Community, Five Minute Friday


August 24, 2012

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? 

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

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  • Reply Sarah Ann Rogers August 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      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! 🙂

  • Reply Loni August 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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

  • Reply lindseyfoj August 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

    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!!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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

  • Reply Michele-Lyn August 24, 2012 at 1:32 am

    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

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      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!

  • Reply Alia Boston Hagenbach August 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      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!

  • Reply Mary Bonner August 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

    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!


    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      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! 😉

      • Reply Mary Bonner August 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        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!

  • Reply Alene Snodgrass August 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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

  • Reply Jamie H August 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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

  • Reply Nikki August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    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. . .

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      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!

  • Reply Lori August 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      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!

  • Reply Denise Oldham August 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Nice post.

  • Reply Elizabeth August 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    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.

  • Reply Tammy_Skipper August 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

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

  • Reply Diana Denis August 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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

  • Reply Mary Beth August 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

    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!

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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

  • Reply Rozanne Paxman August 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    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.

    • Reply Kris Camealy August 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      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 😉

  • Reply Sisterlisa August 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    *jumping in*

  • Reply Shelly Miller August 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    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.

  • Reply Amy Tilson August 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    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. 😉

  • Reply StefanieYoungBrown August 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jacque Watkins August 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    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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  • Reply Sisterlisa August 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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

  • Reply soulstops August 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

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

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