I wrote and scheduled the following post before hearing about the horrific church shooting in Charleston. My chest hurts just thinking about it. 

The prompt I chose several days ago seems timely and applicable. If we’re honest, we fear for the future of our nation. We fear for our churches, our families, our friends.

Yet, if we learn one thing from this tragedy, let us learn this:

“… there are no safe sanctuaries in a fallen world. We are only safe in Christ.” 

~ Peter Beck, The Gospel Coalition

May we tuck ourselves in Him as the only true refuge, and may our fears of this world transform into a reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord.

With that, back to our regularly scheduled programming:


The Five Minute Friday Retreat keeps getting better and better!

I’m thrilled to announce that Trillia Newbell will be joining us for the Saturday morning devotional session at the retreat!!


trillia-home2-620x360Trillia is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Along with writing, she is pursuing her M.A. in biblical counseling from Southern Theological Seminary. For fun, she enjoys group fitness (she used to be a fitness instructor!), cycling, and listening to a variety of music. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell.

Also, I’m so excited to be able to offer a giveaway copy of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves to one winner, compliments of Moody Publishers!

Click here to watch a video interview with Trillia, read a review of her book, and enter the giveaway!



If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to attend the retreat, let this news persuade you!

For more information including a schedule of events and ticket information, click here.



In this week’s FMF Video Intro, Asheritah from OneThingAlone.com interviews Melinda Hollis — one of the fabulous ladies registered for the FMF Retreat!

I love the focus of Melinda’s blog: Grateful Everyday. Isn’t that a great goal?

Check out these words of encouragement from Melinda, then stop by her blog and follow her on Twitter @mghollis38!



This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:





This one goes out to the worriers. The anxious ones. To all who battle fears big and small, day after day. To the ones who feel their hearts pound hard inside, beating against their rib cages. The ones who toss and turn at night, unable to quiet the voices inside their heads.

This one is for the bloggers who take a deep breath before clicking publish, and check stats five times a day. It’s for the ones who edit and delete and talk themselves into erasing the whole thing altogether because it’s just not worth it.


The sweet cure for our fear of failure


It’s for the parents who clasp their kids’ hands when they cross the street and gasp more often than not when cars reverse in the parking lot. It’s for the ones who wait late into the night for the thermometer to beep, then wipe foreheads until the fevers break.

For all of you, I have these words. Cling to them. Let them raise you up like a life jacket. Rest in the hold of their promises.

“Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” ~ Psalm 55:22


Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He





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35 thoughts on “five minute friday :: fear {plus a new video *and* a giveaway!}

  1. Beautiful post, Kate. And I LOVE the verse you shared. Thank goodness God is big enough to catch all we cast upon Him. And even better, He knows the best way to handle those situations that leave us trembling with fear. What an amazing thing to know that He cares for me, for each of us. Yes, reassuring words in a scary world.

  2. Woa. I saw myself a lot in your words. As I learn more of God’s character, and how there is no fear in Him… I see myself in much contrast. Fear is at the root of so much I think, do, and feel. I think God was at a mighty work when he brought this prompt to you this week. Thank you for obeying Him with your gifts. And thanks for being you. Your words- and your heart- bless so many. 🙂

  3. Great post!

    I’m not much of a worrier any more. Tomorrow’s going to hurt, that I know, but somehow I’ll be up for it.

    Or not, in which case i get to go have a beer with Jesus. (Don’t raise your eyebrows…I have NEVER known a fisherman who’d turn down a cold one.)

  4. […] fmf prompt: fear. this last line i feel Jesus has been whispering the last two days. i spent yesterday with a friend, spilling out fears (ex. how the lie creeps in I will be forever alone, leaning on the invisible God; it’s such a lovely thing to admit.), being reminded Jesus is on my side, going into a bookstore & not buying any books, singing, and going to see inside out. (which is an actual portrayal of emotions…especially sadness. (side note: i pretty much thought of my brother teasing me forever with sadness/) and did i mention i had steak n shake, a cookies n cream candy bar, a slushy (these at the movies…i haven’t had one of those in FOREVER.) and chick-fil-a and tons of laughter? yeah, Jesus loves getting together around food.. or I was extremely hungry… […]

  5. I was that mom this week, watching in the early hours of the night, wiping my little girl’s brow and praying that her fever breaks soon. She’s normall such a happy child that when she was writhing on the floor in pain, screaming at the top of her lungs, the only thing I could do was pray, “Sweet Jesus, help her.” I’m not typically a worrier, and even in this I was hoping it’d be her molars coming out or some other plausible explanation. But fear is always there at the edges of my heart, chomping like a Pac-Man, eager to run rampant through my imagination, eating up any semblance of peace or quietness in my heart.

    Thanks for this reminder to cast my cares on Him. Because He cares for us!

  6. […] Our first week of summer has officially begun – defined for us as the time between preschool’s end mid-June and pre-K beginning in early September. And we are trying to find our new rhythm, with stops and starts along the way. More to come in a future post. For now, though, I return to Five Minute Friday – five minutes of free writing on a given topic every Friday. Hosted by Kate Motaung. […]

  7. A wonderful post. 1 Peter 5.7 was my mom’s life verse for almost 70 years – I’m sure she was reciting it as she walked within the gates in late October 2012. I love being a part of FMF and am looking forward to meeting everyone at the retreat! xo

  8. Fear started long ago for me as a little . The next-door neighbor Would give me candy and take me into his house when his wife was off shopping everyone thought he was just a really nice man to this day I have no memory of what he did I had a lot of fear and dark dreams. my mom never told me much just that the police were called and they felt it was better that I not be subjected to a trial. As an adult I was robbed at gunpoint so much fear that this was the end of my life . Then again I was walking down the street and was rob and hit in the head these things have left me with many fears. I struggle every day with a strong fear for my son . Struggles with losing my loved ones family .Fear of people, Fear of displeasing God, fear of moving out to do God’s will . I know God is strong in my life. And he loves me. But I still fear becase I know man has a free will and God does allow things . And that’s one of my biggest fears what can happen . But God is healing me day by day . I just pray I get peace . all this fear and walk in God’s peace . I don’t know how to let go of what could happen and if I even speak of my fear that it will come true haunts me .

    • Debra – Thank you for sharing; it is hard to bare our souls and make ourselves vulnerable, but I believe that is part of healing. I pray for you to find peace.

  9. This describes me, too, Kate, and we were on the same page with our posts. Trusting in the Lord has been my only way to keep the fear and anxiety at bay.

    Thanks, as always, for hosting FMF!

  10. I will only speak for myself, but I’ve found that I looked at fear the wrong way for far too long. Fear can be healthy and has a right and good place in our lives. I’m sure you can guess the direction of my blog entry. lol

  11. I’ve lived with crushing anxiety for as long as I can remember. Used to break out in hives before tests in elementary school. Had trouble falling asleep. Progressed into full-blown panic attacks as a young adult. Did therapy, took medication, all of it.

    If you struggle to and you read this here comment of mine along with Kate’s awesome post, know this: God loves you. GOD LOVES YOU. Your struggle does not push Him away. You can take all your fears to Him, as many times a day as you have to, and He’s not going to ignore you!

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