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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: ENDURE




Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 


Back in 2015, we held our first ever Five Minute Friday Retreat near Nashville. On Saturday morning, author and speaker Trillia Newbell came to share a morning devotional with us.


I’ve since had the privilege of interacting with her online, following her on social media, and reading a few of her books.

Yesterday I read a thread she posted on Twitter, in which she shared that she recently spoke with CNN about some of the racism she has endured as a black American woman.

Trillia Newbell


Trillia always seems so joyful and exuberant, both in person and online.

It occurred to me after reading her tweet that more often than not, we have no idea what other people have endured. I’m not implying that Trillia has tried to hide the trials she has faced in any way, but simply that many of the battles she fights and injustices she endures take place behind closed doors, or perhaps in her personal inbox or direct messages.

Her comments reminded me of the importance of lifting up our brothers and sisters in Christ, of being kind and compassionate, since we often have no idea what the other person may be facing.

As the quote says, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

In all this, may we remember to “consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2)




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