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Before we get started with our five minute free write, I have some exciting news to share with you:

1) This coming Wednesday, May 16th, I’ll be offering a free live online training along with Dan King from Fistbump Media. We’ll be chatting about:

4 Fundamentals of a Remarkable Online Writer’s Platform



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Hope to see you there!


This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: INCLUDE


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I’ve often wondered what to include in certain aspects of my life.

I’ve wondered what to include in my suitcase before moving to Africa.

I’ve wondered which stories I should include or not include in my memoir.

Pretty much on a daily basis, I wonder which tasks I should include in the limited hours in my day.

In each of the above examples, I’ve regretted choices that I made. I should have packed warmer clothes for winter in South Africa. There are stories I wish I had and hadn’t included in my book. Even this morning, I got sidetracked by something largely unimportant and wasted a solid hour that I could’ve spent on something more productive and profitable.

But one thing I’ve never regretted is choosing to include other people in my life. Even if relationships get messy sometimes, even when some become high maintenance, the Lord always, always uses other people for good in my life — whether it’s through direct encouragement, or through sanctifying me in areas I lack, like patience, compassion, selflessness, and empathy.

As I look back over the intricate web of relationships that God has spun all around me, I’m so grateful for the many ways He has blessed me with the gift of being part of His body. It is no small thing to be part of the body of Christ.

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When you consider the people that the Lord has used in your life, what words come to mind? For me, it’s all gratitude.

For the long-lasting, deep-rooted friendships, and for the one-time encounters at the grocery store, I thank God for the gift of others.



Book Recommendation

All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way


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