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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