Happy weekend, everyone!

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Kaitlyn Bouchillon

This week, I’m so excited to celebrate with our dear sister, Kaitlyn Bouchillon, on the release of her book, Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the In Between

I just adore Kaitlyn’s heart, and am blown away by her wisdom and grace. You won’t want to miss all she has to offer in this brand new release. While you’re at it, go ahead and subscribe to Kaitlyn’s blog, where she’ll be sharing portions of her book in the coming weeks.


Even If Not

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Even If Not: Living, Loving and Learning in the in Between


Even If Not

Even If Not

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Raise your hand if you need one of these GIANT 32 ounce chalkboard mugs!

They’re on sale through Sunday, February 28th for only $5!


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And don’t you just love this adorable mug that reads, “Morning by morning new mercies I see”?

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Perfect for this week’s prompt, hey?

Morning Mug - Dayspring


The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is: 





Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO. 


I’ve told you before that I’m not exactly a morning person. I’d much rather stay up late at night and sleep late in the morning.

But every time I’m forced to leave the house early for an appointment, I’m struck by the beauty of mornings. There’s a certain newness about them. A freshness that invigorates.

I turn to the Psalms, and there I find mornings are laden with hope. Anticipation. Promise.

I want to be like the psalmist who writes,

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.” ~ Psalm 130:5-7

Like the one who writes,

But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.” ~ Psalm 59:16


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And this:

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” ~ Psalm 90:14

Words pregnant with hope.

A new opportunity to bring glory to the One who gives me life.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23





Are you looking for a boost for your mornings? I’ve benefited so much from the devotional below.

Recommended resource: New Morning Merciesby Paul David Tripp


New Morning Mercies


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36 thoughts on “five minute friday :: morning

  1. I have never greeted the dawn with as much relief as in the past few weeks. Joy in the morning, indeed.

    Fell times, these, but in paying meet obeisance to the dictatorship of pain lie the twin boons of clarity and resolve.

    I had to write my post ahead. There was no way I could be sure to manage otherwise.

  2. Kate, you and I have the same mind about hope and mornings. I find great hope in the mornings too. 🙂 And those verses in Lamentations? Some of my favorites (I used them too. No, I wasn’t trying to copy. I promise! :))

    Beautiful post. I want to look on each new day as a gift also. Have a great weekend!

  3. I love mornings…in fact, I’d probably function better at a #fmfparty that started at say, 6 am your time ;). All joking aside, I a forever grateful that God grants us mercies anew each and every morning. Life is a gift.

  4. Psalm 90:14 is one of my favorites! I set it to music about two years ago. I was stumped but your post has loosened my fog and I can see where to head. Thanks for the inspiration and a 32ounce mug?!!! Wonders never cease!

    Scripture posts really are the best posts. Yours was especially rich tonight!


  5. Hi Kate,

    This is my first time linking up here. I hope you don’t mind I used your photo in my post since there was a “Pin It” on it and it had your name and URL.

    Great prompt and I loved the verses you shared.

  6. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on morning. Go. […]

  7. I enjoyed this post so much. I am a morning person. But I also love the late nights. Your post made me realize how beautifully our God fills our days. Truly all He desires is that we spend time with Him. Always good to be prompted by you 🙂

  8. While I am not a morning person, I am up early because I find I am more productive once I am up. Late nights don’t work for me.

    I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and better than I have all week with a nasty cold that has really had me feeling lousy. Thank you for these words and beautiful reminder that each day is a do-over.

  9. I LOVE the mugs, but I am on a mug buying sabbatical. My cabinet overfloweth with mugs right now and until I can part with some of them there is no room for more 🙁

  10. So here goes, I love this idea of a five minute “good enough” quick write, so I am sharing, for the first time …eek!
    The alarm on my phone has challenge for the fourth time. There is a steaming cup of coffee beckoning me from the IKEA three legged table next to my bed. For cheap plywood it bears the weight of eight books and the lamp surprisingly well. I am made of tougher stuff than plywood but there was no step-by-step assembly for my design. God in his infinite wisdom and as a consequence of human mismanagement allowed some sway, some kinks perhaps in the design. The weight of my own in adequacy my own special brand of ordinary leaves me sunk between the pillows. Now here they come..rank on rank, I feel the beat of the bass drum as the parade of self deprecating thoughts approach. This morning the band plays this particular well rehearsed number. “Would you be able to get to work on time if instead of the alarm it was a screaming baby.”
    “Stop trying already your body isn’t even able to conceive of conception”.
    “Go play with other people’s kids isn’t it enough you teach them how to talk”.
    “You are too old”
    “You are too messy”
    “You are too emotional”
    “You are too undisciplined for motherhood. “Get up already your first student will be waiting.”
    “You continue to disappoint”
    At my movement and excited golden retriever comes to life the contents of my three legged table swim in a puddle of coffee quickly seeping into the carpet. In the bathroom the release of tears as I contend with the bright red evidence of another failed cycle another disappointing attempt. Somewhere God must have a tucked away a ziplock bag with all my missing parts and pieces. More likely He is waiting for mento fully trust the “great designer” and fully immerse myself in the “users manual”.

  11. I’m jumping in at the last minute here, but I love all these beautiful thoughts on morning. It’s my first time, but I’m looking forward to linking up with this group again!

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