Welcome to this week’s edition of the Five Minute Friday link-up! Every week we gather around a one-word prompt, set a timer for five minutes, and write our hearts out.

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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: ASSUME




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


I recently became part of a new-to-me community, a community that has been established for a while but I only recently joined. Coming in from the outside, it has taken a while for me to figure out who’s who and what’s what. And I’ve realized (the hard way) that I have made a number of assumptions based on various factors and stereotypes that have been completely incorrect.

As I’ve started to get to know people in this community a bit better, I’ve discovered that those individuals who look on the outside to “have it all together,” often have endured incredibly difficult hardships and providences. Those who look as if they have “picture perfect” lives have had anything but once you get past the surface.

Some have lost children. Others have loved ones in jail. Some have endured abuse. Others deal with chronic pain.

As I’ve listened to stories that have deepened my compassion and empathy, this quote has frequently come to mind:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I have assumed, and I have been wrong.

I’ve forgotten that everyone is fighting a battle — sometimes visible, and always invisible.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12, ESV

So let’s be kind, and let’s link arms and fight the battle together.






There’s still time to sign up for the live workshop happening Wednesday, March 1st!

How to Self-Publish Your Book on Amazon

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I’ll be sharing my screen and walking step-by-step through the process of getting your book published on Amazon.

The workshop will be recorded, but only available to those who register in advance.

There will also be a Q&A session at the end.

Hope to see you there!




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

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