Join

Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Community, Five Minute Friday | 40 comments

It’s Friday–just. And so I’m taking just five tiny minutes to write without worrying or editing. You should join us, there’s nothing like the Five Minute Friday community. Seriously.

The prompt this week is Join.

Go.

My morning starts with the Hello Mornings gang all meeting up on twitter for some amazing fellowship and prayer sharing. I joined them almost by accident three challenges ago, and haven’t quit since.

It took a touch of bravery to jump in and participate with total strangers but I did it anyway, because I couldn’t stand not being a part of the community I saw there.

And this space, this Five Minute Friday thing happened much the same way–though really neither was an accident, because I am most certain God planned for these things all along.

If you want community, at some point you have to just join them. You have to crack the door and peek out, extend your hand, open your mouth and start sharing–

You can sit on the sidelines and watch but the benefits and risks of joining are so worth it. I’ve met so many amazing people through this journey.

I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imaginations by words from “strangers’ and the prayers of people I may never get to actually meet in person, this side of heaven.

If you’re looking for a community of friends, if you need some seriously uplifting fellowship, you are going to have to join one, introduce yourself and make it home.

I’d love to meet you there.

Stop.

What’s holding you back from joining in? 

Joining Lisa-Jo and fabulous others for a five minute write. Why don’t you give it a try?

  • http://twitter.com/sarahannrogers Sarah Ann Rogers

    Love this. Love the communities that somehow, this 4 year blogger is JUST stumbling onto. God knows his timing, and it’s been perfect, and I’m thankful.
    Also, I’m now very excited to read more of your blog. I admire the community I’ve been introduced to, and I’m blessed by your words!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Welcome, Sarah! So glad you have found the Five Minute Friday Community! It has been a huge blessing in my life over the last year and a half! :)

  • Loni

    Great Great Great words for this word! I’m glad I joined in and met you! :) I always enjoy reading your words!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      yay, Loni, so glad to have “met” you through this as well!

  • lindseyfoj

    I am glad that I decided to “join” the Relevant conference fever last year and that it led me to meeting YOU…and so many other lovelies!!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Oh indeed! I love that Relevant brought us together, and how blessed I have been by your faith, and your words…. Love to you!

  • Michele-Lyn

    You are good at joining — but do you know what I love about you??? You are a most amazing Includer :) You have blessed me more than you will ever know <3

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Oh, Michele-Lyn, thank you for your kind words. You have also encouraged me so much and I am so grateful for how you’ve jumped in and shared your journey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alia-Boston-Hagenbach/530052077 Alia Boston Hagenbach

    Seems like we are all pretty blessed by this community and your part in it. So very glad to have ‘met’ you through Five Minute Fridays and to join in this community of amazing women.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes, Alia-Joy, I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing community of women who love the Lord, and show that love to others. What grace it is to know you!

  • http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/ Mary Bonner

    I followed a similar theme Kris…you are correct that joining is worth it. BUT…it can be so scary!! The prayers and friendships of the people I’ve meet through blogging amaze me and bless me.

    Great post!

    Mary

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes, Mary, it CAN be scary, but so far, I have only been blessed by joining in. Had I not, I’d perhaps never have met you! ;)

      • http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/ Mary Bonner

        I have received nothing but blessings also…the scary part for me was just doing something different – no editing, etc – with a group of people that were, in my opinion much, much better writers than me!

  • http://twitter.com/AleneSnodgrass Alene Snodgrass

    Beautiful words! There is something so powerful about community. Thankful to be here.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Amen! There is such joy in finding a beautiful, faithful community who love and serve each other! Bless you, my friend.

  • http://www.brownpaperandstrings.com/ Jamie H

    Lovely – happy to meet you here today! Thanks for the encouragement to introduce yourself and make it home.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Jamie! thank YOU for stopping by and extending your hand ;) It’s lovely to see you here!

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    Confession: Your FMF’s were some I lurked on! ::SIGH:: so glad God gave me the kick in the pants I needed…because I can’t imagine my life without you. God is so good. . .

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Oh sweet Nikki! LOL, you bless me with your generous heart and spirit. I am SO glad you responded to the nudge and jumped in! I am thrilled to know you!

  • Lori

    Hi Kris! This line…”You can sit on the sidelines and watch but the benefits and risks of
    joining are so worth it” is the crossroads of where I am right now.
    I too do HM (in your group actually) and it has been an awesome week! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Lori- it HAS ben an awesome week! Always a bit intense getting into the routine, but what a blessing it is to be encouraged by so many amazing women! Woot!

  • Denise Oldham

    Nice post.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Denise!

  • Elizabeth

    Girl, amen and amen. You nailed it….. keep encouraging others, its a gift of yours. And yes, you encourage me. I will want to join your Hello Mornings now :) you encourager you.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      oooh Elizabeth, the next challenge starts in November I think (?) You should totally join the Hello Mornings. It has been life-changing, and I dont say that lightly. You can get more info here if you want: http://inspiredtoaction.com/resources/hellomornings/ Bless you, my friend!!

  • Tammy_Skipper

    I have also found community through Hello Mornings and Five Minute Friday over the last year +…blessings and see you at Allume.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes, See you at Allume! ;)

  • http://www.dianadenis.com/ Diana Denis

    you’re right about this community. I’ve found so much courage and encouragement on #FMF. Unless the Lord gives me a fresh thought to share throughout the week it’s typically the only day I write. I’m being blessed, stretched and definitely growing there!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      That’s awesome, Diana! SO glad you join us!!

  • http://newlifesteward.com/ Mary Beth

    Truth: I watched your tweets and followed you first through #HelloMornings. Never engaged you though. Only when Nikki started talking to you for FMF did I start too! So glad I did!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Me too, Mary Beth! It’s so fun getting to know you and I SO love our #fmfparty time! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rozanne.paxman Rozanne Paxman

    I have to check out Hello Mornings. It sounds great. I’m new in this group and am so happy to have the chance to meet everyone.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Welcome, Rozanne! I am SO glad you jumped into the mix and shared here. It’s awesome to meet you! Don’t be a stranger now ;)

  • http://thehomespunlife.com Sisterlisa

    *jumping in*

  • http://www.redemptionsbeauty.com/ Shelly Miller

    Love the way you build community with us online Kris. That #FFparty is one example. It makes me smile seeing all of you interact. Thanks for your hospitality, hopefully it will come in the form of a real life hug some day.

  • http://www.amylearns.com/ Amy Tilson

    Hi, Kris!! This is so great and such a good way to get beyond the twitter handle (@ACTilson, btw). I love that you can get to know people before you even have the chance to meet, like at a conference in October. ;)

  • StefanieYoungBrown

    That’s exactly what I did. I was seeking, needing a community of God-loving, God-revering women so I began putting myself out there, pressing into various communities. What a rescue!!
    Thank you for being such a community leader, leading women to each other and to Him.

  • http://www.mercyfoundme.com/ Jacque Watkins

    I just love your heart and how you write straight from it…YOU are a wonderful writer and I’m so thankful to be in community with you!

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  • http://thehomespunlife.com Sisterlisa

    yes, it’s always a risk in joining and opening up..and that’s what faith is. :)

  • soulstops

    What a gift when we take a risk and join because we can find community…so glad I met you, Kris :)