
    Blogging does tend to encourage us to open our hearts and life, to lay it bare and to receive much needed healing through our sisters in Jesus.
    Happy FMF

  8. Aww love this and so true I think by our words we can connect word by word which turns into heart by heart, so glad I met you and you bless me. I signed up for your e-mail so I never miss a post again.

  9. I have a four-year old and he, too, loves to be naked and running. He also likes to dance naked and look at himself in our full-length mirror while doing it! I can’t help but laugh at his zest for life and being bare.

  10. I’m so glad I came by from Five Minute Friday. I feel the same way. Writing my thoughts and baring my heart in the hopes of finding like-spirits. 🙂 It is wonderful to blog and even more wonderful to find others who make you feel like you’re not alone in running in wild abandon! That’s what you’ve done for me today. Thank-you!
    ~Sarah from

    • Aw, Sarah, your comment made my heart smile. That is truly why we do it, ultimately, isn’t it? The connections we then feel strengthen our very hearts to beat out our words with a little more courage each time. I’m so glad you stopped by!

  11. Visiting from Five Minute Friday. Your post makes me smile! Thank for sharing your heart! Blogging is a new venture for me, and it terrifies me to lay my heart bare. Yet God never ceases to amaze me through it all. What a encouragment to ‘meet’ and read others hearts laid bare that we may see his reflection.

    • Oh, Shannon, yes! That we would see His reflection in the baring of our hearts. And know that others that are linking arms with us long to see the same thing is a beautiful thought. Thanks for stopping by!

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