Hey everyone!

I’m *so* glad you’re back for another exciting week of Five Minute Friday! How’s everyone doing?

If you’re new in these parts, you can learn all about the fabulous Five Minute Friday community here.

Not only do we meet every week to write our hearts out and build each other up, have you heard the fun news?

We’re making a book!

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Susan Shipe from HopeHeartHome had the wonderful idea to compile a book of favorite posts that we’ve written over the years.

Find a favorite post that you’ve written for Five Minute Friday and send it to: hopehearthome<at>gmail<dot>com no later than March 31st. 

All proceeds will be divided equally between two vital ministries in South Africa: The Vine School in Cape Town, and the Ten Dollar Tribe!

Read more from Five Minute Friday founder Lisa-Jo Baker


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I can’t wait to see the finished product!


One more fun announcement: Remember that fabulous 30-day course we did last year with Crystal Stine, called Creative Basics?

Well, it’s back and better than ever!


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If you missed Creative Basics the first time around, don’t miss it again!

Starting April 4th, the fabulous, knowledgable Crystal Stine will be sharing all her tips and secrets about creating amazing artwork and graphics to use online. This version includes daily video content to help walk you through each step. Doesn’t get better than that!

I learned *so* much when I did the course with Crystal last year. Such helpful content!

Register now for Creative Basics, starting April 4th!

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The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is: 




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Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO. 


I really shouldn’t be surprised.

I mean, I’ve known Him for so long, I guess I should know that He’s like this.

And yet time and time again, He blows me away with His goodness.

I pray with weak knees and feeble faith, presuming He’ll come through for me as He has in the past, but not seeing how.

I teeter on the brink of doubt, questioning whether the pay check will stretch into Friday, whether that sickness will subside, whether that friend will be okay.

And maybe that’s right where God wants me to be — toes curled over the edge of the Grand Canyon, straining my neck for a view of what’s below. What’s over the edge.

And He gets me every time.

He blows me away with the depth of His generosity, the grandeur of His glory, the vast expanse of His love.

I pray one thing, and He shocks me with exceedingly, abundantly more than all I could ask or imagine.

Over and over again, I am surprised by grace. Surprised by mercy. Surprised by love.




And as a SUPER FUN SURPRISE this week, FMF founder Lisa-Jo Baker is joining us for Five Minute Friday! Be sure to stop by her place for old time’s sake. 🙂 


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Related resource: Surprised by Motherhood, by Lisa-Jo Baker


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Don’t forget to send your favorite FMF post to hopehearthome<at>gmail<dot>com by March 31st, and sign up for the Creative Basics course with Crystal Stine!

Thanks for being here! YOU are what makes this community so great!

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