FMF Retreat 2015 logoRegistration for the first ever Five Minute Friday Retreat will open at 9pm EST on Thursday, April 16th!

Click here for more details about the retreat, and click here for ticket info on the registration form. 

In a nutshell, here’s what you need to know:

Tickets for the whole retreat are $180.

This includes two nights of accommodation, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast. Cost of transportation and Saturday dinner are not included in the ticket price.

Tickets for Saturday only are $45. Day visitors are welcome from 9:30am-4pm on Saturday.

The day visit ticket includes a morning discussion, a special presentation, lunch, and an afternoon session.

There are 25 retreat tickets and 10 day visitor tickets available. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

** No refunds are available for cancellations. You may sell your own ticket to another person if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend.

Now go set a reminder on your phone to register at 9pm EST on April 16th!! 🙂



In case you haven’t heard, Crystal Stine is offering a super-cool 30-day online course for FREE in April. It’s called Creative Basics, and it’s all about how to create awesome graphics online for use in blog posts, social media, the works.

Click here to learn more about it, or just click here to sign up ASAP!

Annnd .. you can even pre-order Crystal’s brand new e-book right now!

It’s called Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art.

Look, I’ve even made it easy for you:


FMF Intro Videos


This week I’m delighted to have a video with Asheritah from and Liz von Ehrenkrook from the blog, So I Married a Youth Pastor. Liz has some great advice for the FMF community, so don’t miss it!

Also, the prompt for this week was inspired by Liz’s 31 Days series from last year, 31 Days of Breaking Religion.


(If you’re viewing this in your e-mail and can’t see the video, click here.)

Also, if you’re part of the FMF community, Asheritah wants to interview YOU! Click here to sign up for a slot, and we’ll love you forever.



If you’re new to the FMF community, everything you need to know can be found right over here. If you’ve been with us forever and pretty much do this in your sleep, then let’s get to it!

This week’s prompt is:


FMF - Break 2


Ready? GO.

A few years ago, my dad was scheduled for open heart surgery. Triple bypass.

Being a retired non-invasive cardiologist, he knew exactly what to expect. Surprisingly, he was calm about the whole thing.

I was freaking out. 

I called him one day before the operation and asked how he was feeling. “Oh, fine,” he said nonchalantly. “The biggest pain the ass is that they’ll have to break my sternum to get to the heart. That’s the part that takes the longest to heal.”

I had never thought about that before. Having to break a perfectly good bone to repair a damaged heart.

But isn’t that how the Lord works, sometimes?

He has to break our nasty habits, our hidden loves, our external vices before He heals our hearts.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” ~ Psalm 51:17

He has to break us of ourselves.

And sometimes that hurts. Sometimes it takes weeks to heal. Months, even.

He brings us low, face first and humbled in the dirt, until we’re sprawled out at the foot of the cross.

Because that’s the only place we’ll ever find true healing.

God’s heart split wide open at Calvary so that yours could be restored.




This week we pause to remember the life of Kara Tippetts, wife of Jason and mother of four, who fought the good fight and won. She was 38 years old, author of The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, and was welcomed home on Sunday, March 22nd.

She showed us Jesus.


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32 thoughts on “five minute friday :: break {and a new fmf video intro!}

  1. God’s heart split wide open at Calvary so that yours could be restored. These words literally bring me to my knees. This time leading up to Easter is such a journey and always stretches and breaks me in such amazing ways.

  2. […] This post is part of the wonderful Five Minute Fridays, where writers all over the internet get together and write for five minutes on a given word prompt.  The rules are simple: no editing, no backtracking, and you need to go comment.  For more information, you can head over to Kate’s blog. […]

  3. I’ve heard in several sermons and Bible studies that ancient shepherds would break the legs of sheep who would wander. They would carry these sheep on their shoulders so that the sheep would learn their voices and feel their heartbeats. When the sheep were healed, they would stick close to their shepherds. They had learned to not run away.

    I think God does that with us sometimes. He’s definitely done that with me; broken my legs and carried me around. And in that, as you say, comes our healing.

  4. […] You know the deal. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a #FMF but I am in bed, with my laptop and I was itching to write but to be completely honest, I’m on a ton of pain meds, and I’m so tired I could cry, and if I move my head too fast I feel nauseous, so I didn’t have the oomph to get ideas out and onto the screen. But I can do anything for 5 minutes, right? No pressure, just free writing with my friends. Five minutes, one prompt. This week was break. Be sure to check out the other links over at Kate’s. […]

  5. It hurts pretty bad when He breaks us – it hurts 10X that when He has to do that to our children! BTW – Happy 13th to your oldest!!! Take plenty of pictures – when he turns 14, the smiles for photo opps disappear until about 19-21:)

  6. Love your post this week, Kate. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot as I go through a very bad phase of my life….however much pain I’m passing through, I’m trying to always remember that there are lessons to be learned and that I’m getting much stronger because all the bits of me that needed improvement are becoming improved.

  7. Your dad’s story is a powerful illustration of how God has to break us sometimes to heal our hearts. He’ll always heal us if we yield to His breaking, which is ultimately tender with love for us.

    (I always write my post before I read yours, to have a fresh perspective on the word, and I was amazed to come back and see that your “break,” as in God breaks us, was so different than my taking a break.)

  8. Having to break a perfectly good bone to get to the bad…Wow. This stopped me in my tracks. I’m learning is that when the heart is not healthy, there is no “good bone”. I try to cover up the “bad” with the good, revealing that the disease has spread everywhere. I always read your posts after I write mine, also, because of this very thing… your words are always so gripping and thought-provoking- and I’m left paralyzed for a while. Thanks, again, for sharing your gift. I love this ending image: “He brings us low, face first and humbled in the dirt, until we’re sprawled out at the foot of the cross.”

  9. […] FMF Prompt: break. This was written way past 5 minutes. I couldn’t leave the poem at “experienced kindness.” Especially since as soon as I saw the prompt, all of this started talking to me (because memories can talk..) & i’m surprised it lasted through my crazy dreams last night… but, even though, these memories make me feel the sadness just sitting with them, I don’t think this guy could say, “Ah, Lady PlushBottom!” in quite the same overjoyed declaration as my grandpa does. Also, I can’t imagine my grandpa with long hair…  I remember the weirdest details of my life at the oddest times.. […]

  10. I love this! Well – you know… for other people! 😉 I love the truth of it, if not the actual process! I deal a lot with prayer tools for inner healing and I remember when I was first learning them, God reminded me of how often a bone will break and heal on its own – but it didn’t heal correctly or completely and so a doctor actually has to REbreak it and set it right for it to truly be restored! Yeah. That. Our God is a restoring God and He wants all of our brokenness to heal correctly and completely so that we are fully restored – meaning, better than before! Amen!

  11. Kate, such timeless truths here. God does have a way of breaking the parts of us that need breaking in order to heal our hearts. And it does hurt! But the good that comes from His handiwork is always what we need. Though it hurts, I’m so thankful God doesn’t just leave me to heal alone. He’s with me, working His balm into the painful places and making me more like Him.

    Beautiful post!

  12. I’m thankful He does that hard word of breaking us of ourselves. It’s painful, isn’t it??!! I’m glad He didn’t leave me where I was, and I’m thankful He’s not done with me yet. Thank you for the truths you continue to share! Blessings!

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