Happy weekend, friends!

I hope you’ve had a great week!

Raise your hand if you got your Five Minute Friday book in the mail! I hope you love it!

If you have received and read the book, would you pretty please leave a review for us on Amazon?

We’ll love you forever (okay … we’ll love you forever whether you leave a review or not, but you get the idea, right?) …

Before we get to the Five Minute Friday prompt for this week, I have to tell you about the most amazing experience I had today.

I got to visit one of my all-time favorite authors, Lynn Austin, in her home! I spent an hour and a half of pure bliss, gleaning from this gifted, God-fearing woman.


Lynn Austin


It was such a full circle moment for me, as I started reading Lynn’s books in 2005 while living in South Africa — and now, 11 years later, we’re living in the same town! Such an incredible gift!


Waves of Mercy


Lynn just released a brand new novel this week (her 24th book!).

It’s called Waves of Mercy, and you can grab it here. This one is especially significant to me, as it’s set in my hometown of Holland, Michigan.

Lynn is such a gifted writer — you can’t go wrong with any of her books!

Watch this space for a full interview (including a video) coming soon!





And now, on to our Five Minute Friday prompt!

If you’re here as part of the Write 31 Days challenge, three cheers for you! We’re raising our tea cups in your honor and cheering wildly for you as you keep on keepin’ on!

Today’s prompt, as part of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes series, is:




Ready? GO.

About two weeks ago, God dropped two amazing opportunities in my lap within ten minutes of each other.

The tricky part was that I couldn’t say yes to both. I had to choose one.

I labored in prayer, sought counsel from friends, deliberating back and forth, weighed pros and cons — you name it.

Eventually, I came to a wobbly decision laced with question marks around the edges.

I stepped forward with a shaky tally mark and placed my vote.

In the moment, I wasn’t sure I made the right choice.

I texted a friend to share my decision. At the end, I added, “Hoping this is what faith looks like.”

Literally two minutes later, an email arrived in my inbox that confirmed in my mind that I had made the right choice.

It was almost as if I had to take that unsteady step before God revealed His answer.

In a way, it felt like a test of faith. It was as if He was asking me to trust Him first, not the potential outcome. He’s in charge of that.

Fast forward a week or so, and I was sitting in prayer meeting at my church. One of my friends prayed, “Lord, thank you for each and every one of our trials, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance.”

Thank you for our trials? For real?

But yes. She’s so right. Thank you Lord, for testing our faith, because through Your divinely appointed testing, and with your sufficient grace, we are made mature and complete in You.




Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-4


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29 thoughts on “five minute friday :: test

  1. I LOVED Waves of Mercy! (I got it on NetGalley a few weeks ago). It’s a beauty. Those verses from James are some of my favorites (even if I don’t always like them, if you know what I mean!)

  2. You met Lynn Austin? In person in her home?! Wow, what a gift, Kate! 🙂

    Such a great post today. I confess, I’m not good at thanking God for my trials, especially in the moments of living them out. I can sometimes see, looking back, the fruit those tests produced. Now, if I can have a better attitude and give my eyes altitude when I walk through them, that will be good.

  3. I need to read this book! I have actually been shopping online for a few good fiction books. My favorite author was always Janette Oak but I am always up for new things! Thanks for hosting and I am glad your faith walk proved fruitful, Kate!

  4. Great post!
    And how fun that you got to meet Lynn Austin! I translated for her a few years ago, she is a really nice lady and an awesome writer! It’s always nice to meet the people behind the pages.

  5. […] 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 test. Go. […]

  6. Kate, all I can say is, “Amen.” We so do not like the testing at the time, but oh the fruit that it produces brings such a blessing!

    I am loving the FMF book. Both you & Susan did such a wonderful job!

  7. Kate, when I read my Day 9 I this morning I see that it’s all about “TESTS” so I took the liberty of linking up! Quote:
    We can keep taking those God tests over and over OR we can once and for all listen to The Master and obey His promptings. Do we want to just get crumbs for the day or do we want to eat fully of the Living Bread and live victorious lives?

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