Happy weekend, friends!

Welcome to Five Minute Friday! We have some really exciting news to share this week, so I’m thrilled that you’re here (as always)!

If you’re new to Five Minute Friday, learn all about it by clicking here!


Before we get started, our very own Susan Chamberlain Shipe (who compiled the Five Minute Friday book) has a brand new book of her own available to help readers during Lent.

It’s called 40 Days of Lent: The People, Places, and Events Surrounding the Passion. Lent begins on March 1st this year, so be sure to grab your copy now. Apparently there is a quote in the book by the faithful FMF participant Andrew Budek-Schmeisser!

Here’s the introduction of the book:

“This devotion-journal for Lent has been stirring in my heart for several years. Having never practiced Lent growing up, in fact, not until 2006 did I even understand it. I always thought it was a time to give up some food item; I have come to learn it is so much more.

In the effort to prepare your heart for the celebration of Resurrection Day we will be taking a look at Jesus’  final months of ministry beginning Winter A.D. 29. We will cover events, people, and places.

For forty days, minus Sundays, we will meet on the pages of this devotional; remembering Jesus’ final days on earth and celebrating His victory over life and death!

Much heart work has gone into this book and it is my desire your Lenten Season will be enriched by the words contained herein.”


And now … a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about the Five Minute Friday Retreat!

Yes, you read that correctly! It’s really happening!

We have a DATE *and* a VENUE! (Who’s excited?!)

Drum roll, please …


More info will be coming in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime, here are the basics:

July 21-23, 2017

Kansas City, MO

20 minutes from Kansas City airport

Ticket Price: $185

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 23rd at 10pm EST


Ticket price includes two nights of hotel-style accommodation (4pm Friday until 10am Sunday) plus all meals except Saturday dinner. While we love and appreciate the men who participate in Five Minute Friday, the retreat is open to women only. Sorry, guys!



While we’re on this excitement high, let’s use that extra energy to WRITE!

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:





He’s been laying in bed for the past seven days straight. This fever has sapped him. No smiles, no appetite. Just languishing in bed, waiting for it to pass.

Doctor says influenza. Highly contagious. I can’t even hold him or lean in close the way I want to, for fear of catching the same bug.

I hate seeing him so weak, so lethargic.

And yet every day I find myself praying, “Lord, thank you that it’s not worse than this. Thank you that we know it’s going to pass, if that’s your will. Thank you that as far as we can see, this is only temporary and he’ll be back to normal soon.”

I think about the times that I’ve been sick and how impatient I become. But it’s in those still hours in bed that I am so desperately aware of my dependence on God. So keenly aware that my weakness opens the door for His strength.

For when I am weak, He is strong.



Thanks again for being here! Let me know if you have any questions about the retreat! Feel free to email me at kate<at>katemotaung<dot>com and I’ll do my best to answer! 😉


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26 thoughts on “five minute friday :: weak {plus 2017 retreat news!}

  1. Kate, beautiful. And it is hard on a mama’s heart to not be able to comfort our kiddos when they’re sick like that. I am praying for your boy and your family. May God bring healing and strength to you all soon.

    And the retreat? SO exciting!

  2. Kate, I like to write my post before I read any others on Five Minute Fridays. Glad I did today, because there I am with the same Bible verse as yours–key verse in my life. Prayers for His strength to you now, and good health for your boy, you, and the rest of your family.

  3. […] 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 weak. Go. […]

  4. Kate – ugh on the sick. So hard to watch our kids be sick. Hannah is in bed in her dorm room with a bucket. God bless her. I want to go and bring her home but she won’t have it. She insists it will make her stronger. O Lord be with that child.
    Thank you for promoting 40 Days… I so appreciate it. The retreat won’t work for me this year but I’ll be there in spirit. xoxo

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