Welcome to our weekly Five Minute Friday blog link-up! 

I apologize for the delayed post this week . . . I think this is only the second time in five years that I haven’t published a Five Minute Friday post on Thursday night! 

I was blessed to co-host a writers gathering with about 30 local women at a friend’s house last night, and I was so busy preparing all the food yesterday that I completely forgot to schedule this post! I only realized it when I arrived at my friend’s house for the gathering, and when I got home around 11:30pm last night, the internet wasn’t working at my house . . . so . . . here we are! Better late than never, I suppose! 

It’s been a fun season of gathering in person with writer friends. Last week I drove to Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan to celebrate the release of Susie Finkbeiner’s latest novel, All Manner of Things



If you’re looking for a great summer read, grab a copy of All Manner of Things from Baker Book Store or wherever books are sold!

I asked Susie if she’d be willing to guest post for us in celebration of her book release, and she said yes! 🙂 

In honor of Susie’s new book, this week’s FMF writing prompt is: WELL




Here’s Susie: 

The well of my heart is deep. I imagine it often, seeing all the way to the bottom. Is it dark in the depths? I’m not sure. But when it’s empty, it’s a frightening thing to see/hear/know/experience.

Too often, I put a cover on that empty well of my heart. Is it to protect myself? Because I’m afraid? I’m not sure why I hide it away from my Father. Maybe I’m ashamed that I’ve let it go dry. But I claim fullness when what I’m doing is sucking mud unsuitable for sustenance. Because of pride/fear/insecurity, I dehydrate myself.

My well is unwell.

You see, the well of my heart is deep, but God’s grace is sufficient to fill it up. HIs Spirit speaks and refills me with truth, love, power, mercy. And when He does this, I am well, in the sense of okay, all right, satisfied, fulfilled, healthy.

It is well.



Want to hear more from Susie? 

Listen to our video conversation here




Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist from West Michigan. She is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Pearl Spence Series (Kregel).

Her newest novel All Manner of Things released in June 2019 with Revell.

She is also the author of My Mother’s Chamomile (WhiteFire, 2014) and Paint Chips (WhiteFire, 2013).

Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.

Connect with Susie on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.



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