Hi friends! Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday link-up of May 2022! 🙂 SO glad you’re here!

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Be sure to read all the way to the end today because this post is full of goodness for writers! 🙂


This week’s FMF writing prompt is: BOTH




Setting a timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

This past week has been full of contrasts. On Saturday, my two youngest kids got all dressed up to attend their high school prom. They both looked gorgeous. They say they had a great time. It was an absolute downpour with torrential rain when they drove home.

After a few more days of gloomy, cold weather, we got a good one: blue skies and mild temperatures. I walked outside and felt the warmth of the sun on my face as a carried a garbage bag full of my daughter’s vomit to the trash.

A week of contrasts.

I wrote about it on Instagram:


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I stopped to capture this image on my way back into the house after carrying a trash bag filled with my daughter’s vomit out to the garbage. We’ve had days upon days of gross, cold, dreary weather, and now this. Blue skies and warm rays of sun.

A few days ago two of my kids looked like royalty dressed up for their high school prom. Today they both have Influenza A and crazy high fevers.

These are the days of our lives, dear ones. Sickness and dancing. Grossness and beauty. Sin and Jesus. Death and resurrection.


It’s both, right? A life full of goodness and difficulty. And yet all of it covered by the grace of God. May we embrace whatever He sends our way, in His strength.



Speaking of Instagram, how about an IG Writing Challenge? 

Join me for this FREE 5-Day Instagram Writing Challenge next week, May 9-13.

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And, there’s a prize! 🙂

One challenge participant will win a leather Abera Crossbody Tote and a journal from The Writerly Shop! To enter to win, be sure to add the hashtag #hopewriterlife to your posts each day to enter.

See the prompts and learn more about the challenge here

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Also: Did you know that Five Minute Friday has an Instagram account? Find us here. (You can find my personal IG profile here.)


Next up: A Memoir-Writing Course

Is it time to write your story?

Shawn Smucker and his wife Maile Silva are inviting YOU
to write your memoir with support, training, and accountability from other writers.

The course runs from May 16th until November 19th 2022

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Click here to learn more about
The Six-Month Memoir



Last but not least:

There’s still time to sign up for the


happening this coming Wednesday, May 11th at 11am EST

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Join the link-up with your own five-minute freewrite below, then visit your link-up neighbor to read their post and leave an encouraging comment: 

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