Happy weekend, everyone!

Welcome to another round of Five Minute Friday! If you’re new here, you can learn more about this fun writing challenge and community by clicking here.

This week I’m thrilled and honored to welcome Trillia Newbell as our guest writer!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Trillia back in June 2015 when her second book, Fear and Faith, was released. Sharing again here so you can catch some of her enthusiasm and passion:



Then God orchestrated a way for her to attend the Five Minute Friday retreat in Nashville two months later to share a morning devotional with us! Her presence was such a gift!


Photo Credit: Janel Andrews, viepourcettetemp.wordpress.com
Photo Credit: Janel Andrews, viepourcettetemp.wordpress.com
Trillia Newbell
Photo Credit: Melinda Gardner Hollis, mghollis.wordpress.com


And now here we are approaching December 2016, and Trillia has a third book that is about to release!

It’s called Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts.

Here’s a synopsis:

Enjoy is based on the premise that God is an awesome and incredibly generous creator. He has given us all we need for life and godliness as well as good things for us to enjoy for our benefit and his glory. From human relationships and spiritual joy to the texture and taste of chocolate cake and the wonder of nature, we have so many reasons to delight in our gift-giving God. Enjoy explores in-depth what it means to live and walk in this fallen world while, at the same time, appreciating the abundant gifts God invites us to be thankful for, to celebrate, and to enjoy.



Right now, when you pre-order Enjoy, you will receive a free advent devotional. To learn more about Enjoy and this giveaway, please visit trillianewbell.com or http://www.trillianewbell.com/preorder/.




In honor of Trillia’s new book, this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:





And here’s Trillia’s five minute post!

Five Minute Friday: Enjoy

by Trillia Newbell


Right now I’m sitting in my car at my children’s school waiting to partake in my second Thanksgiving-style lunch.


It’s sunny, uniquely warm for this time of year, and I’m writing on a pad of paper, and timing myself to write about Enjoy is difficult. How do I sum it up so quickly?


I’m grateful. I’m thankful for the chance to sit across lunch tables as my children share about their day and join in laughter with their friends. One of the kids begged me to let him come home with us. Before I left, he asked, “So, are you going to text my mom?”


The contents of our special Thanksgiving lunch were good—though not spectacular. But I was glad to be able to thank the principal and security guard as they dished out turkey, stuffing, green beans, and sweet potato casserole. I sat and savored the green beans. They reminded me of Thanksgivings growing up and that soon I would be with my mom and sisters, which is always a blast. Such joy and laughter, even as we mourn the absence of our father and oldest sister. Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.


My five minutes are almost up. Bummer. I’m enjoying this exercise.


Today, I’m thankful for the little things that I get to enjoy. From the sunshine, to the laughter of pre-teen boys, to the anticipation of time with loved ones—these are all gifts from God.


For five minutes I’ve been reminded that God is the giver of all good things, even the little things. May I remember his goodness, today and every day.




What about you? What are you stopping to ENJOY today?


13680546_1019112048185056_6586412032801310273_nTrillia Newbell is the author of Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good GiftsFear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. For fun, she enjoys group fitness (she used to be a fitness instructor!), cycling, and listening to a variety of music. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell.


And … before we go — as promised, we’re celebrating GIVEAWAY MONTH at Five Minute Friday as a way to express our gratitude to each of you for your presence here!




This week I’m thrilled to share that KraftyKash has generously donated a beautiful necklace to offer as a giveaway!

I just adore KraftyKash products, don’t you? (By the way, you can use code katemotaung at checkout to get 10% off your order! Can you say Christmas shopping?) 😉




This weekend, KraftyKash is offering this MOTHER necklace to one winner!



(I think the anchor on this one might be my favorite part because it says so much about what a mother is!)

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter giveaway below:
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Giveaway ends Sunday night, November 20th at 11:59pm EST. Winner must have a U.S. mailing address.


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Oh, and by the way — we *will* have a link-up next week, even though it’s Thanksgiving weekend! I have some more fun surprises lined up for you, so don’t miss out! Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, friends!


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36 thoughts on “five minute friday :: enjoy {with a special guest + a giveaway!}

  1. Another awesome giveaway! I have ENJOYED getting to let the house fall apart around me and simply rest and focus on healing my body through this flu knowing that being able to just “rest” is going to keep my soul from growing weary!!

  2. Thanks for sharing the words of Trillia; and for offering the awesome necklace for a giveaway! I’ll be writing my post while at a retreat…but one thing I have enjoyed this week…an impromptu brunch with my two daughters and my granddaughter (2 years old)…Love (and ENJOY) my family!!

    Can’t wait to get my post linked and read some of the other awesome posts!!

  3. Kate and Trilla,what an enjoyable post, and giveaway. 🙂 Trilla, your words brought back memories for me being the teacher in the classroom that supplied a Thanksgiving feast for the students and parents. It was a lot of work, but I always enjoyed talking wtih the parents ina more casual atmosphere. The school our boys are in doesn’t do that, but they do focus on more traditional aspects about Thanksgiving.

    I hope you both have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  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 enjoy. Go. […]

  5. Loved doing this word prompt! Adding this book to my wish list too 🙂 I enjoyed my granddaughter this week who brought me so much laughter with her antics. This is a beautiful giveaway too!

  6. So good to meet you, Trillia! My children love when I share lunch with them at school, which I’m soaking up because I know one day (soon) they won’t. Sometimes, the little things are the most precious 🙂
    I’m enjoying the quiet before the storm right now. I have a busy day planned, but for now it’s just me, a cup of coffee, and the clicking of my keypad.

  7. Enjoy. Powerful word and a reminder for us to expect good things everywhere we go. Kate, I love the FMF community. You always make us welcome here.

    And the snail mails are AWESOME! #newfriends.

  8. Awesome giveaway and post! I have enjoyed my sweet 7 month old grandbaby this week. She is full of life and laughter and I have included an infectious video of her in today’s #FMF post. God is good.

  9. I enjoyed getting to go with my husband on a business trip and spend three glorious days alone with God while my hubby was in meetings!

  10. This is an awesome giveaway! I enjoyed Trilia’s words on enjoy today. I like the reminder to enjoy the little things, because they all are gifts from God.

  11. What a great word! This weekend I am enjoying my son and my granddaughter spending the weekend with us! That doesn’t happen very often, and it is such a pleasure to spend quality time with them! I love these necklaces, thank you for they chance to win! And the book will definitely be on my to read list!

  12. I’ve enjoyed spending time with my teenage son…it’s just so important to not undervalue the limited time that we have with our loved ones!

  13. Thanks for the opportunity to think about “enjoy”. There is so much to be thankful for; so much God has given for our enjoyment. What a wonderful chance to think about this, especially during the holiday where so many are pausing with us to give thanks. May we always be a people of gratitude.

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