Hi everyone!

Welcome to this week’s edition to Five Minute Friday! If you’re new here, you may want to click over to this page to get the scoop on what Five Minute Friday is all about … we’d love to have you join us!

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Some of you were asking last week if we’ll be taking a break from Five Minute Friday over Christmas. Since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both fall on a Thursday this year, the answer is YES.

There WILL be a regular link up next week, the week of December 19th.

There will be NO Five Minute Friday link-up during the weeks of Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

We’ll resume with a new prompt on Thursday, January 8th, 2015. 

(Doesn’t it seem crazy to see 2015??)

If you’re already experiencing withdrawal symptoms and your hands are shaking at the thought of two weeks without Five Minute Friday, don’t despair.

Letters to Grief - Final coverI’ll be hosting a special edition link-up right here on my blog on Monday, December 22nd.

The topic?

If you were to write a letter to grief, what would you say?

The Letters to Grief link-up is in conjunction with the release of my ebook, Letters to Grief, which is available on Amazon for just $0.99.

I’d LOVE to have you join in … all you have to do is write a letter to grief on your own blog any time between now and December 22nd. It can be as long or as short as you’d like it to be. Then come back on Monday, the 22nd of December, link up your post, and see what others have written as well!

Updated to add: One Letters to Grief link-up participant will be chosen to have their post featured on my blog on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

FMF - Prepare - 12.12.2014



Around this time of the year, the most common small talk question I hear amongst the retail workers, the bank tellers, the hairstylists, is, “So, are you ready for Christmas?”

And inevitably, the response is always, “No,” because, “I still have so much I need to buy.”

And those words just grate on my insides and make me cringe, because who says you need to buy anything, really? Then I heard a conversation between radio deejays about “What to buy that person who already has everything,” and I thought to myself, “Why would you want to do that? What’s the point?”

And I’m so glad that I’ve seen another way. I’ve seen that it is actually possible to step out of the culture’s commands to do and buy and give and hoard, and just be.

I’ve seen a place where the clock slows down in December and the sun lingers longer in the sky, and people breathe deeper and saunter down the sidewalks without shopping bags in their hands, and don’t rush.

They sit in a semi circle on white plastic chairs and drink copious amounts of Coke while watching meat cook over the fire, and they just enjoy the presence of the One who made them.

And I think about Mary and how she didn’t buy a single thing in preparation of His birth, and I wonder how it is that we’ve become so consumed by the hustle and bustle, so tangled in strings of lights, so filled with wrapping paper and stocking stuffers that we’ve left no space to let every heart prepare Him room.


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28 thoughts on “five minute friday :: prepare

  1. Beautiful, Kate! Maybe my dad had it right after all the year he wanted to forego the tree ;). This year, I’m going to prepare him room in my heart–and make room for all of the delightful people I’ll meet (my Chinese daughter’s parents, my sister-in-law’s family, my son-in-law’s grandparents). It’s in the gift of relationships that the love of Jesus moves and shines–not in the tinsel or the Christmas lights.

  2. This is lovely, Kate. I’m at the other end of the spectrum, where I don’t really do gifts for Christmas and I need to relearn the joy of giving presents as an expression of love. But regardless of what our approach to gifts, this truth remains: it’s our hearts God’s after. And no matter how many times I hear that (and even write it myself), I still need that reminder because I forget so very quickly.

  3. Hi Kate! I just wanted to say that I love this post! My husband and I have thought about just taking the kids camping for Christmas when they get a bit older (aka – after potty training). Some just do not get our fascination with just getting away from the rush. I REALLY want that this Christmas! The fire pit in our backyard WILL be getting some use this Christmas Eve…I’m excited!

    Thanks for all you do! Love this community here!

  4. Now I’m missing the warm summer heat, cool coke, and the fun of a Christmas braai! 🙂 But mostly, I miss the lower stress levels and relaxation of my Christmases abroad, when the preparation was totally different!

  5. I so agree about all of the stuff. We’re not doing much for our girls in terms of material items, and the hub and I do not exchange gifts. Instead, we’re giving back and gifting each other with “experiences,” the most important gift of all to us.

  6. […] It’s time for Five Minute Friday again, where a bunch of amazing writers and bloggers file up behind our daring leader Kate and take the plunge to write about a one word prompt for five minutes. This week, Kate handed us the prompt “prepare”. […]

  7. I love this, Kate! It reminded me of what a friend said, when she was asked this question as she was checking out at a store… her answer was, without hesitation, “Well – I am ready for it in my heart!” (Don’t you just love that answer?) It opened up the cashier and caused her to smile and say – yes… yes, I am too, in my heart!

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