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Happy end of the week to you!

So glad to have you here for another round of Five Minute Friday.

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Before we get started, two things:

ChapterFirst, have you seen the awesome posts and conversation going on in the comments section of our On Being a Writer discussion group?

So far we’ve covered chapters 1 and 2, but it’s not too late to join in! The more, the merrier!

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In the first post, we chatted about how we identify ourselves in our writing lives. In chapter two, we discuss how we arrange our lives (time and space) to accommodate for our writing.

It’s been so much fun to see like-minded individuals from across the blogosphere linking arms and encouraging one another!


Secondly, I can’t believe it, but it’s almost time for another round of 31 Days!

Every October, a TON of bloggers accept the challenge and commit to posting on their blogs every day for 31 days. It’s super scary and super overwhelming and super fun. Lots of supers.

Last year, for the first time, I hosted a special twist to the 31 Days shenanigans — a bunch of us did 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes and wrote all of our 31 Days posts in just five minutes or less.

It was like a month-long FMF party!

I provided prompts in advance for anyone who wanted to use them.

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A few of you have already asked if I’m planning to do it again this year, and the answer is YES!

This year, I’ll be doing Reader’s Choice prompts, which means YOU will have a chance to VOTE for the prompts you want to write on!

More details will be coming in the next few weeks. Voting will start on September 1st, and I’ll announce the prompts on September 15th for those who like to plan and write ahead.

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This week I want you to give me five minutes on the prompt:




Setting my timer, and … GO.


I thought I lost it.

My mom didn’t like to have her picture taken. She was usually the one behind the camera, not in front of it.

But this was one of my favorite photos of her — captured when she came to Cape Town for the birth of my son, her second grandchild.

She’s holding him and the sparkle of happiness just radiates from her eyes.

Less than a handful of weeks after the photo was snapped, we learned that her cancer was back.

She died four years later.

I kept this treasured photograph tucked in the back cover of my Bible. It was my only copy, and I kept telling myself to scan it into my computer.

I would, someday. It was safe in my Bible.

Until one day, I opened the back cover, and it wasn’t there.

I was devastated.

I knew the picture had no material value, but to me, it was precious.

I almost cried. Over a photograph.

That was several months ago.

This past week, I was cleaning off a bookshelf, and opened a recent journal.

Out fell the lost treasure.


Favorite Mom picture-edited


I couldn’t believe it.

I thought of those parables in the Bible about the lost coin and the lost sheep, and how the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. I thought about the raw, unadulterated joy described when those treasures were found.

I thought about how Jesus came to seek and to save what was lost, and how even now, He’s on a mission to find us and turn our hearts toward Him. I thought about the angels rejoicing in glory every time a sinner repents.

I thought about how valuable this one photo is to me, though it has no earthly, material worth — and how much more valuable we are in the sight of God.

My favorite photo was once lost, but now is found.

And so was I.



Give us your own five minutes of unedited free writing on the prompt, FIND, by sharing your post below; then visit your link-up neighbor to read and leave some comment love!


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42 thoughts on “five minute friday :: find

  1. Oh Kate, this just brings me joy. Sadness and joy, but mostly joy because I can imagine your face when you found it. And your mother’s face is stunning in light of her love for you and her grandbaby. Definitely a photo to treasure. Praise God you found it!

  2. These words hit me deep. I love that a lost photo helped you to find yourself and has helped to make you more complete. Thank you or these words that remind me how special our moms are to us.

  3. Kate what a beautiful picture of your mama and your boy. I’m so, so glad you found your treasure! What a gift to see that memory on paper whenever you want to. I’m so glad Jesus seeks and finds us. I can’t imagine life without Him.

  4. Love, love, love this picture. I’m so glad you found it and am moved by your post. I always tell my kids that we will never have to look for things in heaven. Nothing lost. No searching. Praise Jesus for that. You and your words are a blessing, friend.

  5. Kate, so glad you found that picture. I have my Grandma’s Bible and would be devastated if I lost it. God does indeed find the lost doesn’t he?!

  6. Kate! What a special story! I’m so glad you found that photo and scanned it in for all to see!
    Your mom was beautiful and your son…what a chunk of burning love!
    My mother in law died one month after our first son was born. I framed a few photos of them together too. My mother in law hated photographs as well, but it is in the moments we find these special people captured in time we remember. Prayers for you as you journey to new places again soon! <3, Jenn

  7. Your experience resonates with me. So often I think I have lost something precious to me and I’ll ask the Lord to help me find it because He knows where it is! It might not be immediate but sure enough it shows up!
    You are so right – your mom shines in that picture! xo

  8. OH Kate! I feel ya! I had misplaced a photo, a one of a kind photo, of my mom in a dress that my grandma made, that she wore, then I wore, then my oldest wore. The day I found it was definitely like the lost coin that was found!!!

  9. So grateful Jesus was on a mission to find me & turn my heart towards Him! Wonderful post. Thank you for the prompts each week as they have blessed me. Also, so glad you found the photo!

  10. A wonderful sharing of your heart, Kate. Your mother was lovely and I’m so glad you found that picture. Bless you for sharing with us.
    And thanks as always for hosting this wonderful group of ladies each week!

  11. To Sue from More at Forty (Five)http://moreatforty.com/2015/08/21/five-minute-friday-find/comment-page-1/#comment-702,
    I tried to comment on your blog, but once again WordPress is giving me attitude. So I just wanted you to know I had read it and liked it. 🙂

  12. I might have to join in for the 31 days of writing in October ;). Will have to arrange my blog series schedule to free up October. Just sounds like super fun and a nice break (or time of rejuvenation) from current series. <3

  13. What a beautiful photo – I would have cried too – howled – if I thought I had lost something so precious. Photos – pieces of paper yes – but they are part of our history and who we are, they remember what we can’t. The visual reminder can be the lift we need and break our hearts too. So glad you found your photo.

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