It’s Friday! And I’m addicted to one-word writing. I enjoy this Five Minute Friday community so much and hope you will be encouraged through this weekly challenge and the faith thoughts shared. ~~~~~ “Quick, come see!” It seems one of us is regularly calling to the other to stop what they’re doing and come see. … Continue reading Quick


I owe.I owe.So off to work I go… Have you ever heard that little ditty or muttered it as you ran out the door hoping for favor with green traffic lights all the way? In America, we have generations who have been weaned on plastic. I can remember the jolt of reality when my children … Continue reading Owe

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“Expect nothing. Appreciate everything!” Randy Brittain 2020. Yeah, I know. But some good things were mined from that dark and chaotic time in history. This quote printed on a coffee mug is one of them. We ventured out to do a little shopping amongst the masked and unmasked. It was a time when some of … Continue reading Page 5


My dear man and I quietly celebrated 35 years of marriage recently. We celebrated with quiet appreciation to God for years that might not have been. We’re grateful for God’s mercy and the grace through which He’s taught us to accept and forgive. In my annual attempt at a reading trek through the entire Bible, … Continue reading Chapter

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“I left my boxes in Atlanta!”~Randy Brittain In recent months this quote has become one of our most frequently used one-liners. But it could be a bit confusing unless we explain the context. A year ago, our home in Lilburn, Georgia was full of boxes. We had stacks of donated boxes ready to be unfolded … Continue reading Page 4


“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22‬:‭20‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Soon, and very soon. I’m setting my timer for five minutes and writing words around the idea of {soon}. This has been a day of pondering the scriptures in the very last chapter of the last book … Continue reading Soon.

Persist Again and Keep On

Usually, change is personal, but then 2020 happened and humanity on a global scale experienced a mass shift in lifestyle. Most everything normal to our daily routine was shut down, unplugged, and made inaccessible. People everywhere on our planet were confronted with unwanted and unexpected change. I could be wrong and often am, but I think no one came out of 2020 unchanged.


With the arrival of tiny humans comes the stark realization that they are constantly learning. From the moment their little brains begin to fire with sensations and movement, the smallest image bearers among us are constantly taking in data. We wearily lament that they are like sponges absorbing all they see and hear. It’s humbling! … Continue reading Realizations

Cactus Haiku

Well, hello cactus! Do I see two eyes on you? How perfectly placed! ~~~~~ April 17th was National Haiku Day (apparently) and so I’m two days late in celebrating. However, I wonder if you would celebrate with me by writing your own haiku in the comments. Will you? Eyes on Jesus and Shine, ~Lisa

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“It’s good to see some toe cleavage!”Randy Brittain This is our first desert winter. And we’ve been cold. To be totally honest, we’ve been wondering if we missed the fine print disclosure on the marketing brochure regarding winter prep. Apparently though, according to more seasoned inhabitants, snow in the mountains is highly unusual at the … Continue reading Page 2


“But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”‭‭John‬ ‭19‬:‭33‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {break}. Setting my timer for 5 minutes and letting my ponderings … Continue reading Break

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Photo credit: Lisa Brittain The fact that he knows that my love language is waking up to a nearly boiling, aroma-filled cup of strong black coffee is glorious. The fact that I never asked him to serve me coffee in bed as my eyes peek open is a miracle! For the Marriage One Liner and … Continue reading Page 1


Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {follow}. I’m setting my timer for 5 minutes and below we’ll see what words follow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ We, my dear man and I, are getting close to a year living in a new … Continue reading Follow


Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {choose}. Setting my timer for 5 minutes and go… ***** This is the day that the Lord has made I will {choose} to rejoice and be glad in it. Choose. I wonder… … Continue reading Choose

Reach Out

Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {reach}. Setting my timer for 5 minutes… and go! ***** Photo credit: Lisa Brittain Thomas had great difficulty believing that Jesus was alive and had visited with the other disciples. Could life … Continue reading Reach Out


Day 27. One-word. Favorite. Favorite is probably my favorite word. When discussing a particular Bible verse, I’m prone to say, “Oh, this is one of my favorites!”My dear man chuckles and says, “You have a lot of favorites!” And it’s true. I have a lot of favorites. It’s not true that I’m overusing the word … Continue reading Favorite


One-word. Saver. “Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭19‬:‭9‬-‭10‬ ‭NIV‬‬ I think of a saver as kind of an old fashioned lifestyle word. It used to be that … Continue reading Saver


Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {assume}. Setting my timer for 5 minutes… and go! ***** Photo credit: Lisa Brittain ASSUME. One of my favorite accounting professors taught a class on auditing. His opening line for the semester … Continue reading Assume


write28days #adore #eyesonjesusandshine #writingchallenge #writeyourstory Before you get turned off thinking I am portraying my thought life as super spiritual, please pause… take a deep breath. There are only a few reasons my thoughts are consistently flowing upward to Jesus in this current writing season. And I emphasize season! I read, ponder and write first … Continue reading Adore


A straight line on an EKG means you have no heartbeat. It’s called a flatline. Without a heartbeat we cannot live. A flatline means death. This visual aid encourages my simple pondering thoughts as I look at the one-word {changes}. It’s true. It’s science. A healthy heartbeat on an EKG looks like a lot of … Continue reading Changes


It’s a feeling. And lonesome can be quite a difficult intruder. Interestingly, feelings of loneliness are not necessarily coincidental to being physically alone. Many people surrounded by family or peers or coworkers experience heartache due to lonely feelings. Photo by Lisa Brittain The lie that I am all alone and the lie that no one … Continue reading Lonesome


Pondering the one-word tiny today and it takes me less than a second for a connecting thought. Her name is Rebecca, and she’s two weeks old today. We received a picture yesterday from our daughter-in-love that caused me to oooh and aaah and whisper with fascination, “She’s so tiny!” Photo by Team Brittain To describe … Continue reading Tiny


Can a dry and weary land be called beautiful? Beautiful is the one-word in which I’m pondering this day. Photo by Lisa Brittain The Living Zoo - giraffe Palm Desert, CA The answer to this question, I’m learning, is perspective. If you’re reading you probably already know this. I do too, but I forget sometimes … Continue reading Beautiful


1: to move in a stealthy or furtive manner 2: to hide or conceal something (such as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with sinister intent Definition from Merriam-Webster: As I expected, a quick search for Bible references containing the word {skulk} turned up no results. Is there a Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic … Continue reading Skulk


Decline. This was yesterday’s word. It’s been an excellent word to ponder through the filter of scripture and my personal experiences of life on planet earth. The very first memory that popped to the top of my brain’s search engine was a time in college when I regretfully declined an invitation to go and hear … Continue reading Decline


I read this one word this morning and so many thoughts popped like popcorn. Thoughts of Moses asking Almighty God to show him God’s glory. And a hymn The Cleft of The Rock - Oh, soul, thou who now art weary,To the Rock do come for rest;Come to Him who only can cheer thee,To the … Continue reading Crevice


Shock! Is Jesus ever shocked by us? My initial response is that Jesus is God so He could not possibly be shocked by anyone or anything. But honestly, as I have read the Mark 6 passage a number of times today in various translations, I just don't know. Let's read the full passage to create … Continue reading Shock


In pondering this one word {ease} I wander back and remember this beautifully romantic exchange between Boaz, the landowner, and Ruth, the new girl in Bethlehem. Boaz saw her, introduced himself and blessed her for her reputation. “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, … Continue reading Ease


I’m a recent convert to the latest obsession called pickleball. Do you know of this? Whether you are completely engrossed in this game or dabbling in it, no doubt you’ve heard of pickleball. It’s everywhere! There are huge tournaments now and championships. Some would say that it’s gaining momentum and will soon take over tennis. … Continue reading Beliefs


I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Prayer of Jesus, John 17:15-17


Father~Son~Holy Spirit Community is God's idea. Community is Who He is. And that makes {community} good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us..." Genesis 1:26 NLT Pondering the word {community} brings a potpourri of beautiful thoughts about my current phase of life, which is full of change in … Continue reading Community


As I read the word {broken} my mind whispers that His body was broken for me. Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice. His desire as God come in the flesh was that none should perish. His desire as a man full to overflowing with Deity was that He, Jesus, fulfill the mission for which Father … Continue reading Broken


The psalms are so chock full of emotionally charged thoughts. I love them! The psalms mirror my own frail humanity, and as I read each one I feel so normal. So human. I am again reminded today to give thanks to God that He cares for our entire being. He knows how we are formed for He intricately designed us. Read More....

Embrace Doubt

This scenario, along with a number of others in my life, has taught me to embrace my humanity. I can embrace that I sometimes have doubts. Many times my doubts are for good reasons. And most frequently, my doubts cause me to look up and ask Jesus for help.

Receive Rest

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭NLT‬‬ As I sit in … Continue reading Receive Rest

Embrace love.

I’ll admit it. I’m selfish. I need a commandment from Jesus that tells me to love. When I recognize my own pride and fleshly desires… read more at lisabrittain.com