Gritty girls

February 24, 2012 in Five Minute Friday

Around here we link up with Gypsy Mama and write for five minutes flat on Fridays.
We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.
On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)
Today’s word: GRIT.

Grit makes me think of sand in my shoes after walking on a coarse beach. The 1-day old whiskers of a manly man. A tough guy from a scene of cowboys and indians. 

I don’t think of grit as being feminine. Anything that isn’t smooth and soft, anything that implies coarseness, that isn’t feminine, right? But I want to change my thinking. I looked grit up in the dictionary. One of the definitions is, “firmness of character, indomitable spirit, pluck.” Lord, I want my girls to be gritty. 

I know the coarse parts of life, the gritty ones, won’t be comfortable and that they will scratch, maybe even bring blood to the surface. But Lord, I want gritty girls. I don’t want my girls to have smooth, soft characters. Give them an indomitable spirit. Give them pluck. Pluck. Now that’s a character trait I’ve never prayed about. Time to start. 

Lord, give her more grit. 

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Dawn February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Hey, stopping by from The Gypsy Mama and I wrote about the same definition of grit! Have a blessed day!


Sunshine February 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog! I LOVE this post. SO SO good. Sunshine


Tamika Rybinski February 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Found you in Gypsy Mama! I wanna be a gritty girl too! This wa sa great post!



Audra Marie February 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

What a beautiful prayer for our daughters (and sons). Love it. 🙂


Jerralea February 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Great post! I want my girls to be “gritty”, too!


Brown Paper and Strings February 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Yes, I don’t know that I’ve thought of myself all gritty and plucky or even wanted it for myself. What a good reminder for us as women and for our daughters too. Thank you!


Laura February 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone. I this encouraging part of 5-minute Friday. Brown Paper and Strings, I always want to comment on your blog but I don’t think you enable comments, am I right?


Amy February 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

What a wonderful prayer for your girls! When I think of the pioneer women who built new homes out of wilderness or of the colonial women who helped create this country, I can’t help but admire their grit. Feminine ladies, but amazingly strong.


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