five minute friday

 

Five Minute Friday

 

Welcome to Five Minute Friday!  This community was founded by Lisa-Jo Baker, who hosted the weekly link-up on her blog for four years before passing it on in August 2014.

It’s my great pleasure to host this one-of-a-kind crew, week after week. I dare you to find a more caring, compassionate group of bloggers who gather to support each other online! These writers amaze me. I adore each and every one of you.

 

Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

Photo Credit: Mollie Hardman, faithinplainsight.com

If you’re new here or haven’t participated before, welcome!

Here’s how it works:

Every Thursday, a one-word prompt will be announced here on my blog at 10pm EST.

The link-up is open for a full week, until the following Thursday evening.

Oh, and before the prompt is revealed, many of us like to connect on Thursday evenings on Twitter at the hashtag #fmfparty.  Come join us and chat all things writing, chocolate and cupcakes!

To participate in Five Minute Friday, all you have to do is write for five minutes on the word of the week, post your words on your own blog, and link up the post here (via the InLinkz button at the bottom of the post). Be sure to add the actual permalink to your specific post, and not your blog’s homepage (e.g. http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/ and not just katemotaung.com).

If you don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to post your five minutes of writing in the comments here each week, or on the Five Minute Friday Facebook page.

This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Just write.

 

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

Photo Credit: Jen Daugherty, faithmustardseed.com

 

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.

 

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Feel free to grab the button in the sidebar to use on your own sites so others will come write with us, too!

Go ahead subscribe to this blog so the prompt will appear in your inbox every week — and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so you don’t miss a single prompt!

If you have any questions, drop me a comment or click the Contact tab in the menu bar above.

I think that’s about it!  We’re so glad you’re here, and look forward to connecting with you through shared words!

1,245 thoughts on “five minute friday

  1. Five Minute Friday – Fill

    This week has been filled with sadness and pain.
    Praying and pleading for a dear friend. God she has filled
    My life with joy she has been there for me through the good and the bad.
    Her life has been filled with uncertainty and fear . My pray is that you would fill her heart
    With peace again I pray she will reach out to you .
    Fill her room with your holy spirt. Please don’t let her feel alone .

    We can’t take for grant the love ones God fills our lives With
    Don’t think you have for ever love them now . When I think of the many times God fills my
    My mind with good things to do for others and I don’t move on them .
    God forgive me help me to be so filled with your spirt and love . I don’t want to be filled
    With just good intentions.

  2. […] What it’s all about: It started with Lisa Jo Baker as a way of encouraging each of us to find five minutes and spend it writing. It grew from there. It’s now a community of hundreds of bloggers who write and link up their posts and it is a lot of fun. Basically, w write on one word for five minutes. No editing. Then link up your post with the rest of the brave writers on Five-Minute Friday and encourage them by reading and commenting on what they’ve shared. {All the details for how it works are here.} […]

    • Five Minute Friday: Ready
      1…2…3…Go!

      “I’m ready!” I’m not a mom, at least not yet, but I have already heard that phrase come from precious childrens’ mouths more than once. Ready? Yes, for you to come find me. Ready? Yes, for you to help me with x, y, ¬¬¬¬¬z. Ready,….am I ready? I think of the song that has the words, “Ready to do what He wants me to do, every moment of every day,…” I can’t think of the author or the rest of the words, but it makes me think of what I’m facing now at college. I want to be ready. Ready to lend a hand to someone who needs help. Like John who didn’t understand how to do the assignment or Cassidy who looked like she could use a hand with the food trays. Ready to be a listening ear or an encouraging voice. To Alice when she wanted to talk about a video game I had never heard of, or Lauren who has troubles at home. Ready to point to my Savior Jesus Christ, ready to encourage others in Him, ready to hear about others’ struggles in their faith, ready to share about how Christ found me. Like when Erin asked about how long I had known Christ, or when Emily exclaimed, “Yeah! Your experience with Christ sounds as complicated as mine!” LORD, make me ready.

      End.

  3. […] What five-minute friday is all about: We are a community of bloggers who write on one word for five minutes and link up their posts and it is a lot of fun. No editing. Just writing. Then link up your post with the rest of the brave writers on Five-Minute Friday and encourage them by reading and commenting on what they’ve shared. {All the details for how it works are here.} […]

  4. […] It is Friday!!  And I thought today’s word was absolutely fitting – I mean really – I laughed outloud when I got the tweet about this weeks prompt!  So with an extra skip in my step I am jumping in with my favorite crew for Five Minute Friday!!  You are absolutely welcome to join in too – there’s always an extra seat!!  (get the low-down here) […]

  5. […] What five-minute friday is all about: We are a community of bloggers who write on one word for five minutes and link up their posts and it is a lot of fun. No editing. Just writing. Then link up your post with the rest of the brave writers on Five-Minute Friday and encourage them by reading and commenting on what they’ve shared. {All the details for how it works are here.} […]

  6. Not sure if I did this correctly. This is my first link up (ever!) to do and…incidentally…my very first post on my blog! If someone sees an error, please point it out to me! Thanks!

    • Hi Kelly, love your post on FMD-Whisper! i just posted on FMF for the first time and I am loving it! your post is beautiful and honest and so real…i love it! 🙂

      Dena

  7. […] What five-minute friday is all about: We are a community of bloggers who write on one word for five minutes and link up their posts and it is a lot of fun. No editing. Just writing. Then link up your post with the rest of the brave writers on Five-Minute Friday and encourage them by reading and commenting on what they’ve shared. {All the details for how it works are here.} […]

  8. Five Minute Friday: Ready
    1…2…3…Go!

    “I’m ready!” I’m not a mom, at least not yet, but I have already heard that phrase come from precious childrens’ mouths more than once. Ready? Yes, for you to come find me. Ready? Yes, for you to help me with x, y, or z. Ready,….am I ready? I think of the song that has the words, “Ready to do what He wants me to do, every moment of every day,…” I can’t think of the author or the rest of the words, but it makes me think of what I’m facing now at college. I want to be ready. Ready to lend a hand to someone who needs help. Like John who didn’t understand how to do the assignment or Cassidy who looked like she could use a hand with the food trays. Ready to be a listening ear or an encouraging voice. To Alice when she wanted to talk about a video game I had never heard of, or Lauren who has troubles at home. Ready to point to my Savior Jesus Christ, ready to encourage others in Him, ready to hear about others’ struggles in their faith, ready to share about how Christ found me. Like when Erin asked about how long I had known Christ, or when Emily exclaimed, “Yeah! Your experience with Christ sounds as complicated as mine!” LORD, make me ready.

    End.

  9. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  10. 1…2…3…Go!

    Hold. The first thing that pops into my mind are the words to a song I have been singing recently “I could travel the world and never fill the longing of my heart, the healing warmth of someone’s arms”. Sometimes the desire to be married is overwhelming. At those points, it is difficult to remember that my Heavenly Father is completely able to hold me and be to me all that I need–far better than any husband can do! Yet, on the other hand, if/when the LORD gives me a husband, I look forward to loving and serving him in Christ, with Christ’s help. I love the verse in Isaiah, I think it’s in chapter 54, that says that the LORD is my Husband, my Holy, All-Knowing, Completely Self-sacrificing Husband Who loves me and cares for my needs every single moment. Which makes me smile, because, right now, all my moments are single! One day I may be married, but until then, with the LORD’s help, I’ll keep trusting in Him and seeking His Arms as my comfort and shelter. What a privilege to rest in them! What about you? Are you trusting in the LORD? His Arms are enough no matter where you find yourself at this moment.

  11. To have an to hold……. till death do us part
    I have been married for fifteen years, while it hasn’t always been perfect, and we haven’t always got it right, I have to say that the place where I feel most safe physically is when I am being held by my husband. Whether it is a big bear hug, or a snuggle on the couch, or that gentle intimate hold, the world feels whole when I held. Safety and security is in the hold.

    Waiting on hold…..
    The times that I have felt most frustrated is when I am on hold, waiting with elevator music, or worse yet the recorded message that repeats every few minutes “Your call is important….” Being on hold can be such a waste of time, even though for those times I actually have to hold, the end result of the call is something that is required. Answers are usually found in the hold.

    Life on hold
    There are times in my life where I have felt like everything was on hold. Waiting for things to go the way I think they need to, waiting for responses, waiting on my children, waiting on my husband, and waiting on God. Those times that I feel like the world is going past me, that my life is on hold, I am tested. Patience is found in the hold.

  12. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  13. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  14. […] *This post is a late night, last minute linkup to Five Minute Friday – an incredible community of writers who take five minutes to pour out their hearts on the page. This weeks word is: care. I kind of think God picked it just for me. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit here. […]

  15. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  16. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  17. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  18. i am so very excited to find you!!! this is exactly what i needed to kick-start myself on newly-inspired writing!! bookmarking, calendaring, and just wrote my first post. it was exhilarating!

  19. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  20. […] write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up the post here.  This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about […]

  21. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  22. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  23. […] Welcome! This page is dedicated to Five Minute Friday where I have joined up with a group of amazing, inspiring God loving individuals who take 5 minutes to write a post on a particular topic. As the rules goes: no editing, no polishing, and then everyone links up to share their posts. You can find more information here. […]

  24. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  25. […] Well, it’s that time of the week again when many come together for 5 minutes of free writes on the word of the week.  The only rules are no edits, and leave a comment for the person before you.  If you’re interested you can find out more here. […]

    • Hi there! You’re welcome to share like this, but if you’re also able to click that blue inlinkz button and add this same url link, that would be fantastic as well! Thanks for joining in! Hope you play along again! 🙂

  26. […] **Happy to be back at the Five Minute Friday link-up. This incredible community of writers participate in a weekly (or monthly in my recent case) five-minute-free-write. It is purposed to be unedited – but my Type A personality binds me to a quick refinement and spell check. Most importantly it’s an opportunity to pour our hearts on the page over one pre-selected word prompt. This weeks word is: wait. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit Kate and the crew over here. […]

  27. […] The Five-minute Friday word prompt is WHEN The moments that take your breath away. It was the first evening of a regular week or so I thought. Then it began, a Valentine’s Week when he would take my heart by surprise. It started with a Valentine’s e-card. Then I arrived home to find a gift on my pillow that promised little expressions of love every day of the week. It was this evening, the moment when I took it all in and thought what a week it has been and there is one more day to go. I have been overwhelmed with and by his love in a special and memorable way. He said, no one would out-romance him. He took my heart by surprise over and over again. All the little gestures, gifts and expressions of love, text messages and an e-card every day. The moment when I just settled into it all and said, Thank You, Lord, for blessing my life with someone who knows and loves everything there is of me. The moments this week and for the past 36 years when has and continues to take my heart by surprise. I’m linking up with the Five-minute Friday community. Simply use the prompt and write freely for the next five (or so) minutes. You can learn more here. […]

  28. […] *This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. This incredible community of writers participate in a weekly five-minute-free-write. It is purposed to be unedited – but my Type A personality binds me to a quick refinement and spell check. Most importantly it’s an opportunity to pour our hearts on the page over one pre-selected word prompt. This weeks word is: open. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit Kate and the crew over here. […]

  29. […] Laundry is one of my least favorite things to do. Gathering and sorting. Sorting and gathering. Lights. Darks. Whites. And socks. Let’s not forget those pesky things. I am not sure what it is, but every time I do the laundry one of those sneaky little things seems to disappear into the realm of the unknown. Not too long ago I was gathering my husband’s socks off of the bathroom floor. With every sock I picked up I got more and more frustrated. I couldn’t understand what was so hard about putting them in the laundry basket. As I put the pile of socks in the basket I felt God gently whisper to my soul, “Kelly, there are women out there who would love nothing more than to have a husband to pick up after. Quit griping about his socks and be thankful.” Lesson learned, God. Lesson learned! Now, every time I pick up my husband’s socks off the floor I am reminded to be thankful for my husband and all he does for me. I feel privileged to gather his socks. Gather- Five Minute Friday writing link up with Kate Motaung. Join here. […]

  30. […] Over the past months our family has endeavored to gather together after Worship on Sundays to spend time together breaking bread, enjoying conversation, loving our grandchildren, watching a movie. It was my husband and my son who mentioned that we were missing a valuable opportunity each week to gather (not that exact term) instead of just coming to church and leaving everyone going their own way. I’m so glad for the time we have together; sometimes we go out or we gather in one of our homes. I really noticed this evening, while watching our grandchildren play together. How blessed the time we have when the family gathers for developing memories for them and with them, and how the time enriches our lives by the joy that they give. Linking up for Five Minute Friday, the prompt this week is ‘Gather’. http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/ […]

  31. […] For those of you who don’t know what it is, Five Minute Friday is a link-up party hosted by Kate Motaung over at her blog, Heading Home. Kate gives out a new one-word writing prompt every Thursday evening for anyone who would like to take part in this five minute free writing exercise, and you don’t have to have a blog to participate. For more info, visit this link. […]

  32. […] **Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. […]

  33. […] *This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. This incredible community of writers participate in a weekly five-minute-free-write. It is purposed to be unedited – but my Type A personality binds me to a quick refinement and spell check. Most importantly it’s an opportunity to pour our hearts on the page over one pre-selected word prompt. This weeks word is: plan. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit Kate and the crew over here. […]

  34. […] you have been blessed in any way by this post, please leave a comment or share it!  Linked with Five-Minute-Friday–where Writers write for five minutes based on the word of the week, focused on content and […]

  35. […] This post is a link-up to the Five-Minute Friday community. An inspired and beautiful group of gifted writers who pour their heart on the page over one word prompt. “Follow” was paired with tears today, friends – they simply grow up too soon. Come join the Friday free-write festivities or the early bird joy on Thursdays on Twitter @ #fmfparty. For details, please visit our gracious hostess, Kate Motaung. […]