Happy weekend, everyone! So thrilled to have you here with us. If you’re new in these parts, feel free to click over here to read what Five Minute Friday is all about. We’d love to have you play along!

We also have a Twitter party every Thursday evening at #fmfparty from about 8:30pm EST until the prompt goes live at 10pm EST. If you haven’t popped in before, please come along and join us next week! It’s such a warm and wonderful community that gathers there.

If you haven’t heard, there are only 17 spots left for the upcoming Five Minute Friday Retreat


We’ve been gradually sharing exciting news and details. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights: 



Amy Breitmann from ViBella Jewelry will be with us all weekend and will share a special presentation on Saturday about ViBella’s work and ministry.

We’ll get a sneak peak at a new line of ViBella goods, and Amy has promised a special treat for all who attend!

Thank you, ViBella, for sponsoring the FMF Retreat!



We’re also so excited to partner with retreat sponsor Fistbump Media. The team at Fistbump can meet all your web needs, including website design, blog hosting, blog migration (for example, moving from Blogger to WordPress), e-book design, e-book publication, e-mail subscriber management — you name it! Click here and here to learn more about their services.

Also, Fistbump Media is extending an amazing offer to all retreat attendees! Check it out below!


In addition, authors Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig have agreed to do a live video chat with us during the retreat, discussing topics from their book, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (Masters in Fine Living Series)


Click here for more information about the retreat.




This week I’m delighted to share this FMF Video with Asheritah introducing you to Anita Ojeda.

Anita has been a great encouragement to me online for many months, and her footprints are all over the FMF community comment boxes. Take a moment to listen to her story below, then go check out her blog, Blessed but Stressed, and follow her on Twitter @blestbutstrest if you don’t already!



This week’s FMF prompt is:


Ready? GO.


We follow people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We get a little giddy on the inside when people follow us back and our numbers grow.

We follow trends, consciously and subconsciously keeping up with the so-called latest and greatest.

We follow news headlines, waiting to see the outcome of the story.

We follow celebrities, pretending we don’t care what the magazine covers say about their glamorous and often broken lives.

We follow and we follow and we follow, and sometimes we forget. Sometimes what matters most gets lost in the web of activity, and truth gets blurred by pop culture.

We sometimes forget about the One who said, “Come, follow me.”


Lord, make me follow hard after You ...


In the midst of busyness and distraction and worldly pursuits, may the Lord clear my mind and help me zero in on what really matters. May He truly make this my desire:

That I would be captivated by the love of Christ, constrained by His mercy, awestruck by His grace.

And most of all, most of all, that

I would follow hard after Him, all of my days — until He leads me home.


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Join us with your own five minutes of free writing on the word FOLLOW by clicking the blue button below .. and don’t forget to leave a comment for the person linked up before you!

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