This past weekend, twenty of us had the pleasure of gathering together at the first ever Five Minute Friday Retreat.

We’ve been talking about it for months, and it finally happened.

It was such a gift.

You can read all about it in this special edition link-up right over here, where some of the retreat attendees have shared their reflections on the weekend.

 

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Photo credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

 

We talked until we ran out of words.

 

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

We laughed till it hurt, and might have wiped a few tears, too.

 

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

 

And since Five Minute Friday is the thread that ties us together, we paused the talking and laughing, took five minutes, and wrote.

 

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

 

Then we read the words that God laid on our hearts. And we applauded the gifts He has given.

A highlight for me was meeting Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves.

 

Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: LeeAnn G Taylor, leeanngtaylor.com

Photo Credit: LeeAnn G Taylor, leeanngtaylor.com

 

She is such a bright light, and a wonderful encouragement.

 

Photo Credit: Janel Andrews, viepourcettetemp.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Janel Andrews, viepourcettetemp.wordpress.com

 

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

 

We heard powerful stories from Amy Breitmann about the amazing work and ministry of ViBella Jewelry.

 

Photo Credit: Amy Breittman, belovedinbluejeans.com

Photo Credit: Amy Breittman, belovedinbluejeans.com

Photo Credit: LeeAnn G Taylor, leeanngtaylor.com

Photo Credit: LeeAnn G Taylor, leeanngtaylor.com

We were inspired by authors Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig to cultivate healthy habits that will lead to a writing life that lasts.

We fistbumped Dan King from Fistbump Media and learned ways to improve our web presence.

 

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We might have even played rollercoaster.

 

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Photo Credit: Melinda Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

All I can say is, it was a gift.

The Lord went before us, and He was with us all weekend.

And I’m so grateful for His goodness in making this retreat the blessing that it was for all of us.

Thank you to all who prayed! God answered those prayers in amazing ways. We’re thankful.

 

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In case you missed it, we’re kicking off our FREE online discussion group THIS MONDAY, August 17th, on the book, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts, by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig.

 

On Being a Writer Online Discussion Group

More information can be found here, and you can get a copy of the book here.

Would love to have you join us!

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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

 

LEARN

 

Set a timer for five minutes, stretch your typing fingers, and let’s GO:

 

We learned a lot this past weekend.

We learned things that can’t always be learned through a screen.

Those real-life, in-person learnings that are caught by the senses, not always conveyed by a keyboard.

We learned which of us are extroverts, which are introverts, and which teeter in between.

Photo from Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

Photo from Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

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Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

 

We learned how each other’s laughs sound, and what brings them out.

We learned which of us are the early risers, and which of us aren’t that excited about being drawn for breakfast duty.

 

Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

 

We learned about listening.

 

Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com

 

We learned about doing.

We learned that it’s possible to change the world with a scissors and a pair of jeans.

 

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Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

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Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

 

We learned that sometimes brave means getting out of the boat.

And sometimes it means staying right where we are.

We learned that my brave might not look like yours.

My “big” might be your “normal.”

 

Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

We learned that’s okay.

We learned that God shows up in mysterious and unexpected ways, and His presence is always a blessing.

We learned that sometimes it’s good to jump, and sometimes it’s good to wait.

 

Photo from Mary Geisen, passagethroughgrace.com

Photo from Mary Geisen, passagethroughgrace.com

 

Fear is not our master. God is.

He knits hearts and souls and words.

And He is good.

 

 

STOP.

 

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37 thoughts on “five minute friday :: learn {a post-retreat post}

  1. Once again, awesome words, Kate and a wonderful recap. I learned so much that I’m still trying to process! Whew! Looking forward to the next time we can all be in the same room again!

  2. Love this Kate!!! The fact that God made me brave for the weekend was amazing. What I learned is that saying I’m ready, allows God to do what His does best – walk with me, strengthen me and love me. Great words!!!

  3. Oh, Kate. How I love all the pics from the retreat last weekend! There is such joy in the fellowship of women. 🙂 I’m glad you all had such an amazing time. How fun to learn about the people we see here each week! I’m truly hoping to be able to attend next year!

  4. Kate, how magnificent! When His girls gather, He shows up. So thrilled to read how blessed the time was for everyone.

    Question, I have clicked on everything and did not end up finding the signup for the online discussion of the book, 12 lessons… What information do you need to add me to that group? I tweeted you a direct message with my email or you can see it from this comment. Anything else?

    Thank you!

    Susan

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