The countdown is on for your chance to snag a spot at the first ever Five Minute Friday Retreat!

Registration opens at 9pm EST on Thursday, April 16th.

There are only 30 slots available, so make sure you save the date! More information can be found here.

And this week, we’re so excited to introduce our …

FMF Retreat Sponsor

ViBella Jewelry



God has graciously connected us with ViBella Jewelry, a wonderful company who has agreed to partner with our retreat by providing sponsorship!

Let’s all show our appreciation in a thunderous round of applause by tweeting this thank you note, eh?


ViBella is a jewelry company “committed to providing employment, education, and opportunity to artisans in Haiti, Mexico, and right here in the United States. When you purchase Vi Bella jewelry, host a gathering, become an ambassador, or hold a fundraiser, you join the beautiful story which is bringing hope and healing to our artisans, their families, and their communities.”

Check out more of their story by clicking here — and while you’re at it, go ahead and follow ViBella on Twitter, @ViBellaJewelry.

Here’s a short video that gives faces to ViBella’s work and ministry:

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



Stay tuned for more information about ViBella in the coming weeks — and to those of you who plan to attend the retreat, you’ll get an extra special ViBella treat in Nashville in August! Thank you again, ViBella, for the sponsorship!



This week I also get to introduce you to another FMF community member, Tara Ulrich. Isn’t it fun to learn more about each other through these videos?

You can find Tara’s blog right over here, and be sure to connect with her on Twitter @diakonia78! Thanks again to Asheritah from for another great interview! Enjoy!



The prompt this week is brought to you courtesy of Jen Underwood. Thanks to all who gave ideas on Twitter when I asked!

So let’s set our timers and get ready to write on …




Ready? GO.

I’m still thinking about her.

The one who not only wrote The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, but lived it.

The one whose light blazed hot and bright, a wildfire over mountains of culture and community — bringing good and hope, not harm.

I still think about her, though she’s been gone for weeks, and I wonder what it’s like for her now.

I still think about that initial washing of emotion that came over me when I heard the news:


Not relief that she is gone, oh goodness, no. Relief that nothing more can happen to her now. She’s safe. She’s free.

She’s home.


There is a sweet relief in knowing(1)


And there is this sweet relief in knowing Jesus, the sweet relief that only He can bring when all else seems lost. When hope is buried in pits of despair and even the smallest seed seems squashed by darkness and the heaviest load of dirt.

Even then, there is Jesus.

He is our anchor, our stronghold, our refuge.

I don’t know who needs to hear these words this week. Maybe it’s you. Maybe your vision has gone dim from the cares of this world.

Do one thing, will you?

Make like Kara and cling to Jesus. Grab hold of Him for dear life, and

find your relief.



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