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This week’s Reader’s Choice FMF prompt is …




Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.

I used to think I came from a broken family.

From the age of seven, I was carted back and forth every other weekend from mom’s house to dad’s house, and back again.

Back then, in my little conservative, midwest suburb, I was the only kid in my class who had two toothbrushes in two different houses.

Though it became “the norm” for me, it never really felt normal.

Broken should never be normal.

Fast forward a decade and a half.

I jetted across an ocean for a six month stint, and what I found there on the tip of Africa blew me away.

In a small church nestled in the elbow of the city bowl, I found family.

God gave me brothers and sisters in that foreign and faraway place I never could’ve dreamed about. He gave me spiritual fathers and mothers who shaped and nourished me for over a decade.

Through them, I learned that family isn’t broken after all — in Christ, He makes all things whole.




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35 thoughts on “five minute friday :: family {day 2}

    • I didn’t know this linked to the comments, sorry! Kate, I loved yoru post and how you found family far from blood relatives. I love that God surrounds us with family. Sometimes, we just have to look a little bit for it.Beautiful!

  1. I loved this post probably because my experience is completely the opposite. I come from a whole family but have experienced the brokenness of church family, which can be so painful. I am grateful God knows His children & what we need & brings “family” to us. Blessings!

  2. Oh Kate! Me too!!!! When others only had one toothbrush and one home! I was in 6th grade. We’re breaking that broken aren’t we??? I LOVE that I have been happily married for 21 + years and going strong. Great prompts for the series!

  3. […] fmf: family. so tired. dreams of snakes & staying up with God until 4ish, because your heart is scared and heavy. even tho you know you have nothing to fear, makes foe an awesome night. not. I just want to fall into the God’s arms and not move for a long time. I am noticing that when I get close to God, I am attacked or tempted and then I’m running back to God. hey. i’m so so sorry. i’m not strong enough and i need so much  love. I keep praying Ephesians 3:14-21, well parts of it, for people in my life. […]

  4. The church I grew up in set the example for me as to what the body of Christ, the family of God, should be. I’m in my 50’s now, but still feel such love and affection and appreciation for them it’s hard to put into words. I look forward to a great big church reunion in heaven one day : )

  5. Enjoying the challenge of writing again! Joined up with write 31 Days and FMF! 🙂 Yay! Though I will admit that being away from writing for so long (why did I stop??) is making the challenge even harder!

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