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:

 

Connect

 

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.

 

connect

 

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?

 

connect

 

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.

STOP.

 

connect

 

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!

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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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28 thoughts on “five minute friday :: connect

  1. Kate, another great post! I love that you shared the first step to connecting is to realize our need. Your words are spot on. I kind of took the step after that in my post tonight…being willing to share of ourselves and trust others with our vulnerabilities.

    Another retreat?! How fun!! I look forward to hearing how things iron themselves out for this!!

  2. […] 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 connect. Go. […]

  3. Happy new year, Kate! You’re definitely right, it starts with our first step towards others. Often we all have similar needs, but no one is brave enough to speak them out loud.
    Yay for the retreat! Germany is still too far away, but lovely to see all the pictures! 🙂

  4. I like the idea of connection as an aspect of being in the image of God (who is, after all, God in Three Persons). I appreciate the prompt itself, too. I’ve been following (make that lurking around) FMF for a few months, but never got around to writing anything. However, this prompt jumped out at me: I had been reading some #OneWord posts and the word “connect” kept coming to mind. So I thought this time I wouldn’t just lurk; I’d participate!

  5. I like the idea of connection as an aspect of our being made in the image of God — who is after all God in Three Persons.

    I also appreciate your prompt itself because I have been following (well, lurking around) FMF for a few months but never wrote anything. I had also been seeing a lot of posts about choosing #OneWord, and while I hadn’t planned to do that, the word “connect” kept coming to my mind. Then I saw your prompt and I knew it was time to make the move from lurking to participating.

    (BTW excuse me if this comment posts more than once – I tried to make a comment using my phone but it wouldn’t post, although it ALSO told me “Oops, it looks like you’ve already said that!” Story of my life…)

  6. I’m so glad that I got to join the chat and connect with you all last night! It’s lovely to know that I’m still part of this community even though I’m not writing right now. Means the world to me. 🙂

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