FMF Retreat 2015 logoRegistration for the first ever Five Minute Friday Retreat will open at 9pm EST on Thursday, April 16th!

Click here for more details about the retreat, and click here for ticket info on the registration form. 

In a nutshell, here’s what you need to know:

Tickets for the whole retreat are $180.

This includes two nights of accommodation, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast. Cost of transportation and Saturday dinner are not included in the ticket price.

Tickets for Saturday only are $45. Day visitors are welcome from 9:30am-4pm on Saturday.

The day visit ticket includes a morning discussion, a special presentation, lunch, and an afternoon session.

There are 25 retreat tickets and 10 day visitor tickets available. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

** No refunds are available for cancellations. You may sell your own ticket to another person if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend.

Now go set a reminder on your phone to register at 9pm EST on April 16th!! 🙂



In case you haven’t heard, Crystal Stine is offering a super-cool 30-day online course for FREE in April. It’s called Creative Basics, and it’s all about how to create awesome graphics online for use in blog posts, social media, the works.

Click here to learn more about it, or just click here to sign up ASAP!

Annnd .. you can even pre-order Crystal’s brand new e-book right now!

It’s called Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art.

Look, I’ve even made it easy for you:


FMF Intro Videos


This week I’m delighted to have a video with Asheritah from and Liz von Ehrenkrook from the blog, So I Married a Youth Pastor. Liz has some great advice for the FMF community, so don’t miss it!

Also, the prompt for this week was inspired by Liz’s 31 Days series from last year, 31 Days of Breaking Religion.


(If you’re viewing this in your e-mail and can’t see the video, click here.)

Also, if you’re part of the FMF community, Asheritah wants to interview YOU! Click here to sign up for a slot, and we’ll love you forever.



If you’re new to the FMF community, everything you need to know can be found right over here. If you’ve been with us forever and pretty much do this in your sleep, then let’s get to it!

This week’s prompt is:


FMF - Break 2


Ready? GO.

A few years ago, my dad was scheduled for open heart surgery. Triple bypass.

Being a retired non-invasive cardiologist, he knew exactly what to expect. Surprisingly, he was calm about the whole thing.

I was freaking out. 

I called him one day before the operation and asked how he was feeling. “Oh, fine,” he said nonchalantly. “The biggest pain the ass is that they’ll have to break my sternum to get to the heart. That’s the part that takes the longest to heal.”

I had never thought about that before. Having to break a perfectly good bone to repair a damaged heart.

But isn’t that how the Lord works, sometimes?

He has to break our nasty habits, our hidden loves, our external vices before He heals our hearts.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” ~ Psalm 51:17

He has to break us of ourselves.

And sometimes that hurts. Sometimes it takes weeks to heal. Months, even.

He brings us low, face first and humbled in the dirt, until we’re sprawled out at the foot of the cross.

Because that’s the only place we’ll ever find true healing.

God’s heart split wide open at Calvary so that yours could be restored.




This week we pause to remember the life of Kara Tippetts, wife of Jason and mother of four, who fought the good fight and won. She was 38 years old, author of The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, and was welcomed home on Sunday, March 22nd.

She showed us Jesus.


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