It’s link-up time!

Welcome to another round of our weekly Five Minute Friday blog link-up. We write for five minutes flat on a one-word prompt . . . no editing, no overthinking . . . JUST WRITE!

For more info on how the link-up works, click here.

Before we begin, I have news!

This year’s list of writing prompts for our annual 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is NOW AVAILABLE!


free writing

to learn more about the challenge and see the list of prompts 


I hope you’ll consider joining us in October! (See, I’m giving you plenty of time to plan and prepare!) 😉

And now, for our weekly challenge:

This week’s FMF writing prompt is: RUSH




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Ready? GO.

Spending nine weeks in South Africa was good for my soul.

Yes, we were busy, and yes, I delivered eight talks at five different events in three different cities, but overall, it was so good to slow down and take a step back from the daily grind.

The fast-paced life is not necessarily the best life. 

[Tweet “”The fast-paced life is not necessarily the best life.” ~ @k8motaung”]

We do it to ourselves, these choices we make to do this and do that and be here and be there.

During the school year in the States especially, I feel like I’m forever heading in the door or out of it, packing lunches, driving to sports practices, or coming back from a parent meeting or soccer game.

After a few weeks in Cape Town, I walked out of the grocery store one day and said to my daughter in the parking lot, “Have you noticed that nobody’s in a rush in this country?”

Yes, that’s a generalization and I’m sure there were exceptions, but overall, people are pretty much just taking their time. “African time,” it’s called by the locals.

I could learn a lot from African time. From taking a deep breath, checking my pace, walking a little slower. Realizing that even if things don’t happen right this moment, that everything will still be okay.

[Tweet “”Today’s challenge: Resist the rush.” ~@k8motaung”]

What’s your best tip for intentionally resisting the rush? 


I haven’t read either of these books yet, but when I think about resisting the rush, I think about Bonnie Gray. I’m sure these two books of hers are full of wisdom and practical tips on how to slow down and practice rest:

Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul

Whispers of Rest


Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest

Spiritual Whitespace

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Now it’s your turn! Give us your best five minutes on the prompt, RUSH, by joining the link-up below.

Be sure to visit your link-up neighbor after adding your post to read and leave an encouraging comment! 

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