Over the weekend of July 21st-23rd, we held our second ever Five Minute Friday Retreat. Eighteen ladies had the incredible gift of gathering together at a retreat center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Five Minute Friday Retreat

By God’s grace, it was a wonderful weekend. The Lord answered so many prayers, over and above all that we asked or imagined.

We have so much to give thanks for — everyone made it to and from the retreat safely, we all stayed (mostly) healthy the whole weekend, the accommodations met our expectations, and everyone got along well.



Five Minute Friday


Five Minute Friday Retreat


We were showered with gifts from DaySpring, (in)courage, and KraftyKash, including copies of the book Craving Connection (our theme for the weekend), and gorgeous KraftyKash Writer keychains.




Here we are showing off our new books from DaySpring:



We spent some time free writing for five minutes on Friday night, then sharing our words aloud. Yes, there was laughter, and yes, there were a few tears. What else can you expect with a room full of women sharing their hearts?

On Saturday we got to video chat with retreat sponsor Dan King from Fistbump Media, who shared some great tips and advice with us about best blogging practices, mistakes many bloggers make, and some of the benefits of self-publishing.

Five Minute Friday Retreat

We also got to do a conference call with Craving Connection contributors Kris Camealy, Deidra Riggs, and Denise Hughes. Each of these women personified such grace and wisdom based on their years of experience as Christian writers. What a gift to glean from them!

Perhaps best of all, relationships were formed and strengthened. Many of us met in person for the very first time (and yes, we joked about the fact that we teach our kids not to go meet people in person that they met on the internet, but there we were, spending a whole weekend together!). 🙂



God truly is amazing, to forge fast friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.


Five Minute Friday Retreat

Five Minute Friday Retreat


I’m excited for you to read more about how the others experienced the retreat and what they took away from it! I’ve set up this special edition link-up so the attendees could have a space to share their reflections and so we could benefit from their testimonies.

Enjoy catching these glimpses of how God worked while we were together!

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