Five Minute Friday – Wide

5 minute fridayI participate in “Five Minute Friday” from Lisa Jo Baker’s Tales from a Gypsy Mama blog.  She provides a writing prompt, and I have five minutes to write to that subject.  No editing, no fussing.  Just. write.

People all over the web join in the free-writing exercise.  You can too.   I’d love to see your writing in the comments of her page or shared on your blog.  Just let me know what to look for and I’ll cheer you on.

Last week, I wrote about “focus.”
Today, I write about “WIDE.”


Deep and Wide… Deep and Wide…. there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide….

Remember the song?   Remember substituting MMMMMMM for the words, until at the end you sang

MMMM and MMMM, MMMM and MMMM there’s a MMM-MMM MMMMing MMMM and MMMM.

And then you collapsed in a fit of giggles next to your best friend of the day?  Remember how it made your lips go numb from all the tickling, and how sometimes it even made the tip of your nose go numb?

Guess what I did?

I taught it to my kids.

They don’t sing it at church these days (at least at ours).  So I hauled off and sang it with them.

And we collapsed in a fit of giggles on the bed.

We did it again and again until my nose was numb and my tummy was sore from laughing.  And then

Mommy, what does that song mean?

As a child, I’d often wondered the same thing.  But I never had the nerve to ask.  It’s a great question.  I used to think it was talking about some giant water feature in heaven that we were singing about.

How cool would that be if there was a giant water park in heaven with a great big fountain in it – flowing deep and wide.

So we googled it.  Because that’s how I answer LOTS of bible questions.

John 4:5
So he (Jesus) came to a town of Samaria which was named Sychar, near to the bit of land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph: 6 Now Jacob’s fountain was there. Jesus, being tired after his journey, was resting by the fountain. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to get water, and Jesus said to her, Give me some water. 8 For his disciples had gone to the town to get food. 9 The woman of Samaria said to him, Why do you, a Jew, make a request for water to me, a woman of Samaria? She said this because Jews have nothing to do with the people of Samaria. 10 In answer Jesus said, If you had knowledge of what God gives freely and who it is who says to you, Give me water, you would make your prayer to him, and he would give you living water. 11 The woman said to him, Sir, you have no vessel and the fountain is deep; from where will you get the living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us the fountain and took the water of it himself, with his children and his cattle? 13 Jesus said to her, Everyone who takes this water will be in need of it again: 14 But whoever takes the water I give him will never be in need of drink again; for the water I give him will become in him a fountain of eternal life. 15 The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be in need again of drink and will not have to come all this way for it.

Ephesians 3:17-18

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

Well go figure.  I bet that’s what the song is about.  How cool is that!?!


Joining in to Five Minute Friday was the best blogging decision I could have ever made!  Please join me.  I’d love to read what you write.

That’s it for Five Minute Friday.

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I loved that song! Miles and I were just mmmm-ing at the top of our lungs for a solid half hour on a recent road trip. Although, I think I had temporary insanity in planning a 7 hour road trip with a 1 year old, the good news was: He can Mmmmm and Mmmmm, Mmmmm and Mmmmmm! Did you guys also do the thing where you try to speed up and speed up? That part always had me in stitches.
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    • Yes! I love the speed up part and so do my kids.

      I loved Father Abraham, but my kids roll their eyes at it. Remember? Father Abraham, had many sons… many sons had Faaaaa-ther Abraham… and I am one-of-them… and so are youuuuuuuuu…. so LETS JUST PRAISE THE LORD! (right arm! left arm! nod your head! up and down! turn around!) That was a work out by the end of the song.

      Wait… what does that one mean?

  2. I ve this, bless you.
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  3. Great stuff. I had totally forgotten about substituting hums for the word.

    • Oh Amy, that’s the best part! Do you at least remember all the hand motions? Do you remember whapping your neighbor’s hand when you both fountained at the same time? Do you remember in Jr High when you tried like anything to stand next to the cute boy so you could flow your hand next to his… just in case? Or was that just me?

  4. wow, great post…really so amazing and empowering. I started to hum along with you and thinking about Jesus’ love now.
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    • Sweet! I had fun writing this one and being silly with the hums. And then it got deep. I was blown away at what the song was really about. God’s love always blows me away.

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