Hello! Welcome to this week’s edition of our weekly Five Minute Friday writing prompt link-up. It’s a special month here at FMF because the 31-Day Writing Challenge is happening now!

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: LISTEN



Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.


How would you rate your listening skills?

I’m afraid my listening skills have only deteriorated since I’ve had kids . . . Can I say that out loud? 😉

It’s so easy these days to be distracted by all the responsibilities and noise of life, whether in real life or online. We’re so often consuming content, either via the radio, podcasts, Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or via conversations with our family, friends, and colleagues.

We might be listening all day long . . . But are we really listening?

What are we doing with the information we consume?

Are we taking time to identify the needs around us in order to meet those needs or better serve our communities?

When you hear about a problem that someone else is facing, do you think about ways in which you’ve had similar experiences that may be able to minister to them or guide them through a challenging season?

As a writer, are you listening to the needs of your readers and followers? Take some time today to ask them what would best serve them during this season of their lives. You might not have every answer or solution, but you might be surprised by how the Lord can use even just a word or a sentence from your mouth or screen to touch someone else.

Much of the writing life involves looking in — but it should also involve looking out. Look at the world, look at your church, look at your workplace or extended family and find at least one way the Lord might use you to fill a gap.



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