Have you ever wondered how Five Minute Friday began?

Grab a seat, and let me tell you a story …

On January 13, 2011, Lisa-Jo Baker thought to herself, “I know I have at least five golden minutes to myself. Now, what to do with them? Clean the kitchen? Fold laundry? Reply to emails? Indulge in a slab of chocolate and a caffeine free coke? Pick up legos?

What if I wrote? What if I took five minutes and wrote them down just to see what would come out? Not a perfect post, not a profound post, just an exercise in the discipline of writing.”

Thus birthed Five Minute Friday, what has become a weekly link-up of bloggers and writers all over the world.

More than a link-up, Five Minute Friday has become a community.

Lisa-Jo admits, “It started on a whim and I never could have imagined it would still be going. What a pilgrimage it’s been. What a ride. What a wild meeting of minds and spirits and writers who believe that they were given a message no matter how many people end up reading it. It’s outgrown my wildest expectations.”

On July 31, 2014, Lisa-Jo handed Five Minute Friday over to me, where I hosted at katemotaung.com for nearly three years before launching this dedicated site.

In August 2015, we had our first Five Minute Friday Retreat in Nashville. In July 2017, we’ll gather in Kansas City our second weekend together.

Now, May 25th, 2017, we begin a new chapter. I’m so excited to see how the Lord leads as we seek to be writers who use our gifts for His glory, five minutes at a time.



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