Hi everyone!

I know it’s only been a week, but I’ve missed you! Thanks for coming back for another round of Five Minute Friday!

If you’re new here, you can learn more about this one-of-a-kind online community here. We write fast and furious for five minutes flat, then lift each other up with kindness. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Prompts go live at 10pm EST every Thursday, and the link up is open ALL WEEK! No excuses!

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This week’s prompt is:





Before we begin, I have a fun invitation for you!

It’s an opportunity to SHARE the favorite Five Minute Friday post that you’ve written in an book compiled by FMF community member Susan Shipe

How cool is that? 


Five Minute Friday compilation book


Here are some more details from Susan

Do you have a favorite FMF word prompt? I believe we all do! 

I am going to gather YOUR FAVORITES (one that YOU love and wrote) and put them into a book. I will be using CreateSpace, a 6×9 format. I would like a lot of them! 

If you have an image you can share with it, please include – if not, I will create an image. Kate Motaung and I have discussed this and all is good! 

If we sell any of the books on Amazon, all proceeds will go to a mission of Kate’s choice – as a thank you for being our faithful host and leader. 

Please email your entry to hopehearthome<at>gmail<dot>com and put in the subject line RE: FMF BOOK

I can’t wait to see the result!

xo Susan @HopeHeartHome


Thank you, Susan, for suggesting and running with this fun project!

Now it’s time to write! 

Ready? GO.

You wanna know what I love about this space? This glorious weekly gathering of brave bloggers? I love how God has knit us together into something far more than just online acquaintances.

I love that we can share in Andrew’s pain and suffering, even if it means easing his burden only a tad.

I love celebrating with Asheritah on news of her upcoming baby and book.

I love being able to pray for Jeanne after her knee surgery, and for Tara after her purse was stolen.

I love lifting up Mary as her 94-year-old dad prepares for a second surgery.

I love all of it, the hard and the happy. Because both are holy ground.

We’re reaching out as an extension of our God, who graciously invites us to share in His sufferings and His glory.

Sometimes it’s scary, I know. Sometimes we’d much prefer to hide away and keep our troubles to ourselves, because who wants to burden someone else? Who wants to be exposed as weak and vulnerable?

Yet there’s an untold beauty in being upheld.

It’s a far greater blessing to share a story and be lifted up than to suffer or celebrate in silence.

So here’s to sharing.





SHARE your own five minutes of free writing below! Then don’t forget to click the blog linked up before yours to share an encouraging comment!

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39 thoughts on “five minute friday :: share

  1. Made it, and the prompt fit the post. Wow!

    It’s hard to share what is becoming an increasingly bad trip. but it’s necessary…because it’s too easy to despair, and only by pointing out the good can bleakness be avoided.

    Didn’t say that well, but I think y’all get it?

  2. Love! I’m so thankful for how God has knitted this community together. And thanks for including my vans in your post. 🙂

  3. I couldn’t agree more with you, Kate. The first time I attempted a FMF post, I was scared. I’d never linked up anywhere before, and I knew not a soul here. And yet, people shared of themselves with me. I’ve loved getting to know people in our special community. And I love doing a little bit of life with everyone here. Beautiful post, friend.

  4. […] 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 share. Go. […]

  5. Thank you for opening up this space to allow us to share with one another. I had never really shared my writing before doing this and it is such an encouraging place to begin to do that. I have loved connecting with so many great people.

  6. Kate, this is such a perfect post! Sharing here, 31-day write, blogging, the survivors group on FB – saved my life last year. I had plunged into a pit of despair but God used online community to pull me out!

  7. A wonderful prompt! It is amazing how w can cross paths with one another and share our journeys so that we all benefit and grow. Good to join you!

    PS – I love Susan’s idea too 🙂

  8. Even though I haven’t committed to every Friday, I swing by to see and share what others have.
    It is just a great way to get moving after a long week. And meeting new people is always fun!

    Thanks for hosting!

  9. […] Fmf: share. I’ve read, heard God has best interest at heart, mind at least 4 times the last few weeks. It has made me happy, but today reading it, I cried. He knows I’m really happy being able to encourage others right now in the midst of this longing, waiting. Seriously. I can feel swirly feeling most times. Or to pray.  […]

  10. This community has definitely helped me to share more freely with less fear. To be a part of a continuously creative Christian writing community is huge. Thank you, Kate, for carrying the torch. For risking and sharing in our lives.

  11. […] This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. FMF is where bloggers gather together to form a writing flash mob where we all write on a one word prompt for 5 minutes with no editing! Sound like fun? You can learn more by clicking on the button below and/or join this week’s link-up here! […]

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