Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday of 2017!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! As many of you know, we took a two-week break over the holidays, and it’s so good to be back!

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This week’s FMF prompt is:




Ready? Setting my timer, and … GO!


It’s in all of us.

This innate longing for connection. To be known. Understood. To be part of something bigger than ourselves.

We get it from our Father — the One who created us in His image. The One who exists in perfect fellowship as the holy trinity, three in one.

He tells us it is not good for man to be alone, that we should not forsake the gathering of believers, that … *add something here

And so He gives us the gift of connection — with Himself, with friends, and with community. It’s a tri-fold gift from a triune God.

Imagine living life in complete isolation — how miserable we would be! And yet sometimes we struggle to find those life-giving relationships, the ones that build us up and sustain us in good times and hard.




How do we forge meaningful connections — the kind that dip well below the surface and make a lasting impact? The kind that shape who we are and where we’re going?




I think it starts with a first step. It starts with recognizing our need, and purposing to press forward toward community. Toward knowing and being known.





This post was inspired by the book, Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement, releasing Tuesday, January 10th! I had the privilege of contributing a chapter to this resource, along with 29 other women, and I think you’re going to love it!

Order your copy of Craving Connection on Amazon by clicking here (affiliate link).


And because I believe in the power of connection and I love you all dearly

(and because many of you have been nagging for eighteen months … 😉 ),

I’m thrilled to announce that we’re planning another Five Minute Friday retreat!

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