Hello, friend! So lovely to have you joining us for this edition of our weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.

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This week is a bit unique, becuase we’re in the first week of our annual writing challenge, 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

This is Day 5 in my personal series, 31 Days to Telling Your Story.

Today’s prompt is: SHARE 




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Before I launch into my own five minute free write, I have something exciting to SHARE with you!

The cover for my latest book is here! This one is co-authored with the talented Shannon Popkin, and we’re so excited to share it with you soon.


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And now . . . let’s write! Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . 


Yesterday we briefly discussed why we should share our stories as Christians, and I promised that over the course of the next five days, I would elaborate further by giving five different reasons why I believe telling your story is important, especially if you’re a follower of Christ. 

So, here we go. 

The first reason I believe you should share your story is because Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” 

But how can we rejoice or mourn with others if we don’t know what to rejoice or mourn about?

One of the common responses I get from people who read my book is, “I wish I had known then what was going on so I could have done something to help.” They’re often referring to the years when my mom was sick with cancer in Michigan and I was living in South Africa. At the time, whenever people asked me how I was coping, I usually just pasted on my fake smile and said, “Fine.” Even though that wasn’t true. 

When people eventually read my true emotions years later in my memoir, many expressed that they wished I had been more honest and open about how I was feeling.

People care. They want to help. 

We just need to be humble and vulnerable enough to let them. 

Often the thing that keeps us from sharing and opening up is pride, isn’t it? 

We don’t want people to see that side of us. 

We don’t want to expose our weakness. 

But guess what? 

The Bible tells us that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. 

When we don’t open up enough with others to let them in on what God is doing in our lives, we deprive them of an opportunity to carry out the command of Romans 12:15. 

I might even go so far as to say that we deprive them of the opportunity to glorify God through that specific situation. Is it possible that we’re stealing glory from the Lord when we let pride keep us from exposing our weaknesses? 


Want to read more posts in this series?

Visit the Table of Contents page here. 


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