Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of the Americans! Hope you’ve had a blessed time reflecting on God’s goodness.

There are some exciting things happening within the Five Minute Friday community!

First of all, our very own Asheritah over at OneThingAlone.com launched her first e-book on Wednesday! Congrats, girl!

It’s called Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, and it can be yours for FREE through November 28th. Don’t wait .. click here to get a copy today!


Unwrapping names of Jesus - Asheritah


And that’s not all .. Anna over at GirlWithBlog.com released her first e-book recently as well! I’m so impressed with these Five Minute Friday ladies! Well done, Anna!

Click here to order your copy of A Moment of Christmas: Daily Devotions for Time-Strapped Moms.


A Moment of Christmas


Lastly, I’m gonna let you in on a little sneak peek of a project I’ve been working on. Lord willing, this Monday (December 1st), my first e-book, Letters to Grief, will be released!


Letters to Grief - Final cover


It will be a free gift to all blog subscribers, and will also be available on Kindle.



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If you’re interested in a copy and haven’t entered your e-mail address in the sidebar on the right, go ahead and subscribe now! I’m excited to share this collection of letters with you and pray that it will be a blessing.

Right. Now that all the public service announcements are out of the way, let’s get writing! If you’re new here and don’t know what Five Minute Friday is all about, click here to read more.

This week’s prompt is ..


FMF - Give


Ready? GO.

I have a ceramic platter from Dayspring that says, “Grateful for all God gives.” But it wasn’t until I was lifting the last bit of leftover turkey from the platter this afternoon that one word really stood out.


“Grateful for all God gives.”

Is that really true? Am I really grateful for all God gives?

Last night our church had a special Thanksgiving prayer meeting, where people shared what they are grateful for this year. I cried about five times. There were some hard stories. Some painful experiences.

But everyone gave thanks, in spite of their circumstances.

My husband stood up and said that he is thankful for everything. For good health and poor health. For happy times and sad times. For easy days and hardship. Because, he reasoned, if we didn’t have any difficulties and adversity, we wouldn’t be grateful for times of blessing.

And I had to wonder if that was really true for me. Do I really give thanks in all circumstances? Or just the ones I’m happy about?

The platter says, “Grateful for all God gives.” But sometimes He gives me situations I don’t want. Sometimes He gives me challenges I don’t think I can handle.



1 Thessalonians 5 says that God’s will is for me to give thanks in all circumstances. Even the hard ones.

And for that, I am grateful.

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20 thoughts on “five minute friday :: give

  1. I love that your church had a special prayer time for gratitude. This past Sunday the pastor at our church threw out the sermon and we spent the morning sharing what we were grateful for. Some stories I knew and some that were amazing to hear. God is good in and out of season.

  2. Kate, as I read your post this morning, my heart was so comforted. He truly does give His grace – over all & in all. Your words immediately brought to mind the song “His Grace is Enough” (Chris Tomlin) which is now blasting on my computer. So grateful He gives His grace & it. is. always. enough!

  3. Kate- the humble posture of your heart reveals that you are grateful for the One who will sustain you… more than any circumstances. The real danger is when we approach life with confidence in our own ability. Only His throne may we approach with confidence, expecting His grace to sustain us in life. Loved your well-crafted words and your message- as usual.

  4. I could picture you lingering over that word as you picked up the platter. It’s such a dare to do that. To give thanks in all things, perhaps not for all things of course – for evil, but to pause and give thanks for the Good God that is present with us in all things. In all things to walk beside us and never leave us alone. Your husband is right about adversity that it heightens the sweetness of the beautiful good. It’s stark contrast makes us cling to those moments of good when in our grasp. If there is anything that will make Heaven sweeter is it the heart achingly hard of now? Thank you for post!

  5. Love your post….it is so important to give thanks for everything we experience. Through that we learn humility and grace and so many other important lessons/qualities. [Am amazed to see so many eBooks popping up from fellow FMF-ers [and am continually IN AWE of the quality of ideas/writing on show every Friday (it’s become a highlight of my week!) – thank you for hosting….have a wonderful holiday weekend with your family xxx]

  6. Reading your post I realized…I don’t have a single platter tray in my house! I know, sad right? We are rebuilding a bit after a few financially rough years. But yesterday was amazing! We had our very own Thanksgiving lunch, complete with a real Tom turkey that we saved up to get! Oh it was simply so neat to see our kids excitement and then take the leftovers to a dear family in town. We are blessed. We have been given so much. Love this post friend. Thank you!

    Also, Kate…how can I get real, practical info on how to publish an ebook (cost, fees, step-by-step instructions?). I would love to look into this too!

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