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

Each week I share a one-word writing prompt and invite anyone who is interested to freewrite for five minutes flat — no overthinking, no editing . . . just write!

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: NOW


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I’ve been working from home for a few years now, but I don’t usually have company during the week. But like so many other households around the world, my family has been at home for the past few weeks — kids home from school, husband home from work.

Several times a day, my husband has been asking me, “How are you doing?”

At first I would answer each time, but eventually I asked him, “Why do you keep asking me that? You’ve already asked me like three times today!”




But his asking reminded me of a time when I was deep in grief — anticipatory grief, to be precise, in the weeks before my mom died of cancer. Neither my husband or I could predict from one moment to the next how I would be doing. One moment I might be okay . . . the next moment I might be mad . . . the next moment I might be in tears. He learned to ask often.

And I think the “asking often” is necessary for such a time as this, when griefs and losses of all varieties are happening all around us — some close, some not as close, but still there.

It’s good for us to check in regularly with our family, friends, loved ones, colleagues, church family, and neighbors not just once in a while, but often.

Because as we’ve all learned these past few weeks, things can change rapidly. This week might not be anything like the next. In fact, we don’t even have the promise of tomorrow. We only have today. Right now. This moment.





This week marks two years since my memoir, A Place to Land, released. And while I hesitated to mark the occasion in any public way, I realized that this book is a message of hope — and we could all use some hope right about now, right?

So, I’m offering a “book birthday” special offer called the Grief and Hope Book Bundle for a limited time, while supplies last.

Buy one signed paperback copy of A Place to Land, get a free signed paperback copy of my latest book, Letters to Grief



Get the Grief and Hope Book Bundle HERE


Whether you order for yourself or as a gift for a friend, I hope the books will be a blessing!



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