It’s writing time! Welcome to this week’s edition of the Five Minute Friday link-up. If you’re new here, we gather every week to freewrite on a single word prompt. Five minutes flat. No editing. Just write.

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: OPINION




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


I’ve been convicted lately about the fact that so often, I turn to the opinions of others before I seek the opinion of God. Whether it’s regarding health issues, parenting decisions, relationship dynamics, financial questions . . . more often than not, I ask friends for input before I go to the Lord in prayer.

I’ve been going through the Bible study, God of Covenant, by Jen Wilkin (for a second time, actually), and this past week we read the account of how Abram lied to Pharoah about Sarai and told him she was his sister to protect his own skin. We also read about Sarai giving Hagar to Abram in hopes that they could have an heir through her. In both cases, Abram and Sarai took matters into their own hands. They didn’t seek or submit to God’s will. They lacked trust in the Lord’s promise and depended on their own self-reliance instead. And look how that turned out for them.

But how often do I do the same? How often do I grow impatient, waiting for God to answer my prayers or make His plan known or fix the mess I made, so I try to do it myself? I’m a doer and a fixer, and I want it fixed now. And really, my desire for control and resolve only point to one thing: a lack of trust. A lack of faith. A lack of confidence in the One who sees all, knows all, controls all.





If you’re not on the FMF email list, you may have missed the announcement this week:

After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to not host the annual 31-Day Writing Challenge this October.

My sincere apologies to those of you who have been looking forward to it.

HOWEVER . . . I do have three resources linked below if you’d like to take the challenge yourself!

Maybe you could find an accountability partner and do the challenge on your own?

Even if you don’t decide to commit to writing for 31 days in a row, I hope these resources will be helpful for you:


The 31-Day Writing Prompt Journal

writing journal





31 Prayers for Writers

prayers for writers





The Writing Progress Tracker

writing progress tracker




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