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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

 

tomorrow

Ready? GO.

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I’ve told you before.

I like to plan.

And if I don’t get to do the planning, I like to at least know the plan.

I like to know the plan in advance, so I can wrap my mind around it. Get used to the idea. Prepare.

God knows this about me, and He uses this character trait of mine to stretch me. To cause me to realize that my plans are feeble attempts in a vast universe where His fingerprints are etched into all.

I struggle when I can’t predict what lies ahead.

I want to know.

The musical Annie gave us that catchy, addictive song, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow …” and yet, if we’re honest, we don’t even know if there will be a tomorrow.

We’re planning this amazing FMF Retreat, assuming that all will go exactly as we foresee and anticipate, but who knows?

 

This passage from James gets me every time:

 

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.'” (James 4:13-15, NIV)

 

And yet, this very not knowing is what keeps me on my knees, humbled before the all-knowing.

I don't know what tomorrow holds. But I

STOP.

Join us with your own five minutes of free writing on the prompt, TOMORROW, below. And don’t forget to leave some comment love for the person who linked up before you!

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33 thoughts on “five minute friday :: tomorrow {and … retreat registration is now open!}

  1. If I think too hard about the fact that I really don’t know if tomorrow will even come, I get horrible anxious and depressed. Like…I can somehow control if tomorrow shows up. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    There’s a lot of comfort in knowing that the Lord is already in tomorrow, whatever it looks like. Whether it’s another run-of-the-mill day or one full of surprises. Or one set in eternity. He is there. It’s in His hands. Thank you for that reminder!

  2. Oh a planner I am-the unknown has never been my friend. I absolutely love the verse from James. I am wishing I had used it in my own post. Thank you for all you are doing to plan the retreat. First snafu was fixed when the registration wouldn’t work. God’s got this!

  3. Love this post, Kate! So funny that we both wrote on the same verse with similar thoughts. Since we don’t know tomorrow and can’t control it, we might as well enjoy today, right? Love you, friend!

  4. Kate, I like at least knowing the plan too. God has this way of not showing us much. So we do have to depend on Him to bring us through. We must choose humility. It’s so hard, and yet it’s the best place to be. Your words reflect my heart. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I’m a planner too, Kate! But what comfort it brings to know that I know the One who holds tomorrow. He will get us through no matter what! So many uncertainties in today’s world. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus. Thanks for your words of hope today.

  6. Kate- You sounds so much like me in your emotions of trust, planning, etc. I’m so glad we’re not alone in that personality and that our Divine maker helps calm us and bring us into His loving arms when we fear/worry/wonder. I’m thankful that you bravely took on Lisa Jo’s role as our hostess with the moistest here at FMF! I’m glad the community continues. YOU are gifted, and I thank you for hosing a retreat on a small scale for us writers who gather here for community and encouragement. We need that as women, and I’m thankful there is a weekly place to read, write, and be. See you in AUGUST! 🙂 Jenn

  7. Great post, Kate. Loved all the Twitter posts AND posted them! I’m all in for Saturday at the retreat and it will be such a blessing to meet everyone in person!

  8. […] FMF prompt: tomorrow. i swear i put “friends” in the poem, but my ability to focus is similar to reaching for my cane in the dark. tomorrow, i turn 25. i still don’t know how to feel about this. in my year of being 24, i think i’ve had more lows than highs. maybe that’s okay. even though i don’t enjoy the lows, especially since last week, i’d like to believe God is using these times of grief and as Sara Groves says in her song, Mystery, “groping in the darkness, hoping in the darkness I will run into you again/” That’s all i’ve been doing for weeks. Groping for a more solid  touch of God. i kind of feel like the woman who bled for 12 years. Except I think “the woman who is brought to tears” would adequately describe me. More than ever, I see how deeply I ache for people, that it makes my pain seem insignificant. sure, i want God to heal all of these people in my life. i also want him to heal me. do i believe he can? heal everyone? yes. me? that depends on the day, but somewhere in my soul, i’m still holding onto the longing he’ll come through. he’ll break through the dark and the weeping won’t be empty, but full of love.  or mayb not a sound will be made.. […]

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