Community, Five Minute Friday


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.


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.


What’s holding you back from joining in?ย 

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


  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. Michele-Lyn

    You are good at joining — but do you know what I love about you??? You are a most amazing Includer ๐Ÿ™‚ You have blessed me more than you will ever know <3

  4. 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!


      1. 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!

  5. 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. . .

  6. 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!

  7. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ you encourager you.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 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.


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