I absolutely love hearing about how God has used and is using the Five Minute Friday community to impact individuals as they progress in the writing life. This story from Lesley, a long-time FMF community member, is a wonderful testimony of the Lord’s gentle and consistent prompting and guidance.
As I took a deep breath and pressed “publish” for the first time, releasing my words into the world, I had no idea what to expect.
I had been writing for years, but only in journals. I had never shared my writing with anyone else, but there had been a growing sense that it was what God was calling me to do.
I can’t remember how I found out about Five Minute Friday, but somehow I discovered it, and when I saw that Kate was also hosting a study of the book, On Being A Writer, by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig, it seemed like a good place to start, so I signed up.
As we worked our way through the book, I learned so much about writing — from the content of the book, but also from the practice of writing a blog post reflecting on each chapter, and from reading the reflections of others who were taking part. I was amazed by the sense of community and, despite my inexperience, the other participants welcomed me with open arms and encouraged me with their comments.
By the end of the study, I knew that writing was something I loved and wanted to do more.
Since the study finished in September 2015, writing has become an important part of my life. I have taken part in FMF almost every week, written another blog post most weeks, completed Write 31 Days and contributed to the FMF book. Recently I have begun submitting some work to other places and have had pieces accepted by two online magazines! I have also had some rejected (let’s keep it real!) but I would never have had the confidence to submit them in the first place without the support and encouragement of my blogging friends, including many I first connected with through FMF.
The biggest surprise to me throughout this journey has been the strength of the blogging community. I never thought it would be possible to have friendships with people I have never met in person, but I’m so grateful for the love and encouragement that has been shared here and it has definitely inspired me to keep going.
It was also the main factor behind the biggest decision of my blogging career so far – giving up the pseudonym I wrote under for my first year of blogging to begin writing under my real name. This was a scary step to take, but an important one in finding my voice and the confidence to own my words, and I was overwhelmed by people’s grace and understanding. It has also played a significant part in helping me enjoy greater freedom in other areas of life.
I look back with gratitude that God has led me on this journey and that he has connected me with FMF. I appreciate each one of you and all that you do to make it such a loving and welcoming community.
As I look to the future, I still have no idea what to expect, but I’m sure that God has further plans for my writing and I’m looking forward to seeing what He has in store!
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