Welcome back to another round of Five Minute Friday!

A huge thank you to all who stopped by last week to celebrate my two-years-hosting-FMF anniversary! It was so much fun!

And congratulations to Catherine T., Amber T., and Diana R. on winning the giveaway prizes!

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(Psst … if you didn’t win the giveaway, you can still snag The Happiness Dare and the KraftyKash writer keychain here and here! Don’t forget to use code katemotaung at KraftyKash for a 10% discount off your order!)

 

 

 

 

Last week on Twitter, when the prompt, HAPPY was announced, one FMF member admitted that she didn’t have much to be happy about lately.

Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare, immediately jumped in and confessed that she wrote a lot about being unhappy in her book about happiness.

Then she added this:

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Last week, we were celebrating. This week, we’re making space for tears.

I’m very sad to share that we have reason to grieve with a dear FMF friend. This past Tuesday, our sister Jen Daugherty lost her mom unexpectedly.

Jen was one of the four planning committee members for the Five Minute Friday retreat last August.

 

Jen is second from left in this photo. Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

Jen is second from left in this photo. Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

 

Since Five Minute Friday is all about community, I want to extend an invitation to rally around Jen during this time of acute grief.

Here are three ways you can help:

  1. PRAY! Pray, pray, pray for the God of all comfort to be near and dear to Jen and her family.
  2. If you’d like to be part of a card drive for Jen, please contact me using the form below. I will collect cards for Jen at my address through Friday, August 19th, and send a bundle to Jen at her home address. Let’s be a blessing and show our support through the ministry of words.
  3. I’ve never done this before, but I thought it would be a nice gesture to send a gift to Jen as a token of our sympathy as a Five Minute Friday community. Depending on the amount of money raised, I will select a nice plant or maybe even a tree for Jen to plan in memory of her mom. If you know Jen, you know she loves gardening! Please click on the Go Fund Me campaign to contribute toward a gift.

To send a card to Jen, contact me using this form and I’ll send you my address:

To contribute toward a group gift, visit this GoFundMe campaign.

 

Thank you in advance, friends! This is a large part of what FMF is all about — linking arms and lifting each other up.

On that note …

 

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

 

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And … GO.

The second half of Exodus 17 gets me every time I read it:

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword” (Exodus 17:10-13).

I see this blessed Five Minute Friday community as a precious group of Moseses, Aarons and Hurs. When one of us is growing weary in battle, two more come — one on each side — to lift up hands and sustain tired arms.

We need each other.

I need you. Jen needs our prayers. We each have our own burdens, and many of us are oh, so tired. We long to let our arms fall to our sides in defeat — but God provides help. He sends us Aarons and Hurs and by His grace, we are held up.

My encouragement to you this week — whose arms need lifting up? Who can you stand beside to strengthen as they grow weary in battle? How can you be a blessing, and a welcomed right hand?

Aaron and Hur may have thought their role was small or insignificant — but I doubt Joshua thought so.

STOP.

Related post: When You Have a Burden that Needs to be Lifted

 

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