Welcome to another round of Five Minute Friday! 

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We have so many exciting things coming up in September and October, I can hardly keep up!

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s on the horizon: 

  • September 11: Special guest post from an author sharing all the lessons she learned after launching her first book
  • September 12: My new e-course, A Start-Up Guide for Online Writers, launches with Fistbump Media!
  • September 12-19: Special introductory price on the e-course — Only $19.99 for one week only
  • September 13: Facebook Live with Lindsey Hartz in the Lightbearers Authors Community
  • September 28-30: Speaking at the Maranatha Christian Writers Conference in Muskegon, MI
  • October 1-31: The third annual 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes (see write31days.com for more info; I’ll be providing a list of optional one-word prompts soon)
  • October 6-7: Speaking at the Breathe Christian Writers Conference in Grand Rapids, MI
  • October 11: Webinar for the Authors Community on themes from the Start-Up Guide e-course
  • Coming soon: Brand new FMF merchandise! Stay tuned!


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This week’s FMF prompt is: WORK


Let’s write! 

3, 2, 1 … GO.

This past summer, my kids participated in our local 4-H program for the first time. A family at our church graciously and generously allowed us to house pigs on their property from May through August. My kids got to learn about how to properly care for the animals.

As part of the project, they had to write down what they learned from participating. Unprompted, a common thread weaved through each kid’s response: they learned the value of hard work.

Now they’re finishing out their first week in a brand new school, and we’re all exhausted. After a glorious three month break, we’re back to alarm clocks, packing lunches, and after school sports practices and homework assignments.


Some of it we like, some of it literally stinks, like scooping pig manure out of a stall — but even scooping poop can be done to the glory of God.

[Tweet “”Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31b”]

It’s a challenging posture to remember, especially when your entire career consists of dirty diapers and dishes. But as Lisa-Jo Baker quotes in her book, when interruptions or criticisms knock, we can assume the attitude of Nehemiah and say, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” ~Nehemiah 6:3

[Tweet “”I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” ~ Nehemian 6:3″]


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