Yay!  You’re back!  It’s that time of the week again … Time for our crazy, unedited flash mob free write!

If you’re not sure how Five Minute Friday works, all the details are right over here.

And remember how I mentioned last week that this week was a big week for Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of this amazing FMF community?  It was her 40th birthday on Tuesday, and I mentioned that the Maubane Community Center in South Africa was still in need of $4,472 as of last week Thursday.  Well … Money-Saving Mom, bless her heart, has shared the need with her readers, and today the number dropped down to $869!  Can you believe it?!  She’s got some great offers for those who are willing and able to give $20 or $40 to close that gap and finish off the project — including a copy of Lisa-Jo Baker’s Surprised by MotherhoodClick on over and check it out.



Speaking of Surprised by Motherhood, did you hear about the book club??  Starting the week after Labor Day (September 8th), Lisa-Jo is going to be hosting a six-week online back to school book club for moms — no homework necessary!  😉



Mark your calendars, get a copy of the book, and don’t miss it!

Before we start writing, did you catch the Featured Five Minute Friday in the sidebar this week?  I just adored the story shared by Happy Go Stuckey on last week’s prompt, CHANGE.

This week, the prompt is:

FMF - Reach




How I wish I could reach right through this computer screen and rest my hand on your knee.  Sit with you in the shadow of the monument of His wings and tell you it’s going to be okay.




How I long to reach across the miles and wrap my arms around you, cover you like a weeping willow and hold you in your grief.  To scoop you out of the dusty quarry and lift you to the peak, until you can rest on the ridge and see the full landscape of grace.

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How I wish I could sit with you and let our tea get cold and my eyes shed your tears until they run dry and your story is told and your chest is relieved of the burden.

But instead I resign to sing you a heartsong in the darkness of night, so the clouds that conceal heaven itself might drift across the sky and rain notes of life down into your tired soul.




Because while my arms are too short to reach you now, His are ever present.  For Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens; your faithfulness stretches to the skies.  So make my words suffice and make them Your love, and make them stretch.  Make them reach.  Make them hold tight, and bring comfort to Your weary ones.




All right … reach into the depths and draw out your best five minutes, then show us what you’ve got in the link-up below.

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54 thoughts on “five minute friday :: reach

  1. Oh, Kate. Thank you for this post. I felt your love reaching through the computer! It’s been a long, tough summer and I so needed that. And I love that song. So much truth!

  2. Thank you … if you only knew how hard this week has been for me and mine! You reached my heart, which has been hardening and your post was like a soothing love letter of encouragement straight from God to an aching heart.
    Thank you, thank you! For being obedient to the Holy Spirit, who so lovingly worked through you to us.
    Blessings to you.

    • Oh Andrea, it’s comments like this that make me thank the Lord for answered prayer .. The prayer that He would use this space to bless and encourage at least one person through the words He gives. Grateful for your feedback .. all glory to God. May His love indeed reach through you, in you, and around you now and always.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful words, photos and song. May our words as a community multiply and reach out to those who desperately need to hear and feel the Savior’s love.

  4. Thank you, Kate, for reaching out with your heart and letting your words be a balm that His Spirit can minister through and bring hope.
    Thank you for hosting Five Minute Friday!

  5. These are honest and heartfelt words and I feel the love in them. I know someone who needed comfort found it in them…bless you, friend! And bless this place and ALL these words reaching out on His behalf this week…xoxo, Meredith

  6. […] Kate Motaung has got me writing again with her Five Minute Friday prompt, and my 5 minutes for this week starts with an unusual question: * * * Who remembers S Club 7? They were fairly popular when I was in my early 20s and they released the song “Reach”. It wasn’t a Christian song, but its message is optimistic: “Reach for the stars; “Follow that rainbow, “And your dreams will all come true”. […]

  7. Kate, thank you so much for this one today. I needed to feel and be reminded of love. Especially His love. Sometimes, in my trials, it is easy to feel like I don’t have enough worth to be loved. You reminded me that I am His child. Thank you.

  8. I sure squeezed that in just in the nick of time! Thank you for inspiring me to reach inside and remember my love of dance. Life’s been crazy and a couple situations are wearing on me. Nothing a little dance in my kitchen can’t fix! God bless.

  9. […] The other night, after all the children were tucked in bed and I had sunk into the cozy brown couch and let out that sigh of relief…. I hear my soon to be three year old yell for Mama.  Who?  Who’s that, I don’t know her.  She’s off duty.  I begrudgingly climbed up to the stairs and went into his room.  He quietly REACHED for me with his no-longer-baby-arms and wrapped his soft arms around my neck and didn’t let go.  That was a moment I’ll never forget.  I knelt beside his bed and just enjoyed the moment for what it was.  I chose to be present, and I loved every moment.Linking up OVER HERE […]

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