Welcome to a brand new week of Five Minute Friday!

I’m so happy you’re here. Really. YOU are the reason this link-up community is so amazing! Thank you for stopping by, reading, linking up, and leaving comments. I’m so grateful for you!

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This week’s prompt is:





The winds of change, they are a’blowin’. Not in this space, thankfully, but out there — the branches sway. The leaves barely grew back and they’re flying off again, flailing in protest as they fall to the ground. They want to stay on the tree. A little like me.

But there’s something I’ve noticed.

Whether the winds are blowing or not, whether or not there are leaves on the trees, whether or not there’s snow on the ground — the sun still rises.

Every morning.

When I’m being tossed about, hair whipping across my face from the force of newness and movement, He remains the same.


Jesus Christ is the sameyesterdayand


So I make like the sun and rise up each day, depending on Him to make me shine. Because even when it’s windy, the sun can still warm the earth with her presence, her steady character. She casts away shifting shadows of doubt with her resilience and her strength.

She takes her orders from the One who made her, and lets Him work His purposes in her. Even in spite of the wind.




You’re gonna love this video with Asheritah from OneThingAlone.com interviewing Tammy Belau. Such helpful and encouraging words! I especially loved what Tammy has to say about the prompt words each week. 🙂 You can find Tammy on Twitter @tammysincerity, and on her blog by clicking here.



And what a great quote from Tammy in the video:



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Now go ahead and link up your own five minutes of free writing on the prompt, RISE, by clicking the blue button below. Then visit the blog of the person who linked up before you to leave an encouraging comment!

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32 thoughts on “five minute friday :: rise

  1. yes and amen! I love your reminder that God is constant and never changes. It sure helps me each day when I face the challenges of the day. Happy weekend friend!

  2. I love wind. I love it’s unpredictability and its humbling power. The winds of the Holy Spirit always blow through your words, Kate. You bring gospel message from out of nowhere and knock me down with it… and I love that. Thanks for hosting each week and blessing us with your gift.

  3. Kate, how I love your post! No matter what’s going on in our lives, the sun rises. Storms can’t stop that. And because we have Jesus, we can rise too, knowing He walks with us through the day. LOVE this! What a beautiful post this week. 🙂

  4. Oh Kate, this is a beautiful post! I’m rising up today and trusting in Him to make me shine! (I wracked my brains to write to this prompt, and interestingly I also wrote about wind blowing and sun rising.) Maybe the Holy Spirit is working through your prompt! 🙂 Look forward to reading what friends have to say!

  5. Wow! Kate, you are so gifted. I apologize for not commenting until today, as I did read your post Thursday, and again on Friday. 🙂
    I promise this isn’t a pingback comment, either. May you and your family find joy and rest this weekend as we remember those who are gone before us. (And remember the one who rose and is risen-the best remembrance of all!)
    I am so thankful for your love and inclusion. I feel like a part of your family, and you are so gracious to many of us to include us this same way. God is using you more than you can know!

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