Welcome to another week of Five Minute Friday — an online community where bloggers who mostly don’t even dare to call themselves writers put their brave on week after week and bring the internet alive with their beautiful words.

It’s a place where we write free and deep and wide, where we let it all spill onto the screen in all its messy, jumbled up glory. It’s a place to link arms with others, to lift them up, to shine a light, to give hope.

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And this week I have something extra special to share with you — an opportunity for Five Minute Friday to spread beyond your virtual screen and online comments, and straight into your mailbox.


Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Bouchillon, kaitlynbouchillon.com

It’s called FMF Party Snail Mail, brought to you by the delightful Kaitlyn Bouchillon. Many of you have already been blessed by it, as you’ve sent each other cards and words of encouragement through good ol’ snail mail.  And now Kaitlyn is kicking off round four with a mini Christmas session!

You can read all about it right over here. Registration closes November 23rd, and this round will go from the first week of December to the first week of January.

Sign up here to strengthen the Five Minute Friday bond through #fmfpartysnailmail.



This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:


FMF - Still


Ready? GO. 


It was me versus the fallen leaves in a race against the rain. The skies hovered low in ominous clouds, and I could feel it coming in my bones. Chased closely by the promise of snow the next day, I had to get rid of the leaves. I raked and raked, pile upon pile, but the wind was on their side. The brown and burgundy leaves rebelled and laughed as they danced away in swirls and spins, across the stage of my front yard and out of my reach.

I scolded them in frustration and told them to come back, but the wind persisted, deeming my efforts a lost cause. I resigned myself to defeat and forgot that even the stormy winds do His bidding. I forgot that even the wind and the waves obey Him at a word, and are stilled.


Leaves - Be still


The rain fell as expected, and soon after, I saw it. The first snowflake, resting content on my car door, tiny with five perfect points. I stopped and stared at it, marveling at its intricate design.

The next morning I woke to a blanket of white on the ground outside. Peeking through the blinds into the darkness, all was quiet, like that silent, holy night in Bethlehem when the world drew its breath and was still. When they bowed, hushed by the glory of the newborn King — a foretaste of the day to come when every knee shall bow, and all will be still and know that He is God.


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41 thoughts on “five minute friday :: still

  1. So beautiful, Kate! I can just “see” the leaves and the snow through your writing.

    I struggle with this turning-into-winter-season, with all its cold and darkness. Thank you for reminding me to see the beauty in it and to remember Who holds it all in His hand.

  2. Beautiful! Be still and know I am God-these words mean everything to me. They are a promise, a reassurance and a blessing. So thrilled to be back here at FMF after so many weeks! Hugs!

  3. Lovely description! I tend to dislike snowy weather – we have a LOT of dogs, and snow ends up making my feet numb when walking them.

    But I do like the stillness of a field of virgin snow, and I enjoy the sound of snowflakes falling.

    I suppose every knee shall bow…except mine. Life has been too long, too violent, and just too exhausting, and I’m too tired to kneel. God’s going to have to be content with a high-five and a smile.

  4. We got snow today too. Lots of it. But we don’t have any trees in our front or back yard. It’s a rental and they never planted so although we have a beautiful garden, we have no leaves. Which is both good and bad, I guess. I took my kids to the park to play in them last week. The huge piles of gold and ochre and the crunch remind me how to play and scoop up big piles and cascade them down on my kid’s heads. Much more fun than raking, I’d say. 😉

  5. We had our first “snow” this evening, so I absolutely loved the imagery of this post! 🙂

    Also love the whole idea of five minute friday snail mail. Signed up and looking forward to receiving real mail! 🙂

  6. Yes, the first snow is always so welcomed! I think that I appreciate it even more this year, because we didn’t get much last year and it is so beautiful! Your words really painted a picture of the wonderful feeling of the stillness of the first snow and the comparison to that wonderful Holy night.

  7. Kate- you are a master at imagery, girl! Beautiful post and message. I love the beginning of every season. We had our first snow flakes here today and they always give a thrill. Great words here, tonight!

  8. Kate, can I just say, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the word “still”. It truly is in the still where we discover a deeper intimacy with our Lord. I tend to equate being still with being inactive or unproductive. I have been reminded as of late that He is always at work, yes, even in the still. So grateful this morning for your selection of word.
    And I woke up to snow on our ground as well. I love the falling snow as the hush or still that it brings always amazes me 🙂
    Have a blessed Friday!

  9. Be still and know that He is God. Those words give me goosebumps every time and help bring me to a place of stillness before Him. As much as I am a summer girl, there is something about this time of year that I love too. I’m thankful my husband will be around to help with the snow this winter. 🙂

  10. Such a beautiful illustration 🙂 I can picture the stillness of the view out of the window as one I looked out on many times in Scotland. I loved those mornings of pulling back the curtains and just soaking in the beauty of the still blanket of snow. Thank you for adding even more depth to those memories 🙂

  11. I used to always try to make everything fall into my expectations of what they should be – like you’re leaves – I’m learning to let so many things be what God created them to be – and end up finding joy – like snow in the morning! Hoping we get some more snow tomorrow! Shalom!

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