Happy Easter weekend to you! I pray that you have a blessed time reflecting upon the death and resurrection of our Savior. May you know the hope of your own resurrection, because of His.

If you missed last week’s edition of Five Minute Friday, you might not have heard the latest news about the FMF Retreat. Help us spread the word?

FMF Retreat 2015 logoThere are only 30 slots available, so mark your calendars! Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

For more info about the retreat, click here.

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This past week, on April Fool’s Day, we celebrated the first anniversary of the release of two beautiful books:

Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker, and

Warrior in Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community, and the God Who Comforts by Vivian Mabuni.

I had the privilege of reviewing both books last year at this time, and would highly recommend each of them! You can find my reviews here and here — then go ahead and treat yourself to a little Easter gift, eh?

 

 

This week I get to share a fantastic new FMF Intro video with you, in which Asheritah from OneThingAlone.com interviews Karrilee Aggett.

You’ll see in the video that Karrilee is a pro at encouraging others, and if you’ve been part of the Five Minute Friday community for any length of time, you’ve likely been blessed by her enthusiasm and kindness!

If you can’t see the video, click here.

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:

FMF - good

 

Roll up your sleeves, set aside your cup of tea, and let’s write.

GO.

Every year around this time, our pastor in Cape Town preaches a sermon two days before Easter. The title is often the same:

“What’s so good about Good Friday?”

It’s a question I used to wonder myself.

What’s so good about the day Jesus died? Wasn’t it a day of tremendous sadness? Why, then, should we call it good?

What’s so good about a man in agony, sweating drops of blood into the ground as he knelt down to pray?

What’s good about the harsh betrayal of a close friend, a betrayal that would lead to death?

What’s good about the mocking, the beating, the repeated insults endured by the Son of God? The nails, pounded into raw flesh? How could any of those atrocities be labeled as good?!

The day Jesus hung on the cross can be called Good Friday because of the last words he breathed:

“It is finished.”

The curtain tore in two, from top to bottom. From heaven down to earth, access has been granted. Sin no longer separates those who accept the glorious gift of forgiveness, made possible only by the suffering of the Son.

The punishment we deserve has been nailed to the cross, once and for all.

It is finished.

Glory to God. For He is good.

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