It’s Five Minute Friday time! If you’re participating in the Write 31 Days challenge, congrats on making it to Day 6! Almost one whole week under your belt!
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This week’s FMF prompt (and the prompt for Day 6 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes) is: STORY
Here we go!
A few days after I first saw my memoir on Amazon, I called a friend to share the news. This friend had been particularly influential in shaping parts of my story, and I wanted to thank them personally for their impact in my life.
During our conversation, my friend asked, “Are you glad you went through this experience?”
I hesitated, a bit taken aback by the question. Then the answer became clear. “Well … this certainly isn’t the story I wanted or asked for. But now that it’s been given to me, I’m just doing my best to steward it well.”
I think that’s a large part of our job as Christian writers, isn’t it? To steward the story well — whether it’s our own story, someone else’s, or the gospel story itself. We are to steward it well to the glory of God.
During my mom’s funeral, we sang the song, “This is my story, this is my song; praising my Savior all the day long.” Of course, I sang through tears — yet with conviction.
This life is the story you’ve been given. You can’t change it, but you can use it to praise your Savior all the day long.
How will you use your story to praise God today?
Link up your own five minutes of free writing on the prompt, STORY, here:
Well, the storm that blew a piece of a neighbour’s roof through our utility shed didn’t blow it through our house (adjacent to the shed), so I guess that counts.
Yes, Kate, Yes.
Kate, beautiful post. I think our minds went on similar tracks tonight. We can’t change our stories, but we can live remembering God has redeemed our stories. And He uses them.
I am trying to live my story out well to those who see me the most (in the nice and the ugly moments)—my three guys. I’m seeking to praise God in the ways I treat others.
Blessed Assurance is one of my fave hymns!
A phrase I wrote down years ago and keep it here on my writing desk is, “My Story is His Story.” I finally got to use that in a post – my Haiku poem this morning. We are living out the story He planned for us. May we run well with it. xo
Kate, the very same song came to mind when I read the prompt on Twitter. You are so right, we must steward our story well. Each of our stories is a small part of His Story to a dying world. May our stories bring Him glory!
it seems i don’t get around to commenting on your post each week kate:( it is purely an oversight. just wanted to stop and thank you for the opportunity to participate each week in FMF! i love this community. i have my regulars of course, then i usually stop and visit a few i’ve never met too. it is a great place i come each week to stretch my brain, write a little and visit friends.
this month i’m doing a 31 day series on care taking: one day at a time. i have found 2 others who are writing on aspects of care taking and have enjoyed their posts immensely! my first week has been spent on the hospital part of the experience, particularly since not much is written on that part.
hope you and yours are doing well. sorry i wasn’t able to make it to the retreat this year. we’ll see what another year brings. ron has had 2 more strokes this year but doesn’t really seem any worse than he was. I’m doing much better. when we had the last retreat, it was only a few months after his first stroke. i was still dazed.
Stewarding our story — I love that idea. Thank you for this, Kate.
Praising God through my story this week as I journal about overcoming anxiety and such. Growth comes slower than I want, and God is showing me it’s okay. Like, relax Meghan. Lol….
Beautiful post Kate.
I definitely choose to steward my story well. We could truly impact someone else while living it and sharing each and every high and low. Have a wonderful week.