It’s Five Minute Friday time!

If you’re new, welcome! Learn more about us right over here.

And if you haven’t heard, the deadline for the 2017 Five Minute Friday Retreat is less than one month away!

I’m so excited be able to share more info about the weekend, including the schedule, our speakers, and our sponsor!

 

 

July 21-23, 2017

Kansas City, MO

20 minutes from Kansas City airport

Ticket Price: $185

** ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT **

Deadline to Register: June 1st, 2017

Check-in time: 4pm CST Friday

Check-out time: 10am CST Sunday

Ticket price includes two nights of hotel-style accommodation plus all meals except Saturday dinner.

We’ll be going out for dinner on Saturday evening and you will pay for your own meal choice.

For accommodation, you will have your own double bed and will share a room with one other retreat attendee.

While we love and appreciate the men who participate in Five Minute Friday,

the retreat is open to women only. Sorry, guys!

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THE SCHEDULE

Friday:

4:00pm Arrival and Registration
5:00pm Ice Breakers / Introductions 
6:00pm Dinner at retreat center
7:30pm Official welcome and devotional / Structured discussion
8:00pm Five minute free write and/or Open mic opportunity?
9:00pm Day visitors leave

Saturday:


8:00am Breakfast and cleanup
9:00am Morning devotional/Structured discussion
11:00am TBA
12:00 pm Lunch at Retreat Center
1:30pm Video call with Craving Connection contributors
2:30pm Short break / Snack / Tea and coffee time
3:30pm Fistbump Media video call
5:00pm Day visitors leave
5:30pm Dinner at Spin Pizza
7:30pm Craft/Games/Activity/Dance party/Chill/Chat

Sunday:

7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Worship & prayer
9:00am Pack & clean
10:00am Depart

SPEAKERS

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to video chat

with two Craving Connection contributors!

Craving Connection

On Saturday afternoon, we’re so excited to chat with

Kris Camealy & Denise Hughes!

 

As a sequin-wearing, homeschooling mother of four, Kris is passionate about Jesus, people, words, and food. She’s been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Once upon a time, she ran 10 miles for Compassion International, a ministry for which she serves as an advocate.

Kris is the author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting and Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, and the follow up Companion Workbook. She has contributed to numerous other books, is the host of Refine {the retreat} and the founder and Executive editor of GraceTable.org. In her free time, she writes at kriscamealy.com.

 

 

 

As an English professor, Denise loves the world of words, where life and literature connect, but she’s most passionate about the one Book with living words—the Word of God. She’s the author of the Word Writers Bible study series and also the Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage by DaySpring.

Denise lives with her husband and three kids in Southern California, where she reads three things every day—the Bible, NFL.COM, and PACKERS.COMsometimes, in that order. You can connect with her at www.denisejhughes.com and on Instagram: @DeniseJHughes.

 

 

RETREAT SPONSOR

Shout-out to Dan King at Fistbump Media for sponsoring the FMF Retreat!

Fistbump Media offers amazing services to writers and bloggers, including:

Website hosting and maintenance

Blog design

Self-publishing support

E-courses

… and more!

Dan will be video chatting with us at the retreat, AND …

Every attendee will get a FREE one-on-one consultation with Dan to discuss whatever you want to talk about relating to your own blog design, self-publishing goals, etc.!

Thanks, Fistbump Media!

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PLANNING COMMITTEE

We have a fabulous Retreat Planning Committee once again! 

Special thanks to Holly Barrett, Mary Geisen, Jen Lamos, and Christina Hubbard

This retreat would not happen without their time and input!

So … what are you waiting for?? 

Click here to fill out a registration form, then come back to submit your payment

via the “Pay Now” button at the bottom of the page.

Confirm your registration by clicking “Pay Now” to submit your ticket payment of $185. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kate<at>katemotaung<dot>com.

 

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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: 

 

should

 

Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO. 

 

It hit me as soon as I thought, “I should post on Instagram more often.”

Then a second thought, close on its tail: “Says who?”

I haven’t always stayed perfect with this one, but I’ve tried to keep it my online motto as much as possible:

My blog is not the boss of me. 

There’s no shortage of tips and advice about what we should be doing if we want this or that, if we want to achieve this goal or hit that target or gain those followers. But, really — says who?

I get so easily entangled by what other people think that suddenly I’m all tied up in self-made rules and self-imposed standards and I can’t even figure out where the ropes came from or why my hands are behind my back.

So now, when I find myself using the “should” word, I try to hold out my hands, palms up, and ask if this “should” is from above, or somewhere else. And then I decide if it’s really a genuine should or a lookalike.

 

STOP.

 

 

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Happy weekend! Anybody else letting out a big ol’ sigh of relief that you made it through another week?

Welcome to Five Minute Friday, the link-up where you don’t have to worry about overthinking, backtracking, or perfection. Come as you are, make new friends, and write your heart out!

Learn all about the FMF community here.

This week’s writing prompt is: 

 

more

 

 

GO.

 

It saddens me that the words, ‘satisfaction’ and ‘contentment’ seem so hard to come by these days.

We’re always craving more this or more that, and then when we get it, it still isn’t enough. We want bigger, better, newer, grander.

Last night at church the speaker reminded us of the way the Israelites moaned and grumbled through the Old Testament, even in spite of the Lord’s tremendous kindness and mercy to them — and how we are exactly the same.

How often to I simply stand in awe of the abundant goodness of God in my life? Not often enough.

He has given me exceedingly, abundantly more than all I could ever ask for or imagine.

When I catch myself whining for more this or more that, really I should be raising the bar for more gratitude.

More grace.

More kindness.

More joy.

More laughter.

More hope.

More trust.

More faith.

More compassion.

More love.

More patience.

More Jesus. 

More of Him, less of me.

 

STOP.

 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” ~ Ephesians 3:20-21

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On another note, if you guys have been around for a while, you should know by now that I’m a sucker for a good deal. And of course, if I find an amazing deal, I want to make sure you know about it, too!

This year’s edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site!

 

 

The resources I’m most excited about? 

Included in the bundle, you get a FREE 3-month trial to My One Thing Alone ($36 value), a membership site with Asheritah Ciuciu designed for women who feel too busy or unmotivated to find time with Jesus.

AND … Lisa-Jo Baker’s Temper Toolkit ($29 value), a resource I told you about back in February is included, too! The Temper Toolkit is no longer available, except in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

These top-quality resources cover everything you need to make homemaking and mothering feel less stressful… quick & healthy recipes, homemaking printables, cleaning tips, date night ideas, parenting helps, and so much more.

 

For less than the cost of a meal out, you’ll get a complete library to help you:

  • Cook up wholesome recipes for your family
  • Build stronger relationships with your kids (even your teens)
  • Discover speedy cleaning routines for the toughest messes
  • Rekindle the romance in your marriage
  • Put self-care back into your life
  • and finally enjoy homemaking.

Plus, it comes with over $290 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love:

  • $15 store credit from Cultivate What Matters (international shipping available)
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  • Digital download of the 2017 Hope Ink Calendar, $20+ value -or- $15 credit + 3 art prints from Hope Ink, $99 value (international shipping available)
  • Homeowner Lifetime Membership from HomeBinder, $120 value (digital)
  • Free 1 year annual membership from MollyGreen.com, $29 value (digital)

 

The whole package includes 106 digital products and it’s worth over $1980!

This bundle is available for just a few days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends.

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I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

 

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Welcome to Five Minute Friday!

What a delight to have you here this week. If you don’t know, we gather every week with a brand new word prompt, then write like crazy for five minutes flat. 🙂

Sound like fun? Join us!

You can learn all about it over here.

This week’s word is:

sing

 

 

Yes, I was inspired by the fact that I attended my kids’ spring concert this evening. 🙂

Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.

 

“I got the solo,” she announced nonchalantly after school last week.

Tonight she stood front and center on the stage in front of the microphone, her petite frame exuding confidence and poise.

And she nailed it.

How is she nearly 12 years old? How is she slipping into womanhood, right between my fingers?

She and a friend went babysitting yesterday. Babysitting. This afternoon we drove out of the grocery store parking lot and I saw kiddie pools for sale outside.

We’re never going to need those again.

After the concert she went out for ice cream with friends. She’s becoming her own person. She’s finding her voice in the world.

It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and amazing to watch, all at the same time.

But she still comes home and can’t wait to tell me everything, and every once in a while I still catch her looking at me like she really cares what I have to say.

I turn off her bedroom light, say goodnight, and just like every other night when my hand reaches the doorknob, she says,

“Will you sing?”

 

STOP.

 

The grand finale in the concert this evening was this song, Stand Together, by Jim Papoulis. I actually teared up as I watched the whole school, Grades K-7 standing together and singing these moving words: 

 

 

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We’ve come to another Easter weekend.

And it’s so easy to just go through the motions, to walk past the pastel-colored Easter baskets and candy-coated chocolate eggs on our way to the toilet paper aisle.

It’s so easy to just be thankful for the day off from school on Good Friday so we don’t have to set alarms.

But if that’s all we see … we’re missing everything.

If the entire world were polled, I have a suspicion that a large segment of the population — if not the majority — would describe themselves as “empty.”

Would you?

I read reports of celebrities who, in the world’s eyes, “had it all” — and still felt hollow and unsatisfied inside.

It makes me so sad, when we miss the One who offers to fill us up, to pour His abundant grace and love into us, to literally fill us with His Holy Spirit.

As Christians, we should be anything but empty.

Why?

Because the tomb is.

 

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I did things a bit backwards this week for Five Minute Friday … The words above are my offering, written in five minutes flat, for our weekly link-up.

If you’re new to FMF, welcome! It’s always a delight to see new faces and meet new friends!

Learn more about this delightful community by clicking here.

A huge thank you to all who completed the FMF Survey the past two weeks! I had SO much fun reading through all of your replies, and I’m so excited to start implementing some new ideas based on your input!

For one, stay tuned for a FMF Facebook group coming soon! 😀

As you may have guessed, this week’s prompt is:

empty

Join us with your own five minute free write by linking up below, and don’t forget to visit your link-up neighbor to leave some comment love!

And psst … Could you use a weekend away?

If you’re craving connection, come join us at the Five Minute Friday Retreat, happening July 21-23, 2017 in Kansas City, MO!

Space is limited and registration closes June 1st! 

Learn more about the retreat and register here.

Praying that all of you have a blessed Easter, friends! So grateful for each one of you!

 

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Hey there! How are you? Good week so far? I hope so!

Welcome to another round of Five Minute Friday, where we write fast and free and throw encouragement in the air like confetti.

If you’re new, we’re thrilled to have you with us! You can learn more here.

Before we kick things off, a HUGE thank you to all who completed the survey last week!

If you haven’t had a chance to fill it out yet, I’d love to get your input!

Complete the survey by midnight EST on Monday, April 10th, and you’ll be entered to WIN one of these three amazing books!

 

** Must have U.S. mailing address to win.

 

Also: We still have 12 spots left at our Five Minute Friday RETREAT!

 

 

I’m *so* excited for July, I can hardly wait!

Does one of those spots have your name on it?

Learn more here and secure your place today!

 

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: 

enough

 

Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.

 

It’s a phrase that seems to have become somewhat trendy in recent years:

You are enough.

Ever since the first time I saw those three words strung together, they grated on me. I bristled at their proposition. Why? Because I know I’m not.

I’m not enough. 

And sometimes that bothers me and I feel the weight of it, the weight of giving, giving, giving, and always coming up short.

But eventually God pulls me out of the fog by His grace and reminds me of the truth:

I’m not supposed to be enough.

If I were designed to be enough on my own, I wouldn’t need Him. I wouldn’t need a Savior. I wouldn’t need a Lord. I wouldn’t need a Redeemer.

It’s like Paul says, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Paul knew that if he were enough, if he were sufficient to meet his own needs, He wouldn’t need Jesus.

It’s not easy to boast in weakness. It certainly doesn’t come naturally. Not to me, at least. It’s not easy to boast about the fact that I’m not enough. I want to be enough. But that’s not what I’ve been created to be.

I was created to be a worshipper — and in order to fulfil my God-given identity, I need to worship the only One who is enough. The One who is more than enough for every need I’ll ever encounter.

He is more than enough for me.

 

STOP.

 

 

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