If you want to know what Five Minute Friday is all about, I could send you the same place I always suggest and tell you to click here.

But if you *really* want to know — like, really — what the Five Minute Friday community looks like, all you have to do is click over here and read the 76 comments that went down last week over at Andrew’s place.

The way you all rallied around this faithful FMF community member while he battles terminal illness flat out astounded me. And I have no doubt that your many kindnesses buoyed up Andrew’s spirits again and again.

Thank you.

Thank you for showing me — and so many others — what the body of Christ looks like in action.

As we said last week, we are not alone — we are one body, and each of us is a vital part of the whole.

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Needless to say, if you missed last week’s Five Minute Friday, you missed a lot — including the announcement that we’re gearing up for a brand new round of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes … and YOU’RE INVITED!

31 Days logo - 2015We’re linking arms with the Write 31 Days community, and adding our own FMF twist to the challenge — namely, to write a post every day in October in just five minutes or less!

I even created a new page just for the 2015 edition of the madness — ahem, fun that is going to take place here in October!

Click HERE for more info!

OH! And I ALMOST FORGOT!

YOU get to help VOTE on which words you’d like to write on in October!

Click HERE to give three prompt suggestions!

 

(Voting closes Saturday, September 5th. Prompts for the whole month of October will be announced on Tuesday, September 8th!)

I hope YOU say YES to the challenge!

Which leads me (not so subtly) to this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt:

 

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I’ve been thinking lately about the power of yes.

I say “no” far more often than I say “yes,” at least to myself and my kids.

These past few days, I’ve been pushing the “no” out of my head to make room for the “yes.”

I wrote an article about this recently. In it, I shared a story about an evening a couple weeks ago, when I stood sweltering in a non-air-conditioned kitchen, cranky from the discomfort of summer heat and humidity.

Then I got a crazy idea.

Let’s go to the beach, I thought.

Everything in me tried to reason in favor of “no.”

It was getting late. We still had to eat supper. If I took the kids to the beach after dinner, it would mean a late bedtime, sandy showers and more laundry.

But the “yes” in me fought to rise to the top.

It elbowed its way past every “no” and won the fight.

So we went.

I stepped into my bathing suit after dinner, grabbed a pile of beach towels, and told my kids, “Let’s go!” We picked up my sister on the way, and had the most amazing time.

 

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The beach was empty, the water was perfect, the sunrise breathtaking.

If I’d let the “no” in me prevail, I would have missed these shouting displays of the glory of God.

Brave coverIn her book, Let’s All Be Brave, Annie Downs has a whole chapter called, Yes.

In it, she writes:

“Say yes to the open door.

Say yes to the situations that stretch and scare you and ask you to be better than you think you can be.

Say yes to the moments that will only come once.

Say yes to serving.

Say yes to Jesus in every way – every chance you get.”

Put on your brave, and make it your best yes — and be prepared to see the glory of God.

 

For the whole article I reference in this post, click here to read The Powerful Thing that Happens When You Say Yes.”

What does YOUR “yes” look like? Share in the link-up below!

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56 thoughts on “five minute friday :: yes

  1. Kate, I love this post, and the spontaneity of going to the beach, just because. And that picture? I can imagine how glorious it was! I’m so quick to say no to myself and my kids too. I actually considered posting on saying yes to them more often. My motto is, “If I can say yes, I will.”

    I love those quotes from Annie Downs’ book. It sounds like a super read!

    • What a fantastic motto! I need to adopt that one .. I say “no” far too often, usually just to avoid inconvenience (like sandy bodies and extra laundry)! But yes, we do often see the glory of God through spontaneous “yes” moments He brings. Thanks for always reading and commenting, Jeanne. You are a blessing!

  2. So good when we say ‘yes’ to those little things and then see the miracle of grace He shows us through our obedience! Thanks for this community of writers. I’ve been away but it’s good to be back! Thank you for your faithfulness to this group!

  3. Ah, I know the feeling of just wanting to say ‘No!’ to everything that produces dirt and grime and more work. But I’ve figured out that the mess is almost always worth it. I’ll be cleaning up from our week-long Outdoor School adventure over the long weekend–but the blessings? Indescribable.

  4. Kate, I said, “YES!” when I saw your word prompt on Twitter. I love the word yes, and I love your post. So inspiring. After a month away (transatlantic move, travel….) I’m SO GLAD to rejoice Five Minute Friday. It was therapy for me after a long day. Thanks for your work on our behalf. 🙂

  5. With kids getting to say YES to something that requires work or a mess always means so much to them! I hate crafts and things like gloop and moon dough, but I let them. Even if have to repeat over and over “I can clean this up. It’s going to be okay.”

  6. And sometimes you realize the Yes was there along; it wasn’t your choice, but your acceptance.

    If I were not in the place I am now, my wife would not have bloomed in her career; it’s been a whirlwind three years for her, and a true joy to see. It’s worth it; Yes, God, it’s worth it.

    The FMF community’s response and love has really set my cup of blessings overflowing, Kate. I’m grateful beyond words, and humbled to be a part of this.

    And I guess it proves the adage, that when darkness falls, only then do you see the stars…and this is really the full Glory of God’s Kingdom,lighting my way home.

    I will try to visit as many of y’all as I can, but am in very rough shape right now.

    • Andrew, how very beautiful to read of your graciousness to your wife during this difficult time. Praying for you this morning. May God continue to bring you, and your wife, encouragement. Blessings!

    • Your courage and humaness (is that even a word?) in your life are inspiring. I wasn’t able to comment on your blog because of issues I have with every blog that isn’t WordPress and even some that are. It’s me. I know. It’s been inspiring to read how you look for the lessons in dying. And thank you for sharing those lessons. It scares the stuffing out of all of us.
      (((hugs Andrew)))

  7. I’ve missed this community – it felt so good to jump back in last night! I love your reminder about the yes – even when it might seem like a production. Our kids love those spontaneous adventures – big or small – and all that collective joy makes the potential mess so worth it. I hope I remember that about all the possible yeses that I can say – thanks Kate!

  8. […] fmf prompt: yes. dreams that pay out parts of your life where you’ve felt out of control, which apparently is every single area. and you’re crying to someone to help, but he’s holding a gun, so you crawl to a public bathroom and a bathroom and hide. you get happy texts from a friend saying she’d love to see you & you should get food, but this is a emergency: you didn’t listen to another friend and now her car is damaged and you didn’t mean to hit the break. […]

  9. Hi kate! Thanks for the link up each week! I loved that you did decide to just throw caution to the wind and visit the beach. So many times as a mom I’d take the safe and routine road when I could have been having so much more fun with my kids if I’d said “yes”. Great post!

  10. Kate, I’m tired of saying no. I love the excitement of the hiss at the end of YES. I am into a season of NOW, let’s not let the moment go by. The opportunity to end. I want to hear lots of hisses and say Yes, Lord, as often as possible. Fabulous post – and that beach trip? Oh yesssssssssssss.

    • Thanks, Cherise! Entering your three suggestions is the whole process. I’ll choose all 31 prompts in October from these “votes” I’ve received, based on popularity/repetition within the entries submitted. Thanks for participating!

  11. Have posted my link and now on to read other’s blogs about Yes. I love the community here, but not sure FMF is for me as I am never happy with my writing for those. I’m just not a quick thinker and when I see what the rest of you can pop out in 5 minutes, it puts me to shame. This evidently is not my strength. Something for me to ponder.

  12. Any post that references my girl/birthday twin Annie Downs is a post I’ll like. Love it! I’m not a yes person either, but am working on becoming one. I need to say yes more often!

  13. I have been trying to find the 2015 31 days link up. Every time I go the links you show, it is still 2014 and of course all closed. Do you know where the current link is to join up this fall? If so, would you please let me know at pam.depoyan@gmail.com. Thank you!

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