Five Minute Friday: Cherished

Five Minute FridayIt’s that time again…Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday is a writing flash mob of sorts started by Lisa Jo Baker. Every Friday writers from around the web write on the same topic for five minutes straight, no editing, no interruptions. Then they post what they’ve got and link up to the other writers.

Today’s topic, fitting in with old rhymes and new verses, is CHERISHED.

GO…

Cherished

There are so many names I give myself, so many identities I try on.

Writer, daughter, friend, and gringa are a few of the obvious.

And then the names, the words, that penetrate much deeper. That whisper in the silence. That fill my soul with dread.

Unwanted. Alone. Lazy. Fat. Burned out. Unloved. Or worse, unlovable.

I’ve been thinking a lot about names lately. My church here in Guatemala started a series called “My name is…” or “Mi Nombre es…” And will probably keep blogging about names in the weeks to come.

But today, with just five minutes and just one word, Cherished, I will stick to that name.

Cherished. Adored. Loved. Beloved.

Can I have the audacity to take a name like that? To see myself as cherished? To be the one who cherishes me?

What role does cherishing myself have in cherishing others? Can I really value others, can I really see their stories as my own, if I don’t see my own story as one worth telling, as one worth cherishing?

You can’t have one without the other. To cherish, to value, to hold dear. It’s just a word, a name. But can I claim it? Do I want it in a world that prizes self-deprecation and devaluation?

Cherished. It fumbles on the tongue. Feels antiquated.

But that’s why I’m here. Writing on this blog. To write in my own value. To write in the dearness of my own heart. To be reminded of the One who cherishes me and to choose His names and His love.

DONE.

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How do you view the word cherished? Do you think you can cherish or value others without cherishing yourself? 

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Want to learn more about Five Minute Friday and how to participate? All the details are here.

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8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Cherished

  1. eafppeterson says:

    Aly! I’m thankful that you were before me on FMF…I enjoyed reading your blog several weeks ago and then couldn’t remember how to find you. Yes, I’m new to the world of blogging because it probably isn’t that hard. What you wrote was powerful and reminded me of something I read earlier today. “The uniqueness that comes from being our true self is not a uniqueness of our own making. Identity is never simply a creation. It is always a discovery. True identity is always a gift of God” (David Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself). Yes, you are cherished in Him. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

    • I’m glad you found me! That is such a wonderful quote by David Benner. I just finished The Gift of Being Yourself a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it.

      You are so unique and cherished in Him, too.

  2. I love that thought. My name is Cherished. We all need to focus on that and that we are unique and loved. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. shortybear says:

    Enjoyed your thoughts, bless you.

  4. I love your thoughts about wondering what role cherishing ourselves plays in our cherishing of others. Really made me think! Wonderful Five Minute Friday! Glad to have found your blog!

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